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Amy Rutledge is a WGN News reporter for WGN Evening News, effective September 2013. Amy joined WGN-TV in January of 2005 as a general assignment reporter. The next year she became the evening anchor at CLTV while continuing her reporting duties. In May 2008, she took a brief break from Chicago and moved to Shanghai, China where she helped launch Shanghai’s first and only English speaking newscast. Amy served as the stations managing editor, talk show host, political reporter, and occasional evening anchor traveling between Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2010 she came back to Chicago and WGN-TV.

Prior to WGN-TV, Amy spent three years as the morning anchor and investigative reporter at WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also worked as a reporter, anchor, and weather forecaster at KVBC in Las Vegas, Nevada; a reporter, anchor, and producer at WEHT in Evansville, Indiana; a reporter and producer at KRNV in Reno, Nevada; and a producer at WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois.

Amy graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She also studied Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a graduate of Schaumburg H.S.

While in China, Amy studied Mandarin and the Chinese culture. She currently speaks at a conversational level but hopes to one day become fluent. When not at work, Amy is an avid runner, and has completed over a dozen marathons, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.

Recent Articles
  • New community rink introduces new generation of Hawks fans to hockey

    CHICAGO — They use shoes and rollerblades instead of ice and skates, but kids in West Morgan Park are now getting a chance to play a little hockey across the beloved Indian head. Nearly 200 kids played hookey for a special game of hockey on the brand new rink in Kennedy Park courtesy of the Blackhawks and the teams industry growth fund, which is designed to spread hockey across the U.S. The rink is 80 x 175 feet and will […]

  • High flying traffic reporters rappel for Habitat for Humanity

    Just off of 53 on Martingale Road in Schaumburg sits a shiny tall building with the ability to shake two regular high flying traffic reporters to their toes. WGN’s Amy Rutledge and Sarah Jindra took on the challenge to rappel down 21 stories and officially become Habitat for Humanity “Edgers.” How did they do?  Watch and see for yourself.   High Hopes for Habitat 425 N. Martingale Rd. Schaumburg Sat. Sept 30th

  • Traffic ‘hotspot’ on I-90 among the worst in the U.S., study finds

    CHICAGO — A new study examining congestion in the U.S. ranks Chicago as the sixth worst in the nation, and singles out a stretch of westbound I-90 as the fifth worst traffic “hotspot” in the country. According to Seattle-based traffic data firm Inrix, the average traffic jam on westbound I-90 between Harlem Ave. and 47th St. lasted 79 minutes and covered 8.55 miles. There were 238 traffic jams on that stretch of I-90 in March and April 2017 alone, when […]

  • Double lung transplant patient shows strength and pride at annual walk

    Two years ago, Diane Clark wasn’t sure she’d survive let alone be able to walk a dog. She had suffered for years with scleroderma and high blood pressure in the lungs – or pulmonary hypertension when her doctor said the word she never expected to hear. “She mentioned to me transplant and I can remember when she said it I’m like.. ‘Transplant? Is she crazy?’” she says. “I couldn’t even finish a sentence without grasping for breath .. and I […]

  • Pug puppy is a ‘little wish’ come true for brave boy

    Today, a Gilberts, Illinois boy found sometimes the small things can make a very big difference. A pug puppy is he the very dog 8-year-old Lucas Winarski has spent two years hoping for and they are years which have not been easy. Lucas was just 5 when he broke his leg on the first day of football practice. Doctors discovered both a fracture and a tumor. Lucas was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer. He is now on […]

  • Bears team up with community to raise awareness of breast cancer

    LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – The streets of Libertyville were full of energy Tuesday afternoon. The Chicago Bears teamed up with breast cancer survivors and fighters to spread awareness. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more.

  • Local sheriff’s dept welcomes brave boy to the force for the day

    It was easily the most exciting day Drake Price has had since arriving in the Chicago area. Drake spent the morning with officers from the DuPage County sheriff’s department and got an up close look at some of the coolest gear in the department. It was a dream come true for the 11-year-old Warsaw, Indiana boy who has had an incredibly tough six months since doctors discovered a craniopharyngioma, a brain tumor. Following two surgeries to remove the baseball sized […]

  • Smart road tech, Pace buses come to highway in Northwest suburbs

    CHICAGO — Smart road technology and pace buses have come to I-90 in the Northwest suburbs. Things might be getting smoother on the Jane Adams toll road for drivers and Pace riders. Today launched the tollway’s new smart road signs, which have been installed over 16 miles of I-90 from Barrington road to the Kennedy Expressway. The signs are designed to give drivers current travel information to make their commute go a little smoother. For example, a yellow diagonal arrow […]

  • New Washington-Wabash CTA station opens, called ‘gold standard’ by Emanuel

    CHICAGO — Two years of construction and about a decade of planning went into getting the new Washington-Wabash CTA station open Thursday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel calling this the gold standard of what all CTA stations should look like. The mayor, along with transportation officials and other political leaders, cut the red ribbon on the new Washington-Wabash CTA station Thursday. The new station boasts wider platforms, led lighting, digital displays, artwork and creative architecture. Big thank you’s were handed out Thursday […]

  • Man turns trash into art with near 9,000 dime bags found in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — It was a simple walk to the bus that started Ben Kurstin on his quest. A photographer and filmmaker by trade, it was a glance down at his Humboldt Park sidewalk several years ago that shifted his artistic focus. “I saw a drug bag on the ground and it had a nude woman on it and said heavy D on it. I thought it was really peculiar,” said Kurstin. The next day he saw another, and another and […]