Amy Rutledge

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, ½ marathons. and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.

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    Exhibit at Holocaust Museum explores cinematic aspect of history

    SKOKIE, Ill. — They were some of the biggest movies and names of Hollywood’s Golden Age.  “Sunset Boulevard,” “A Foreign Affair” and “Casablanca are all award winning pictures with one striking common thread:  The casts and crews largely comprised by exiles and émigrés of Nazism. Doris Berger has brought “Light and Noir,” to the Holocaust Museum in Skokie from the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A.  It’s an exhibit showcasing the boom in Hollywood and the contributions these men and woman made. […]

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    Former Cicero town president holds massive garage sale

    COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. — Betty Loren Maltese is pricing everything to move. The former Cicero town president is selling everything she has left in storage in an effort to pay for her daughter’s schooling. It’s an estate sale with everything from clothing and pricey clown collectables, to games, dolls. and holiday décor. It is a glimpse into a very different life.  One lived before spending seven years in prison. But even pieces from that part of her life are up for […]

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    Social media and wild card mania

    It’s game day for the cubs and fans are truly getting in the spirit in Chicago – and in Pittsburgh Social media is also getting on the band wagon.   WGN’s Amy Rutledge has a look

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    Cubs mascot ‘Clark’ handing out W flags at surprise locations

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs want to get fans excited for Wednesday’s wild-card game. Their mascot, Clark, will be going around Chicago today and handing out free ‘W’ flags and signs. Chicago! Keep an eye out for @ClarktheCub! We're on a mission to #FlyTheW and are giving out #W Flags along the way. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 6, 2015 But they want to keep the mascot’s locations a surprise. Clark will reveal where he is on Twitter and Instagram. He […]

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    Chicago teen’s luging dreams coming true

    Fall just began, but one Chicago teen is already looking forward to winter. Luger Joan Kemper is part of this year’s Junior Olympic team and is quickly approaching her first big competition. Joan Kemper’s workouts are intense.  She meets three to five days a week with a trainer and does five mile daily runs with her cross country team.  That’s on top of six hours of high school each day.  Not to mention homework. But this very dedicated and focused […]

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    Footgolf fever sweeping Chicago

    CHICAGO — An unusual sport is coming to a lakefront golf course this weekend. The first annual American Footgolf National Championship will be in Chicago. About 100 footgolfers from more than 20 states are in Chicago for the sport that is extremely popular in Europe and gaining steam in the states. The U.S. currently has the largest footgolf organized structure in the world with 440 courses in 48 states. Saturday players will face a 36-hole course over two rounds.  The top […]

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    Sculpture hopes to raise breast cancer awareness in a BIG way

    CHICAGO – A massive bra sculpture was on display in the middle of Pioneer Court Thursday. At 16 feet tall and 1500 pounds, it was designed to support women all across Chicagoland in the battle to prevent and detect breast cancer. Experts say breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women.  More than 200,000 are diagnosed each year. The pink bra sculpture kicks off the first day of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Stories of the Girls, […]

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    A look back as we say goodbye to the WGN lottery drawing

    CHICAGO —  The familiar plastic ping pong balls rolled out into the studio late this morning as crews prepared for the final midday lottery drawing at WGN – the same location the lottery drawings started on television more than 40 years ago. Back in 1975, beloved WGN host Ray Rayner took on lottery duties that first day alongside then Gov Dan Walker. The prize was 50,000 dollars. Drawings bounced around to different networks over the years, but the majority were […]

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    A ‘Corpse Flower’ finally blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden

    GLENCOE, Ill. — Alice the Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a “corpse flower,” is in full bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Alice is the sibling of the corpse flower Spike, which had to be manually opened in August (and it didn’t even stink.) Corpse flowers are aptly named because they smell like rotten flesh. On Tuesday, the Chicago Botanic Garden will be open until 2 a.m. for peak bloom viewing. Nonmember parking fees will be $10 after 7 p.m. On Wednesday, you can see the […]

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    Secret to ‘reversing the Cubs curse’ is… goat tacos?

    CHICAGO — As the excitement builds for next week’s game, Cubs fans across Chicago and the nation are hopeful the wild card spot turns into a successful post season. At the Butcher’s Tap on Southport, they have a plan and the secret?  Reverse the Curse Goat Tacos Put a little goat in your belly before the game walk it into Wrigley and put an end to that dreaded curse many think has plagued the team for decades. The tacos also […]


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