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

Recent Articles
  • How people can become their own doll superstars

    For decades girls and boys have lived out their dreams through toys: playing pretend, becoming princesses or fire fighters or super heroes. Now a new company makes someone the star of his or her dreams. Former Mattel CEO Jill Barad is the chairman of Possibility Place, the company behind AvaStars, which designs dolls for girls and boys — with their very own image. “It literally reflects you,” Barad said. “If you’re a little older you turn a little younger; if you’re a little younger you […]

  • Lighting up the woods at Morton Arboretum

    You know that warm holiday spirit you feel as you look at the lights on a Christmas tree or the candles on a menorah? Now imagine that light effect applied to a whole forest. WGN’s Amy Rutledge reports from the Morton Arboretum, where there are holiday lights on display on a grand scale.

  • Community of Cary rallies around woman battling brain cancer

    While many of us are thinking about that last minute grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, in the suburb of Cary, it’s Christmas every day. A young woman is battling a horrible disease with her friends, family and a whole lot of strangers behind her. 19-year-old Haley Lichter was diagnosed with brain cancer a year and a half ago. At the time, she was already a volunteer with a cancer organization herself Her friends and family have rallied around her through all […]

  • Circus comes to town

    It’s that time of year again. The circus has come to town. Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey’s new Legends show sets up at the United Center from now until November 30th. The cast spans 25 countries and includes all the legendary circus acts like Asian elephants, a twenty-acrobat troupe on a pair of bicycles, and a high-flying trapeze act. An hour before show time, families can come to the arena floor and participate in interactive, up-close circus experiences, the […]

  • State’s most successful snags her 1000th win

    Marshall athletic director Dorothy Gaters is the most successful basketball coach in all of Illinois. Tuesday she snagged her 1000th win. She’s spent nearly 40 years at marshal bringing victories and milestones nearly every step of the way. Her office walls are filled with rows of awards to her and former players, pictures with dignitaries the likes of former mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley and former president Bill Clinton. Under Gater’s guidance Marshall’s Lady Commando’s have won eight […]

  • Chicago school hopeful for grant following Special Olympics success

    Two participants in the state Special Olympics brought home medals in an area many wouldn’t expect from city kids: equestrian. For the first time in Chicago’s history, two CPS students competed in, and medaled in, the equestrian events at the state Special Olympics last month. Shane Blake and Tom Shimoda are both students at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, at 3857 W. 111th Street, participating in the school’s riding program for special needs kids. With help from the public, […]

  • Sweet tooths find a home at American Baking and Sweets Show

    If sugar is your passion, you will likely fall in love with all the goodies available at America’s Baking and Sweets show. Table after table with delectable treats centering on the event’s Wizard of Oz theme tempt both kids and adults – some for tasting, some for just looking. Creativity is the name of the game here, you’ll find plenty of baking accessories and demonstrations to better your craft. The show runs through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.   There  […]

  • Annual Christmas Around the World trees now up at MSI

    The start of the Christmas season began on a bright note Thursday at the Museum of Science and Industry. 30,000 lights were ignited on the 45-foot blue Disney themed Christmas tree, the centerpiece to MSI’s annual Christmas Around the World. It’s a showcase of the holiday season as its celebrated across the globe. Christmas Around the World started at the museum in 1942 as a salute to the allies during World War II. For more info, log on to

  • Local middle schoolers try out MREs as part of ‘Empathy Meal’ experience

    The student council at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield honored the nation’s military vets Wednesday with an “empathy meal.” 6th, 7th and 8th graders got their first taste of overseas deployment by eating a traditional MRE – Meal Ready To Eat. The prepackaged perfectly portioned and nutritiously balanced meal that often sustains service members in the field. On Wednesday, it was a frigid suburban school parkway. Students were able to eat the meal and see what the reality for those […]

  • Military vets lend a hand at exotic animal shelter in Wisconsin

    More than 80 miles northwest of Chicago in southern Wisconsin, 10 acres of non-descript farmland has been a sanctuary to some of the most amazing animals in the world. Valley of the Kings in Sharon, WI is home to tigers, lions, leopards, bears, pigs and a slew of other animals. For many of them, it will be the final resting place. Recently, a group of Chicago-area military vets from Roosevelt University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program visited Valley of the Kings […]


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