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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
  • Siblings finally meet after a lifetime of separation

    Betty Graff was seven years old when her parents divorced. Not long after she joined her mother and little sister in a new home, with their mom’s new boyfriend. They were happy, she said, for a short time. But it was the mid 1950s, and much to her grandmother’s disapproval, mom’s boyfriend, Leon, was black. In 1957 the girls moved in with their grandmother. Betty’s mom would visit sporadically; in 1961 the visits with Betty and little Christine stopped. Unbeknown […]

  • Embracing others’ differences — and choosing kindness

    Three-year-old Mary Cate is everything a little girl should be, but she will face a lifetime of challenges others could never imagine. Mary Cate was born with Apert syndrome, a very rare craniofacial condition that affects her head, hands and feet. Mary Cate will likely always look a little different. She has already undergone five surgeries in her young life to separate her fingers and toes and give her brain room to grow — and faces a lifetime of other […]

  • Drab home after the holidays? Spruce it back up, on a budget

    Whether you prefer hip, contemporary or traditional, the new year is here — and if your home is screaming for some TLC with the holiday décor down, there’s one option that may keep you from breaking the bank. There isn’t much you won’t find at Coyle and Herr home furnishings and consignment. You can buy once piece to spruce up your current space, or sell it all and start over. Coyle and Herr has furniture in just about any style, […]

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    Mini revelers ring in a fun (and early) new year thanks to local museum

    The confetti dropped at 10:30 this morning after an early morning bash at the Kohl Children’s Museum. It was the museum’s 15th annual celebration complete with horns, music, dancing as well as a beauty salon, arts and crafts and pictures. Many mini revelers prepped for the big confetti drop – 14 hours before midnight – while the energy was still flowing. More info: Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd. Glenview IL 847-832-6600 Winter Wonderland Family Event Friday Jan. 16Th […]

  • Winter camp expands little minds and taste buds

    You can expand little ones’ pallet, defrost the winter blues and sneak in a little learning inside winter camp at the Kids Table in Wicker Park. As chef, each camper learns a little kitchen safety and some cooking lingo. The chopping, mixing, rolling and grating is in their hands as they follow a recipe step by step with the class. Healthy cooking is the focus for ages 2 to 16. Recipes are all vegetarian and allergy conscious. The adults handle […]

  • Chicago man aims to make a difference, treats homeless to gifts

    Conrad Crockett’s nearly weekly delivery of goodie bags to Chicago’s homeless community all stems from a revelation he had a few months ago. A customize sneaker hobbiest, Conrad says, “I actually had an ah ha moment, I’m a huge sneaker head so I go to a lot of sneaker events and I started to notice how much money we actually spend on speakers.” On his YouTube page he called on followers to donate old shoes and now this 25-year-old father […]

  • Love Elf on the Shelf? The real deal hits Chicago to spread cheer

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  • Class makes drama of high school a hit on YouTube

    They may not be the next DiCaprio or Scorsese yet, but a group of seniors from Chicago’s Whitney Young High School are turning more than just a few heads with their production of Hallways of our Lives. It is a soap opera parody written, directed, shot, edited and starred in by students in Whitney Young’s honors TV production class. It airs each Wednesday across campus as part of the school’s longer weekly TV production, but the often ridiculous story line […]

  • ‘Flavor tripping’ at new cafe in Chicago

    His brain operates half science, half chef and Homaro Cantu’s newest creation Berrista is a sweet marriage of both – without the guilt. He calls it healthy junk food and there is no sugar on his pastries – thanks to the so called miracle berry. Chef Cantu calls it flavor tripping and it’s something he’s dabbled in for years at his restaurants Moto and the shuttered Ing.   At Berrista Café in Old Irving Park, it is a focal point of […]

  • North Side center offers workshops to help you make unique gifts

    On the city’s North Side, you can watch glass blowers create holiday art before your very eyes – and even create your own. The Lillstreet Art Center is offering workshops so that you can create a unique, handmade gifts for someone on your list. Amy Rutledge tried her hand at it and has the story.   Lillstreet Art Center 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 769-4226  


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