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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.


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    Man’s solo rowing adventure on homemade boat to benefit childhood cancer

    Today marks the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It also marks the countdown to a major undertaking by a west suburban man bringing attention to one of the most aggressive forms. In 29 days Jake Beckley will set off on a 65 mile solo rowing adventure across Lake Michigan in his own homemade boat. The magnitude matches the meaning behind Jake’s quest – to raise money and awareness for neuroblastoma – the most aggressive and one of the most […]

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    Fun and tranquility await at Lake County’s new Des Plaines River Trail

    It may feel like it’s miles away from the Chicagoland hustle and bustle, with it’s sunshine, wildlife and tranquility,  but the Des Plaines River Trail is actually right in its backyard. It has taken the Lake County Forest Preserve 54 years to complete it. The trail was  built piece by piece over the decades while raising money and acquiring land.  The unbroken greenway runs from Russell Road far North to the county border at Lake Cook Road. Lake County Forest […]

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    New Canine Athletic Center aims to keep dogs in shape

    CHICAGO — We all know we should work out. Stronger heart and lung, stronger body, weight control, rehabbing injuries — the list of benefits is seemingly endless. So why should work outs be reserved for our two legged family? Inside the new Canine Athletic Center in Buffalo Grove, pets’ physical strength and abilities are the focus. Whether a dog is dealing with advancing age, arthritis, an injury, doctors say the underwater treadmills are a great place to start, allowing dogs to stand on their own, relax their […]

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    Air and Water Show will feature high-tech F-35 fighter’s debut, honor Chicagoans

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    ‘Focus Desk’ can be revelation for students with learning difficulties

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    Discovering a love for water through adaptive water skiing

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    What’s the big deal about ‘tiny homes?’

    CHICAGO — Set amongst some of the tallest buildings in the city are some of the smallest homes you’ve likely ever seen. Two “tiny homes” from the Tumbleweed Company have been erected in Chicago ahead of a nationwide tour promoting the growing trend of tiny house living. One is called “Rose” and is 218 square feet, eight and half feet wide and 24 feet long. The kitchen includes a full fridge, an induction cooktop and lots of cabinet space. The […]

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    One girl’s mission: help kids who lose their hair to keep on smiling

    CHICAGO — Rosie Quinn’s personality fills the room: chatty, bubbly, and funny, the five-year-old isn’t letting alopecia slow her down. She wasn’t born with the autoimmune disease that attacks her hair follicles. Rosie’s hair was thick and long early on, according to her parents. But when she was two years old her mom started to notice a bald spot on the top of her head. “Within a week and a half the hair was completely gone,” said Paula, her mother. […]

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    Ceremony, memorial mark 50th annivesary of MLK march in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A ceremony was held Friday in Chicago’s Marquette Park, 50 years to the day when Martin Luther King Jr and hundreds of others marched in Chicago seeking desegregation. A living monument to Dr. King and the Chicago Freedom Movement was dedicated at the ceremony. Rev Jesse Jackson was in Chicago today and on August 5th 1966 when 700 people marched to Kedzie Ave and 67th street as a show of unity and searching for home. Dozens of community […]

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    Team from Garfield Ridge will play in Senior League Baseball World Series

    Another victory for the Clear Ridge baseball team based out of Chicago. They are now in the championship game of the Senior League Baseball World Series. Earlier today WGN’s Amy Rutledge was in Garfield Ridge where the community was on pins and needles watching the teens play their hearts out in Bangor, Maine. The Clear Ridge team represents the Central Region of the U.S in the series. They play for the title this weekend.