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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
  • Financial implications after JRW stripped of title

    CHICAGO — Chicago Little League team Jackie Robinson West was stripped of its U.S. title Wednesday, so what about all the money that was spent during and after the team’s run for the championship? There are certainly some financial implications as a result that will be talked about in the coming days and weeks. But with the questions also comes some gray area.

  • From Valentine’s Day to the Oscars, a sweet little taste of Chicago

    If there is a love in your life with a special place in their heart for chocolate, Terry’s Toffee may just hit the spot. The signature recipe taken from his grandma McCall years ago, Terry took it from there, expanding to 17 different recipes. His candy collection has even snagged a few celebrity sweet-tooths. He sends close to 50 pounds to the Oscars each year. And with that shipment out, this week is all about making sure shelves are stocked […]

  • Suburban students’ Alzheimer’s patient app wins award for school

    Some science and technology improvements are coming to a south suburban school thanks to seven of its young students. Their smartphone app design earned them the title of “Best in Region” for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The Remember Me smartphone app is a collection of pictures and notes about loved ones and friends.  Student Annie Gainer was motivated to design the app after her and her family watched as her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s quickly took away precious family memories. Annie […]

  • Warmer temps wont melt the fun at Snow Days

    CHICAGO –  Navy Pier’s a winter festival Snow Days kicks off this weekend. It featured artists who sculpt and create statues in the snow. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has the details.   Snow Days Chicago Saturday Feb. 7th 11am – 8pm Sunday Feb. 8th 11am – 6pm 600 East Grand Avenue Chicago 1-312-595-5282

  • NHL legends take the ice at Soldier Field for a good cause

    It’s the perfect time to hit the ice– for a cause. Unite on the Ice brings famous hockey players and the public to Soldier Field where they’ll skate and help raise money for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More info at

  • Berwyn cafe offers cup of Joe with a side of charity

    From the outside , Mission House Cafe in west suburban Berwyn  looks like a typical café.  It has a warm atmosphere, inviting food  and the whirl of fresh coffee being made. But with each cup comes a helping hand to people across the area and the world. For each cup of Joe he and his staff pour, manager Joshua Brniak is helping to end sex trafficking, feed the hungry and provide housing and clean water.  Each month, a new charity […]

  • Chicago group embraces winter weather with curling

    CHICAGO – Some say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. The cold temperatures outside are being matched indoors with a sport on ice — curling. WGN’s Amy Rutledge visited Kaiser Tiger – a new party place on Chicago’s Near West Side. Kaiser Tiger 1415 W. Randolph St. Chicago 312-243-3100

  • New suburban spots impress at Chicago Restaurant Week

    One of the newest additions to the suburban restaurant scene very easily could be the biggest: Grillhouse by David Burke. The restaurant boasts 22,000 square feet of seating and party space in northwest suburban Schaumburg, focusing on a farm-to-table concept. For Chicago Restaurant Week, there are regular menu items at discounted prices in an effort to lure new customers — and keep them. For more information: Grillhouse by David Burke 1301 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (847) 517-1600 And […]

  • Restaurant Week kicks off in Chicago

    CHICAGO–  It’s officially restaurant week in Chicago. Over 250 restaurants take part in the annual culinary celebration featuring special prix fixed menus ranging from $22 – $44, before tax, tip and drinks. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has a preview of some of the hottest menu items. Top spots off the beaten path for Chicago Restaurant Week

  • Renowned chef, Guinness record holder unveils chocolate creation

    Already a candy god himself with three Guinness World Records under his belt, renowned pastry chef Alain Roby has done it again. The Greek symbol of love and desire, known for shooting magical golden arrows, was a labor of love for chef Roby, who transformed 948 pounds of white chocolate and pulled sugar into the massive sculpture. The body, bow and individual constructed feathers were each made of chocolate. The quiver, arrows, sandals, bracelets and belt – a challenge in […]


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