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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
  • Service is ‘Cleaning for a Reason’ – helping cancer patients

    Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit which partners local cleaning companies with women battling cancer. It’s a small gesture but one that can have a big impact on the people, removing the pressure of housework and adding the peace of mind it’s been done. Since Cleaning for a Reason began eight years ago, $4.5 million dollars in free maid services have been donated across the U.S. More than two dozen companies in Chicagoland have partnered with the organization, helping […]

  • Chicago celebrates Columbus Day

    Grey gloomy weather didn’t dampen spirits of those participating in today’s Columbus Day parade in Chicago. The festive music, the bright floats and hundreds of people rolled down State Street in tribute to Christopher Columbus and his contributions to the New World. Amy Rutledge has more.

  • Chicagoland Bricklayer Competition

    The search is on for the best bricklayer in the Chicago area. The Specmix Bricklayer 500 Regional Competition was held in Addison on Friday. The event featured masonry skills for quality and productivity and a chance to compete for cash, prizes and a trip to Las Vegas, NV for a National Competition.    

  • Weekend auction car lover’s dream

    Car enthusiasts can take a step back in time at this year’s Mecum Car Auction taking place this weekend. Over three days, one thousand cars will cross the auction block, that’s one every two and a half minutes, enticing collectors and good old fashion car lovers.   Info: Mecum Chicago Auction Schaumburg Convention Center 1551 Thoreau Dr N Oct. 9-11 Opens daily at 8am, tickets 20$

  • MSI opens new exhibit exploring Numbers in Nature

    Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, MSI’s newest permanent exhibit opened its very elaborate doorway today. It explores patterns in nature and the math associated with them. It’s all in the name of math and science and getting kids to notice where it pops up in the world around them. More info at

  • Local ingredients, unique flavors hallmark of new Logan Square spot dedicated to plant based lifestyle

    Owen & Alchemy is an apothecary of juice and food in Logan Square focuses on a plant based lifestyle. It is a lifestyle Anne Owen is passionate about, a passion she found in partner and well known Chicago chef Jared Van Camp. Local ingredients and unique flavors punch the salads and bowls on the food side of chef’s menu. The largest part of the menu is the juices. Blends – broken down by fruits and nuts and seeds. An expert […]

  • What lurks in Lincoln Park’s Garden of the Dead?

    Even today, Lincoln Park remains the final resting place for thousands of Chicago’s earliest residents. In 1843, Chicago opened its first city cemetery on the land from North Ave to Wisconsin St, Clark to what is now the edge of Lake Shore Drive. Remains from two other city cemeteries were moved here and up until the mid-1860’s most of Cook County was buried there. Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park’s Elusive Graves Tuesday, October 28, 8:00–10:00 p.m. […]

  • Long line doesn’t deter fans on Hot Doug’s last day

    Hot dog hopefuls started lining up Thursday night after suffering through the worst weather we’ve seen in months. The line for Hot Doug’s last day in business stretched more than a city block. Amy Rutledge has the story.

  • Baker finds creative, delicious ways around food allergies

    After watching her daughter suffer through a near-death food allergy reaction, a suburban mom decided to take control of the situation in a creative–and delicious–way. Parties and bakeries were a mine field Laura Meeham and her daughter Callie, who has severe food allergies. And from that the idea for Callie’s Cuties was born. It took Laura and her family years of trial and error to get her bakery off the ground. Custom cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes – just to […]

  • CPS culinary students honor staff of 200 with breakfast

    A group of students from Prossor Career Academy woke up early Monday to make sure the teachers and staff started the day off right. For National Coffee Day, the students prepared a thank you breakfast for 200 faculty and staff. As early as sophomore year, Prossor students can begin in culinary arts for one period a day. By senior year they may be spending up to three hours a day in a kitchen. More than 40 times a year they […]


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