Amy Rutledge

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.

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    Great Chicago Fire Festival coming again soon — this time with a twist

    CHICAGO — It’s an extremely busy week at the Redmoon Theater, as crews finish building, and then dismantling, sets and art for this year’s Great Chicago Fire Festival. The works comes with months of collaboration with neighborhoods and projects with After School Matters, personal thoughts covering the centerpiece structure set to burn at the festivals end — all new this year. But the biggest change? The second festival, a rebirth of sorts, will be set in the center of Northerly Island. Last year tens of thousands of spectators watched as […]

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    ‘Ken’ you believe it? 4th annual Ken-vention held in Rosemont

    ROSEMONT, Ill. – The 4th Annual Ken-vention celebrates everyone’s favorite boyfriend once again in Rosemont this week. 140 Ken-ventioneers are expected to attend from across the country. The will buy, sell and learn all the can about Ken. And then there is the shopping. Room after room at the Sheraton O’Hare  is transformed into a wonderland of Ken and Barbie, from the old to the very new – and some very expensive. While today is all fun and games, some […]

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    Artist honors law enforcement, Fox Lake community with artwork, fundraiser

    He is a photographer, a wood carver, a talented Chicago artist and now, a fundraiser. Chris Knight’s art world merged with the world he grew up in as the son of a law enforcement officer. Chris says it is his dad who inspired his career. Most days you will find him in his studio using the old saw his father gave him as a very young man to create beautiful pieces out of reclaimed wood. Many pieces were inspired by […]

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    Learn the lives of holocaust survivors through innovative new technology

    CHICAGO — Meet Pinchas Gutter, an 83-year-old man whose life story — and experiences through the holocaust — is breaking new ground in technology. Pinchas was 11 when his family was killed. He survived by lying about his age. “I stuck to my father like glue; he actually took me with him to the men,” says Pinchas. “If I had been pushed toward children, I wouldn’t be here today. So in a way he saved my life.” His story is a tragic […]

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    2016 America’s Cup coming to Chicago

    CHICAGO — For the first time in America’s Cup’s storied history, a regatta is coming to Chicago, Navy Pier and fresh water. The stop in June of 2016 is part of the first stage of competition for the 2017 America’s Cup being held in Bermuda. Local officials say the pier’s recent upgrades and renovations, along with neighboring fields and parking lots, make it a perfect turnkey location. Cup experts say the changing wind and weather will be a true test for the world’s best […]

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    Second City’s comeback ahead of schedule

    CHICAGO — The second chance of Second City is ahead of schedule. Shows have been dark since the fire on August 26th but the theater itself has been bustling with lights and action. The main stage at Second City will be the focus for its grand reopening this week.  A little over two weeks ago, a fire broke out at neighboring Adobo Grill and spread through a kitchen hood to the shared roof. Some offices have been now gutted and will […]

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    Community holds annual 9/11 fundraiser

    RIVER FOREST, Ill. —    On this 14th anniversary of the Sept 11 terror attacks, a suburban community is once again coming together for a  fundraiser. Residents in the 700 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest established LemonAid in 2002 as a way to honor the victims of 9-11. That first year they raised $400 for a local charity.  In 2013, they raise $32,000. Each year, different charities are selected. WGN’s Amy Rutledge headed to River Forest to see how […]

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    What IS that? Field Museum will help you identify personal discoveries during ID Day

    CHICAGO — Long before the Chicago area became the bustling metropolis we know today, the lands we all live and work on were home to some massive mammals. And if you dig just a few feet down, there is still a good chance you’ll find these things today. Maybe you stumbled into something in your yard or garden and wondered what it could be. Scientists at the Field Museum want to check it out during their second-ever ID Day. Insects, […]

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    Little Village family recovers from pain, heartache after devastating fire

    CHICAGO — It was four o’clock in the morning on Friday, July 8 when Gerald Valdivia’s life was changed forever: fire broke out in the living room of his family’s Little Village apartment. Back troubles had forced him to sleep in his son’s room that night. His wife and two kids were asleep in their bedroom in the rear of the unit. Gerald scoured the apartment  — not seeing his family, he headed outside. Korissa, 24, sacrificed her life to save her two […]

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    Social media celebrates back to school

    Kids are all back in school, Labor Day has passed and social media is booming with the joy that comes with the return to the classroom. And while parents and many school administrators celebrate, the joy of homework and studying is not felt by all. WGN’s Amy Rutledge reached out to Chicago area moms and dads for a look into how the first day went. And you can find more here:   And:   You can view more videos […]


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