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.

Recent Articles
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    Doomsday Clock stays same – 3 min to midnight

    CHICAGO — Members of the Chicago-based “Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists” revealed the clock’s unchanging time simultaneously this afternoon in Washington and at Stanford University in California, stressing the stalemate is not positive. Three minutes til is the closest the clock has been to midnight – and the metaphorical destruction of the planet – since 1983 and the Cold War. The board determined this year was filled with mixed developments: positive news in the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris […]

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    CPS, Navy Pier pair up for first-of-its-kind student program

    CHICAGO — They don’t have the biggest classroom on the planet. But they are getting the opportunity of their lives: a dozen students from South Side Occupational Academy learning — and then doing — in a first of its kind partnership with Navy Pier. Five days a week special needs students are studying and putting into practice real life skills alongside other pier employees. For the last four months, students have done janitorial work, worked in food services and guest […]

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    A look at Geneva’s Primo: All Chocolate Kitchen

    GENEVA, Ill.– Among his astounding creations to date, Chef Alain Roby is known for his massive 1,200 pound chocolate tree and a 950 pound chocolate sculpture of ‘eros’ god of love. Now another Willy Wonka creation is the visual center piece to a completely new venture. “This came from a dream of mine. In the middle of the night I wake up and had the most crazy vision so i did a drawing and the next day i look at […]

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    Possible new planet discovered

    CHICAGO — In 2006, scientists determined Pluto is a dwarf planet and took it out of the list of major planets we all grew up studying. So this newest discovery could become the 9th discovered planet. But the fact is no one has seen it just yet. Planet 9 is on the other side of the sun – which is part of the reason it hasn’t been spotted yet. The 2 Cal Tech scientists who published their findings released today […]

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    Workers brave cold in new Navy Pier Ferris wheel construction

    CHICAGO — The first support leg of the new Navy Pier Ferris wheel went up late Tuesday morning in blinding sunshine. U.S., Dutch and German flags blew in the frigid wind atop the 36,000-pound piece, each representing the workers involved with the design and construction of the pier’s massive addition. The pier is closed Tuesday and Wednesday as six of the legs are being assembled and moved into place, before the center hub will be added and secured. More than […]

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    Blind chef celebrates 1-year anniversary of her Lincoln Park restaurant

    CHICAGO — Cancer robbed chef Laura Martinez of her sight at 1 year old. But her love of food wooed her into her mother’s kitchen as a child, and then to Chicago six years ago to enroll at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. She admits her career path has been anything but easy, trying to convince staff she knew her way around the kitchen, even though she couldn’t see. But quitting was not an option. In 2010, on […]

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    While some cope with cold, others embrace it

    CHICAGO – Chicago saw blinding sunshine throughout much of the day Tuesday,  a rouse to the double digit wind chills and blustery wind that came with it. In the city fluffy snow from overnight swirled around mostly heavily bundled Chicagoans.. Caught off guard by the cold, some Chicagoans moved on quickly.. Others faced it head on as they do each year. Meanwhile the free Wicker Park ice rink installed in December is finally moments away from opening to the public – thanks […]

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    New Adler Planetarium series explores science fiction vs. fact

    CHICAGO – With the popularity of the newest “Star Wars” movie, it’s pretty clear we love sci-fi. “Star Wars,” “The Martian,”  and “Interstellar  are ust a few of the latest movies using the cosmos as the main attraction. But how much of our favorite flicks is science fiction or science fact? Over the next three months the folks at Adler Planetarium are taking a closer look at some popular sci-fi to answer fans’ burning questions. The planetarium will be screening “Star Trek […]

  • David Bowie fans: This museum exhibit is for you

    Hundreds of David Bowie memorabilia will be on display in Chicago starting next week. WGN’s Amy Rutledge provides us with a sneak peak of what fans can check out. More info: David Bowie Is Sept. 23rd – Jan. 4th Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave Tickets – $25


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