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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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    Monday Morning meteor lights up the Midwest: Adler experts weigh in

    The Chicago sky was lit up by a dramatic celestial event early this morning. A Lisle police officer on patrol caught amazing video of the fireball in the northwest sky just before 1:30 a.m. Monday.  It was just a few brilliant seconds but word of the large meteor spread across the area in a flash. Around 200 reports of the bright green orb came from people in Illinois and Wisconsin and all the way to New York and Canada. Experts […]

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    Aspiring writer has magical day with Disney on Ice and a special invite too

    WGN News first introduced you to Erin Feeney nearly one year ago.  She’s an amazing writer who was robbed of speech and mobility by cerebral palsey. She has never let her disability slow her down.. At 16, she published her first collection of short stories and a director based a short film on it for the Naperville film festival last year. Today at the United Center the now 25-year-old spent her afternoon catching Disney on Ice.  The newest show, “Follow […]

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    All things pizza and a slice of history at new traveling exhibit

    NILES, Ill. — Thin crust, deep dish, plain or everything on it, whatever your penchant for pizza, a slice of its past is now being served at a new exhibit in the suburbs. Kendall Bruns founded the U.S. Pizza Museum in 2015.   A transplant from Cincinnati he now studies and shares his love of the cheesy pie at pop up exhibits across the area. “I love pizza but so do a lot of other people,” Kendall says.   “And I found […]

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    Chicago celebrates Chinese New Year with series of events

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    Annual White Sox Fest underway in Chicago

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    Could an app help solve Chicago’s violence problem?

    Five young women from De La Salle Institute in the Bronzeville neighborhood tapped into their daily lives to solve a the problem  of violence on Chicago streets. Their solution is an app  called “Save Our City.” It is the brainstorm of an app development class which is earning them some big accolades.  The group won best in state and best in region awards in a nationwide app challenge from Verizon. The Save Our City app beat out 1800 submissions across […]

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    ‘Kindness is cool:’ Teen celebrates his differences using grace, humor to teach others

    Peter Dankelson is a pretty typical high school kid. He enjoys fencing, plays electric guitar  and annoys his little brother.  But he looks a little different.  Peter was born with Goldenhar syndrome. He was born 10-weeks early and weighed just over two pounds.  He had breathing troubles and couldn’t be moved.  He needed a feeding tube and trach tube to survive. Peter has a fantastic sense of humor which he, his mother Dede and his younger brother Jacob are sharing […]

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    K9 statues will help decorate city streets this summer while helping raise money

    CHICAGO — You may have seen the brightly colored, sparkling horse statues which once lined the Magnificent Mile.  Many of them paid tribute to Chicago police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The Horses of Honor program through the Chicago Police Foundation helped raise $800,000 dollars for officers families over the last two years. And a new figure is about to join the force: K9’s for Cops. This summer, 200 K9 statues will line Michigan […]

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    Local student one of just 39 selected to be part of national Kids Press Corp.

    Hundreds of journalists from around the world converged on Chicago last week as President Obama gave his farewell address. But what you likely didn’t see hidden below the TV lights, cameras and broadcasting equipment was the youngest journalist allowed in the press area: 13-year-old Chicagoan Joseph Gorman. And like the pros, Joey was hard at work.  He conducted interviews, took pictures and got himself prepped for his biggest, and first, assignment ever. The start of an exciting future in journalism […]

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    Sea of Cubbie blue at annual fan convention

    CHICAGO – By noon fans were already packed in the check in line – anxiously awaiting the chance to get inside.. A sea of Cubbie blue is flooding downtown Chicago this weekend. Happy fans bursting with pride, and Cubs paraphernalia, are celebrating the team that finally brought home the Commissioners Trophy at the annual Cubs Convention. There’s plenty for fans to do, from sifting through and buying merchandise, watching a Louisville Slugger bat-making demo, even meeting Cubs legends. An enormous […]