Amy Rutledge is an Emmy award winning reporter for WGN Evening News. 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.


Recent Articles
  • Riding the Red Line: Jarvis jammed pack with fun

    CHICAGO — It is possibly the least traveled stop along the Red Line. The Jarvis Station sits between Ashland and Greenview in Rogers Park  in an incredibly diverse community just blocks from the lake.    It is largely residential except for a quaint area just steps from the train known as Jarvis Square. Dan Sullivan’s great grandfather built one of the main buildings, knowing the train was his ticket to success. “He knew it was coming up and said, ‘Okay people […]

  • Seen from Skycam: Suburban military museum an educational tribute to those who serve

    ZION, Ill. — Just feet from the Wisconsin border and the Tri-State sits a rather unassuming looking warehouse with some pretty amazing contents. The Russell Military Museum is 10 acres of military history with roughly 400 vehicles, planes, helicopters and motorcycles from just about every U.S. involved conflict. Kyle Sonday is the museum’s vice president and virtuoso. “My grandfather was an armor during WWII,” he says.  “He started a gun shop in Chicago in Berwyn.  My father grew up in […]

  • What’s the right way to merge? Miscues often create tension in traffic

    CHICAGO— Merging maniacs can be frustrating, infuriating, and create big problems on the roads. On our congested streets, it seems certain drivers are often trying to merge too early while others wait to the last minute, or even worse, avoid the traffic altogether by turning the shoulder into their own personal lane. A little bit of consideration seems to go a long way with most drivers. Their advice is simple: don’t be pushy, use your signal, wait your turn and generally […]

  • Riding to the top of the Red Line is worth it for these must-see spots

    While the Red Line carries more riders than any other, many commuters don’t know about the fantastic places found blocks away from its stops. So WGN’s Amy Rutledge is Riding the Red Line from Rogers Park to 95th St. to highlight the can’t-miss spots along the way  CHICAGO — Set on the north side of Rogers Park, the Howard stop is the merge point for the yellow and purple lines and serves as the northern end of the Red Line. Here […]

  • Campaign taps commuters’ complaints on social media to push for transit funding

    CHICAGO — Whether it’s potholes on the streets, crammed cars on the rails or buses that never appear on time, there’s no shortage of frustrations faced by commuters on a daily basis. While plenty turn to social media to vent their frustration, that doesn’t really help solve the problem. Bad publicity can put some pressure on officials to do better, but most posts are lost in the digital shuffle. Instead, a new campaign by the Metropolitan Planning Council calls on commuters […]

  • April snow causes slick roads, crashes during AM commute

    CHICAGO —  A Winter Weather Advisory in parts of the Chicago-area made for a messy commute. Multiple crashes were reported in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties in Illinois, as well as in northwest Indiana. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20 allowed accumulations of 1 to 2-inches.  The most accumulation was in counties generally along and north of Interstate 90, but there will be at least a dusting of snow with spotty slick spots in areas a little […]

  • Chicago and suburban March for Our Lives events: What you need to know

    CHICAGO — Millions of people will take part Saturday in first-ever March for Our Lives rally. The event is organized by survivors of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. According to their website: “March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, D.C., to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” The main march will be held in Washington D.C.  […]

  • ‘One pot’ meth lab found in Indiana White Castle, police say

    HOBART, Ind. — Police found a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside a White Castle restaurant Friday in northwest Indiana. Officers were called to the White Castle at 7996 W. Ridge Rd. in Hobart, Ind., about 10:50 a.m. Friday for a report of a suspicious person, according to the Hobart Police Department. Police found a man with a “suspected one pot” meth lab, the department said in a statement. One man was taken into custody. Four officers were treated for exposure to chemicals. […]

  • Massive Tri-State expansion comes with consequences for residents

    HINSDALE, Ill. — A massive expansion planned for the Tri State Tollway will widen lanes and improve traffic congestion, hopefully for years to come. In some areas, like the Village of Hinsdale, it will means six driveable lanes in each direction and a flex lane for public transit. But all that construction comes with big consequences for people living near the tollway. Tollway chairman Bob Schillerstrom says they will talk with residents if they want to sell their homes but […]

  • ‘Mummies’ uses technology to unravel mysteries after thousands of years

    CHICAGO —  Some may be around 2,000 years old, but the mysteries of the mummies in the Field Museum’s newest exhibit have only unraveled in recent years thanks to modern technology. “CT scanning has really made a tremendous difference to how we approach mummies because before that we were afraid to do anything because we didn’t want to disturb the wrappings,” Field Museum conservator JP Brown said. CT scans have not only unlocked the secrets behind the deaths of these […]