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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
  • Chicago button company celebrating 20 years of creativity

    CHICAGO — The Busy Beaver Button Company is a business and a museum. Christen carter started the company two decades ago in her college dorm. Today, 10,000 sit in her museum collection and her company cranks out three and a half million every year. Busy Beaver is celebrating 20 years in Chicago. It is planning an expansion and a book about button history, all while churning out thousands of buttons a day – 30,000 a day to be exact. It […]

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    Chicago celebrates its 178th birthday

      CHICAGO — Today is Chicago’s 178th birthday. The city was incorporated on this date in 1837. The Chicago History Museum is hosting a party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the past year Chicago has received several unofficial accolades. Researchers at the University of Colorado called Chicago the funniest city in America, and GQ calls it the greatest drinking city. And Trip Advisor says the Art Institute of Chicago is the best museum in the world.

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    Students’ business good for the environment, community… and body

    CHICAGO — A very special after school program in Chicago has set it’s sights on creating a better environment. It’s called Sprouting Out. The program helps teens create businesses that are eco-friendly and good for the community. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more. And for more info, log on to:  

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    Pac-Man the star of new eatery, entertainment complex in Woodfield Mall

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill — Inspired by the game that filled childhoods more than three decades ago, Level 257 is a whole new world of Pac-Man. 16 bowling lanes line the sides of this massive new dining and entertainment spot in Schaumburg. There is foosball, Ping-Pong and arcade games including everything from Pac-Man and Space Invaders to Quebert and Asteroids. There’s also a high end lounge and restaurant. The extensive menu includes a kale salad with apricot vinaigrette, cauliflower steak, filet mignon […]

  • Lincoln Park shop specializes in sweet French delicacy

    CHICAGO — Macarons: The French delicacy has gotten so popular an entire store dedicated to the crunchy sweet goodness has opened in Lincoln Park. Cindy Summers celebrated the grand opening of Sugar Fixe this past weekend which showcases 15 traditional flavors of macarons and a slew of inspired pastries.. There is a taste to fit just about every pallet. You’ll find the traditional pistachio and hazelnut as well as the more unique like chocolate mint, Nutella, salted caramel, rose lychee […]

  • Program teaches kids value of volunteering

    DEERFIELD, Ill —    A program aimed at getting children involved in their community is designed to create lifelong volunteers. And as a group of students from Deerfield recently learn – the program is definitely working. The Kindness Connection was started nine years ago. Through the program, students from Walden Elementary learned through hands on activities how to really help those in need. The students made gifts and packages for a nearby animal shelter. To date, Kindness Connection has worked […]

  • Skaters go for gold in Illinois Special Olympics

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Some days they are on the ice by 5 a.m., several times a week working with coaches and fellow competitors — traveling across the state for competitions and for comradery with other athletes. All the hard work is well worth it — if they walk away Thursday with a medal. With 11 years invested in the sport, Chicagoan Barbara Kozdron already has several gold medals at home. But each competition and routine is special. A Level 3 […]

  • Chicago and the nation celebrate Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras celebrations aren’t limited to New Orleans this Fat Tuesday. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has a round up of how the nation and Chicago celebrated. Among the places to party in Chicago will be Division Street.  From 8 p.m. to midnight  tonight The Lodge Tavern, She-nannigans, Bootleggers, The Hangge-Uppe, Mother’s Too, and The Original Mother’s will “mimic the revelry of New Orleans.” The Bourbon Street on Division Street Mardi Gras events are listed below. – Jambalaya at The Lodge Tavern: […]

  • Pop-up shop helps Valentines find unique gifts

    SKOKIE, Ill — Skipping the flowers and getting a creative Valentine’s Day gift has never been so easy with a Dose Market. Chicago-based artisans have plenty of ideas to make your significant other happy this holiday, from jewelry, scarves, baby clothes, and edible gifts. It’s all under one roof at The Cube at Westfield Old Orchard. More info:    

  • Naked poetry? Haunted house? Chicago area full of Valentine’s Day uniqueness

    CHICAGO — Valentine’s Day is Saturday and you can do the dinner and a movie route –  or you can do something a little different. From naked poetry to a Valentine’s Day themed haunted house, to more family friendly and educational, the Chicago area is robust with Valentine’s Day uniqueness. Amy Rutledge has a roundup. Parent Child Valentine’s Dance Maggie Daley Park 337 E. Randolph St. Friday Feb. 13th 6p-8p Tickets – $10;02-14-2015 Dances from the Heart Sat. […]


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