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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
  • Chatham woman first in world with revolutionary ‘smart’ bionic ankle

    CHICAGO — Eight years ago surgery brought relief to Vernita Jefferson. A prosthetic leg brought her mobility back — but she faced a whole new set of unexpected struggles. Jefferson couldn’t get into pants; she struggled at movie theatres and in church with her fixed ankle prosthetic always angled in the aisles. That all changed six weeks ago when the 74-year-old Chatham woman became the first in the world to use a Triton smart ankle. Not only does Jefferson’s new bionic […]

  • The butter lamb: Easter symbolism with Chicago ties

    CHICAGO — Each year on Fat Tuesday comes a feeding frenzy across Chicagoland, as Pączkis are snatched up at bakeries across the area. Butter and flour dough delights a Polish tradition baked out of necessity to rid households of the ingredients forbidden during Lent — and the food precursor to another popular tradition in Chicago. The beloved butter lamb is extremely popular in Polish and eastern European households for Easter celebrations. WGN’S Amy Rutledge visited Danish Maid Butter for more. […]

  • Some find joy in spring snow — others, not so much

    CHICAGO — The start of the first full week of spring, and Mother Nature backhands the Chicago area, reminding us all spring is simply a calendar reference when it comes to Chicago weather. While the roads certainly were a big problem during the morning rush, getting to them carried its own challenges, as many folks seemed to have stashed winter tools for the season. For those having to hoof it today, heavy, wet snow really took the breath away. And […]

  • Check out these events in the Chicago area this weekend

    Chicagoland Pet Expo Arlington Int’l Racecourse Through Sun   Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention Through Sun Hyatt Regency O’hare 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave. Rosemont   Chi-Fi 2015 Through Sun Palmer House Hilton 17 E Monroe Chicago

  • Generations swap tech and life lessons in suburban program

    CAROL STREAM, Ill — The Greatest Generation is teaming up with a generation of tech savvy students sharing their knowledge through a program in the suburbs. Twice a month, elementary and middle school students from District 93 in Carol Stream spend their afternoon with residents of Windsor Park retirement community and explain everything from Facebook and Google to Microsoft Office and email. A generation of many who lived through wars and The Depression getting schooled by a generation raised on […]

  • Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day — on the actual day

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s Irish – and not-so-Irish — have been celebrating all weekend, but Tuesday is the actual St. Patrick’s Day. WGN’s Amy Rutledge visited an Irish mainstay down in the Old Town neighborhood to enjoy the festivities.

  • Flower and Garden show blooms at Navy Pier

    CHICAGO — It is the oldest event in the city of Chicago and seems to find a way to change things up a bit every year. The Chicago Flower and Garden show kicks off at Navy Pier Saturday and this year it’s focusing on education; educating the public on flowers, possibilities and some of the good work being done in the city. Students from Chicago’s Ag school have spent two weeks putting sweat equity into their Tiny House Little Big […]

  • Ludacris, Chance the Rapper teach Chicago students importance of staying connected

    CHICAGO — It was more of a dance party than a school assembly Tuesday afternoon at Alcott College Prep on the North Side, as students gathered with city and business leaders to celebrate the power of the Internet and social media. 250 high school students, most of whom grew up on social media, received an education on why computers and smart phones are so vital. Helping bring that message home were two Chicago area natives who knew how to get […]

  • Innovation on display at Home and Housewares Show

    CHICAGO — It’s the place to go for the latest and greatest home and housewares products. The International Home Show is filled with anything and everything you could ever think of for your home; Cookware, bake ware, electrics, storage. And then there are the things you may not know you need like a self-propelled stirring system or a homemade olive oil maker. It is also the place where big and small ideas get off the ground. Industry insiders are able […]

  • Local athletes headed to unique championship

    CHICAGO — A few unique athletes in Rogers Park are getting ready for an unusual and challenging event — the Wheel World Championship. The group has qualified for the 2015 Wheel World Championships in Lignano Italy. WGN’s Amy Rutledge checks in with the team.   Saturday March 14th 4-6pm Sunday March 15th 2-4pm Willye B. White Park Field House 1610 W. Howard St. Chicago 773-262-5051


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