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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
  • What lurks in Lincoln Park’s Garden of the Dead?

    Even today, Lincoln Park remains the final resting place for thousands of Chicago’s earliest residents. In 1843, Chicago opened its first city cemetery on the land from North Ave to Wisconsin St, Clark to what is now the edge of Lake Shore Drive. Remains from two other city cemeteries were moved here and up until the mid-1860’s most of Cook County was buried there. Garden of the Dead: The History of Lincoln Park’s Elusive Graves Tuesday, October 28, 8:00–10:00 p.m. […]

  • Long line doesn’t deter fans on Hot Doug’s last day

    Hot dog hopefuls started lining up Thursday night after suffering through the worst weather we’ve seen in months. The line for Hot Doug’s last day in business stretched more than a city block. Amy Rutledge has the story.

  • Baker finds creative, delicious ways around food allergies

    After watching her daughter suffer through a near-death food allergy reaction, a suburban mom decided to take control of the situation in a creative–and delicious–way. Parties and bakeries were a mine field Laura Meeham and her daughter Callie, who has severe food allergies. And from that the idea for Callie’s Cuties was born. It took Laura and her family years of trial and error to get her bakery off the ground. Custom cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes – just to […]

  • CPS culinary students honor staff of 200 with breakfast

    A group of students from Prossor Career Academy woke up early Monday to make sure the teachers and staff started the day off right. For National Coffee Day, the students prepared a thank you breakfast for 200 faculty and staff. As early as sophomore year, Prossor students can begin in culinary arts for one period a day. By senior year they may be spending up to three hours a day in a kitchen. More than 40 times a year they […]

  • ‘A Tarantino, Scorsese, Mozart mix:’ Sneak peek at Lyric Opera’s 60th season

    Costumes are prepped. Wigs are tweaked. Hair and makeup makes its way to the performers dressing rooms – it’s one of the busiest days at Chicago’s Lyric Opera – and the curtain hasn’t even risen on the season yet. Amy Rutledge got a preview of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. When it opened 60 years ago, it was considered the Lyric’s calling card opera and has been performed here a few times over the decades. The updated version – organizers say – […]

  • 13th is a scarily unlucky number at Chicago’s newest haunted house

    From the supernatural, monsters, conspiracy theories – the blackened sky’s the limit inside Chicago’s newest haunted house The 13th Floor. The 30,000 square foot attraction in Melrose Park is divided into two separate yet equally terrifying experiences. The Rising is a “gothic and ghoulish” destination inspired by an actual graveyard in Paris. The Dead End District is a “zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic dead zone with urban and rural settings.” Studio designed sets and trained actors intensify the terror. As WGN’s Amy Rutledge shows […]

  • Young voters get a how-to

    High school students in Norridge are determined to have their voices heard in the elections ahead. 400 juniors and seniors from Ridgewood High School brought together today by members of the Harwood Heights Youth Advisory Council registered to vote or pledged to register when they turn 18. Local and state officials were on hand for a discussion about politics and Washington, jobs, taxes and a slew of other concerns. More information at  

  • Connect the body and the universe in Chinatown herbalist tour

    Thousands of years before western medicine was introduced, many people relied on plants, animals and minerals for health and wellness. They are all integral pieces to traditional Chinese medicine. TCM is based on the belief the universe and our bodies are interconnected. Kathy Lai is well versed in the lifestyle and hopes to make it a future career. She will teach the main principals this weekend in Chinatown’s first ever herbalist walking tour. Chinatown Herbalist Walking Tour Sat. Sept. 27th […]

  • 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

  • The crazy things people leave behind at airports

    Checked baggage can cost air travelers a lot of money but that doesn’t prevent some people from leaving their luggage behind. WGN’s Amy Rutledge checks out some of the loot TSA agents see on a regular basis.


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