Amy Rutledge
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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
  • North Side shop could be one of the most unique in town

    Adam Rust and his wife own what may be one of Chicago’s most interesting antique shops.. Worldly adventures line each wall of Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities in the Andersonville neighborhood, everything from medical devices to human specimens, sideshow pieces, old technology and taxidermy. Items in the store can change daily. They are bought from auctions and flea markets, antique shows and collectors. Items here range in price from under a dollar up to about $9,000 and everything in between. […]

  • Local author draws on 107 years for inspiration

    She is small in stature, and a little soft spoken, but those are the only things unassuming about Merle Phillips. At 107-years-old, you will still often find her hunched over with her magnifying glass pouring her thoughts onto paper. Just last year she published her latest book, “Beautiful Pebbles” and like the 10 before it, it recounts some of the major milestones in her life: Growing up in Iowa, moving to Chicago, falling in love with her husband Leonard and […]

  • Chicago celebrates and honors Little League team

    The streets of Chicago were filled with pride during Wednesday morning’s celebrations for Jackie Robinson West. The city celebrated the team’s Little League National Championship with a rally and a parade.

  • What the little league can mean to a community

    Wednesday was a great day for everyone involved with Jackie Robinson West Little League. And while we see the success on the field, there’s much more than that. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more on what the league means to the community where the kids play.

  • Day begins with fan-lined parade for JRW

    Wednesday began for the Jackie Robinson West players with a parade fitting for any national championship team from Chicago. Fans lined the streets of Chicago’s South Side all the way to Millennium Park to cheer on the team and thank them for their incredible World Series showing. Amy Rutledge has the story from the streets.

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    Farm..er roof to table: Chicago eatery says what grows there is eaten there

    From the outside, it looks like your typical Chicago restaurant but high atop of Uncommon Ground in Rogers Park, things are anything but typical. It’s where you will find the country’s first ever certified organic rooftop farm – 700-square feet of produce. Last year it yielded one thousand pounds of food including everything from peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, kale – as well as cilantro, beans, honey and tomatoes. Everything grown up here, ends up right here as it’s whipped up into […]

  • High tech protection coming to area prep football players

    It is that time of year: Back to school – and back to the football field for thousands of students across the Chicago area. The discussion over head injuries, their diagnosis and treatment remain a hot button issue. The Rosemont-based Riddell has a testing lab focused on growing trends in helmet technology. An ”Insite helmet” accounts for a players position and level of play. And four sensors in the helmet will initiate an alert. If an onfield hit is deemed […]

  • Going… going… POOF! Houdini items set for Chicago auction

    Harry Houdini’s amazing magic career took off just before the start of the 19 Century and today nearly 90 years after his death, he remains a household name. This week, many of his treasured items hit the auction block. Pieces of Houdini’s signature acts can be found among the more than 200 items going up for auction. Owning a piece of history won’t come cheap. Bids are expected to start at $25 dollars and go as high as $10,000. More […]

  • Volunteers fill Union Station to help feed starving children of the world

    Thousands of volunteers in Chicago are taking on a very serious task over the next two days: Feeding starving children across the world. Feed My Starving Children is a 25 year old organization that supplies 215 million meals a year to 70 countries around the world. At Union Station today and tomorrow – one of the organizations largest mobile packing events – will ultimately feed a half of a million kids in sub-Sahara Africa. The food will go mostly to […]

  • More than just horses: Fancy hats, cocktails & more at the Arlington Million

    WGN Features Reporter Amy Rutledge shows that there’s more to the Arlington Million than horses.

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