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
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    Air & Water Show about to take flight in Chicago

    CHICAGO –The Chicago Air & Water Show takes flight this weekend in Chicago. WGN’s Amy Rutledge got a taste of the skies herself and caught up with a young man who is having the summer of a lifetime up in the air. 16-years-old Joseph Karriem did aerobatics with the legendary Sean D. Tucker as part of the Young Eagles flight program. Joseph has already spent the last seven weeks sharing his love of flying with eight other young Chicago students in […]

  • Police act of kindness caught on camera

    CHICAGO — The video starts out with two Chicago Police officers walking onto the playground at the Milton Brunson Elementary School, talking to a group of a half dozen little kids. One appears to be on his radio momentarily before turning his attention to a little girl dressed in pink with braids in her hair. He gives her a quick ride on the teeter-totter before she jumps off to join the rest of the group, which has surrounded the second officer. […]

  • Rare and historic finds on display at World’s Fair of Money

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — Thousands of coins and paper currency to the tune of more than a billion dollars are on display and up for sale at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Dealers from all over the U.S. as well as mints from Asia, Australia, South Africa and more are showing off collector’s items and pieces of history. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has all the details on the rare and historic items you can find. 2015 World’s Fair of […]

  • Talented young cousins rap against Chicago violence

    CHICAGO — Two cousins, an 11-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, are talented Chicago cousins with dreams of careers in the arts. Kamari Jones started rapping a couple of years ago, just like his dad. When Kamari’s father realized his son was going to rap, he was going to make sure the message his son is sent was a positive one. On Friday Kamari and his cousin Tyla’s first music video was released. “Don’t Shoot” is a topic both are faced with all too […]

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    New project gives city statues a voice – literally

    CHICAGO —   They are sprinkled all over the city; Big bold iconic pieces of art, some with decades of history behind them.  And now they’re ready to spill their secrets. The Miro Sculpture in the Loop for example, has a voice courtesy of Chicago native, writer, director, and producer Shonda Rhimes. Collette Hiller is the producer of “Statue Stories” Chicago, a new public art exhibit unveiled today all across the city.  It was developed to draw new eyes to Chicago’s […]

  • Dragonfly-nado? Not quite, but there are a lot more of them in Chicagoland this summer

    CHICAGO —  If you’ve spent any time out by the lake in recent days, or any body of water, you might notice the Chicago area is being bombarded by dragonflies. But the reason behind the onslaught of the Green Darner, that’s the very large and very fast dragonflies, can be found in the skies above: Rain. A very wet June, has brought the Green Darner out early this year and in large quantities  thanks to the food supply created by […]

  • WGN joins effort on massive Habitat for Humanity rehab project

    ELGIN, Ill. — Work started bright and early this morning in Elgin’s historic district. A quick safety meeting and a layout of the day, and it was into the trenches for the habitat team, which comprised volunteers from Wintrust and some familiar WGN faces. The workers had their work cut out: It was the largest home rehab Habitat of Northern Fox Valley has ever taken on. When construction is finished the historic home will be converted into two three-bedroom units, and the exterior […]

  • Sheep herding your dog

    Chicago– Scott Lucken was bit by the herding bug 18-years ago. Nurturing a dogs natural instinct, exercising their bodies and minds– and just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago on a quiet farm in Crete– he is even whipping city dogs into shape. Amy Rutledge has the story. For more information visit http://www.kimsdogcoaching.com/herding.html    

  • ComEd’s ‘Icebox Challenge’ draws girls to STEM fields

    CHICAGO — They are young, they are ambitious, and today, they are accomplished engineers. Teenage girls from across the Chicagoland area are transforming old refrigerators into race cars. It’s icebox derby. Here, 30 girls divided into six teams are given a recycled fridge and a guide book, setting out on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) journey to see who can build, name and design the logo for the best car — all in four short build sessions. This […]

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    13 kittens abandoned in hot duffel bag now await adoption

    ​ CHICAGO — It was a scorching summer Sunday — temperatures climbed into the mid-80s — when a woman spotted a duffel bag outside of the PAWS medical center in the Little Village neighborhood. Thirteen tiny kittens, two litters, likely a couple of months old, had been dumped on the side of the building, zipped into a bag. Under a vet’s care, the lucky 13 have landed on their feet. The top gun duffle bag kittens — Wolfman, Viper, Merlin, […]

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