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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, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.


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    Unique suburban daycare program benefits young and old

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. — A northwest Chicago suburb has found a way to bridge the generations with a day care that caters to both young and old. Inside Lutheran Home’s large senior living facility, a childcare and preschool program brings together two very different generations to teach and  cherish the new and the experienced. The Shepherd’s Flock Program cares for kids six weeks to five years. There is reading, arts, crafts, games and songs. Grandpa Mark Thomas has seven grandkids […]

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    Time spent in gym, not on streets, help shape young boxers

    CHICAGO — Some of Chicago’s smallest boxers showed off their hard work and fantastic skills at Daley Plaza today. They prove it takes big courage and dedication to be successful in the park district’s boxing program. There are 21 boxing centers across the city.  The centers are open to any kids 8 and older. The Chicago Park District has produced some famous names the likes of Olympian Michael Bennett and David Diaz and former champion Montell Griffin. And of course, Mohammed […]

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    How tragedy of 9/11 turned Chicago-area man into a LEGO legend

    CHICAGO — It filled his childhood, even launched him into a career in architecture, but Adam Reed Tucker didn’t merge his two passions until 2006. Like many Americans devastated by the loss of life on 9/11, Tucker also found in the years that followed the attacks that architecture was suffering. He said he wanted to raise awareness not to be afraid of vertical architecture of tall buildings. Tucker made a LEGO model of One World Trade Center, to teach people […]

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    Program aims to feed children all summer long

    For many kids, summer is a time play, get out enjoy the sunshine and just be a kid. But for some students who rely on school meal programs for the food they need each day, Summer can be a tough time. During the school year, 22 million kids get free or low cost meals in Illinois. In the summer, less than 18 percent of those get food assistance. Summer Meals in Illinois is a program  to help fill void. The […]

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    Pint sized philanthropist helping city’s homeless one bag at a time

    CHICAGO —  He is a little man on a big mission.  At 8-years-old Jahkil Thompson is determined to make life better for Chicago’s homeless. He was just 5-years-old the first time his aunt took him with her to feed area homeless. “When I saw how they live, I was and it made me want to help the homeless,” he said. “We literally will be driving down the street and tears well up in his eyes when someone comes to the […]

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    Young burn survivors find acceptance, fun at special camp

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — From a distance, it seems like any other typical summer camp, kids out in the sunshine playing games and living carefree. But carefree is a luxury many of them don’t have the other 51-weeks of the year. Camp I Am Me is for burn survivors. For seven days each summer, kids from all over the state converge on Camp Duncan near Fox Lake and enjoy swimming and the outdoors as well as therapy, confidence building and […]

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    DIY science experiments fight ‘brain drain’ and keep kids learning all summer long

    CHICAGO – While kids love getting out of school for the summer, taking time off from learning can result in “brain drain” where they start to forget what they learned throughout the year. But the Museum of Science and Industry wants to help keep kids sharp even though class is out of session. With their Summer Brain Games, the museum is sharing fun hands-on science experiments kids can do at home to keep on learning throughout the break. The activities […]

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    Young sailors aim to impress during sailing regatta

    CHICAGO — The National Offshore One Design Regatta brings some 200 sailors from around the world to Lake Michigan and the Chicago Yacht Club each June – vying for a spot in the championships in the British Virgin Islands. 17-year-old Bridget Groble is one of four Chicago teens selected to race against the pros on the first ever junior crew. Bridget is the main trimmer – the most labor intensive job – on a J-70.  It is a smaller boat […]

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    A nationwide effort to get kids to exercise for 1 million minutes

    A nationwide effort is trying to fight obesity by getting kids to exercise for one million minutes. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more. For more information, visit: Triple Play with the Boys & Girls Club of America James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Chicago Bulls Family Life Center

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    WGN Flag Co. – no relation – part of fabric of the city’s history

    CHICAGO — 100 years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared today Flag Day. It’s about the same time a Chicago family business got off the ground  and hasn’t stopped yet. It was 1916 when a young entrepreneur first opened the doors to the WGN Flag and Decorating Company. Described as a “carny man” of sorts always looking to make a buck William George Newbould had no idea what it could become. WGN has remained in South Chicago supplying flags, […]