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.


Recent Articles
  • See inside the Oscar Mayer Mansion after massive makeover

    EVANSTON — Opulence has returned to the Oscar Mayer Mansion in Evanston. The woodwork, the antique light fixtures, the leaded glass windows and the stair case have all been restored to their original glory and then brought into 2017 with the help of Barbara Bliss of Showhomes. Just last month Barbara and her team staged the home in hopes of enticing a buyer to the 7400 square foot, 2.65 million dollar property on Evanston’s Forest Ave. Most of the 17 […]

  • Organization wants to help youth succeed in Chicago regardless of zip code

    CHICAGO —  Under a new initiative announced today, Thrive Chicago plans to get 10,000 of the 60,000 “opportunity youth” out of work or school,  back in the class or to work in the next three years. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined more than 300 business and community leaders, educators and elected officials at a youth summit Tuesday morning at the Chicago Cultural Center.  It included more than five hours of discussions on how to get Chicago’s kids reconnected to society and […]

  • Plenty to make Irish eyes smiles this weekend in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Chicago celebrates St Patrick’s Day this weekend with plenty of events. WGN’s Amy Rutledge has a roundup. And here are the details.   Dying the Chicago River 9am Saturday March 11th Best Place to View: Intersection of Michigan Ave, Wacker Drive and the river   Get Lucky Half Marathon, 14K & 7K 9am Saturday March 11th (1/2 Marathon & 14K) 9:30a 7K Soldier Field   2017 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade Noon Saturday March 11th North down Columbus […]

  • Program helps female inmates with stress, self expression

    CHICAGO — A helping hand for female inmates at the Cook County jail is coming in the form of a new theater program. The classes are designed to uplift women and improve communication skills as they await trial. They are facing everything from drug, to kidnapping, to murder charges.  But once a week for about 90 minutes, stress and fears are forgotten and learning becomes the focus. For eight weeks a small group of inmates practice meditation, theater games, and […]

  • Shoppers, job seekers in need both get a boost at new boutique

    CHICAGO — Ukrainian Village’s newest boutique aims to bring a little fashion luxury to your closet. Prada shoes, high end denim, bags and coats are available at a fraction of its original cost. They are all gently used, but with lots of life left. Bottom Line Boutique is all about high end designer styles you’ll actually feel good about buying. Bottom Line Boutique is next door to their non-profit Bridge to Success.  The two organizations work together to help men, […]

  • Family fun – and lots of info – at MommyCon 2017

    If you have a baby at home or one on the way, MommyCon 2017 might be the perfect thing to add to your to do list this weekend. Now in its fifth year, organizers focus on just about every parent out there. Chicagoan Xza Louise Higgins founded MommyCon in her quest to broaden her mommy skills with the birth of her first child. Two kids later, they now travel to eight cities across U.S. and Canada each year. More than […]

  • Spy themed restaurant ‘SafeHouse’ brings mystery and espionage to Chicago

    CHICAGO — Once you find your way to the International Exports Limited, also known as SafeHouse Chicago, getting in might not be as easy. The new River North spy themed restaurant and bar embraces mystery and anonymity. Once you locate the entrance, you need a password to get in. When inside, the restaurant is full of memorabilia from all sorts of spy movies. A six hundred pound torpedo dangles from the ceiling just feet from mission control. The Interpol Bar […]

  • South suburban mom finds a way to make prom memorable and affordable

    It’s the stuff of big hollywood movies. The beloved prom dress, a major purchase in a young woman’s life and something Amanda Steenvoorden wants to make special, regardless of cost. After shopping for her oldest daughter’s first homecoming dress this year, this mother of five had an epiphany, to find a way to make dress buying fabulous, both fashionably and fiscally. This is where The Pretty in Pink Boutique began. Steenvoorden started reaching out to friends and businesses in the south […]

  • Chicago Cubs give away free tickets to fans today

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs single game tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., but the team will be giving away free tickets today. The Cubs say fans can find them at the South Promenade located in Millennium Park for a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, and the chance to score game tickets. Hit one out of our mobile ballpark at Millennium Park (South Promenade) for a chance to score tickets from 12-1 p.m. today! #HitForMobileTix pic.twitter.com/MEW2Db89bU — Chicago Cubs […]

  • Chicagoan headed to Special Olympics World Games in Austria

    Tommy Shimoda spends hours on the ice each week, working on drills for speed, balance and efficiency. In two weeks, this 24-year-old Special Olympic athlete will head to Austria to compete in the 2017 World Games. Of the 7000 Special Olympic athletes in Chicago, Tommy is the only one headed to the World Games. Diagnosed with autism as a child, he got into the Special Olympics at the age of six. He’s been participating as an athlete at Mount Greenwood park […]