Amy Rutledge is an Emmy award winning reporter for WGN Evening News. 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
  • LIST: Road closures across the Chicago-area due to flooding

    CHICAGO — Heavy rains slammed the Chicago area Monday and Tuesday, causing major flooding and high-standing water in some parts. Here is an updated latest list of road closures due to flooding, according to IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation). District 1 US 6       Closed between 167th and Brook Hill Dr in Orland Park, Cook County due to flooding US 52    Closed between Kankakee County Line and CH 25 (Wilmington/Peotone Rd) due to flooding IL 1        Closed at Union St in Crete, Will County due […]

  • List of Chicago-area road closures due to flooding

    CHICAGO — Rain will pummel the Chicago-area during Tuesday’s evening commute. Here’s a look at the latest road closures due to flooding — check back for updates throughout the afternoon/evening: Burr Ridge High standing water is keeping the following roads impassable: •  79th Street between Drew Ave and Hamilton Ave.:  Detour north and use 77th St. •  Drew Avenue between of 79th St and 80th St •  Sedgley Court North Barrington Rt. 59 near Rt. 22 – flooding expect delays […]

  • 2-year-old a whiz at identifying cars just by logos

    CHICAGO –Like a lot of little kids, 2-year-old Dallas loves cars and trucks. So when the Auto Show rolled into town, he was determined to get mom and dad to take him. At only 2, Dallas can identify every vehicle in this room by its logo. And in, fact many not at the show as well. How did he learn 50 plus automakers?   If you have more than one red toy car in your collection, how else do you tell […]

  • Take a look inside the funeral home with a mini golf course in the basement

    PALATINE, Ill. — The windmill spinning in the parking lot may give away that there’s a mini-golf course nearby, but you’d never guess just by looking at the Ahlgrim Funeral Home from the outside. Yet if you venture down into the basement, you’ll find another windmill, inside what might be the most fun-filled funeral home in the world. Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services started as a family business in Chicago in 1892. Inside the Palatine branch, you’ll find chapels, lounges, and […]

  • Tracing the history of gospel music in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Just how country music lives in the heart of Nashville, gospel music is part of the very fiber of Chicago. Was gospel music invented here? Historians will tell you no, as its various forms date all the way back to the 1700s. But Chicago did transform gospel, helping propel it across the world and through time. Gospel music is an expression of faith for some, while for others, it’s a blending of cultures. Emerging from the Jim Crow […]

  • Suburban students get high-tech boost for school TV station

    BARRINGTON, Ill. — For more than a decade, Barrington High School students have taken home big accolades for work on student run TV productions. And now they are stepping up their game even more. This fall students got their hands on a real live, state-of-the-art, production van. A variety of games, which are shot with three separate student run cameras, are now switched through the truck and streamed live online. Teacher Jeff Doles says not only is the van giving […]

  • 3 injured in crash involving 4 cars, semi on SB I-294

    OAKBROOK, Ill. — Three people were injured in a crash involving four cars and a semi truck on Interstate 294 near Interstate 290 Friday morning. Illinois State Police say the truck rear-ended one of the cars and caused a chain reaction of the other three vehicles to crash. All lanes remain closed as the crash is cleaned up and investigated, but traffic can still get by in the far right shoulder. One person was transported to an area hospital in […]

  • Icy roads cause hundreds of Chicago-area crashes, at least 4 fatalities

    SHOREWOOD, Ill. — Icy roads triggered hundreds of car accidents across the Chicago area Wednesday morning. Illinois State Police said Will County alone had an estimated 200 incidents on the roads — and at this point, they’re only responding to crashes that involve more than one vehicle, crashes blocking the interstate lanes or ones involving injuries. Four fatal crashes were reported across Chicagoland Wednesday morning. One involved a fiery crash between a car and semi in Riverdale. Another fatal collision happened between […]

  • Boat show sails in to Chicago

    Only 10-12 more weeks staring at the winter gloom before Chicago sheds its white coat for fun filled days in the sunshine. But you can start planning – or at least dreaming –  about the warmer weeks ahead inside the Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show. The show brings together hundreds and hundreds of boats and the very latest in boating technology. WGN’s Amy Rutledge set sail to see what fun is coming to your shore in the new year. […]

  • 2 children injured after Back of the Yards car crash

    CHICAGO – Two children were seriously injured after they were ejected from a vehicle after a car crash in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The crash happened Monday evening around 4:30 p.m. on 47th Street and Halsted Avenue. Police said a 31-year-old man was driving a Ford Expedition eastbound on 47th when he ran a red light at the intersection. The Ford crashed with a Chevy Equinox, driven by a 61-year-old man. The other vehicle involved was a […]