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
  • Hardworking Chicago students ‘Say Yes to the Prom Dress’

    CHICAGO — Just a few weeks until proms start happening all across Chicago.. And this year will be a very special one for hundreds of high school students, who weren’t even sure prom was a possibility this year. Monte Durham of TLC’s  Say Yes to the Dress has brought Say Yes to the Prom to Chicago. But instead of styling brides to be, it is Chicago high schoolers who are honor students and high achievers planning college careers but  without […]

  • Solar powered scouts heading to Washington to honor vets

      Science, technology, engineering and cookies – that is what is propelling a local Girl Scout troop on the trip of a lifetime. Tuesday was a 10 hour day for these girl scouts from Troop 60194, in the Loop at Clark and Monroe, on their last day of cookie sales. For the past two months, the 23 girls have been slinging their sweets at spots around the city and suburbs in a very uniquely styled cookie booth, one powered by […]

  • New exhibit – 12 years in the making – features amazing photos of changing glaciers

    It’s been 12 years in the making.  That is how long environmental photographer and avid mountaineer James Balog has been watching, studying and photographing the rapid change of glaciers around the world. Balog has in a stunning new exhibit open today at the Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit includes 12 years of photographs captured by 30 time-lapse cameras set around the world. Experts say more than 90 percent of the world’s glaciers are in retreat. Balog says the […]

  • Chicago students get a look at stem related careers with help from U.S. Army

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of Chicago school kids spent Wednesday afternoon at the UIC forum for Ten80 Chicago, a program designed to introduce young people to science technology engineering and math related fields. Students explored the fun and excitement that can come out of a career working in a stem related field. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, the half day program also focuses on leadership skills and team building. Ten80 will hold 12 events like this one across the U.S. this year […]

  • Mascots cheer on young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital

    CHICAGO — Usually they’re the guys rallying the crowd for their team. But today local mascots are focused on raising the spirits of these sick kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Southpaw, Sparky, Rooty and Sir Roland were all playing for the same side today in an effort to crush childhood cancer. They were just a handful of hundreds of mascots visiting kids across the country raising money for families battling childhood cancers and giving the little ones the boost they […]

  • Adler Planetarium has new exhibit to prepare for first US eclipse in 99 years

    On August 21, the sun will disappear for a short time. For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will feel like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Even if you live elsewhere in the US, a portion of the sun will partially disappear. It is being called the “Great American Eclipse.” And you can mark it on your calendar down to the millisecond. It’s been 99 years […]

  • 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 […]