Amy Rutledge

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.

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    Latinicity spices up Block 37

    CHICAGO —  Within minutes of opening Thursday, a line snaked around the hallway outside Latinicity, the first food court in the nation focused solely on Latin inspired dining.. The layout, designed like food and drink stalls in Latin America, takes hungry Chicagoans down a road of vibrant flavor combinations. 100 different menu items are found among 12 food stations; from sushi to ceviche to tortas and coca and more.  For the less adventurous, there’s a burger or a Latin-fused burger. […]

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    Escape The Railcar: A mental maze for group fun

    CHICAGO — It takes wits, communication, and a sharp mind … and still that may not be enough, to Escape the Railcar. Escape Artistry’s rail car is inside the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park is an adventure for corporate team building, date night, family game night and even charity fundraisers. Ten brave travelers step onto a Chicago railcar for a commute that is like none before. There are no stops and it is up to them to make out […]

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    Birds, gems and more: Field Museum lets you in on its secrets

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    Secrets of the Field Museum: botany

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    Dance helps seniors age gracefully, with physical and emotional benefits

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    Tiniest Trick-or-Treaters get in on Halloween fun at suburban hospital

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    Months after tragedy, family finds comfort in unexpected Facebook message

    ROWE, Ill.  — It is not uncommon to see balloons flying over the skies of Rowe, Illinois, a town about 100 miles southwest of Chicago.  The balloons are in memory of 7-year-old Blake Seifers. The first time they were let go was at his funeral in July of 2014, just days after he had been hit and killed while riding his bike. Blake suffered a traumatic brain injury and was declared brain dead two days later. Before donating his heart and […]

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    Nurturing young people — and teachers — to fill jobs for the future

    CHICAGO — They usually lead the class. Today they are the class. Seventy teachers from all across northern Illinois are getting hands-on experience in the science behind energy. Getting teachers and their students excited about STEM careers, those in the science technology engineering and math fields, the purpose of an unprecedented collaboration of six Chicago area energy companies. ESP, energizing student potential, brings hands on STEM training into classrooms, by the means of well-trained teachers.. 40 local middle and elementary schools will participate in the ESPN program this […]

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    Spooky fun awaits at Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat

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    Cubs fans remain hopeful for win at Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are facing elimination in their NLCS match-up against the New York Mets. If the Cubs don’t win the next four games, their exciting season will end in disappointment. Fans are hoping the Cubs will pull off an amazing comeback. But, some appear to be doubtful. There weren’t as many fans in line outside Wrigley Field for tickets on Wednesday morning. The secondary market for tickets has also seen a drop in prices. At least one […]


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