Elyse Russo
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Elyse Russo is the Interactive News Producer at WGN-TV. Her Web Watcher segment airs on the WGN News at Five every Thursday.

Before joining WGN in November 2011, she worked as a web producer at ABC7 Chicago. She also spent two years prior working in print journalism in central Illinois before realizing she had a knack for the web.

Elyse earned her master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., watching The Bozo Show, naturally.

Recent Articles
  • Traffic

    4 apps for Chicago drivers

    CHICAGO — Do you live in the Chicago area and drive a car? These apps might make your life easier: INRIX Free for iOS and Android INRIX Is the most accurate traffic, routing and road alert app that gives you control of your commute. Choose your fastest route, decide the best time to leave, know your arrival time in advance and share it with friends and family. Canary Free for iOS and Android Stop distracted driving and help save lives. […]

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    Misdiagnosed for 30 years, woman walks again with a simple pill

    TWIN CITIES, Minn. — For more than 30 years, 38-year-old Jean Abbott believed she had a type of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. She didn’t start using a wheelchair until she was 18, but besides walking, she had difficulty with other tasks, tasks we take for granted. Activities like typing, turning pages in a book and using scissors all proved difficult. “It really affected my entire body,” Abbott said in a phone interview with WGN. But a few years ago, when her […]

  • 3 fitness apps to get you moving

    CHICAGO — Looking to get in shape ahead of summer? Here are three apps that can help: Fitocracy Free for iOS and Android If you’re a competitive person, Fitocracy will be a great fit for you. With every workout you earn points, unlock achievements and beat quests. You’ll even get motivation and support from the Fitocracy community. The app features workout moves (with how-to videos) that you can mash together to create your own custom workout. And, for $1 a day, […]


    Earth Day apps to help you live more environmentally friendly

    CHICAGO — Wednesday is Earth Day, so it’s a good time to think about what you can do to help the environment. These three apps can help you be more eco-friendly. Plus, Google’s got a fun quiz to help you celebrate the day! MyEarth Free for iOS Created by researchers and students at t University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology, MyEarth is an app that tracks your carbon savings. By doing simple things like taking a shorter shower or recycling a milk […]

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    3 apps to boost productivity

    Are you a procrastinator? These apps will help you be more productive: Quip Free for iOS and Android It’s like Microsoft Office — but free AND includes a chat feature. Quip is the productivity suite for the mobile generation. It combines chat, docs, task lists, and spreadsheets in one app — making collaboration fast and easy. Quip enables you to create and share from any device — including the iPad, iPhone, and the desktop — with your family, friends, or office. […]

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    Here’s how to play Pac-Man on Google Maps

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The virtual streets of Google Maps are being transformed into Pac Man’s chomping grounds in celebration of April Fools’ Day. Google added the option to convert its popular navigation service into the Pac Man video game on Tuesday morning, around the same day the calendar turned to April 1 in Asia. That ushered in a day when Google shows off its playful side by injecting more fun and humor into its services. The gag on Google Maps enables […]

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    Perisocope and Meerkat: A tale of two live-streaming apps

    CHICAGO — There are two apps that make it really easy to live stream whatever you’re doing, wherever you are. Meerkat and Periscope both directly link to Twitter accounts, but the one advantage Periscope has is that it is Twitter’s own creation. Meerkat first rose to popularity during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in early March. Just a few weeks later, Twitter launched its live-streaming app, Periscope. Despite Meerkcat’s recent influx of funding, it seems like Periscope is gaining more traction. […]

  • MarchMadness

    Awesome NCAA March Madness apps

    CHICAGO — Are you ready for the Big Dance? Here are three apps to help you enjoy the 2015 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament: NCAA March Madness Live Free for iOS and Android This official March Madness app allows users to watch live streams of all 67 games. Note: A paid TV subscription is required for games broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV. Explore the interactive bracket, receive real-time score and stat updates, and check out team profiles to help you decide […]

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    Apps for planning and enjoying a cruise

    CHICAGO — Even though the weather has turned for the better in Chicago, you may still want to get away for a while. So, how about escaping with a cruise? If you need some guidance, the New York Times has a round-up of the best apps for planning (and enjoying a cruise.) Here are a few apps from their list that I really like: Cruise Finder – Free for iOS and Android Cruise Ship Mate – Free for iOS and Android Signal […]

  • Money

    Apps to try this tax season

    CHICAGO — Have you filed your taxes yet? I haven’t! Here are some apps that can help you this tax season and beyond: Ask A Tax Preparer Free for iOS and Android Got a question about taxes? This app most likely has the answer. Search the app’s extensive Q&A for the information you need, and even find a tax preparer near you if you have more questions. H&R Block’s 1040EZ 2014 app Free for iOS and Android This app will […]


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