Elyse Russo

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
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    Get these paid iPhone apps for free on Feb. 2, 2016

    Tech website BGR.com came out with a list Tuesday of 11 paid iPhone apps that you can get for FREE right now. I’m featuring these three in my segment, but see the full list here. Recipes Cook Book Normally 99 cents ​​Airport Restaurant Guide Normally $1.99 Snow Daze Normally $1.99

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    CDC issues travel alert for pregnant women over Zika virus

    The CDC has issued a travel alert for pregnant women and women planning pregnancy who are traveling to certain countries where the Zika has been reported. The list of countries are: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and cannot be spread from person to person. While the symptoms include mild fever, rash, joint pain and pink eye, the CDC […]

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    Here’s how much good you could do with the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot

    CHICAGO — The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery drawing is a whopping $1.5 billion. Certainly you could use that money to buy islands and fancy cars, but how much GOOD could you do with it? So WGN partnered with the Chicago-based startup Public Good and they crunched the numbers. Some of the results are pretty unbelievable: ANIMALS $1.5 billion could save the lives 5,703,422 pets, including basic care, vaccinations and spay/neutering services from arrival through adoption. Source: PAWS HUNGER $1.5 billion could feed 821,917 of […]

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    Apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

    Have you made some New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Here are some apps to help you keep them! For quitting smoking — Kwit, Free for iOS and Android For losing weight — Noom, Free for iOS and Android For staying focused — Forest, 99 cents for iOS and Android

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    Websites and apps for tracking Santa Claus

    Want to follow St. Nick on his route around the world? Use these apps and websites to track his reindeer and sleigh: NORAD Tracks Santa app Free for iOS and Android Google Santa Tracker Free Android and web-based app Reindeer Cam https://reindeercam.com/

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    Apps for binge-watching PLUS how to turn your iPhone into a lightsaber

    If you’re going to be relaxing on your couch a bit over the holidays, you might as well binge-watch some television and movies. CIO.com says there are two apps help you do that: Yahoo’s Video Guide Free for iOS and Android GoWatchIt Free for iOS and Android BONUS: Here’s to turn your mobile device into a LIGHTSABER: https://lightsaber.withgoogle.com/

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    Mashable ranks top 100 iPhone apps of all time

    Tech website Mashable recently ranked the top 100 iPhone apps of all time and a lot of old favorites (and apps I’ve never heard of) made the list. In tonight’s Web Watcher segment, I’ll feature Duolingo, QuizUp and WhatsApp. To see Mashable’s full list, click here.

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    3 spooktacular Halloween apps

    CHICAGO — Halloween is almost here! These three apps will surely make your holiday a treat. Track n Treat – Use this free iOS app to keep track of your young ghouls and goblins on an interactive map. Google Frightgeist – Created by Google News Lab, this web-based app will help you pick out your Halloween costume! GhostCam – This free iOS app lets users insert various apparitions in photos, providing the perfect way to spook friends. Android fans — check out GhostCam: Spirit Photography.

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    Apps for enjoying autumn

    CHICAGO — Leaves are changing color, sweaters are coming out of storage and pumpkin spice lattes are in nearly everyone’s hands. You guessed it — fall has officially arrived in the Chicago area. Here are four apps to help you enjoy the season. For identifying autumn leaves — Leafsnap, free for iOS For discovering new hiking trails — AllTrails, free for iOS and Android For fall cleaning — BrightNest, free for iOS and Android For pumpkin addicts — Pumpkin Recipes, free for […]

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    Twitter introduces Moments, South Side Chicago native creates fitness app

    More info: Twitter Moments – https://blog.twitter.com/2015/moments-the-best-of-twitter-in-an-instant-0 New fitness app launched by South Side Chicago native Sworkit For iOS and Android Free LITE version, $3.99 for full version  


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