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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.


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    White Sox writer battles a piece of gum during live TV interview

    CHICAGO — The White Sox writer for Barstool Sports got into a sticky situation during a live interview on CLTV’s “Sports Feed” Monday night. Dave Williams was chewing gum when he went on the air with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, and as a result, it cramped his style. At one point during the interview, Williams appears to take the gum out of his mouth and stick it to “Sports Feed” set. Frydman found a piece of gum stuck to one of the set chairs, but it’s […]

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    Video appears to show suspect shot by police after fatal Wisconsin highway shooting

    LODI, Wis. — A YouTube video appears to show a man getting shot by Wisconsin police. The man is believed to be the suspect in a fatal highway shooting of a Chicago-area woman. WARNING: This video contains content that may be considered graphic to some. Viewer discretion advised. “Someone just got shot in the middle of the interstate,” Joel Graves says in the video, which was posted Sunday. Graves continue to record while driving by the scene, and a man can be […]

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    Men read horrible comments to Chicago female sports reporters in powerful viral video

    CHICAGO — Some WGN-TV anchors and reporters know first-hand just how mean people can be. In fact, we’ve reported on it before. Now, two female Chicago sports reporters are confronting the harassment they receive on a daily basis in a video that’s gone viral. We want to warn you, some viewers may find some of the comments disturbing. Created by the podcast group Just Not Sports, the video features men reading real online comments — not their own — that  Sarah Spain and Julie […]

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    3 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Chicago. Here are 3 of them: 1. Ride a Divvy Bike — for FREE! On Earth Day, Chicago residents can sign up for a 24-hours pass for $0 as opposed to the typical $9.95 rate at one of Divvy’s station kiosks to take unlimited 30-minute trips throughout the day. 2. Clean up Chicago’s parks and beaches On Saturday, April 23 — yes, that’s the […]

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    2016 Chicago area Good Friday fish fry finder

    CHICAGO — Fish fry season is back in the Chicago area! The Catholic Church, and many other Christian churches, abstain from eating meat on Friday’s during Lent. Churches and organizations host these Lenten seafood meals to feed the community. Take a look at the map above to find the closest fish fry to you. If you’re having trouble using the map, refer to the list below. List of Fish Fry locations:  Allgauer’s on the Riverfront: 2855 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL – $12.95 American […]

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    ‘What room does fear have?’ Illinois high school dance team’s performance goes viral

    MAHOMET, Ill. — An emotional performance by a high school dance team in central Illinois is going viral. In the video, the Mahomet-Seymour High School Competitive Dance Team dances to the spoken word track “What Are You Afraid Of?” by Jon Jorgenson. The team used a quote from track to title their performance: “What room does fear have?” Halfway through the performance, basic black leotards transform into light white dresses to really bring home the message. “The wardrobe change symbolized starting afraid and insecure […]

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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