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
  • Grilling tips and ideas for Father's Day

    3 grilling apps for Fourth of July weekend

    Who’s getting their grill on this Fourth of July weekend? Here are three apps to make sure your meats turn out perfectly: GrillTime $1.99 for iOS and Android GrillTime is a timer and grilling guide that makes barbecuing easier and less stressful. Select your meat, thickness, and level of doneness and then GrillTime automatically recommends the perfect grilling time and temperature. No need to hang around the grill, GrillTime notifies you when it’s time to flip and when it’s finished. Steak […]

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    3 apps to help you enjoy Chicago summertime

    CHICAGO — It’s been a pretty wet summer in Chicago so far, but it looks like this weekend is warming up. Here are some apps to help you enjoy the season: My Chi Parks  Free for iOS and Android Created by the Chicago Park District, this free app will help you discover free cultural events and arts programs in parks around Chicago. Search the app’s more than 1,000 events by date, event type or location. Great Lakes Fish Finder Free for iOS and […]

  • 4 apps I used to plan my wedding

    CHICAGO — In March 2014, my now-fiancé asked me to marry him during one of my Web Watcher segments on the WGN Evening News — you can check out my super shocked reaction in the video below. Now, I’m getting married this Saturday on June 6, 2015. Ever since I got engaged, I started downloading all the wedding apps that existed. But in the end, the apps I ended up using the most were easy-to-use and sleek in design. I didn’t need all the […]

  • Apps for college grads entering the working world

    Whether you’re looking for your first job, your next job or a career change, these apps will help you get started: Weave Free for iOS and Android Weave is LinkedIn meets Tinder, minus the dating! Simply swipe left or right to chat with other like-minded local professionals. Meet CEOs, startup founders, recruiters and business experts from every field. CityHour Free for iOS and Android Convert your free time into productivity with CityHour. This app lets you quickly connect to anyone within a […]

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    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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