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
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    Get a better night’s sleep with these 3 apps

    CHICAGO — Not sleeping well at night? One of these apps might help: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock 99 cents for iOS and Android According to Men’s Health, Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is one of the top paid iPhone sleep apps. Simply place the iPhone under the sheet on a corner of your bed, and it will analyze and graph your sleep quality. It also wakes you up at your lightest sleep time using soothing tones. Up ​by Jawbone Free for iOS and Android […]

  • Apps to help you survive Chicago’s brutal cold

    CHICAGO — We’re only through half of January and I’m already sick of the cold! But these apps will help you get through the rest of winter Winter Survival Kit Free for iOS and Android If you find yourself stuck or stranded in severe weather conditions, this app will help you out. Winter Survival Kit will help you find your current location, call 911, notify your friends and family, calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and […]

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    3 apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolution

    January just started but some people are already having trouble keeping their New Year’s resolutions. These apps will help you out: Rise Free for iOS + in-app purchases If you’re looking to lose weight or get in shape, Rise is the app for you. This app pairs you with a personal nutritionist who evaluates your meal choices — simply upload photos of your food right to the app. After downloading the app, you can get a week for free and then […]

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    Apps for tracking and talking to Santa Claus

    You don’t have to go to the mall to visit Santa Claus — now there’s an app for that! Here are some apps for getting in touch with the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself: NORAD Tracks Santa Free for iOS and Android Starting Christmas Eve, you can watch Santa’s progress with the NORAD Tracks Santa App. You can also play games, learn about NORAD and even read Santa’s secret files. Santa Calls You Free for iOS, 99 cents to upgrade Want […]

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    Make giving back part of your daily routine with these 3 apps

    Too busy to volunteer? Here are three apps that will help you make giving back part of your daily routine. Donate A Photo Free for Android and iOS For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to a cause you want to help—which does things like fix up a public park, get medicine for an infant, or help kids play sports safely. One Today Free for Android and iOS One Today lets you easily give $1 each […]

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    Apple reveals list of top apps for 2014

    On Monday, Apple revealed its list of the best apps for iPhone and iPad in 2014. Here, we look at the best apps of the year for iPhone and iPad, as well as the best games of the year for iPhone and iPad. To read the full list, click here. iPhone App of the Year: Elevate Free for iOS and Android Billed as “your personal brain trainer,” Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking skills, processing […]

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    Must-have holiday travel apps

    Whether you’re traveling out of city, state or country, these apps will help you navigate the hustle and bustle of the holidays: Park Whiz Free for iOS and Android With more than 2,000 locations nationwide, ParkWhiz can help you find a parking spot before you even head out the door. You can choose from a variety parking locations and prices on an easy-to-navigate map. After you book your parking spot, your space and price are guaranteed. Waze Free for iOS and Android This community-based traffic […]

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    Watch this owl swim in Lake Michigan after being attacked by falcons

    A Chicago area photographer and birder captured a most unusual sighting: An owl swimming in Lake Michigan. Steve Spitzer was at Loyola Park Beach in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood when he saw something in the lake. He met another birder who said it was an owl. The Great Horned Owl was forced down into Lake Michigan by two Peregrine Falcons. Spitzer captured video and photos of the owl, but he didn’t take any of the falcon attack. He and others at the beach were […]

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    Apps for active duty military and veterans

    For Veterans Day, here is a round up of apps that are useful for active duty armed services and veterans alike: iDeploy Free for iOS Count down the days, hours and minutes until your loved ones come home from deployment. Customize it with a photo and a one-click FaceTime option. Sesame Street for Military Families Free for iOS and Android The Sesame Street for Military Families app is a great resource for military families with young children. The app features engaging videos, […]

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    Coast Guard finds zombie floating in Lake Michigan

    The Coast Guard  turned into zombie hunters over the weekend. High winds and waves on Lake Michigan caused Navy Pier’s Halloween barge to sink Friday, and the Coast Guard confirms that debris from the barge, including zombie mannequins, were pulled from the water. Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf tells WGN a boat crew from Station Wilmette Harbor came across one of the zombie mannequins from the sunken barge and removed it for two reasons: To return it to its owner and because it was […]


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