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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    Make money from your smartphone with these 3 apps

    Looking to make some extra money? There’s definitely an app for that — several, in fact. Here are three of them: Snap by Groupon Free for iOS and Android No need to clip coupons if you have this handy app. Here’s how it works: First, browse the list of available rebates in the app — some are generic while others are brand specific. After you go shopping, use the app to take a picture of your receipt and the app […]

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    Apps for breast cancer prevention

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there are a plethora of apps out there which help with prevention, provide information and even help breast cancer patients. Daisy Wheel Free for iOS This app is a great way to introduce breast self-exams to younger women. Daisy Wheel was specifically developed to educate girls in grades 5-12  on the importance of, and how to do a breast self exam — for life. iBreastCheck Free for Android and iOS This app is a one-stop […]

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    FULL VERSION 2014: WGN-TV anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange’s commercial break handshake

    WGN-TV anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange have been doing their commercial break handshake for years, so when a 2009 YouTube clip of their handshake went viral — again — they decided they needed to record the latest version. Jordan and Bange, who have anchored together for 20 years, say the handshake started in the early 2000s. RELATED: The story behind WGN-TV anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange’s epic commercial break handshake The handshake includes some moves for fun and others that signify certain news events, […]

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    The story behind WGN-TV anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange’s epic commercial break handshake

    A clip of WGN News at Nine Weekend anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange doing an elaborate handshake during a commercial break has gone viral — again. The clip, which was published to YouTube in 2009, was recently posted to several websites and even featured on the TODAY show. As a result, the clip jumped from 3.5 million views to more than 5 million views in a matter of days. Even though the YouTube clip is old, Jordan and Bange still […]

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    Apps that could prevent a sexual assault from happening

    These apps could potentially help prevent a sexual assault from happening, and they are all free: bSafe Free for iOs and Android This personal safety app has a lot of features to like. The “Follow Me” feature allows your guardians and friends to track your journey home in real-time using GPS technology. And the “I’m here” feature lets them know you’ve arrived. There’s also a “fake call” feature that you could use to get out of an uncomfortable situation. The best feature, […]

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    Apps that protect you and your smartphone

    How safe is the data that you store on your phone? Here are three apps that help protect it. Lockwatch Free for Android Lockwatch emails you with a photo and GPS location when someone tries to unlock your phone with the wrong pattern, pin, or password. Find out if someone is trying to unlock your phone or locate the thief that has stolen it. Photo Vault 99 cents for iPhone Picture Safe provides a much needed way to separate, group, […]

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    3 apps to help you fall asleep

    Between all the games, email and social media, your smartphone may be keeping you awake at night. But there are apps out there that could also HELP you fall asleep.  Mashable.com did a complete roundup of sleeping apps here, and here are some of my favorites from their list: Relax Melodies Free for iPhone and Android This app allows you to create your own melodies to fall asleep to. You can customize mixes of sounds from a selection of 64 high-quality ambient melodies. […]

  • Apps to help you pay your friends back

    Whether you’re chipping in for a restaurant bill or paying someone back for concert tickets, there are a TON of apps out there to help you pay your friends back. You’ll never write another check again! Venmo Free for iOs and Android One of the positives about this app is that it syncs up with Facebook very nicely. As a result, the setup process is a piece of cake. You can also see a newsfeed of your friends’ transactions with in the app. Note: […]

  • Introducing our new Chicago Weather Center website

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