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 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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    Apps that will help you save time

    If you think apps only waste your day away, think again. These three apps are designed to help you help you save time. FastCustomer Free for iOS and Android Calling your cable company or bank can be a daunting experience, so this app does the waiting for you. Choose from the app’s list of thousands of companies and it will call for you, navigate through the choices and then call you back when a customer service rep is ready to speak […]

  • What’s trending: Free Starbucks for life, Madeleine Albright on Wheaties box, Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon

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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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