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.


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    3 apps for learning a foreign language

    CHICAGO — Whether you’re traveling to a new country or simply want to learn a new language, these three apps will help you out: Bravolol Free for iOS and Android If you’re going abroad, Bravolo is a cheap and useful app. Bravolol offers phase book apps in more than a dozen languages, and each app comes with several free categories of useful words such as “greetings,” “emergency” and even “romance!” For more categories of words and phrases, you can make purchases […]

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    Apps for busy Chicagoans

    CHICAGO — If you’re busy and constantly on the go, here are some apps to make your life a little bit easier: Whittl Free for iOS With Whittl, you can book appointments 24/7 with your favorite Chicago salon, spa, barber shop, dentist and other businesses. You can even pay for your service through the app! GrubHub Free for iOS and Android Based in Chicago, GrubHub offers free ordering for delivery or pickup from more than 30,000 restaurants in 800+ cities. Just search by […]

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    Apps for traveling with kids

    CHICAGO — There’s still time for a summer vacation before your kids head back to school. These three apps will help keep them occupied while you’re traveling: Drawing Pad $1.99 for iOS and Android I don’t really like paid apps, so when I spend money on one, I have to really, really like it! And this app is worth the $2! Kids of all ages will enjoy creating their own art in this sleek app with photo-realistic crayons, markers, paint brushes, […]

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    3 apps for kicking the post-vacation blues

    Having a tough time getting back-to-work after the long Fourth of July weekend? In an excellent article on CIO.com, James A. Martin writes that these three apps will help you get back into the swing of things. I’ll be featuring the apps he talked about in my Web Watcher segment tonight. Trello — Free for iOS and Android RescueTime — ​Free web-based program and Android app Evernote — Free for iOS and Android

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    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 […]

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