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

    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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    Perisocope and Meerkat: A tale of two live-streaming apps

    CHICAGO — There are two apps that make it really easy to live stream whatever you’re doing, wherever you are. Meerkat and Periscope both directly link to Twitter accounts, but the one advantage Periscope has is that it is Twitter’s own creation. Meerkat first rose to popularity during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in early March. Just a few weeks later, Twitter launched its live-streaming app, Periscope. Despite Meerkcat’s recent influx of funding, it seems like Periscope is gaining more traction. […]

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    Awesome NCAA March Madness apps

    CHICAGO — Are you ready for the Big Dance? Here are three apps to help you enjoy the 2015 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament: NCAA March Madness Live Free for iOS and Android This official March Madness app allows users to watch live streams of all 67 games. Note: A paid TV subscription is required for games broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV. Explore the interactive bracket, receive real-time score and stat updates, and check out team profiles to help you decide […]

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    Apps for planning and enjoying a cruise

    CHICAGO — Even though the weather has turned for the better in Chicago, you may still want to get away for a while. So, how about escaping with a cruise? If you need some guidance, the New York Times has a round-up of the best apps for planning (and enjoying a cruise.) Here are a few apps from their list that I really like: Cruise Finder – Free for iOS and Android Cruise Ship Mate – Free for iOS and Android Signal […]

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    Apps to try this tax season

    CHICAGO — Have you filed your taxes yet? I haven’t! Here are some apps that can help you this tax season and beyond: Ask A Tax Preparer Free for iOS and Android Got a question about taxes? This app most likely has the answer. Search the app’s extensive Q&A for the information you need, and even find a tax preparer near you if you have more questions. H&R Block’s 1040EZ 2014 app Free for iOS and Android This app will […]

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    Apps for the spontaneous traveler

    CHICAGO — Doesn’t this winter weather make you want to get away? Here are three apps that will help you pick up and go: Flight Tonight Free for iOS This app says exactly what it will do for you: find you the best available roundtrip flights leaving flights leaving from your location tonight and tomorrow morning. The interface is very straight forward and easy to use. Airbnb Free for iOS and Android If you can’t afford to stay overnight in […]

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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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