Elyse Russo

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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    3 spooktacular Halloween apps

    CHICAGO — Halloween is almost here! These three apps will surely make your holiday a treat. Track n Treat – Use this free iOS app to keep track of your young ghouls and goblins on an interactive map. Google Frightgeist – Created by Google News Lab, this web-based app will help you pick out your Halloween costume! GhostCam – This free iOS app lets users insert various apparitions in photos, providing the perfect way to spook friends. Android fans — check out GhostCam: Spirit Photography.

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    Apps for enjoying autumn

    CHICAGO — Leaves are changing color, sweaters are coming out of storage and pumpkin spice lattes are in nearly everyone’s hands. You guessed it — fall has officially arrived in the Chicago area. Here are four apps to help you enjoy the season. For identifying autumn leaves — Leafsnap, free for iOS For discovering new hiking trails — AllTrails, free for iOS and Android For fall cleaning — BrightNest, free for iOS and Android For pumpkin addicts — Pumpkin Recipes, free for […]

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    Twitter introduces Moments, South Side Chicago native creates fitness app

    More info: Twitter Moments – https://blog.twitter.com/2015/moments-the-best-of-twitter-in-an-instant-0 New fitness app launched by South Side Chicago native Sworkit For iOS and Android Free LITE version, $3.99 for full version  

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    Apps for football season

    CHICAGO — Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books. Here are some apps to enhance your football watching: NFL Mobile Free for iOS and Android The official NFL app is a must-download for professional football fans. This app provides breaking NFL news, real-time scoring, live video and more. Additionally, Verizon customers get exclusive access to watch live local and primetime games. Chicago Bears official app Free for iOS and Android This is a very handy app for […]

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    House-hunting apps and websites

    CHICAGO — Looking for a new place to live? Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, these apps and websites will help you out: Redfin Free for iOS and Android During our home search, my husband and I relied heavily on this app. With one tap, you can find open houses near you, read insights from Redfin real estate agents and set-up detailed search parameters. The search we set up sent us emails when new properties we might like popped up […]

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    Apps to help you find lost things

    CHICAGO — I’m always losing things, so of course, I’m a huge proponent of apps that help you find those things. Here are a few that are my favorites: To help you find your parked car – Honk, 99 cents for iOS To help you find your missing keys/purse/etc. – Elgato Smart Key, free iOS app and $25-30 for device To help you find your smartphone – Find My Droid, free for Android (For iOS, download Find My iPhone)  

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    3 awesome back to school apps

    Summer is coming to a close as students in the Chicago area begin heading back to school! Here are some apps to make the transition go smoothly: StudyBlue Free for iOS and Android Make your own study sets and add recommended content served up to you as you create your flashcards. Quiz yourself, track your progress and set reminders to study what you need to know. Select the study mode best for you whether it’s flipping flashcards or using our […]

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    3 apps that make you money

    Looking to make a little extra cash? Look no further than your smartphone! iPoll Free for iOS and Android Earn money, airline miles and more  for completing 15-20 minute surveys with iPoll. The more you participate, the more you earn! According to IveTriedThat.com, surveys pay anywhere from $1 to $10, and you can request a payout when you have $35 in your account. Clashot Free for iOS and Android Are you shutterbug? Get paid for taking photos of art, cities and food […]

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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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