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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    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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    Apps to help you locate a lost pet

    According to national statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30 percent increase in lost pets each year between July 4-6. Here are some apps to help you keep them safe over the holiday weekend: ASPCA Free for iOs and Android The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has come up with a great app to help you find your lost pet. It has step-by-step instructions on what to do. The app can also help you […]

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    3 new chat apps to check out

    Keeping in touch with people has never been easier, and here are three new apps to help you do it. Yo Free for iOs and Android In what could be the dumbest app ever created, Yo bills itself as a “single tap, zero character communication tool.” You simply tap your screen to send a “yo” to one of your friends. That’s it. Created in 8 hours and launched quietly in April, the app already has over 1 million downloads. Some tech […]

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    Apps for Chicago Drivers: ParkChicago and WGN Traffic app

    On Tuesday, Chicago began testing a program that allows people to pay for parking with a smartphone app. The free app for iOS and Android, ParkChicago, will eventually expand to all metered parking spaces throughout the city, according to a news release. But for now, the app is just being used in limited area in the West Loop bound by Washington Street to the north, Monroe Street to the south, Halsted Street to the east, and Racine Avenue to the west. The […]

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    Awesome apps for children with autism

    As Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, here are some handy apps that are great for children with autism (and children without autism, too!) Choiceworks $6.99 for iOS Choiceworks helps children visually map out daily schedules so that they can learn to follow routines. The app also helps them understand and control their emotions as well as improve their waiting skills. Word SLaPps $4.99 for iOS, lite version for free Word SLaPps helps kids recognize people by sight. The app features […]


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