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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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    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, 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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    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, 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 […]


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