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Erik Runge joined WGN-TV in November 2013 as a per diem reporter for WGN News.

Prior to working at WGN-TV, Runge spent three years as a general assignment reporter at Fox 9 Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent several years in central Kansas where he covered the story of a serial killer named ‘BTK’, which stands for Bind Torture Kill. His work has been seen on NBC Nightly News and he has also reported live for MSNBC after Hurricane Ike crashed into Galveston, Texas. He most recently covered governmental shutdowns, a state house protest that lasted for weeks and several natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, wild fires and blizzards.

An Iowa native, Runge earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Runge is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.


Recent Articles
  • $10 prairie-style house has a new home in Evanston

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Moving day is tough – but it was a little more difficult for Christopher Enck of Evanston. On Thursday, Enck moved a whole house – an 87-year-old prairie-style designed by John Van Bergen. Just one of 3 sections of a home being moved in Evanston today. pic.twitter.com/qZViMUXhEU — ChicagoDrives (@ChicagoDrives) March 5, 2015 Enck bought it up for only $10 from a real estate developer. It was built in Wilmette and sat in an Evanston lot the […]

  • South Side students mourn 17-year-old classmate’s murder

    CHICAGO — Grief counselors will be in place at an Englewood high school this morning to help classmates of a student who was murdered on the Far Southeast Side. 17-year-old Deonte Hoard was shot Monday near his home near 105th and Yates. His mother says it was a drive by shooting. Deonte was a student at Urban Prep Englewood Academy, a school with a great track record for getting student to college and Deonte was no different. He had been […]

  • Suburban teen sentenced to 6 years in fatal stabbing of 11-year-old sister

    VERNON HILLS, Ill — The Mundelein teenager who stabbed her younger sister last year will spend the next 6 years in juvenile detention. The now 15-year-old pleaded guilty to first degree murder in January. The teen read an emotional letter to the judge today before being sentenced. She also thanked the court for keeping the case in juvenile court instead of trying her as an adult where she could have got life in prison. Just over a year ago the […]

  • Wrigley rehab delayed again; a look inside the renovations

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are still far from completing even the first of the four phases of renovations for Wrigley Field. Wrigley main entrance @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/iWacvYemFs — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) March 2, 2015 The left and center field bleachers won’t be ready until mid-May; the right field bleachers are now scheduled to open in June. The video board in left should ready by Opening Day. Briefed on bleacher progress and video boards. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/DZQdGksz74 — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) March […]

  • No rest for Emanuel, Garcia as runoff approaches

    CHICAGO — With just a few short weeks to help convince voters, there’s no time for down time for Mayor Emanuel and his challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Cold-calling voters is how volunteers for Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent Saturday — only getting a break when the mayor himself showed up to thank his volunteers and make a few calls of his own. Emanuel has been in full-on campaign mode since not securing the 50 plus one last Tuesday. Earlier on Saturday, […]

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    Plainfield HS teacher accused of sexually assaulting student: Cops

    PLAINFIELD, Ill.– A Plainfield High School teacher is accused of engaging in a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old student. Brian D. Smith, 32, has been charged with Criminal Sexual Assault following the mid-February incident that took place in a storage room at Plainfield High School-Central. According to the Plainfield Police Department, Smith and the student had been communicating through various social media applications for approximately one month prior to the alleged sexual encounter. Some of the messages were sexual in […]

  • Man shot and killed while shoveling snow on South Side

    CHICAGO — A 60-year-old man shoveling his neighbor’s sidewalk was shot and killed yesterday on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago police are still searching for suspects. Bernard Monroe’s family said he had been outside shoveling snow near 114th and Prairie in the city’s Pullman neighrbohood for about 20 minutes when they heard gunshots. Police cannot confirm or rule out robbery. Monroe’s family says they do not think it was a case of mistaken identity because they’ve lived in the neighborhood for […]

  • CPS teacher collapses at school, dies short time later

    CHICAGO — An 8th grade Chicago Public School teacher passed out, possibly suffering a heart attack in class and died a short time later. It happened Tuesday at Spencer Technology Academy in the South Austin neighborhood. James Dasher was in his second year at the school but his first full-time. WGN News was told Dasher fainted in his classroom and died a short time later. CPS has not yet issued a statement on the incident. Those that knew him say […]

  • 19 races for alderman heading to runoff elections

    CHICAGO — The Chicago’s mayor race is not the only race that will continue in April. 19 Chicago aldermanic races will meet again in instances where candidates did not get enough votes yesterday to win outright. Two prominent political families came-up short. Alderman Deb Mell will race a runoff in the 33rd Ward against challenger Tim Meegan. And Patrick Daley Thompson, Mayor Daley’s nephew, will have to take-on opponent John Kozlar in Bridgeport’s 11th Ward. 35th Ward alderman Rey Colon […]

  • Rahm Emanuel, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia greet Chicago residents at ‘L’ stops

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia both began Wednesday greeting Chicago residents at CTA stations. Emanuel failed in Tuesday’s voting to win the majority needed to avoid a runoff against second-place finisher Garcia. Garcia thanked early morning commuters at the Merchandise Mart.  The Cook County commissioner was relatively unknown despite previous stints as alderman, state senator and aide to  Mayor Harold Washington. Emanuel greeted voters at the 95th Street Red Line stop this morning.  Later in the […]

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