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

Prior to working at WGN, Erik 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, Erik earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Erik is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.


Recent Articles
  • Outpouring of support and respect at visitation for fallen CPD commander

    CHICAGO —  There was an outpouring of support and respect Friday at the visitation for CPD Commander Paul Bauer. Some people waiting close to two hours in the cold to pay their respects. The visitation was scheduled to end at 9 p.m. a long line of people remained. Chicago police said it would go as late it takes. The crowded wait to make sure Commander Bauer’s family and the entire Chicago police department know the city stands with them. Commander […]

  • Memorial service today for slain Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

    CHICAGO — Chicago prepares to pay a final tribute to a beloved police commander who was murdered in the line of duty. At around noon Friday, a procession escorted Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s body to his family church, Nativity of Our Lord Church at 653 W. 37th Street in Bridgeport, where a wake will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m The services are open to the public. Bauer’s funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the same church. Only […]

  • Chicagoans honor fallen Cmdr. Paul Bauer with memorials across the city

    CHICAGO — Memorials are going up around the city to honor the police commander who was gunned down Tuesday near the Thompson Center in the Loop. Flags fly at half staff and Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s 18th District is draped in black and purple. A memorial filled with flowers and balloons pays tribute to the commander, who gave his life for the safety of Chicago. It’s a nightmare Betsy Shepard has had to endure. She leads the Michael Ceriale Foundation. Ceriale […]

  • Police investigate after fire destroys Hebrew Ysraelite Culture Center

    CHICAGO —  Investigators are now stepping in to try and determine what caused a 2-11 fire on the city’s Far South Side Monday evening. Fire officials said the fire broke out around 9 p.m. at the Hebrew Ysraelite Culture Center at 7130 S. Chicago Avenue in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. The fire was struck around 10:30 p.m. Three people were inside the building when the fire started. Firefighters rescued a woman with a disability from the second floor of the […]

  • John Hancock Center plans “The Tilt”

    John Hancock Center losing iconic name

    CHICAGO – The John Hancock Center is losing its iconic name, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 100-story skyscraper will now be known by its address, 875 N. Michigan Avenue until the owners seek a new naming-rights deal. The newspaper reports that owners of the building’s namesake, an insurance company that built the tower, asked that its name and logos be removed throughout the building immediately. Chicago-based Hearn is part of a group of real estate investors that has owned […]

  • Southwest Airlines resume operations at Midway after all flights grounded

    CHICAGO — Southwest Airlines is back up and running — and trying to get back on its passengers’ good side — after canceling 220 flights at Midway Airport on Sunday. Southwest has apologized for the mess, saying it ran out of de-icer for its planes after 9 straight days of snow. Thousands of passengers were stranded at Midway, waiting for their flights to be rebooked. This morning, Southwest received its shipment of de-icer.  And for the most part the airline got […]

  • It’s official: Chicago ties record with 9 consecutive days of measurable snowfall

    CHICAGO — Chicago logged a record-tying ninth consecutive day with measurable snowfall on Sunday, equaling similar nine-day runs from Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 1902 and Jan. 6-14, 2009. Measurable snow has now been logged daily from February 3-11. No snow is expected Monday, so the record should not be broken. The past week has watched as the snowfall deficit has been overtaken by a surplus for the 2017-18 snow season. The final tallies of our latest round of snow, which Frank Wachowski says […]

  • Biggest snow in 3 years – and it’s not over yet

      We’ve seen the biggest snow in over three years – and it’s not over yet! WGN Weather is tracking two more chances of snow this weekend which will add to already impressive totals. 6 a.m. Sunday snapshot The stronger of the two weekend snow chances will arrive overnight Saturday night into Sunday.   Total weekend snowfall When adding the two additional bursts of snow coming this weekend, some places could see another half foot of snow.   Closing in […]

  • Two in critical condition after Metra train strikes SUV on NW Side

    CHICAGO — Two people are in critical condition after the SUV they were in was hit by a Metra train near the Mont Clare Metra station on the Northwest Side Thursday night. Police say it’s unclear why the vehicle stopped on the tracks in the Streeterville neighborhood before it was hit head-on by a train running on Metra’s North Central Service commuter rail line. Two people inside the vehicle were critically hurt and rushed to Loyola Medical Center. No one […]

  • Hilariously painted dibs chairs are a very Chicago form of street art

    CHICAGO — A local ad agency has come up with a very Chicago form of street art, painted chairs meant for calling dibs in the most artful way possible. The Havas agency commissioned local artists to create decorated dibs chairs that are being auctioned off on eBay for charity. All the money raised will go to Lincoln Park Community Services, an all-encompassing organization that helps the homeless. They are moving into a new building so all the money raised will […]