Erik Runge

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
  • Woman overdoses behind the wheel; State troopers arrive and save her life

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Two Illinois state troopers are credited with saving a woman’s life who had overdosed on opioids while behind the wheel of a car. The 41-year-old woman was barely breathing when the troopers found her on the side I-294 with a blown tire Sunday night around 8 p.m. Neither trooper had used the lifesaving overdose medication NARCAN before Sunday but they recognized the woman’s symptoms and saved her life. Trooper Raymond Kurut first arrived on the scene […]

  • 5-year-old hit by a pickup truck in Bridgeport neighborhood

    Around 8 a.m. a 24 year old man and a five year old boy were hit by a pickup truck crossing Ashland in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Police say the two were crossing Ashland westbound on 37th when they were both hit. The pickup truck driver was turning onto Ashland from 37th when the accident happened. The 41 year old driver stayed at the scene until help and police arrived. The boy was rushed to Stroger Hospital with serious injuries and […]

  • ‘Distraught’ off-duty Chicago cop turns self in after 12-hour standoff on NW Side: sources

    CHICAGO — A “distraught” off-duty Chicago officer turned himself into police after a 12-hour standoff on the city’s Northwest Side, according to police sources. The Chicago Police Department SWAT team was called in just before 11:40 p.m. Tuesday to the 6500 block of North Onarga for a stand-off situation in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood. Police were called about a distraught man in a vehicle. The man surrendered to police at about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday and is now in custody. Sources say the […]

  • Controversial assignment draws backlash from suburban students, parents

    LOCKPORT, Ill. — A controversial assignment at suburban high school drew backlash from students and parents. A longtime Honors English teacher at Lockport High School has apologized for the assignment, which many described as anti-Muslim. Last Thursday, the teacher tried to put the lessons of “The Crucible” into modern day terms.  The 1953 Arthur Miller play focuses on the Salem Witch trials. The teacher’s assignment was aimed at sparking a class discussion on the dangers of singling out a group of […]

  • Lake-effect snow hits Chicago area

    There was no shortage of spinouts, snow blowers and plows Monday as Chicago deals with the biggest snow fall of the year. And there’s more snow headed our way. Some areas are expected to get several more inches on the ground. INTERACTIVE RADAR HERE The Lake-effect Snow Warning calling for the possibility of 5 to 10-inches of  snow due to northeast winds over Lake Michigan developing plumes of snow that will move inland over Lake, Cook and DuPage Counties in […]

  • Chicago getting 1st significant snowfall since December

    CHICAGO — Flight cancelations are reported at Chicago airports as much of Illinois gets snow as part of a storm hitting the Midwest and beyond. O'Hare and Midway flight cancellations at 8:30AM #ilwx — WGN-TV Traffic (@WGNtraffic) March 13, 2017 The National Weather Service says a weather system will be rolling through the Chicago area until sunset on Monday. Forecasters say 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected. A Lake Effect Snow Warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. […]

  • Man shot and killed daughters, wounded wife before killing himself in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES — Police say Randall Coffland shot and killed his twin teenager daughters Friday night, then shot and wounded his wife before killing himself. On Sunday, police released a detailed timeline of events and two 911 calls made from the house the night of the shootings. In one call, Randall Coffland clearly admits to shooting and killing his daughters and shooting his wife. He then said he was going to shoot himself. So when St. Charles police first arrived at the condo Friday […]

  • Snow plow drivers are excited for the first storm in months

    FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. — Maybe we shouldn’t complain too loud, it has been two months since we’ve seen a measurable snowfall. You may think usually this late into the season people like Steve Golyzniak with Tovar The Snow Professionals may get sick of seeing snow, but think again, “When you see snow in the forecast do you get excited absolutely. This is what drives our business we have 5 to 6 months that’s our season. In the next few hours they’ll […]

  • Teenage girl injured in Logan Square double shooting

    CHICAGO — A teenage girl and a 22-year-old man were shot behind a Logan Square home Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say four or five shots rang out just after 3 p.m. Saturday. When the shooting stopped, the man was hit in the buttocks, and the 17-year-old girl was hit in the stomach. Both are recovering in Illinois Masonic Hospital and are expected to survive. 9-year-old Damaris Lopez told WGN, with her mother’s permission, that she not only heard the screams and the shots, but also cars traveling […]

  • Five hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak

    CHICAGO, Ill,– Three children and two adults were rushed to hospitals after a carbon monoxide leak on Chicago’s west side. The leak was first reported just before three this afternoon in the 49 hundred block of West Congress Parkway. The three children were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in serious to critical condition. A relative tells WGN all three are expected to live. One of the adults was also taken to Loyola, the other was transported to […]