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
  • Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to run again in 2018

    CHICAGO — Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he’ll run for the same office again next year. Stroger said that people don’t always notice what’s been accomplished while it’s happening. He says the county is now in a “precarious situation” and he’s circulating petitions. The Democrat replaced his father, the late county board President John Stroger, in 2006. He lost the seat to Toni Preckwinkle in 2010. His tenure was plagued by allegations of ethical lapses, including hiring family members. […]

  • Fire in suburban apartment complex leaves 1 dead

    BENSENVILLE, Ill. — One person is dead and at least 20 others are searching for a place to live after fire destroyed their Bensenville apartment complex Sunday morning. Officials believe the fire broke out shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, and hours later firefighters were still trying to extinguish the flames as they consumed the building that contained 18 apartments. All but one person got out alive. Resident Raul Garcia, who lived on the second floor of the building, said he rushed out […]

  • Police: Armed men aboard El train attempt robbery, fire shots near South Loop stop

    CHICAGO — Two men are in police custody following a shooting and attempted robbery aboard a Green Line train in the South Loop Sunday morning. Police say two men announced a robbery aboard a Green Line train near the Cermak- McCormick Place stop just  before 6 a.m., and then fired shots as they exited to the station.  A witness who was nearby says she heard five to six shots. No one was hurt. Trains were delayed in the area while police conducted their […]

  • Chicago comic book store celebrates superheros for National Local Comic Shop Day

    CHICAGO — The newest comic book inspired movie, “The Justice League” hit theaters this weekend and local comic book shops celebrated the superhero craze by taking part in National Local Comic Shop Day. WGN’s Erik Runge visited Challengers Comics on 1845 North Western Avenue and spoke to local comic book creators who say there’s a comic book for everyone. Erik and cameramen Greg and Steve were even transformed into superheros called, “The Newsmen.”

  • Suburban superintendent accused of sexual harassment to resign in December

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A suburban superintendent accused of harassing female staff members is expected to resign December 13. Floyd Williams was accused of sexually harassing several female staff members at Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 and on Wednesday, the school board announced his resignation. Williams has  been on paid leave since October 17. Through the terms of the deal, he will be paid through the rest of the school year which should come to a little less than […]

  • Wrongfully-convicted man imprisoned for 29 years released Tuesday

    CHICAGO — A man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit became a free man Tuesday night. A Cook County judge threw out Arthur Brown’s 1988 double murder and arson conviction Tuesday morning. From day one, Brown, 66, and his family said he had nothing to do with the crime that put him in prison. When he was arrested, he was 37 and had no criminal record. It took 29 years but today their calls […]

  • Burglary suspects caught on camera sneaking through Bridgeport Arts Center

    CHICAGO– Newly-released surveillance footage clearly shows two suspects who police say broke into the Bridgeport Art Center on Nov. 4 and made off with electronics from inside the gallery. The footage released by police follows the two suspects as they enter the gallery after hours, make their way up in an elevator, and then allegedly leave with electronics in tow. Police say the pair walked around the closed museum from about 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. that morning. The video doesn’t show […]

  • ‘She was a grandmother to this block’: Fire in West Side home leaves woman dead

    CHICAGO — An 83-year-old woman described as a “pillar in the community” by neighbors is dead after a fire broke out in her Douglas Park home Sunday afternoon. Chicago firefighters say the fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Dorsey’s home. Gibran Gaither was one of the first to try and help his neighbor and friend. “I was knocking on the door, ringing both doorbells, I saw the flames and called 911 immediately,” Gaither said Rescue crews responding to the two-flat […]

  • Second armed robbery in nearly a week reported in Chinatown

    CHICAGO — Police are investigating another armed robbery in Chinatown. The robbery is the second in about a week in an area that has seen a several in violent crimes since October 23rd. Late Wednesday night surveillance cameras on 23rd and S Wentworth captured the crime. A woman is seen walking alone and a group of men walk up to her. One has a gun.  They take her purse then run away. Last week around 2 a.m.  near 24th and Wentworth, […]

  • Woman shot and killed while attending party honoring victim of gun violence

    CHICAGO – A woman was killed and a man was hurt in a shooting inside a party in the West Pullman neighborhood early Sunday morning. The Chicago Tribune reports the party was in memory of 28-year-old Kenneth Williams, who was shot and killed while leaving the Cook County criminal courthouse in August. Police said someone fired shots  around 1 a.m. Sunday inside the party on the 100 block of East 117th Place. A 29-year-old woman was shot in the head and […]