Erik Runge
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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
  • FBI investigates anti-Semitic graffiti on Northwestern campus

    EVANSTON, Ill. — The FBI has now joined Northwestern University police to find the people responsible for anti-Semitic and racist graffiti on campus. The call for help came after a swastika was found just hours before graduation earlier this month. It was the fourth time the symbol has been found on campus since spring. The university says a security team found the swastika in the early morning hours on a window at Ryan Field. Someone had used their finger to […]

  • 6 cited for trespassing during rally against Rauner cuts

    CHICAGO — Demonstrators spoke out Saturday against Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. Activists said the cuts will have a dramatic, negative impact on people with disabilities, seniors, children and others. Six participants were cited for trespassing during the event. WGN’s Erik Runge has the story.

  • CTA investigating how Blue Line operated with open door

    CHICAGO – The CTA is investigating an incident in which one of its elevated trains operated while a door was open. A Blue Line train heading to O’Hare had one of it’s doors open while it hits stops along the Kennedy Expressway. A passenger on the train filmed the incident and posted it online. That passenger, Clint Phillips, tells WGN News he got on at the Jefferson Park stop and says the door remains open for two more stops. A […]

  • Lee, Grundy counties declared disaster areas

    Cleanup and recovery efforts are underway 24 hours after areas in northern Illinois were struck by several tornadoes. Both Lee and Grundy counties have been declared disaster areas. Governor Rauner toured the devastation by air and ground today marking the second time since April he had toe make the rounds in a disaster zone. WGN’s Tom Negovan and Erik Runge have more.

  • Stranded passengers return to Chicago after 30 hour delay

    NORTHERN IRELAND –Passengers on a diverted flight to Chicago finally returned home Sunday night, nearly 30 hours after their scheduled arrival. Their United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was forced to divert to Northern Ireland after a passenger became unruly. Belfast International Airport Constabulary said in a statement Sunday that the man with dual Italian and American nationality is also set to be charged with disruptive behavior on board an aircraft and common assault. Airport officials did not elaborate […]

  • Teen shot in the head

    CHICAGO — A 17 year old boy is fighting for his life tonight after being shot in the head. It happened in the 45 hundred block of Francisco just before 6 Saturday evening. Investigators say the teen was at his home when he was attacked by a group on bicycles. Witnesses heard as many as 8 shots fired. Police continue to investigate.

  • Gold Coast hotel scene of 4 suspicious fires overnight

    CHICAGO — Police and arson investigators are searching for the person who set four fires in a Gold Coast hotel overnight. Several people had to be evacuated will fire fighters searched the hotel to make sure it had to be safe. Everything was back to normal Saturday at the hotel, but it was certainly an early wake call for guest here this morning. From the corner of Chestnut and Wabash the 32-floor Gold Coast hotel with the French name doesn’t […]

  • Rally for peace on South Side has more than a hint of Hollywood

    CHICAGO — The South Side was a beaming with star power as Father Pfleger led a rally and march for peace Friday night. Among those in attendance were Spike Lee and cast members of his new movie “Chiraq” along with parents who lost their children to violence. While the rally was a genuine call for peace tonight, at other times it felt as if this was all part of show business. The prayers, songs and names of those who died […]

  • Photo credit: Dietrich Zeigler | WGNTV

    Blackhawks honor late-staffer’s family, son hoists Cup at rally

    CHICAGO — One of the more emotional moments of Thursday’s Blackhawks celebration came when the team honored the son of their late equipment manager. 34-year-old Assistant Equipment Manager Clint Reif was found dead in his home earlier this season having taken his own life. The relationship between NHL players and the staff who care for their skates, sticks and other tools of the trade is perhaps the closest of any group of athletes and support personnel. During the rally, Blackhawk […]

  • Kucherov flips over Corey Crawford who makes the save. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune.)

    HIGHLIGHTS: Blackhawks beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 5

    TAMPA, Fla. — The Chicago Blackhawks got a hard-earned victory Saturday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. It was the Blackhawks’ second road win of the series, as they held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead headed home for Game 6 with a chance to clinch the championship. Antoine Vermette converted a rebound two minutes into the third period to secure the Blackhawks’ win. Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who are […]


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