Erik Runge

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
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    Cubs fans remain optimistic after Game 1 loss

    CHICAGO — Despite seeing the Chicago Cubs lose Game 1 to the Cardinals, Cubs fans in both Chicago and St. Louis remain optimistic for the rest of the series. WGN talked to fans in both cities to get their take.

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    Fans scramble for Cubs playoff tickets

    CHICAGO — As soon as Jake Arietta coaxed the final out in the Cubs 4-0 wildcard win over Pittsburgh, the mad dash was on to secure tickets for the divisional playoff series against the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets for games 1 and 2 in St. Louis and 3 and 4 at Wrigley Field are sold out.  So fans who want them may have to get their tickets on the secondary market. The average prices, according the online ticket broker, […]

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    Blackhawks raise championship banner at home opener

    The @NHLBlackhawks have a fancy new banner hanging in the United Center. #NHLFaceOff — NHL (@NHL) October 8, 2015 CHICAGO  —The Chicago Blackhawks returned to the United Center ice tonight and brought along something new for the place:  The 2014-15 Championship Banner. Something we'll never forget. #RaiseTheBanner — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) October 8, 2015 Look what's back in Chicago! #NHLonNBC — NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 8, 2015 A slap for good luck from Captain Serious! #NHLonNBC — NBCSN […]

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    Hawks walk the red carpet ahead of home opener

    CHICAGO —  It may be hard to believe, but the National Hockey League starts a new season tonight with four games. In Chicago, the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks open defense of their title by playing host to the New York Rangers, who open a season on the road for the eighth straight season. Before the game, the Blackhawks will raise the Stanley Cup championship banner, their third in six seasons. Before tonight’s game, players walked the red carpet at the […]

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    Wrigleyville bar showing love for Maddon in a unique way

    CHICAGO — The wild card showdown in Pittsburgh is set for tomorrow night, but fans are already preparing. That includes one Wrigleyville bar that’s changed its name from Merkle’s to the Pink Flamingo. It is in honor of manager Joe Maddon who said last month it was his goal in life to own a bar with that name. The current owners are offering him a partnership.

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    Nursing mother says she was harassed by flight attendant

    A disagreement between a passenger and an American Airlines flight attendant is drawing attention on social media. Mariana, Brandon and their 4-month-old daughter were making a connecting flight in Chicago after spending a week in Europe. During the flight from O’Hare to Phoenix,  Mariana was using a breast pump in the plane’s restroom when she says the flight attendant rudely demanded she get out. Mariana says she explained to the flight attendant what she was doing but the attendant returned […]

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    McHenry teacher contract negotiations to resume Sunday

    McHENRY, Ill. — This is day two of a teachers strike in McHenry’s School District 156. More than 2600 students are affected. Negotiators wrapped up talks for today are expected to meet again Sunday. The sticking points are over pay and insurance. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.

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    Number of overdoses spikes to 70 on city’s West Side

    CHICAGO – Authorities say there are no more than 70 cases of drug overdoses on Chicago’s West Side in the last 72 hours. Heroin laced with the painkiller, fentanyl, is responsible.   When the two substances are mixed together it creates an immediate and intense high. The drug first became prominent in Chicago about 9 years ago, when dozens of people died of overdoses involving drugs laced with fentanyl. Paramedics and fire department now carry extra doses of an “antidote” drug that […]

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    Teachers on strike in McHenry District 156; classes canceled today

    MCHENRY COUNTY, Ill. –Teachers are walking picket lines and about 2500 high school students are home today in McHenry. Talks between teachers and District 156 broke down at about 1 a.m.  Talks have been ongoing since March, and teachers have been working without a contract since the summer. The district is offering 2 percent raises, but the teacher’s union is demanding at least 3 percent, because of givebacks in earlier contracts. The teachers are also upset at the district’s proposal […]

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    Missing woman found murdered in Gary

    GARY, Ind. —  Gary police  say they have no leads into the disappearance and now murder of a 61-year-old mentally disabled woman. Carolyn Rimpson went missing Thursday.  She had been dropped off at her home but she never went inside and was last seen talking on her cell phone. A teenager found her phone a few days later called police which led them to an abandon home just two blocks from where Rimpson lives.  They followed a foul order and […]


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