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
  • promo309480842

    Police say $20 piece of equipment saved man’s life after hit-and-run

    FOREST PARK — Police are trying to find the driver of a black Chevy Camaro who they say didn’t even slow down before hitting, and nearly killing, a Chicago man Sunday night. A 46-year-old carrying groceries bought at a nearby Walmart was walking across the street when he got hit by the car. And although he lost his leg in the accident, police say a $20 piece of equipment officers carry may have saved his life. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.  

  • promo309396263

    Over 30 people shot, 4 killed in 25 hours during violent weekend

    CHICAGO — More than 30 people were shot, three fatally, and one person was fatally stabbed between Saturday and Sunday afternoon during a violent weekend in Chicago. The latest shooting happened just after noon Sunday outside a convenience store at 63rd and Honore in the Englewood neighborhood. Police are still in the early stages of their investigation, but the owner of the store said three people were shot, although police are saying four. Surveillance cameras captured part of the shooting, and at least two […]

  • promo309221202

    Trump signs executive order to roll back Obamacare

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. The executive order signed in the Oval Office is designed “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition from repeal and replace,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. Spicer did not respond when asked for further details. In addition to the presidential action on Obamacare, White House Chief of Staff […]

  • c2e4rnvxcaaezko

    Woman attacked in suburban apartment; Suspect sought

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. —  Police in suburban Rolling Meadows are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted one woman last week and tried to rob another a month earlier.   Both victims live in the same apartment complex, the East Park Apartments in the 4800 block of Algonquin Parkway. Rolling Meadows Police are searching for a man matching this description in connection with a sexual assault and another break-in. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/ods6AB2D6K — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) January 18, 2017 Rolling […]

  • promo308978362

    Garry McCarthy subpoenaed in Jackson divorce case

    CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been subpoenaed in the a high-profile divorce case of Jesse Jackson Jr and Sandi Jackson. McCarthy has been subpoenaed to turn over records and documents involving Sandi Jackson. The papers were filed in court today. Last month Jackson Jr.’s attorney told reporters it was Sandi Jackson’s actions that led to the end of the marriage. The subpoena’s issued today to McCarthy, his business partner and another officer demand they turn over […]

  • promo308963801

    As many as 60,000 expected at Saturday’s Women’s March in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Millions are set to march nationwide the day after President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration with thousands expected to march through downtown Chicago. The group is calling for a preservation of women’s and human rights during the Trump Presidency. The march will begin around 9:15 a.m. at Jackson and Lake Shore Drive in Grant Park.  Marchers can begin showing up at 8:30 a.m. Organizers say up to 60,000 people  are expected and men are also invited to participate. Just after […]

  • c2tfxe1uaaas1jd

    Cardinal Cupich, Dwyane Wade honored at Chicago MLK breakfast

    CHICAGO — The Rainbow PUSH Coalition hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast Monday. Cardinal Blase Cupich was among the five honorees, that also includes Dwyane Wade. Rev. Jackson, Cardinal Blase Cupich and Gov. Rauner sit together at the 27th annual MLK breakfast downtown Chicago. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/96FZVvVGHo — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) January 16, 2017 The event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel also raises money for college scholarships. More than 2,200 students have received $5.5 million since the program was established 27 years […]

  • promo308838424

    Off-duty Chicago officer involved in shooting, 1 injured

    CHICAGO, Ill. — An off-duty Chicago police sergeant was involved in a shooting that injured one person. The shooting happened by a McDonald’s near the intersection of Kedzie and Wilson. A Chicago Police spokesman says a group of people walking and a group of people in a car got in a confrontation. The driver of the car then went into the McDonald’s parking lot, around the drive through, and then re-engaged with the walking group. The people walking say someone […]

  • capture

    Family believes missing woman was abducted from home

    CHICAGO – The search continues for a Chicago woman missing nearly a month and family believe she was abducted. 33-year-old Joanna Wright was last seen at Marquette Park home on December 19th. Her family says she was grabbed by three of four men and forced her into a car. Friends and family gathered Wednesday at the corner of 64th and Washtenaw near where Wright lives to pass out fliers. Police say they have obtained surveillance video that may help the […]

  • promo308359405

    Teens watch Obama’s speech thanks to donated tickets

    CHICAGO —  Despite waiting in line for hours, many were not able to get tickets to President Obama’s Farewell Speech in Chicago tonight. But thanks to the generosity of their fellow Chicagoans, a group of teens from the West Side will be in attendance Community activist Jahmal Cole asked people who received tickets to donate them. And tickets poured in. WGN’s Erik Runge has more.