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
  • Thousands march in Chicago to protest violence in Gaza Strip

    Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched through downtown Chicago this afternoon calling for an end to an Israeli ground assault on the Gaza Strip. Waving Palestinian flags, holding posters and shouting into bullhorns, more than 2500 people flooded the streets of downtown to show their support for the Palestinians who’ve died and the thousands of others who are still in danger. Protestors laid down the concrete to represent the hundreds of Palestinians that have been killed since tensions between Israel and […]

  • Off-duty officer killed in motorcycle crash

    An off-duty Chicago police officer was killed this afternoon in a motorcycle crash. Tito Rodriguez as riding his motorcycle in the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway when he was struck by another vehicle near the ramp at 69th St. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. and caused lane closures in the area. Officer Rodriguez was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to Chicago Police, Rodriguez had been on the force since May 2013. “Our thoughts […]

  • Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets

    The Tribune investigation found about thirteen thousand questionable tickets at about a dozen intersections and similar pattern of problems at several others. The Tribune found some cameras went from writing one or two tickets a day to more than 50 in some cases with no real explanation as to why. The Tribune also found inconsistencies with tickets for drivers ticketed for not coming to a complete stop before turning right. Three experts reviewed the documents the Tribune gathered and said […]

  • City Clerk extends deadline to buy new vehicle stickers after computer problems

    Chicago drivers have an extra 24-hours to get a new city sticker, after major computer glitches and problems left people across the city waiting for hours Tuesday to buy a new vehicle sticker. The deadline to purchase a new sticker was midnight  Tuesday, but many currency exchanges say they started seeing big computer delays and crashes late in the afternoon and into the evening. Some people say they waited in line for up to five hours, trying to buy the […]

  • Recent ‘cold snap’ is all about perspective

    Brace yourself. The Chicago area is expecting below normal temperatures most of this week. Some are calling this summer blast of Canadian cool air the Polar Votex 2. But as WGN’s Erik Runge shows us, after this winter, a “cold snap” is all about perspective.

  • Teen killed, father wounded in shooting outside Northwest Side restaurant

    A teenager was killed and his father wounded in a shooting this afternoon on the Near West Side. 16-year-old Adam Lara and his 49-year-old father Uriel were leaving a restaurant around 3:30 p.m. near Kenneth and Diversery when witnesses say two people walked up to their car and open fired. Uriel was hit in the back and Adam was hit in the head. The teen died from his wounds, his father is in critical condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Police […]

  • Alderman witnesses man’s murder on North Side

    A man’s murder on the North Side this weekend was witnessed by the area’s alderman. 28-year-old Wil Lewis was shot in the 1300 block of West Devon Avenue Saturday afternoon. Lewis was standing near this bus stop when police say someone walked up to him and started firing. Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, was standing in front of a store and talking to the owner when he heard the shots fired. Moore looked down the block and saw a man […]

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    2 wounded in shooting at Montrose Beach

    Two females were shot at Montrose Beach this evening. Police say the females were shot around 6:45 pm. One suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and back. The other victim was wounded in her leg. Both were taken to the hospital. No ages of the victims were provided. Check back for details.  

  • Taste of Chicago ends today

    A day after getting rained out, the Taste of Chicago reopened this morning. It was the first time since 1992 the event had to close due to weather. The flooding affected both the food vendors and also cancelled a concert featuring Lucinda Williams and Jeff Tweedy. Today is the final day of the annual food fest.

  • Relatives speak about shot college-bound teen

    Relatives of a teenager who was just more than a month away from heading off to college are now talking about his killing. Marcel Pearson, 17, was supposed to be at his college orientation Thursday. Today, his family is planning his funeral. They say one of the things that make this so sad is he was so close to leaving the violence of this neighborhood behind him. “He got goals,” Pearson’s cousin Crystal Bell said. “You got these other guys […]