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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
  • Mother, daughter found dead in home: Suicidal man told cops he’d ‘harmed’ them

    Chicago police have a man in custody after they discover a woman and a young girl dead inside the Dunning neighborhood home they shared in Waukegan. The two were discovered at the home in the 3400 block of North Odell. Chicago police say officers in Waukegan responded to a call about a suicidal man Sunday morning. After taking him in to custody police say he told them he’d harmed his family Neighbors tell WGN the couple argued a lot. They […]

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    Eric Holder steps down as Attorney General

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department. Holder has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor. “In the months ahead I will leave the Department of Justice,” Holder said at the White House, thanking President Barack Obama for the “greatest honor of my professional life.” Though he’s stepping down, Holder said that “he will never leave the work.” “I will continue to […]

  • Robbers targeting victims at South Side Red Line station

    Chicago police are warning CTA rider about a string of robberies at one Red Line station. Several people have been robbed near the 35th St Red Line Platform. On four occasions in the past month, men approached riders at or near the 35th Street stop and demanded money. It is not known if any of the surveillance cameras caught any of the robberies, which started back on August 28thand 30th and September 4th and 12th. Police say the men sometimes made […]

  • Dogs recovering; 2 arrested in animal hospital scandal

    Two people have been arrested in connection with a scandal at a suburban animal hospital involving dead and sick dogs. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced charges against 59-year-old Sharon Cargile and 55-year-old Amardeep Sangha. Dolton officers made the horrific discovery on Sunday when they went to drop off a dog. Four dead dogs were found, some with maggots on them and others wrapped in plastic bag. Those that survived were lying in feces and urine and in cages without […]

  • Barricade situation ends with no injuries, man in custody

    South Cicero Avenue is open again after a hostage standoff blocked traffic this afternoon. The incident began in Bedford Park just before 1:30 p.m. when a woman contacted authorities and told them her husband was holding their two children and two dogs in the cab of his semi truck and would not release them, police said. Police responded and the driver attempted to hit the officers with his vehicle. A short vehicle chase ensued and ended in the 4400 block […]

  • Gruesome discovery: 4 dead dogs, several sick animals found at suburban animal hospital

    Authorities want to know what was going on at a south suburban animal hospital where four dogs were found dead and several others sick and emaciated. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation but this morning officers with Dolton code enforcement swarmed the Dolton Animal Hospital in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue to continue their part of the investigation. Meanwhile, current and former clients have been showing up, sharing horror stories. “I called everybody and nobody paid […]

  • South Side community honors murdered men with ‘World Peace Day’

    A South Side community gathered Sunday to celebrate what they are calling World Peace Day. They are honoring two men murdered minutes apart last year and preaching a message of coming together to try an end  Chicago’s violence. One of the men killed, Willie Cooper was a deacon at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in the South Shore neighborhood and was on his way to work. The other man, Eric “Guitar” Davis was a blues guitar player on his way […]

  • Four charged in shooting death of 9-year-old Antonio Smith

    All four, according to the State’s Attorney, indicated they were involved in the shooting they even led police to the gun used to kill 9-year-old Antonio Smith. It was a month ago today police began their search for the people responsible for shooting and killing 9-year-old Antonio Smith. The youngest victim of gun and gang violence this year. “There is no evidence that this child was a gang member.” Smith was shot 6 times, his body was found on a […]

  • Member of Jesse White Tumbling team fatally shot

    Chicago police are still looking for the gunmen who shot and killed a member of the Jesse White Tumbling team. Police say two people on bicycles rode up to 16-year-old Devonshay Lofton and opened fire Thursday night in the 1300 block of North Cleveland. Family and friends gathered last night, not far from where the shooting happened, for a vigil to remember who friends call “Tim Tim.” An officer who arrived on the scene was also wounded when he shot himself […]

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    Local crisis center hopes NFL scandals inspire women to get out of violent relationships

    There could be one good thing that comes of all the attention Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice have brought to domestic violence: It may inspire some women to seek a way out of a violent relationship. A local crisis center called A New Direction didn’t want WGN to show the exterior of their offices to protect the women who are seeking help. But, they did want their message to get out: They are here and ready to help. Rita Ryan is a […]


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