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
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    Fans cautiously optimistic as Cubs head to playoffs

    WGN’s Amy Rutledge and Erik Runge took a trip to Wrigleyville to see how Cubs fans are feeling as their team heads into the playoffs. Here’s what Erik wrote about the atmosphere: Even hours before the first pitch, you could feel something special in the air around Wrigley. Expectations are high. The feeling inside the bars on the Cubs’ chances this year is about the same on the outside: cautious optimism. Some are more nervous than others. Confidence and the […]

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    More flights canceled as Hurricane Matthew nears East Coast

    CHICAGO –Airlines are canceling thousands of flights as Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Florida. FlightAware, which tracks cancellations, reported more than 2,800 flights scrapped from Wednesday through Friday ahead of the monster storm. Miami International Airport said it expected most flights to be canceled by midday Thursday. Hundreds more were scrapped into and out of Orlando, and the Fort Lauderdale airport closed at 10:30 a.m. ET after the last plane out, a Southwest flight to Baltimore. American Airlines, which has […]

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    Clowns threaten to ‘kill’ kids during recess as creepy clown phenomenon comes to Chicagloand

    WAUKEGAN — Greenwood School in Waukegan was placed on lockdown after three people dressed as clowns taunted kids playing at recess and said they were going to come back and “kill them” Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Kids told school staff one of them was wielding a knife and another claimed to have a gun. The clown sighting was just one of several odd events as the creepy clown phenomenon seen across the nation makes its way to Chicagoland. Just before 2:00 p.m. […]

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    Man awarded $15M in wrongful conviction settlement

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — The city of Chicago Heights agreed Wednesday to one of the largest wrongful conviction settlements in the state. 51-year-old Rodell Sanders  was awarded 15 million dollars in exchange for spending more than 20 years in prison. He was wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder.  Sanders says he was framed by officers in the Chicago Heights police department, some of which ended in up in prison themselves. “Those were corrupt police officers,” Sanders told reporters.  “From day […]

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    Chicago’s Polish National Alliance vandalized ahead of Trump visit

    CHICAGO — As Donald Trump mades his way to the area to court donors and voters, the Polish National Alliance rushed to clean up anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on its Chicago outpost ahead of the candidate’s visit Wednesday. Taggers left anti-Trump graffiti on the front of the building and nearby sidewalk on the far Northwest Side, although it was cleaned up before the Republican candidate’s visit there. Trump was invited to speak by the Polish American Congress. Trump is visiting Chicago for the first time […]

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    Man’s conviction overturned 20 years later

    Charles Johnson was just a teenager when he was sentenced to life in prison for a double murder 20 years ago. Today, with his conviction overturned, Johnson walked out of the Cook County jail. Johnson’s family was able to bail him out on 500,000 dollar bond. Johnson, along with two others, were convicted of a 1995 double murder at a used car lot. The state vacated Johnson’s sentence after  new fingerprint evidence was introduced. However, Johnson could still be retried […]

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    Bicyclist killed in truck crash in Roscoe Village

    CHICAGO — A female bicyclist, believed to bein her 30’s, is dead after a collision with a truck in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood Monday morning. It happened at about 8:18 a.m. at Damen and Addison. Witnesses tell WGN a truck was turning from Damen to Addison and the bicyclist was heading same direction. They say the light was green. Witnesses also say “it was just an accident.” Police say the truck driver who hit the bicyclist stayed at the scene and cooperated with […]

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    Man shot in the head while walking with family on Michigan Ave.

    UPDATE: The 54-year-old man who was shot on Saturday night near Chicago’s Millennium Park has died. Read more: CHICAGO — A 54-year-old man was walking with his family near Millennium Park Saturday night when he was shot in the head. The family of Peter Fabbri said now he’s brain dead and on life support. His sister Shelly said a group of people – some of them on bikes – approached the family as they were walking down Michigan Avenue. […]

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    Police shooting sparks violent protests in Charlotte; officials not releasing video

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte over the police shooting of a black man, the city’s police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting “to the masses.” Asked whether there was a time at which the public could expect to see it, Chief Kerr Putney said there should be no such expectation. “Transparency’s in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “If you […]

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    Enhanced security in place for Chicago Bears home games

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears’ home opener at Soldier Field is on Monday Night Football, and fans will be greeted with enhanced security measures. Everyone attending the game will first walk through metal detectors, before having their carry-on items searched. This policy was in place during the two preseason games, and it will remain for every home game this season. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff for all games, and fans are advised to show up early. There are several […]