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
  • Man shot and killed daughters, wounded wife before killing himself in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES — Police say Randall Coffland shot and killed his twin teenager daughters Friday night, then shot and wounded his wife before killing himself. On Sunday, police released a detailed timeline of events and two 911 calls made from the house the night of the shootings. In one call, Randall Coffland clearly admits to shooting and killing his daughters and shooting his wife. He then said he was going to shoot himself. So when St. Charles police first arrived at the condo Friday […]

  • Snow plow drivers are excited for the first storm in months

    FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. — Maybe we shouldn’t complain too loud, it has been two months since we’ve seen a measurable snowfall. You may think usually this late into the season people like Steve Golyzniak with Tovar The Snow Professionals may get sick of seeing snow, but think again, “When you see snow in the forecast do you get excited absolutely. This is what drives our business we have 5 to 6 months that’s our season. In the next few hours they’ll […]

  • Teenage girl injured in Logan Square double shooting

    CHICAGO — A teenage girl and a 22-year-old man were shot behind a Logan Square home Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say four or five shots rang out just after 3 p.m. Saturday. When the shooting stopped, the man was hit in the buttocks, and the 17-year-old girl was hit in the stomach. Both are recovering in Illinois Masonic Hospital and are expected to survive. 9-year-old Damaris Lopez told WGN, with her mother’s permission, that she not only heard the screams and the shots, but also cars traveling […]

  • Five hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak

    CHICAGO, Ill,– Three children and two adults were rushed to hospitals after a carbon monoxide leak on Chicago’s west side. The leak was first reported just before three this afternoon in the 49 hundred block of West Congress Parkway. The three children were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in serious to critical condition. A relative tells WGN all three are expected to live. One of the adults was also taken to Loyola, the other was transported to […]

  • Carjacker throws woman into trunk of car in Lakeview, then drives 20 miles before crashing

    CHICAGO — Chicago police now say a man who forced a woman into the trunk of her car Thursday night in Wrigleyville also sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. The 24-year old woman just got home from work in the 3700 block of North Fremont St. The suspect approached her in her garage and told her to get into the trunk. She remained in the trunk as he drove around the city, eventually crashing into a tree at 115th and Throop […]

  • Police seek suspects in smash and grab robberies at suburban day care

    DARIEN, Ill. — Police in Darien are working with neighboring towns to see if a rash of car burglaries are related. Darien police say a mother dropped her child off at day care at Goddard School around 7:30 Wednesday morning. When she got back to her car, her window was smashed and her purse was gone. Police Commander Gerry Piccoli says he is working with police in Lisle and Downers Grove to determine if it is the same thief that […]

  • Illinois Holocaust Museum honors humanitarian awards

    CHICAGO — The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education center hosted its humanitarian awards dinner tonight. Former First Lady Laura Bush wass the keynote speaker for the museums largest fundraiser. Laura Bush took the stage with billionaire and potential gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker ahead of the dinner and the rise of anti-Semitism was front and center in the conversation. Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says his administration is taking steps to protect minority communities from hate crimes and violence. Illinois Holocaust Museum […]

  • Cleanup continues in tornado-ravaged communities

    OTTAWA, Ill. — Senator Dick Durbin made stops in hard-hit Ottawa and Naplate, Illinois Friday afternoon.  He toured the area and surveyed the tornado damage from Tuesday. He said he will work to secure federal money to help with the cleanup. But he says it may be difficult for towns like Ottawa and Naplate to qualify for federal disaster funds. Several hundred volunteers will be in the area tomorrow to help with the cleanup.  

  • Chicago Cubs give away free tickets to fans today

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs single game tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., but the team will be giving away free tickets today. The Cubs say fans can find them at the South Promenade located in Millennium Park for a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, and the chance to score game tickets. Hit one out of our mobile ballpark at Millennium Park (South Promenade) for a chance to score tickets from 12-1 p.m. today! #HitForMobileTix pic.twitter.com/MEW2Db89bU — Chicago Cubs […]

  • 17-year-old shot in the head near Jefferson Park bank

    JEFFERSON PARK — A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition Tuesday night with a gunshot wound to the face. According to witnesses, the victim and a friend were near a drive-up ATM in a bank parking lot at the corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Gale St. in Jefferson Park. One witness said she heard gunshots and then saw the 17-year-old take off running toward nearby apartment buildings, making it about a block and a half before help arrived. Denise Breitenstein was just heading into work when she heard what she thought […]