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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
  • Officer hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the leg

    Chicago — A Chicago Police officer is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg. Authorities say officers were investigating at about 6:30 p.m. last night in the Englewood neighborhood. That’s when the officer accidentally discharged his weapon, injuring himself in the leg. He was taken to Christ Hospital in good condition. It’s unclear what police were initially investigating.

  • Police warn CTA riders of phone snatcher

    CHICAGO — Police are warning riders on the CTA Red Line to be on the alert for a phone snatcher. Three people had their phones snatched right out of their hands at the Wilson stop in Uptown. The robberies started back at the end of December and continued right through January. A couple of Guardian Angels were passing out flyers Friday night to warn people and police have released a photo of the suspect. Investigators caution riders to be careful and pay attention […]

  • Copies of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial new issue coming to Chicago

    CHICAGO — Three hundred copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are heading to news stands throughout the country. Just a couple of days ago, two newsstands in the Chicago area found out they will get a shipment of the magazine once it clears customs. The manager at Chicago-Main Newsstand isn’t sure how many copies this store or the one in Old Irving Park will get but he believes they will sell out very quickly. The Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston […]

  • Trial continues for Park Forest cop in WWII vet death

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — The trial began Tuesday for the Park Forest police officer who shot and killed a 95-year-old World War Two vet in 2013. The court will decide whether Officer Craig Taylor acted out of a reasonable fear for his life, when he shot five beanbag rounds at John Wrana. Police were called to Wrana’s assisted-living facility when he refused to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.  By the time police arrived, Wrana was wielding a 7-inch knife […]

  • Quinn won’t issue medical marijuana licenses before term ends

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pat Quinn will not award licenses for cultivating medical marijuana before his term ends. The Democrat did sign into law tougher penalties for violations of the state’s new medical marijuana law. Quinn was expected to issue licenses before leaving office. But spokesman Grant Klinzman says they “shouldn’t be rushed out last minute.” Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie sponsored the legislation and criticized the governor’s inaction. Lang says sick people need to have access to pain-relieving […]

  • CPS back open today after closing due to cold conditions

    CHICAGO– CPS students head back to school today after having two days off because of the brutally cold conditions. CPS Officials released the following statement Thursday evening: “While temperatures are expected to remain cold, we are welcoming our students back to class on Friday,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We urge all parents and families to make sure their children are prepared for the cold weather conditions, and CPS is following its winter weather plan to ensure all students and […]

  • France mourns 12 dead in newspaper attack; manhunt continues

    French authorities are converging on a town northeast of Paris as they search for the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in a terror attack at a satirical magazine. Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi were possibly spotted at a gas station, and were armed and wearing masks. France’s prime minister is worried the Islamic militants may strike again. Several people connected to the fugitives are in custody. They were arrested during a raid, and one person turned himself in. French […]

  • Youngsters make their way through the snow in the Garfield Park neighborhood on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune)

    CPS cancels classes for Wednesday due to extreme cold

    Chicago Public Schools announced Tuesday that it will cancel classes for Wednesday due to hazardous weather conditions. “The safety and well-being of our students comes first,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said, according to a statement. “The frigid temperatures and winds make a dangerous combination, and it is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes.” More than 120 school districts in the Chicago area have decided to close Wednesday as a cold front sliding off the Canadian […]

  • Battling Chicago’s dangerous cold — both outdoors and at home

    “Dangerously cold” is not just a colorful news phrase –it’s a true weather diagnosis with serious consequences. A Wind Chill Warning for dangerous wind chills of -30 to as much as -40 degrees is in effect for the entire Chicago area beginning midnight Tuesday and continuing into Thursday. It’s scheduled to end at noon Thursday. The cold presents myriad hazards for Chicagoans. “The big things we’re seeing now are a lot of slip and falls and car accidents … broken wrists, car […]

  • Snow, frigid weather means busy time for AAA

    AAA-Chicago has been busy helping stranded drivers in the first cold snap of the winter. Spokeswoman Beth Mosher says calls for the association’s roadside service have been steady. Mosher says AAA expects to stay busy throughout the week as more snow comes and temperatures remain low.    

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