Erik Runge

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
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    About 2 dozen CPS students return safely from Paris

    CHICAGO — About two dozen Chicago public school kids made it back safely from Paris after being there over the weekend. The students were part of an exchange program with students in Paris at the Chicago high school for agricultural sciences. The children were staying not too far from where one of the attacks took place. But they were all safe in their hotel rooms. Over the weekend chaperones took students three or four at a time to eat because […]

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    Attacks leave Chicago area travelers concerned

    CHICAGO – The attacks in Paris came as a shock for people arriving from France into Chicago Friday night. Travelers arriving into O’Hare from Paris learned about the deadly attacks once they landed. Additionally,    two dozen students and teachers from a Chicago high school are in Paris and are safe. 22 students and five teachers from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences arrived earlier today for an exchange program. The school’s principal tells WGN News that all of the […]

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    Man kidnapped, taken for cash on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for suspects who kidnapped a man on the Northwest Side and demanded he withdrawl cash from several ATMs. Police say a 65-year-old Albany Park man with parking his car in the 4100 block of Elston on Tuesday around 1 a.m. when two men with guns approached him.  They told them to get back into his car. Police say the two suspects told the victim to drive.  He complied and gave up his ATM card […]

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    Investigation continues into boy’s fatal shooting; Funeral set

    CHICAGO – Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy on Chicago’s South Side. Sources tell WGN Tyshawn Lee may have been the intended target of the shooting.  The Chicago Tribune reports the boy’s gang affiliation may be to blame.  Still other police sources say Tyshawn may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the reason, his mother Karla Lee lost her son.  She made an emotional plea at a short news conference […]

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    CTU, CPS respond after video surfaces of teacher being threatened in classroom

    CHICAGO — A video of students threatening a Chicago Public Schools substitute teacher in the classroom has surfaced on the Internet. School officials believe the video was shot several years ago. The video shows a scary moment for a substitute teacher after a student picked up a chair and threatened to throw it at her. It is unknown why the video has surfaced now.  It runs several minutes and throughout it students are heard swearing at the teacher telling her […]

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    Officers rescue 2 from burning car

    CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers rescued two people from a burning car early Sunday morning. The car caught fire after hitting several parked cars in the Gresham neighborhood. The four officers, Eric King, Phoebe Flores, Josue Pivaral and Shadai Sweiss, were all smiles Sunday afternoon, retelling the story of how they rescued the two people.  They had to work fast as the car was already engulfed in flames when they pulled. The officers say moments after they got the two people out, […]

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    Enormous fire destroys at least six businesses

    CHICAGO — A massive fire destroyed six businesses on Chicago’s northwest side. The fire started around 12:30 p.m. Friday, inside a dry cleaners in the 3500 block of West Irving Park Road. The fire quickly spread to other businesses along the strip. It took crews five hours to put it out. Three firefighters were injured in the process, but they expected to be alright. Firefighters have been on the scene since the fire started, checking for hotspots. The fire did […]

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    Man stabbed at CTA Pink Line stop

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for three men suspecting stabbing another man on the CTA Pink Line Thursday morning. Police say the attack happened on the train platform at the California stop near 21st and California  around 10 a.m. The victim was stabbed in the chest, stomach and back.

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    Prep player who died after game honored by classmates, friends

    CHICAGO — Classmates, alumni and teachers honored the memory of Bogan High School student Andre Smith. The young man died after getting hit in the head during a football game last week. He was remembered for being a fun teenager who did well in school and dreamed of going to college and playing football. A group gathered on the football field Thursday in tribute.

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    Death of bear at suburban pumpkin patch sparks outrage on social media

    SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. –The death of a bear cub at a suburban farm and pumpkin patch has sparked outrage on social media but the owners are standing by their operation. On Saturday two 10-month-old cubs were playing in their enclosure Goebbert’s Farm in South Barrington when one of the cubs collapsed. John Ziel was there with his fiancée. “The other baby bear would go up to it and bite it by its neck to play and the bear was just completely […]


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