Erik Runge
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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
  • 7-month-old baby hit by concrete released from hospital

    CHICAGO —  An infant has been released from the  hospital after being hit in the head by a piece of concrete. Seven-month-old Jamyah Lee was playing with toys in her Englewood home Sunday night when the concrete was thrown through a window. Police say  a 25-year-old man had come to the home looking for a female friend when he found out she wasn’t there he tossed a concrete chunk through the window. Lee suffered a fractured her skull. Her head […]

  • Panel hears testimony on medical marijuana for PTSD victims

    CHICAGO — A panel of lllinois health and medical experts met Monday to decide whether military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder should be able to use medical marijuana. An advisory panel made up of patients, doctors and a pharmacist heard testimony on the issue at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The board will make recommendations to the Illinois State Department of Public Health. Supporters of marijuana research say federal obstacles make it difficult to provide solid evidence of […]

  • Dog missing from Denver in 2011, found near Chicago, set to go back home

    CHICAGO — Talk about a homecoming. A dog found in the Chicago area will soon be returned to its owners in Denver — and get this: the pup went missing in 2011. Just a few weeks ago, Lilly the 9-year-old dog was picked up by Elgin police roaming the streets. WGN was told she was in bad shape, but once volunteers got a hold of her, she began doing much better. She is now getting ready to head home. The […]

  • Three dead in separate shootings Friday evening

    CHICAGO– Before the sun had a chance to set on Friday three people were killed three others injured in separate shootings. Two, police say, were gunned down around five in the 4200 block of west Grenshaw in the Lawndale neighborhood. Police say a shooter walked up to a 30-year-old man and opened fire, then turned the gun on a 29-year-old in the driver’s seat of this red pickup killing them both. Police say both men had Indiana IDs but no […]

  • Impact Obama Library could have on Chicagoans

    CHICAGO–  It appears president Obama’s Library will be built on the south side. Sources telling multiple news agencies that Chicago beat out New York and Hawaii for the library. This is one of those stories where there are things we know, things we think we know and things we don’t know. One thing we do know for sure, is the University of Chicago’s bid for the library included 20 to 21 acres in either Washington or Jackson park, while sources […]

  • 2 teens shot while playing basketball in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers were shot while playing basketball in their Humboldt Park neighborhood this afternoon. Both are expected to be OK and are recovering at Stroger Hospital. According to police a 13-year-old was shot in the leg and a 15-year-old was shot in the buttocks. The teens were with some other friends playing basketball when police say two men jumped out of a gangway and opened fire. Police do not have any descriptions of the shooters yet.

  • Chicago-area Nepalis feel emotional toll of deadly earthquake

    CHICAGO – It started with a simple text message. Then came a photo that shows the wall outside Ankur Sharma’s parents home in Kathmandu. Not long after, he got a call from his father: they were safe. Sharma has not only been getting non-stop updates from his father about the destruction of his homeland, but also from social media strangers on Facebook. Sharma moved to the United States back in 1998, but still has many family and friends in Nepal’s […]

  • Indiana students injured when stage collapses during H.S. musical

    WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in central Indiana say nearly 24 people were injured after a stage filled with students collapsed in Indiana. The incident happened at Westfield High School during a musical theater performance. Police say all the injuries are now minor. One person was critically injured, but is doing better now. Twelve of the thirteen students sent to the hospital were back home as of Friday afternoon. The scary moment was captured on video. So relieved there were […]

  • Flight from Chicago makes emergency landing in New York

    CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says a SkyWest Airlines flight from Chicago that made an emergency landing in Buffalo did not have a pressurization problem. The flight carrying 75 passengers departed from O’Hare International Airport and was bound for Bradley International Airport in Connecticut when it landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport before noon Wednesday. The FAA says initial information indicated the Embraer E170 may have had a pressurization problem, but that turned out to not be […]

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    Artist’s work shows love for Blackhawks through craft he learned as a child

    CHICAGO — During the playoffs, Blackhawks’ fans show their support in all sorts of ways.  One Chicago artist and fan has found a way to bring out the famous Chief Blackhawk in a way unlike any other. Artist Chris Knight started off as a professional photographer, and while he found success behind the lens–he wasn’t rolling in money. About two years ago, he had an idea and he began working in his backyard and reproduced a photo of the Chicago […]


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