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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
  • Clerk pushes cooler onto suspect to thwart robbery

    Chicago police are searching for a suspect in the attempted armed robbery of a gas station in Wicker Park last Thursday. The clerk at the station, located at Division and Damen, shoved a cooler full of drinks at the suspect in order to frighten him away. Security video captured the entire incident. The video starts with the suspect, who was wearing a reflective construction-like vest walking into the store. He asks clerk Omar Benton for a tissue. Benton tells the […]

  • More protests in Chicago Sunday

    Thousands of people took part in different demonstrations throughout Chicago Sunday. Protesters remain upset at the two recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men. On Sunday morning Father Michael Pfleger led the Saint Sabina Church faithful to the corner of Racine and 79th to lie down for 11 minutes — a minute for each time Eric Garner told NYPD officers he couldn’t breath. He asked those who remained standing to hold up their hands […]

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    Blastoff to splashdown: Orion’s first test flight a success

    The new type of spacecraft that NASA hopes will take astronauts to Mars has passed its first test above Earth. NASA’s Orion capsule — part of America’s bid to take crews beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo missions — splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday morning after a nearly 4½-hour, two-orbit, uncrewed test flight. The cone-shaped craft, slowed by a series of parachutes, settled onto the water at 8:29 a.m. PT about 600 miles […]

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    Gas infrastructure repairs continue in Morgan Park

    People’s Gas crews are in the Morgan Park neighborhood today, turning off gas service to 52 homes in the area so they can safely repair a gas line that was damaged Tuesday when a house exploded. That explosion demolished a home in the 2100 block of West 107th Place.  People’s Gas says it was caused by a third party crew working nearby and damaging a service gas line that ignited.  No one was hurt in the explosion. People’s Gas says […]

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    Cubs dial back sign plans for Wrigley Field

    The Chicago Cubs are backing off a bit on their aggressive plans to erect seven outfield signs at Wrigley Field. To satisfy the National Park Service, and qualify for federal tax credits, the Cubs’ owners have agreed to eliminate one left-field sign from their expansion plan and shrink the size of a second sign. In addition to reducing the number of outfield signs from seven to six, the Cubs plan to trim the size of a new video board in right field […]

  • Driver jumps out of city truck before it plunges into Lake Michigan

    Officials say icy conditions caused a City of Chicago maintenance truck to slide into Lake Michigan on Chicago’s Near North Side. It happened near Oak Street beach at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive Friday morning. Officials say the ice on the beach platform and bike trail caused the truck to slide into the lake. The truck driver managed to jump out of the truck before it went in. The driver of the maintenance truck is doing OK but was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. […]

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    Hundreds of nationwide travel snags affect Midwest flights

    A winter storm is snarling travel across the East Coast on Wednesday, causing trouble on the nation’s roadways and delays of up to six hours at airports in the Northeast on one of the busiest travel days of the year. About 30 million people from the mountains of North Carolina to Maine could be affected by the holiday storm. “The storm in the Northeast continues to develop and is causing long delays and numerous cancellations at D.C., New York city […]

  • Investigators still trying to determine cause of South Side building collapse

      There is still no word yet on what caused the explosion and apartment collapse that led to the rescue of two women and a dog from an apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago Fire Department News Affairs tweeted Monday that there is “[n]o report today on cause of building collapse. Investigation still underway.” The collapse happened in the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood Sunday night. When Chicago Fire Department crews arrived, the […]

  • Dozens of horses killed in Woodstock stable fire

    A late-night extra-alarm fire killed 32 horses in a stable in northwest suburban Woodstock. Firefighters were called to the Valley View Acres horse stable at 5116 Mt. Thabor Road in unincorporated Woodstock at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. A person who runs the stable says they were awakened by  a “crackling sound” coming from the stable. Firefighters arrived to find the stable in flames. The stable’s owner told officials that there were up to 37 horses inside at the time.  Five horses […]

  • Chicago’s Mag Mile holds 23rd annual Lights Festival

    While next Friday may mark the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, Saturday marked the beginning of the holiday parade season. The 23rd annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival was held in downtown Chicago Saturday night. More than a million people were expected to watch this year’s parade — and excitement built all day Saturday. Millions of lights were strung on the hundreds of trees lining Magnificent Mile, signifying that the holiday season is upon Chicago. WGN’s Erik Runge reports.

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