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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
  • Multimillion dollar campaign for CPD vests

    The Chicago Police Memorial foundation has launched a multimillion dollar fundraising campaign to help save officers lives. The announcement came as hundreds gathered at the Gold Star Memorial wall to remember officers killed in the line of duty. The goal is to raise $4 million to help shoulder the cost of buying replacement vests for officers. Donations can be made online at:

  • Police: Boy brought gun to school because he was being bullied

    A 12-year-old Chicago Public School student is in some big trouble for bringing a handgun to school Monday. The gun was unloaded and the student told police he brought the gun to the school because he was being bullied by another student. It all happened at Shmid Elementary on the South Side. Police are still working on where the child got the gun. It was found in another student’s backpack Monday morning. That student then told school officials who moved quickly. […]

  • Police warn of armed robberies near U of C campus

    Police are warning residents and students in the area of University of Chicago campus about a string of armed robberies. According to police, three armed robberies occurred yesterday evening. The first occurred in the 900 block of East 54th around 5 p.m. The second, in the 5400 block of South Ellis Ave around 6 p.m. and the third in the 5400 block of South University Ave around 6:30 p.m. The suspects are described as black males, age 17-23 years of […]

  • Man’s body recovered from water at Indiana Dunes park

    Rescue teams recovered the body of 54-year-old suburban man in Northwest Indiana just before 1 p.m. today. Amer Rustum of Willowbrook was with two friends on a boat yesterday in Lake Michigan near the Indiana Dunes State Park. Witnesses told rescue workers Rustum couldn’t swim. He fell into the water while climbing on the side of the boat. Rustum’s friends attempted to throw him a flotation device but it was too late. The incident took place near the main pavilion […]

  • 24-year-old Merrillville officer dies after shot in line of duty Friday

    Merrillville police officer Nickolaus Schultz died Sunday morning after being shot responding to a call Friday night. Schultz, 24,  is the department’s first officer killed in the line of duty since the department formed in 1971. Officer Schultz was shot in the head Friday night. He was responding to a call that an evicted man had returned to his condo.  When he arrived, gunfire was exchanged. Merrillville police say the shooter was 33-year-old Micheal Hrnciar. Hrnciar then shot and killed himself. […]

  • Merrillville police officer has died following Friday night shooting

    Merrillville police office Nickolaus Shultz, 24, died Sunday at Christ Hospital on Sunday morning after he was shot in the head Friday night. Shultz responded to a call of  a man who had been evicted had returned to his home.“Probably round eleven last night I heard two gunshots I was in my bedroom.”The Lake County coroner says that resident was 33-year-old Michael Hrnciar.He was evicted in July and when police showed up they say he was wearing body armor, there […]

  • Two Simeon High School teachers hospitalized after chemistry explosion

    Two Simeon High School teachers suffered burns after an small explosion following a chemistry experiment. Chicago firefighters say the two teachers were performing the experiment in a third floor lab or classroom Friday afternoon. No students were in the room at the time. Students say they heard the fire alarm go off and thought it was just a drill. They left the school and word soon spread that two teachers had an experiment explode on them. “I heard it a […]

  • Suburban students able to access porn on school provided tablets

    Elementary school students in a northern suburb were able to access pornography on an electronic tablet provided by the school. The Huntley-Algonquin District 158 board say they are working to solve the firewall problem that allowed the access. Around 3,000 students in grade 5 and below have the tablet device called Kunos. It was on this device the students were able to access pornography. School board members say they first heard about the problem a few weeks ago and are […]

  • Nearly 50 arrested in area minimum wage demonstrations

    About 50 people were arrested in and around Chicago today in rallies to raise the state’s $8.25 minimum wage. Many of the demonstrators are fast food workers demanding a raise to $15 dollars. The arrests were part of a planned civil disobedience to bring even more attention to the Fight for $15 movement. Demonstrators walked onto a street sat down to block traffic and refused to move, stopping traffic in some busy streets. 31 people were arrested in Cicero and […]

  • Photo credit: WGN Reporter Erik Runge

    Jackie Robinson West honored at Wrigley Field

    Chicago’s Little League Champions Jackie Robinson West were honored at Wrigley Field Monday. The team celebrated their victory with the White Sox over the weekend. On Monday, the boys in yellow joined the Cubs at batting practice, were saluted on-field before the game started, and threw out the ceremonial first-pitch. JRW honored at cubs game @WGNNews — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) September 1, 2014


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