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Julie Unruh is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. She first joined the news department in September of 2001.

In her years with Channel 9, Julie has appeared regularly on the popular WGN Morning Show and is perhaps more familiar to viewers on the WGN News at Nine, where she covers human interest, political and breaking news, earning praise for her in depth coverage of the political corruption trials of former Governor George Ryan and ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on ChicagoLand TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent two years as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

Prior to her pursuit in television journalism, Julie spent two years in New York working for CBS Network News. Some of her special assignments included the 1996 U.S. presidential election and the O.J. Simpson trial. Julie also spent two years at the White House in Washington, D.C. helping manage the White House Press Corps before launching a career in television news.

A native of Chicago, Julie is a graduate of Indiana University and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. Julie resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children.

Recent Articles
  • 9 Catholic schools in city and suburbs to close; 2 others to be reconfigured

    Chicago’s Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year. The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in Lake and Cook County will be impacted and the suburbs are included. The archdiocese says its due to low enrollment and shifting demographics. 1,280 students will be affected and more than 200 teachers and staff. Francis […]

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    Dept of Homeland Security steps up security at federal buildings across the U.S.

    The Dept of Homeland Security is reportedly increasing security at federal buildings across the country. The department has not detailed any specific threats but it says this is largely a precautionary move. In a statement, DHS said, “The precise actions we are taking and the precise locations at which we will enhance security is law-enforcement sensitive, will vary and shift from location to location, and will be continually re-evaluated.” “The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls […]

  • Rauner hoping to unseat Quinn in hotly contested race for governor

    Bruce Rauner has stolen virtually every newspaper endorsement that has surfaced so far. He has poured tens of millions of his own money into the race for governor. At  57, Rauner says he’s been a success at everything he’s ever done and with one week until election day, the Republican candidate bills himself as an agent for change. But he’s short on campaign specifics. And the candidate probably likes it that way—leaving TV ads, newspaper endorsements and pre-election problems for […]

  • Dolton police investigating pizza deliverymen robbery plot in south suburbs

    Dolton police are hoping a cell phone number will help them track-down the robbers targeting Domino’s pizza deliverymen. At least three Domino’s workers have been set-up in Dolton, Homewood, and Riverdale over the last two months. The latest incident happened on Saturday night at what turned out to be an abandoned home at 141st and Indiana. The deliveryman was shot in the hand and back, but is expected to survive. Authorities are tracing the cell phone number used to place […]

  • Quinn vs Rauner for Governor’s office

    Quinn, Rauner campaign with one week to go

    With just a week before the election, the race for Illinois governor is intensifying. Governor Pat Quinn talked up Illinois job growth Monday. He highlighted 500 new jobs coming to Coyote Logistics in Chicago, a transportation firm. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner touted his business success at a south side steel plant. A CBS News/New York Times poll has Quinn leading Rauner 45 to 41 percent with 13 percent undecided.

  • Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in second murder

    Investigators continue to search for victims and clues Wednesday as police filed a second murder charge against accused serial killer Darren Vann Tuesday. Vann was charged with the murder of 5-year-old Anith Jones of Merriville. Investigators say Vann led them to the body of Jones, and five other women this past weekend.  All of them were found in abandoned homes in Gary. 43-year-old Vann appeared in a Lake County courtroom Wednesday morning to answer to the murder of Afrikka Hardy […]

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    Archbishop Blase Cupich will not live in Gold Coast landmark residence

    Archbishop Blase Cupich announced Wednesday he will not live at the Cardinal’s Gold Coast residence. Cardinal George’s successor said he wants to live where he can be most effective when he arrives in Chicago next month. So he will call the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral home. But what will become of the three-story 30 room Victorian landmark building home to the Chicago bishops since 1885? The “House of 19 Chimneys,” as it’s called, sits on almost two acres of […]

  • Investigation into possible serial killer continues in Indiana; Man charged

    Lake County, Ind authorities have formally charged a Gary man suspected of murder. 43-year-old Darren Vann was identified as a suspect in at least seven murders and authorities say there could be more. Vann was charged in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. She was found Friday strangled to death at a Hammond Motel 6. Police maintain she was a prostitute. Vann met Hardy through the website Chicagobackpage.com. Evidence quickly led detectives to Vann’s Gary home where they arrested him. […]

  • Beating the odds, one more time: Troubled kid turns life around only to face new challenges

    Four years ago, WGN brought you the story of Jason Sharp; a street kid from the toughest corners of Chicago who, when given the chance, turned his life around and rose to the top- excelled at a military school in Wisconsin where he graduated with the highest honor for any cadet. Today, we caught up with this Jason again; faced with a new set of challenges that give him a perspective on life the rest of us could learn from. […]

  • Ebola screenings begin at O’Hare

    Enhanced screening for Ebola began at Chicago’s O’Hare airport Thursday. Chicago joins New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Washington DC as one of the five airports taking extra precautions to make sure Ebola doesn’t make its way here aboard a plane. The screening is taking place behind the scenes by employees of the CDC and Customs and Border Protection with passengers flying in from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone filling questionnaires. They also have their temperatures taken and provide a […]


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