Julie Unruh
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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
  • 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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    Haunted house worker gets too creepy, arrested and charged

    A suburban haunted house worker has been charged and is accused of saying inappropriate comments and touching patrons in an unwelcomed way. 23-year-old Robert Keller of Algonquin, Ill. was charged over the weekend with battery and disorderly conduct.  He was accused of using an electrical neck massager on a teenage girl inappropriately as she waited to get into a Montgomery, IL haunted house. In addition, Kane County Prosecutors accuse Keller of speaking to her inappropriately. Dressed like a bloody clown, […]

  • Passengers sue Megabus after Tuesday’s crash

    A day after a Megabus crashes on Interstate 65 near Indianapolis, four Chicagoans are filing a lawsuit. The accident happened early Tuesday morning. 56 people were onboard traveling from Atlanta to Chicago. The driver hit a stopped car then veered onto the median, where the bus rolled to its side. The plaintiffs in the case were passengers on their way home from the Bears win against the Falcons on Sunday. They are blaming faulty windshield wipers. They claim to have […]

  • Quinn vs Rauner for Governor’s office

    Governor candidates trade barbs in second debate

    Gov Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner will square off in their second debate at the Dusable Museum on the Chicago’s South Side tonight. Both were on the campaign trail earlier in the day, with the governor visiting Chicago tech hub 1871 to announce an expansion focusing on women and veterans. Meanwhile, Rauner visited Fleck’s Coffee Shop on 79th St to talk small business expansion on the South Side. Tonight’s debate starts at 6, and it is expected to focus […]

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    ArrowStream CEO Steve LaVoie wounded in workplace shooting this summer dies

    The Loop executive who was shot by a disgruntled employee this summer has passed away, according to his family. Steve LaVoie’s wife Jody posted an update on their Caring Bridge website Monday afternoon saying, “I am writing to let you know that Steve’s body has succumbed to his numerous injuries.” LaVoie was shot in his office in July by Tony DeFrances, a longtime friend and associate, unhappy about an upcoming demotion. In September, LaVoie was said to be in stable […]

  • Governor candidates meet in first debate

    As the clock ticks-down to next month’s election for Illinois governor, incumbent Gov Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner net in their first formal debate tonight. The candidates squared off in Peoria. WGN’s Julie Unruh has a wrapup.


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