Julie Unruh is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten. 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 has covered 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. Since its launch in October 2015, Julie has been featured on the WGN News at Ten bringing viewers unique and timely stories outside of the usual news of the day.

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

Prior to her pursuits as a reporter and anchor, 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
  • DNA tests can provide a roadmap towards weight loss, experts say

    CHICAGO — For part two of WGN’s look at whether DNA diets, assignment desk editor Diona Donelson bought three kits online  and sent in her own DNA samples. She then waited for results and shared with us which ones she liked best and why. Their conclusions about fitness and nutrition was largely the same across the board and Diona tried them all for 30 days.  Her goal was to lose weight – and look good for her wedding. She tested DNA […]

  • Dieting through your DNA: Can your genes help you fit into your jeans?

    CHICAGO — Testing your DNA to tell you what your body really needs in way of exercise and diet is a newer trend in nutrition. There are plenty of products out there in the market that are advertising to do just that. What’s the cost? Do they work? Are they worth it? WGN News chose three and put them to the test. Diona Donelson, a 29-year-old bride-to-be and a WGN employee was part of the test. She decided she wanted […]

  • Chicago Bears Tarik Cohen is big fun in a small package

    CHICAGO — He’s 5 foot 6, about 181 pounds and has a list of nicknames as long as his arm. Chicago Bears  No. 29 Tarik Cohen is a whole lot of fun to watch on Sundays. The fourth round draft pick is doing nothing but dazzling fans with his fancy footwork and for a small guy, he has a whole lot of heart on the football field. He’s also a lot of fun off the field. He likes to dance, […]

  • Blackhawks great Eddie Olczyk cherishes Blackhawks team, fans during cancer fight

    CHICAGO –Taking things simply “day to day” is how Eddie Olczyk  is choosing to tackle his fight against cancer at the age of 51. Diagnosed in August, the former NHL great turned broadcaster is finding ways to move forward after the surprising medical setback. Olczyk is arguably one of the Chicago Blackhawks’ greatest players and one of professional hockey’s most treasured gems.  He is a big teddy bear. At 6 foot-1 and 200 pounds, inside that rough exterior lies a […]

  • Analyst walks away from football because of the dangers of hard hits

    At just 48, Ed Cunningham was far from the end of his career in front of the lens.  But he gave it all up. Football was his life. He played the game in high school, college and in the pros before becoming a college football commentator.  He still calls himself a jock, yet says the game is no longer for him. He says college players don’t have a voice so he’s speaking up for them. He fears the dangers of […]

  • Patti Blagojevich speaks out as husband makes appeal to Supreme Court

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court once again, his attorney Len Goodman confirmed to WGN Thursday. You can read the petition here. Goodman released the following statement: “Our petition lays out a compelling case that the Supreme Court needs to settle the confusion among federal courts about the dividing line between campaign fundraising, something all elected officials are required to do (unless they are billionaires) and the federal crimes of extortion and […]

  • Local start up creates tech jobs and community for those with autism

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A local start-up designed to help the needs of one person 10 years ago is now touching the lives of countless others. Hidden just off the busy streets of suburban Highland Park is the headquarters of Aspiritech, a first business of its kind in the U.S. It was founded by Moshe and Brenda Weitzberg in their basement. They were desperately trying to help their college educated son, Oran, find a job. Their son was living with […]

  • Mindfulness at the center of South Side school’s education

    CHICAGO — Life on the violent and unpredictable streets of Chicago are not always easy for a kid. What’s impacting them in their own homes and neighborhoods often plays out in the classroom. One school on the South Side is taking giant steps to address it and, in time, teachers hope the skills taught at school will become life skills. Their approach is not new, but the difference is that the approach is coming from every teacher, every staff member, […]

  • Six expert tips on making the most of charitable giving after a disaster

    CHICAGO — As one disaster after another struck in recent months, Americans stood up again and again, rolling up their sleeves – and opening their wallets – to help victims in any way they can. According to one estimate, Americans give away about $1 billion a day on average. Whether it’s contributing to a cause you care about or pitching in to help in the wake of a disaster, we asked philanthropy consultant Lisa Dietlin for tips on how to […]

  • Senior sisters hoping a big birthday brings another big win for beloved Cubs

    CHICAGO– On Thursday, Oct. 12, Yolanda Leahy, a long time Cubs, fan turns 100 years old. When WGN introduced you to her and her little sister, 93-year old Louise, last fall, the Cubs had yet to win the World Series. Now Yolanda is hoping turning 100 and being around to see another year of post season play are all good signs that the Cubs can do it again this year. The Chicago-area sisters married brothers and outlived both of their spouses. […]