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
  • How to protect yourself against germs at airports, on planes

    CHICAGO — A closer look at germs at an airport and on airplanes might make you think twice about contamination when you travel. One insurance company conducted 18 Gram stain culture swab tests across six surfaces. Three of them were from airplanes and three from airports. They did the tests this past winter at three major airports in the United States and the results might make some people sick. But then again, so could the germs they found. While you’re at the […]

  • Posting a pic of your kid? Think twice about using these hashtags

    CHICAGO – Parents may be unintentionally exposing their children’s photos to child predators based on their privacy settings and what hashtags they use. Carly Yoost with the non-profit Child Rescue Coalition said that by the age of two, 90 percent of children already have a social media presence, thanks to their proud parents. Yoost said they launched the campaign to educate parents to pause and think before they post. Some of the top hashtags searched by would-be criminals preying on […]

  • Victims of Laurie Dann’s shooting spree look back 30 years later

    WINNETKA, Ill. — Thirty years ago this Sunday, a north suburban woman terrorized the very community she lived in. She planted poison, set fires and opened gunfire on a school room full of children. She then committed suicide, leaving few answers behind to the many questions she raised. Now, many of those same questions haunt the nation as school shootings continue to rage on. In north suburban Winnetka on May 20, 1988, Laurie Dann, 30, of neighboring Glencoe, Ill., went on a killing […]

  • What is a ‘Finsta’ and what do parents need to know about it?

    It’s Instagram with a twist, and it may not be as innocent as you think. Some younger Instagram users have been creating a fake Instagram account, or Finsta. Have you heard of Finsta? It’s nothing more than a fake Instagram account using the same Instagram app. It’s a less visually filtered account and reserved for your teenager’s closest of friends, a tighter circle so they can push the envelope and maybe show who they really are—not just the brand they […]

  • Indie toy stores hoping to attract the Toys R Us kids

    Toys R Us announced it would be leaving the toy market and its departure will leave a huge void. While logic will tell you the Amazons and Walmarts of the world are the ones to benefit, they aren’t the only ones. Independent toy shops want to make sure you know they are still around. They are alive and well and even growing. The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association says small stores like these offer owner expertise and customer service second […]

  • Man wrongfully convicted goes from prisoner to paralegal

    CHICAGO — A Chicago man that was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit used his time in prison to become a paralegal with the help of some well-trained lawyers. Ken Berry, 48, was imprisoned for eight years. In 1992, when he was 22, a woman accused him of kidnapping and rape. He was convicted, then sentenced to 35 years behind bars. He was a campus police officer at the University of Chicago at the time. From the […]

  • Kids are now ‘Juuling’ in class as e-cigs and vaping gain popularity

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Advertisements for electric vape pens that look and feel like a traditional cigarette often claimed to help wean smokers off of the real thing years ago. But today, instead of getting people off of nicotine, adults and teens alike are getting hooked on vaping itself. They’re sold a vape shops, online and even at gas stations. As their popularity has grown, creative manufacturers have come up with discreet, almost unrecognizable vaping devices, sparking a new trend […]

  • Chicago company creates personalized messages, gifts through app

    Remember how it felt to get an autograph? A brush with greatness to take home with you and keep forever? These days the digital generation has its own version and the Chicago company Cameo is helping to make it personal. “Our big idea was that selfies were the new autograph,” co-founder Steven Galanis said.  “When we were kids, we would pull out the Sharpie and get them to sign something. Today you pull out your phone and take a selfie […]

  • ‘Escape The Room’ attraction coming to Oakbrook Center

    CHICAGO — If you want an immersive entertainment experience, look no further than Oakbrook Center. Escape The Room will launch its newest locale there Friday. Teams are locked in a room with a series of clues and puzzles; each team must work together to escape within 60 minutes. For roughly $30 a person, guests  can choose to be locked in a puppet theater, archeological dig site, submarine or nuclear power plant — to name a few. Visitors must be 12 […]

  • Former Barbara Bush aide looks back at former first lady’s life

    As the nation prepares to bid farewell to a former first lady, for one Chicago woman, the goodbye is particularly close to home. Peggy Swift White worked for Barbara Bush as her personal aide from 1989-1993 while George H.W. Bush was the 41st president. Next to family, her role with Mrs. Bush just doesn’t get any closer. White was fresh out of college when she accepted the job of personal aide to the first lady. For the next four years, […]