Julie Unruh

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.


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    WGN Exclusive: New documents unveiled in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

    CHICAGO — The crime is almost 90 years old. And almost a century later there is still so little known about one of the most notorious mob hits of all time. In a WGN broadcast exclusive, new documents recently un-earthed in Cook County give us a closer look at the St. Valentine’s day massacre. The documents come from the medical examiner’s office. Two years ago the executive director there had them dug out and dusted off from an old warehouse on […]

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    New drug test at your fingertips — literally

    CHICAGO — It`s a new tool to test for drugs and alcohol in children and teens and you don’t need to look any further than your own ten digits. The answer quite literally is at your fingertips. Elevate, a Midwestern-based resource center, helps assess at-risk kids with a number of behavioral issues, including drug and alcohol use. Getting help begins with a biomarker test. The test looks specifically at a user`s fingernails. Just ten clippings the width of a quarter […]

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    WGN Exclusive: Illinois homeowners should be wary of natural gas bills

    CHICAGO — This story is for anyone in northern Illinois who uses natural gas to heat their homes. For the record, that is 80 percent of homes. Here’s what we are learning: you may be getting a raw deal and you may not even know it. In a WGN exclusive: something everyone needs to check when they glance at their next bill: for starters, see who is supplying your natural gas. You might be surprised to find out. Then see how […]

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    Former Sec. of Education Arne Duncan on his hometown Chicago return

    CHICAGO – After spending seven years running Chicago’s public schools, then heading to Washington to become the U.S. Secretary of Education for another seven years, Arne Duncan sits down to talk exclusively to WGN about everything from working for the president, to the sad state of the Chicago Public Schools. At 51, Arne Duncan is contemplating his next step professionally. While he says he has no idea what it might be, he does know it will keep him and his family […]

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    A look inside Morgan Park’s locker room, ahead of big game with Simeon

    CHICAGO – On Thursday night, No. 1 ranked Morgan Park High School will take on rival Ssimeon in the Battle of Vncennes. This game is always filled with enormous tension and fans come out in droves. Hundreds fill the gyms unless the game is at Morgan Park, of course — a gym that holds less than 300 people. After much debate, even a postponement, it’s being played at Morgan Park. Parents want something done about the size of the gym and other conditions […]

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    Telepresence robot helps 5-year-old with leukemia keep up with class

    CHICAGO — 5-year-old Lucas Cervone is battling leukemia for a second time. He’s a student at Prieto Math and Science Academy on the Northwest Side but since Nov 11, his illness has kept him at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Courage beads draped over his I.V.  represent the nearly 10,000 procedures or milestones Lucas has endured since 2012. Now his teachers came up with the telepresence robot from California-based Double Robotics. “The whole premise behind that is to […]

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    Preventing “ice missile” accidents: Can Springfield help?

    CHICAGO– Some may call it a fluke. A freak accident. Others call it avoidable or an accident waiting to happen. Again– ice missiles dropping at high speeds from truck tops as unsuspecting drivers find themselves helplessly in their wake. Ask anyone who drives on the highway in the winter. The fast falling snow from trucks– those near misses are a regular sight. It seems we’ve all had them, or at least watched them. But for two people here in the […]

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    Student invents carbon monoxide detector for cars

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Isabella Fontanini, 16, has invented a new device that could detect carbon monoxide, which killed her grandparents last year. Her elderly grandparents had a car with a keyless ignition and they accidentally left it running in their garage. Fontanini goes to Lake Forest High School and this year she’s taking a class called the business incubator. Students identify a problem and try to solve it by creating a company and maybe even a real product. It’s […]

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    Chicago college first in U.S. to offer video game scholarships to ‘e-athletes’

    CHICAGO — Paying for college an overwhelming prospect for much of America today. What if colleges were willing to pay your kids to do what they love when they are not hitting the books? We’re talking about playing video games. 155 million Americans are doing it. And right now, one college in Chicago was the first in the U.S. to offer scholarship money to represent them. Robert Morris University calls them “e-athletes.” “I don’t know if ‘athlete’ is the word for […]

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    ‘Star Wars’ opening has security experts’ attention

    Advanced ticket sales are topping $50 million for the 7th film in the Star Wars franchise.  It is projected to be the biggest yet and it opens in Chicago tomorrow. But for some the excitement is overshadowed by security concerns. The film’s opening is so big and during the holidays, that it likely has law enforcement’s attention too. Ken Bouche is the COO at Hillard Heintze, a well-known security risk management company in Chicago. Recent terrorist events like the tragedy […]

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