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
  • Concussion help in a hyperbaric chamber? Local doctor says treatment can get rid of injury

    An old and familiar piece of technology is being used in the northern suburbs for a whole new reason: to get rid of concussions. Chicago-area doctor Daphne Denham says, when it comes to acute concussions, typically those that have occurred in 10 days or less, this can help. Dr. Denham says she is doing it with a hyperbaric chamber at her medical offices in Northbrook. She is collecting data and living out her passion of treating and getting rid of […]

  • City’s nightmare 40 feet below the city: A look back at the Great Chicago Flood

    During the Great Chicago Flood of 1992, 250,000 gallons of water had the city drowning by the hour. The leak that sprung in the old freight tunnels under the city quickly turned into a major flood often referred to as the “unseen catastrophe.” It was a calamity that filled the basements of buildings on State Street, LaSalle Street and even the Merchandise Mart. Water rose to 7 feet, then 10 feet and up. It cut power and evacuated trading floors […]

  • Competition like no other rewards meaningful change in a very meaningful way

    It is a competition like no other. It may be the largest single prize awarded by a foundation. What could you do with $100 million? The MacArthur Foundation in Chicago asked that question of anyone-for-profit or non profit, private or public institutions. The board wanted to see what people came up with, and what $100 million looks like when it comes to solving critical social problems. There were 1900 applicants from over 70 countries. Now the pool is down to […]

  • With innovative headgear, concussion reduction is the goal for local soccer team

    Soccer is on the rise – and so is the number of concussions – namely for girls. In fact, recent studies have shown that girls are more likely to sustain a concussion than boys. A Chicago area girls’ high school soccer coach is doing something about it. He’s not sidelining his players. They are actually playing harder, winning the ball more times on the field and he says they are safer. He’s doing it with the addition of one thing: […]

  • The plight of honey bees should be a concern for all, says suburban beekeeper

    A dying bee population is not just nature’s problem and people are finally realizing it. Less bees means less nutritious food on our plates. The honey bee and it’s plight are now a topic at a seminar in Lake Forest this weekend. “There are so many problems in the world, I can’t solve them all, but I can solve them in my own backyard, said Jess Ray of Mettawa. Ray walks his property in the far northern suburbs. The sun […]

  • Chicago-area man says app helped him lose 500 pounds

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill — A suburban man, trapped in his home for years, turned his defeat into triumph. His story, while difficult, is an inspiration for people who want to truly live, not just survive another day. In 2011, Rafael Zuniga weighed over 800 pounds.  His weight was a lifelong battle that spiraled out of control. Since then, he has lost 500 pounds. In theory, he did it by himself. But he’ll tell you, he wasn’t alone. It was an […]

  • A master of reinvention and refinement, Evanston octogenarian shines

    EVANSTON, Ill. — At 82-years-old and still hard at work, an Evanston woman is proving that age is only a state of mind. She has been in the fine jewelry business now for 30 years. But until she landed in the land of precious stones and shiny metals, this octogenarian reinvented herself over and over and over again. Eve Alfille was born in France. She and her parents left her home land when she was 15 following World War II […]

  • A sign of an epidemic: Shocking stats, helpful numbers shine light on opioid abuse

    Opioids drugs are sweeping the nation with an addiction rate so high it is often referred to as an epidemic. But they say knowledge is power. And at a time when Americans are feeling helpless in the fight, something is being done to reach families affected and those not yet touched by the shocking statistics.   In the Milwaukee area these days reaching users, their families and future opioid abusers is as easy as hitting the road. Digital billboards have […]

  • App helps the hungry order healthier

    It’s spring break season and summer is around the corner. Plenty of people are eating better – or at least trying to these days–even when they order out. A new app can help keep you on track when it comes to ordering out. Order Healthy was developed by Ben Sakhai and his brother. They were living and working in New York and wanted a system for better eating in the “city that never sleeps” and the restaurants there with kitchens […]

  • NIU athlete trailblazing her way to WNIT and U.S. Army

    A young woman is ready to take the world by storm. She’s an athlete who dreams of a career in service and her infectious spirit and energy touching everyone around her. They call her a trailblazer. Ally Lehman is young and hungry.  She works hard but wants others to get the credit in sports, in training and in life. She is a 22-year-old scrapper at Northern Illinois University who treats her point guard position on the women’s basketball team like […]