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.

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    Missing cat found living just down the block for over 2 years, but no happy reunion in sight

    BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. — One cat. Two families. And a whole lot of mystery about what happened over the past two and a half years. One woman says her cat went missing in September of 2013. Another woman says a cat was begging to come into her home at exactly the same time. She and her husband let it in and kept the cat for two and a half years claiming they couldn’t locate the owner. Meanwhile, the original owner has […]

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    Coal City continues to rebuild one year after tornado

    COAL CITY, Ill. — One year ago today, an EF-3 tornado ripped through Coal City – a small Illinois town about an hour and a half southwest of Chicago. That day, no one died, but almost 900 homes were leveled totaling over $3 million in damages. However, the financial damage to Coal City, doubled in the past year. The city has rebuilt almost 100%. The once debris filled rural blocks are now symbols of progress. 100% progress by volunteers. Pastor […]

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    Yoga program rehabilitating inmate population one pose, one prisoner at a time

    Rehabilitating the prison population: What’s the best approach? Where do you begin? One California man is trying and he starts with a stretch and some deep breaths. James Fox is the founder of Prison Yoga Project. He wants meditation and centering to transform inmates so they are calmer behind bars and capable of coping better after they are released. James is doing it with yoga at San Quentin State Prison. And he wondered why it wouldn’t work at the Cook […]

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    What Hollywood may be able to tell us about ISIS

    Understanding ISIS. One research team at the University of Chicago is on a mission to find out just that. What motivates Westerners to join ISIS and carry out such hate filled acts as the one we saw in Orlando over the weekend. At U of C, this team says the effectiveness of the terrorism may lie with Hollywood hit movies. Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism will release a study in about 4 to 6 months that explains how ISIS […]

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    College Week makes higher education cool for young students

    While kids all over the U.S. are celebrating graduations this time of year, there is an elementary school on the West Side choosing to celebrate something else. For the 10th year in a row, these kids are dreaming about more than crime on the streets, poverty in their neighborhoods and gun violence out their doors. The kids range in age from 4-14. And they are celebrating college. Yes, college. The idea so novel, an industrious Chicago filmmaker decided to make […]

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    State budget battle forces life-saving programs to cut back

    Day number 342 and the budget debacle in Springfield slogs along as many state-funded programs remain on life support. This as some have already had the plug pulled. Kids, former prisoners, young people desperately in need of jobs are the people left “without” for yet another summer, when violence heats up and trouble on the streets is a matter of life and death. On Chicago’s West Side, when the sun goes down the neighborhood kids need a place to go. To […]

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    ‘Alternative’ suppliers scam homeowners into higher electricity bills

    CHICAGO — Last February, we told you how natural gas was experiencing a 15-year low and alternative suppliers were likely not delivering the best deals when it comes to home heating. Now it’s time to take a look at your electric bill as summer settles in and customers are cranking up their a/c. You have to be careful because getting scammed is just too common in the industry. But here’s some good news: As of June 1 -yesterday- ComEd’s price […]

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    Champion boxer helps youth find hope in the ring

    She’s a 4-time Chicago Golden Glove champ. She’s in the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame. A feisty, 5’4” powerhouse sidelined by a life threatening injury refuses years later to leave the sport of boxing. So she’s using her skills and experience to help young men succeed, and in many cases, survive. Some people might describe Rita Figueroa as rough on the exterior. If you saw her in the ring you would agree. She’s passionate about boxing and loves to win. […]

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    The Chicago origin of the phrase ‘smoke filled room’

    Have you ever heard the phrase: “It happened in a smoke filled room?” It’s a reference to back room decisions typically involving big bosses who can make or break big moments – even people. Those influential players are known to wheel, deal, bargain and beg. This election season, WGN is taking a look back at the political phrase made famous right here in Chicago. The setting? June 11th, 1920. The Blackstone Hotel. There was a heat wave suffocating Chicago and […]

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    ‘My name is Sherry Matthews:’ Beware of this latest ‘IRS’ phone scam

    Phone scams are gaining in popularity as technology advances – just ask the IRS. The government agency is being impersonated over the phone everyday by highly sophisticated scammers trying to pull a fast one on you. The calls are so frequent they border on harassment. The caller on the other end of the line is likely calling from outside the U.S. and you are being told to divulge your personal information or face arrest. People all over the country getting […]