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
  • After tragedy, family continues man’s quest to feed homeless on Lower Wacker

    CHICAGO — He was a lawyer, a devoted Notre Dame fan, a husband, father and grandfather. But at the end of the day, Mike Roche was so much more to a community of people often forgotten, even ignored, in a big city like Chicago. Roche, or St. Michael as some called him, spent the last 50 years practicing law at the Prudential building. This accomplished litigator spent the last 47 years as a loving husband. But for the last four […]

  • WGN EXCLUSIVE: 50-year-old time capsule at former John Hancock building opened

    CHICAGO — A time capsule from 1968 put in the building formerly known as the John Hancock was opened exclusively for WGN News on Monday. There were 20 items inside the time capsule. Some of the items made complete sense, but there were some that presented more questions than answers as to what was going on in Chicago 50 years ago. Employees at the now 875 North Michigan Avenue building cracked open the capsule and revealed the following items: 1. […]

  • Why winter surfing on the Great Lakes is all the rage

    CHICAGO — The fresh water winter surfing season is now — november through April. Dedicated surfers say, forget the cold! It’s all about the wind and the waves. If you dress for it, surfing on the Great Lakes is second to none. “While it sucks, it’s really cold, freezing out, it just happens to be a great time to surf in the lakes,” said 23-year-old Chicago surfer Cade Chudy. Chudy is a nanny, videographer and winter surfer. WGN went out […]

  • Family of local transgender child creates ‘Gender Cool’ campaign

    WGN News Exclusive CHICAGO — One year ago, the Trump administration rescinded protections for transgender students that allowed them to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Two Chicago area women responded to the decision by launching a campaign to introduce transgender teens to the rest of America–teens like 11-year-old Chazzie. Chazzie is the youngest sibling in the Grosshandler family with three older brothers. “Chazzie was born into the most masculine of households,” Jen Grosshandler, Chazzie’s mom, said. Even as […]

  • Legos and brick-building isn’t just for kids

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Legoland will not let an adult enter its facility without a child. Makes sense, right? That’s unless you are an adult who loves Legos as much as so many kids do. These days they are making accommodations for them, too. Because for many adults, those colorful toys are more than a hobby. They can be an obsession. Take 34-year-old Greg Nuse, for example. Once a music major and band director, Nuse gave it all up to become […]

  • Modern arcades growing in popularity with craft beer, family-friendly approach

    BROOKFIELD, Ill. — What’s old is new again, as arcades stocked with game cabinets and pinball machines are opening their doors once again around the world. People like Doc Mack of Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, Ill., have made it their business to bring back arcades back. He has 633 games packed into his arcade, where gamers play shoulder-to-shoulder. For some players, it’s the fun that brings them in. For others, it’s an emotional journey back in time. For hardcore gamers, […]

  • Church, school leaders train with police to prepare for mass shootings

    GLENVIEW, Ill. — A week ago Wednesday, 17 lives were lost in Parkland, Fla., when a gunman entered a high school and opened fire. In the wake of that tragedy, schools everywhere are rethinking their mass shooting emergency plans. Northfield Township includes about 150,000 people largely in suburban Northbrook and Glenview. This month, 50 people were invited to attend a first-of-its-kind mass shooting training session. It was the first because law enforcement, the school superintendent, park districts employees and church […]

  • Lovebox creates a hub for digital love notes in any home

    CHICAGO — A box of candy is standard fare for Valentine’s Day, but a different kind of box is working to spread the love, one digital message at a time. On the outside, the Lovebox is a small wooden box with rounded corners, and a carved heart attached to the side. What sets this box apart is revealed when that heart starts spinning. Its owner can pop the top off off the box, revealing a new message from a loved […]

  • Meet the Indiana woman whose hilarious obit for her father went viral

    DEMOTTE, Ind. — Saying goodbye to a loved one is not an easy task. Jean Lahm of Lowell, Indiana, works at a funeral home, so she has seen it all when it comes to remembering lost loved ones. Faced with the death of her own father late last month, she decided to give his obituary a hilarious twist, hoping that during a sad time, “laughter would be the best medicine.” Here’s how the obituary begins: Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of […]

  • Climate change is impacting some women’s decisions to have children

    CHICAGO — Climate change is creating yet another debate — this time largely among women who are wondering what it means for their reproductive future. They are not saying they fear their ovaries are affected by climate change; instead, they are saying they are so worried about climate change, it has made them wonder if bringing a child into the world right now is a bad idea. The state of worry has created groups such as Conceivable Future. The group […]