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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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    From faces to fingerprints, keeping biometric information safe is a growing concern

    In this day and age, how do we protect ourselves at a time when the digital world is at work everywhere and maybe even gaining on us? Biometrics are personal identifiers that are uniquely yours.   Facial or retinal information that is picked up on a scan.  Your fingerprints.  Even the way you talk, walk and your heart beat. Biometrics are a security resources that are getting more wifely used when it comes to shopping, banking and traveling. It’s all good, […]

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    How yoga can help ease back-to-school jitters

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    Bee venom therapy provides unique relief to Parkinson’s sufferers

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    Dragonflies crowding Chicagoland on their way South

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    Pokemon Go Away: Board games enjoying a comeback

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    New app pairs baseball with free pizza…and the fans go wild

    A group of Chicago entrepreneurs gave up their day jobs to launch an app where the competition that starts every time you hear the words “play ball.” It’s called The Fantasy Pizza App. It’s an app where you got to play to win and winning could mean free stuff at your front door in no time flat. The Fantasy Pizza App can deliver hot pizza to your door in the middle of a Sox or a Cubs game. The app […]

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    Bounty of corn crop contributing to hot, sticky, stormy summer

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    Rudy Giuliani: Ted Cruz ‘cannot be trusted’ after refusing to endorse Trump

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    Protests intensify outside RNC; Arrests made

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