Julie Unruh
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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.


Recent Articles
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    Jackie Robinson West wins, advances to American finals

    Jackie Robinson West wins and advances to World Series American final. They faced 13-year-old phenom Mo’ne Davis and the team from Pennsylvania in the U.S. semifinal game of the Little League World Series. JRW will compete against Nevada on Saturday and the chance to represent the United States in the championship game. Mayor Emanuel issued a statement saying, “Once again, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have showed why they are the pride of Chicago.  Congratulations to Coach Butler and his team […]

  • Suspect in Harvey hostage situation wearing monitor bracelet at time of standoff

    One of the two suspects taken into custody following the 21 hour hostage taking in suburban Harvey is a parolee who served a sentence for a murder dating back to 1990. The still unidentified man was in prison for 23 and a half years for that crime. He was on electronic monitoring when he and another man took eight people in the home hostage. The suspect was allowed to leave home to look for a job. It all came to […]

  • 21 hours: 8 hostages – including children – ate TV dinners, followed orders

    For over 20 hours, four boys, two girls and two women were held hostage inside a home in Harvey yesterday. Family members say that four of the kids inside the home were siblings, so were the other two and the six of them together were all cousins. One of the adults is the mother of four of them. And while they were all released without injuries, there ordeal has left some scars. They were allowed to eat TV dinners and […]

  • Dart

    Remaining Harvey hostages rescued; 2 suspects in custody

    Police say they rescued four hostages — two children and two women — and arrested two suspects Wednesday morning, ending a two-day hostage situation in surburban Harvey No one was injured in the rescue, in which police entered the house in Harvey, Illinois, and arrested the suspects, police said. The rescued hostages are “traumatized” but unharmed, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. Four other hostages — children ranging in age from 1 to 12 — were released late Tuesday, police said. […]

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    Chicago police shoot and kill family dog during chase

    A south side family awoke to screaming and gunshots and found police in their yard and their family dog dead. Terry Taylor says police told him they were chasing someone, and wound up in Taylor’s backyard at 59th and Martin Luther King Drive. Officers opened the gate, covered with a Beware of Dog sign, then shot dead the 120 pound Italian Mastiff named Castro, who was outside at the time. The dog’s owner is devastated. The family has had the […]

  • Hundreds hold protest in Chicago over unrest in Ferguson

    Hundreds took part in a peaceful protest and a moment of silence were held in Daley Plaza tonight as a show of solidarity after a controversial shooting followed by days of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown, an unarmed teen, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer the demonstrators in Chicagoans showed their frustration, anger and sadness. They sang and read poetry as part of the protest. The crowd eventually took to the streets in the Loop. Ferguson […]

  • Hometown crowd cheers Little League heroes to victory

    Fans of Chicago’s little league team in the hunt for a World Series title gathered in Chicago Thursday to cheer on Jackie Robinson West to victory in the first game. The game ended in the 5th inning, 12-2 as the team from Chicago beat a team from Washington State. The city built a watch party for today’s game at 107th and Aberdeen hundreds filled the the team’s home field to cheer on the boys playing in Pennsylvania. The hype on […]

  • MomDaughterBoyfriend

    Daughter, boyfriend held after Chicago-area woman found dead in suitcase

    A summer vacation in Indonesia ended in murder for a woman from the Chicago area. The woman’s teenage daughter and her boyfriend are in custody overseas. 62-year-old Sheila Von Weise-Mack’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Bali. Her 19-year-old daughter Heather Mack and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tommy Schaeffer are in police custody in Bali. They are accused of leaving a bloodied suitcase in the back of a cab Tuesday that was parked outside their hotel. They said they […]

  • Mother of 5 killed in I-57 crash

    A woman died in a two-car crash that shut down part of I-57 Tuesday morning in South Suburban Matteson. Authorities confirm 44-year-old Lynetta Shorter was driving a mini-van when she collided with another driver at Route 30. She and her five children were inside her car at 2:15 a.m. when she was rear ended. She had left a revival at a West Side church in Chicago that ran late. Shorter was going to pick up her kids to take them […]

  • Steve Lavoie

    CEO remains hospitalized after workplace shooting in Loop

    Chicago CEO Steven LaVoie went to work Thursday morning when he was shot in twice by a disgruntled employee, he remains hospitalized Friday in stable condition. His family issued this statement on the website CaringBridge.org website: “First, thank you to every loving person who has reached out through this website and in all other ways with your love and support. The family feels it and it is uplifting and appreciated. Steve is stable after a calm night. Please keep praying for […]

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