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
  • Gap year becoming more common among high school, college students

    CHICAGO — More and more high school aged Americans are mulling over the idea of a “gap year.” Increased teenage pressures and a desire to learn more about themselves are the top two reasons students take a year off. The idea is so popular, gap years in the U.S are up 20 to 30 percent since 2006. Statistics now show that more than half of college students are graduating from school in six years — so what’s another year on […]

  • Human trafficking victim using past to help others — but needs help to clear her name

    A victim of human trafficking is now spending her life working to eradicate it. Marian Hatcher has met U.S. presidents, received national awards, lectured FBI agents all over the country on the subject, yet her own record remains tarnished with a felony conviction she’d like to shed. Marian is 55 and hopes Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will ultimately decide clemency is the clear path in her case. She desperately wants it done, so she can move forward with her head […]

  • Quadriplegic’s incredible running journey will end with one last marathon

    CHICAGO — How many excuses can you come up with not to do the things on your “to-do” list? One Chicago man’s story will surprise and maybe even inspire you to get busy in your life. Alan Robinson is a quadriplegic and has been for more than 25 years. Defying the odds, he is not only walking, he’s spent the latter half of his life running–and not just around the block, but 26.2 miles at a time. This October, he […]

  • Tennis champs win it all after finding warm welcome in Winnetka

    WINNETKA, Ill. — If tennis is your game you might be glued to your set watching Wimbledon this week. But there is also a pro tennis tournament in the Chicago area drawing top seeded players from all over the world. Tennis rankings change daily and some of the players headed to Chicago for this tournament just left Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago to come here after not winning there. Players from Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Japan and more are all […]

  • Surgery fit for a human, helps a gorilla feel more in his prime

    BROOKFIELD, Ill. – 49 years is not often considered “elderly.” That is, unless you are a gorilla. At 49, in the primate world, if you are still alive, you are most certainly, living out your golden years. One such gorilla at the Brookfield Zoo is doing just that. Ramar is an aging Silverback gorilla and is slowing down every day because his knees are failing. At 375 pounds and decades of wear and tear veterinarians compare his physical state to […]

  • Passion for piano playing leads local man to give back all around the world

    Mark Damisch has raised over $1 million in his life by doing what he loves to do. He is pursuing his passion with a charitable heart and loving every minute of it. He’s been practicing law for over 40 years in Chicago. But ever since he was a kid, this Northbrook man knew something else fed his soul but never paid the bills: Playing piano. Damisch is a Northwestern grad three times over with an undergraduate degree, a law degree, […]

  • Lake Michigan shipwreck an underwater classroom full of mystery, history

    About 200 feet off the Chicago shoreline, covering about a quarter of an acre, is an underwater pocket scientists find fascinating. And the mysteries of Lake Michigan are always inviting them to learn more. It’s called Morgan Shoal and it is a shallow body of water, with a rock hard bottom and a whole bunch of stories to tell. What lies beneath is a rocky outcrop that has scientists like Phil Willink studying it closely now for a year and […]

  • Owner bans cable news networks at his car dealership

    EVANSTON, Ill. — One local man finds the politics of today so polarizing, he won’t even allow cable news networks to be broadcast at his place of business. Partisan politics in American have left Rob Paddor with no choice but to  turn off the news in his car dealership. Paddor is a salesman who owns Evanston Subaru in Skokie.  Over the years, he has heard arguments swell as conversations grow in the increasingly partisan political atmosphere. Lately, all arguments seem […]

  • Bison herd helping to heal a lost landscape in Illinois

    WILMINGTON, Ill. — Midewin is another word for “healing or balance.”  And that is just what the Dept of Agriculture is doing on at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie about an hour South of Chicago. It is home to more than 18,000 acres of prairie that has changed hands over the years. Ecology experts are now trying to “heal” or restore it to how it was about 150 years ago. It’s called the Bison Project and is scheduled to take about […]

  • Team Work: Wrigley employees relish their time in the Friendly Confines

    CHICAGO — With a long awaited World Series win under their belt in 2016, it’s no surprise things are looking up at Wrigley Field. New World Champion status and a new features at the ball park all bode well for the storied team.  Ticket sales are rigorous. And jobs – and job applications – are up too. So many of the workers are seasonal.  They generally work from April through October, unless the Cubs are killing it in the post […]