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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
  • Surveillance video captures thieves robbing cell phone store on NW Side

    A Northwest Side neighborhood is on alert because of a string of cell phone store burglaries. Police say the latest was at a small store at Pulaski and Montrose. Police are looking for three suspects who hit the store twice in four days over the past week. The burglaries were caught on tape. Surveillance video caught them using a crowbar to break in, and steal several phones ranging in price from $100 to $300. “They broke into one of the […]

  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered at public memorial

    Hundreds of people turned out in the west suburbs Wednesday to pay final respects to Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka died a week ago after she suffered a stroke. She didn’t want a visitation or a funeral, so her family held a public memorial service at the International Union of Operation Engineers Local 150 hall, in Countryside. “She was an individual who never forgot her community and never forgot the taxpayers of the state,” said Cook County Commissioner John Daley. “I […]

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    New York cinema cancels ‘The Interview’ premiere after Sony hackers’ threat

    A theater has canceled the New York premiere of “The Interview” after a group that claimed it hacked Sony Pictures posted a threat against people who go to watch the movie. On Pastebin, a website that allows for anonymous posts, hackers claiming to be the “Guardians of Peace” said people who see the Sony movie would suffer a “bitter fate.” “The Interview” is a comedy about a plot to kill North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. “We will clearly show it […]

  • Opposing coach raises questions about JRW residency

    The Little League international organization has dismissed a complaint that the Jackie Robinson West baseball team did not fully abide by residency rules for its players. Jackie Robinson West, the team of 11 and 12-year-old boys from Chicago’s South Side, went on to become national Little League champs and stole the city’s hearts in the late last Summer. The Evergreen Park Athletic Association said it began to formally express concerns about where team members actually lived back in late August, […]

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    Man killed, 2 injured in fire on Southeast Side

    A small fire in a senior center high-rise on the South Side killed a resident and injured two others. It happened at 8 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of East 69th Street in the Park Manor neighborhood. The man who died was 51-years-old and in a wheelchair. His name was not released. Two elderly women were hospitalized in serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Smoke detectors in the building were working when firefighters got there.

  • Lawyers say man convicted then exonerated of girl’s murder was framed

    Juan Rivera was convicted three times for the death of 11-year-old Holly Staker, the Waukegan girl raped and murdered in 1992. Rivera was exonerated in 2012 after DNA resulted cleared his name all three times. And now Rivera’s lawyers are suing and say it’s not their client but law enforcement who broke the law. Rivera’s lawyers say he was framed and finding who framed him over and over and over for the murder may come down to a pair of […]

  • New interactive CPD web site unveiled

    The Chicago Police Department has a brand new interactive web site. Chicago police say they have a new tool in their arsenal. it’s not a weapon and it doesn’t wear a badge. The department unveiled its new interactive web site that they say should build better communication between cops and the community and even build trust. It’s multi-lingual and is a means of two-way communication. And WGN is told it is monitored 24/7. Chicagoans should use it, police claim, like they […]

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    Protestors shut down Chicago streets, stop traffic

    Hundreds of protestors continue to march through downtown Chicago at this hour protesting the New York “choke-hold” decision and the Ferguson decision. On Wednesday, a grand jury ruled New York police Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted in the July 17 death of Eric Garner. The decision set off many of the same visceral reactions seen when a St. Louis County grand jury decided last week against charging then-Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s death. In Chicago, […]

  • People’s Gas works to restore heat in South Side neighborhood

    People’s Gas crews are working right now to restore heat in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. It’s all part of the effort to repair a broken gas line and other damage from a house explosion. The line was ruptured by construction people in the 2100 block of 107th Place. Gas was shut off to about 90 neighboring homes as a precaution. Most have been reconnected. However, the gas to about 50 homes will be shut off at about 9 a.m. Thursday to let People’s Gas finish its […]

  • Concrete falls from Western-Belmont bridge; demolition not until late next year

    The report of falling concrete from the bridge above Belmont and Western avenues came in Sunday afternoon. Bridge engineers hired by the city worked on the damage some Sunday and Monday; those who pass by can see some of the patchwork they have put in place until they tear it down for good. Pictures taken Sunday show debris from above where pedestrians and cars below are coming and going at all hours. A police station is nearby; bus stops pepper the intersection. Lane […]

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