Where to donate to Hurricane Maria and Mexico Earthquake victims

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
  • Family ready to share amazing collection of time pieces

    EVANSTON, Ill. — If you could collect anything in the world, what would it be? Bottle caps? Coins? Handbags? How about clocks? One suburban man and his family are passionate about time and starting next week they want you to make time to see their personally curated collection.  There are so many pieces they decided to build a museum to house and display them. It’s called the Halim Time and Glass Museum. It’s located in Evanston and houses over 1100 […]

  • Get to the big game fast with class with help of new business

    CHICAGO — Big Game Air is, now that the college football season is underway, a new business venture aimed at making college game day more fun, more luxurious and more time efficient. You know the phrase, “Time is money?” The new operation capitalizes on that concept by getting people to and from their favorite college football game all on the same day and it’s all done in first class. Ilana, Paul, Kurt, Jon, David and Jehu Chesson, a Kansas City […]

  • Peyton Manning surprises CPS team with visit, new equipment

    When a high school with limited resources excels in the classroom and in sports, people take notice, people in high places and even people with super star status. Bronzeville’s Wendell Phillips Academy was shut down in 2010 for poor academic performance. It reopened with an entirely new staff.   Seven years later, 100 percent of the high school seniors were accepted to college. Students last year received $12.5 million in scholarship money. But there’s more.  They play a mean game […]

  • Veterans join first responders on the front lines of disasters with Team Rubicon

    CHICAGO — It has been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, and with dozens dead and months of recovery operations ahead, Irma now threatens the Florida coast. Born out of service and giving back to veterans, Team Rubicon is making a difference on the ground during and after these natural disasters.  From Haiti to Houston, Team Rubicon has deployed to the scenes of 200 natural disasters in just seven years. From modest beginnings, it developed into a […]

  • South Shore golf clubs send balls flying, hitting residents with property damage

    Jory Dukes, a South Shore resident, says his story is not an isolated incident-golf balls come flying out of the South Shore golf club regularly. Last month, one bad shot–took out his car window, but now he’s on the hook for the damages. “We always say, I wonder if a golf ball is ever going to hit someone’s car,” said Dukes. Dukes and his girlfriend have been saying it all summer long. He lives at 67th and clyde on the south […]

  • How to spot scammers taking advantage of Harvey donations

    As the world watches the events in Houston unfold, many of them will find themselves reaching into their wallets to send people help the only they can, by sending money. But people must take caution. Times like these when people feel the need to give most, make givers most vulnerable to scams. Scammers are at the ready to take advantage of people with big hearts. Celebrities, musicians, Hollywood hot shots are all making pleas, launching challenges and digging deep to […]

  • Online shopping comes to life at Water Tower with store called ‘In Real Life’

    CHICAGO — While eight in ten Americans say they shop online, the Pew Research Center found shoppers in the U.S. are by and large getting the bulk of their shopping done in brick and mortar stores. Malls and shopping centers are the most popular and these day’s it’s all about the experience stores bring to shoppers to lure them in. A new pilot program at Water Tower Place joins the online purchase with the in-store experience. It’s a store named […]

  • Zach Fardon talks one-on-one with WGN about tenure as U.S. attorney

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s street violence continues to swell and one man with an inside look at how to combat it sat down with WGN’s Julie Unruh. Zach Fardon, former U.S. attorney in Chicago, closed one chapter in order to open another. Donald Trump closed that chapter for him last March by firing Fardon and nearly 50 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama. These days, he’s opening the doors of a silk-stocking law firm previously with no presence in Chicago. While […]

  • Community anonymously feeds the hungry with Little Free Pantry

    OAK FOREST, Ill. –One in six Americans face hunger.  But across the nation, there is a a new trend to tackle the problem – one free pantry at a time. It is a grassroots effort that was inspired by the free little libraries popping up all over the U.S., and started by a chain of people who came together on social media to make a difference for others. Marilyn Fisher is a church going woman who just wants to help […]

  • Used once and never recycled, should you give straws the final straw?

    CHICAGO – The middle of August means it’s unofficially the end of summer. Looking back at beach days, travel days, long hot days either at work or play, how many times did you find yourself reaching for a cold drink? With most icy drinks these days it seems that along with it comes a straw. They’re a simple aid to some, a common cocktail companion to others. But critics say we can do better than today’s standard because 500 million […]