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
  • Is your next coworker a robot? New study says yes – and it could take your job too

    Could advancements be so great that technology – robots specifically – soon be sending us to the unemployment line? A new study suggests the job force we know today is going to change dramatically in the next 15 years or less. Human resource professionals say robots in the workplace are more real than you think. PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that by the year 2030, nearly 40 % of jobs in the U.S. are at high risk of being replaced by robots. John […]

  • Cataloging Hammacher Schlemmer’s long history of great inventions

    NILES, Ill. — In its 169th year, Hammacher Schlemmer gave WGN News a peek inside its innovative world for a look at what the cataloger has done and how it’s impacted consumers for generations. Hammacher Schlemmer has evolved with the times, stayed true to its identity and paved the way for some of the greatest inventions of our time. Alfred Hammacher and William Schlemmer were two hardworking Germans who opened the store in New York City and carried products as […]

  • Wi-Fi free town provides refuge for those who say technology is making them sick

    GREEN BANK, W.Va. — Earlier this week, WGN brought you the story of a small town in West Virginia filled with giant telescopes. Scientists from all over the world use them for astronomical research. Those highly sensitive telescopes require a quiet zone to operate. That means no WiFi and no cell phones. You might think that would keep people away. Not so. It’s actually having an opposite effect. People are moving to Green Bank, West Virginia for their health.  They claim […]

  • No Wi-Fi or cellphones allowed in the ‘Quietest Town in America’

    GREEN BANK — In a world filled with technology, you can find cell towers, smart meters and Wi-Fi on every block. Well, almost every block. There’s a place that claims to be the “Quietest Town in America.” It’s Wi-Fi-free. Green Bank, West Virginia is about 10 hours southeast of Chicago and a very “out of the way” place. The tiny town is nestled in the hills of West Virginia and has a population 145 – and growing. People from all […]

  • Anti-human trafficking campaign targets well-traveled stretch of I-94

    Over the next few months, a heightened awareness of the dark side that also comes with the warmth and freedom of summer. Human trafficking is an underground industry, not to mention an illegal one, booming right near the tourists hitting the open road. And it’s happening closer to home than you may think. Women are being bought and sold from Chicago to Wisconsin and as far as North Dakota. The high season is summer and it’s happening all along Interstate […]

  • Chore Relief connects consumers with contractors On Demand

    “On Demand” seems to be a way of life these days. If it isn’t the television you’re watching, it’s the food delivered to your front door or the ride waiting at your back door. Consumers are lapping up the apps that make it possible. Now comes another one, but with a new twist: Providing on-demand services that cater to the provider, not just the consumer. It’s called Chore Relief. The app was launched this year by four people from Chicago. […]

  • With pet hospice, vet helps ease difficult days for animals and their humans

    Hospice is often viewed as a humane way to see a loved one through the most fragile moments and many will tell you most beautiful end of life moment. Believe it or not the practice is no longer unique to humans. A burgeoning new industry is selling compassion for pets in a hospice environment.  You can let them go in your own home. The business mixes medical, psychological and ethical decisions when it comes to some of our closest companions. […]

  • Chicago-area school offers laundry services, clothes to students in need

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — One south suburban high school is finding a new way to take care of its students. In a school where every child qualifies for free lunch, many of those teens are not just worried about their next meal, they are also worried about the clothes they wear to class. Teachers at Eisenhower High School teachers have felt there was a need for some time.  They see students wearing the same hoodie or pair of jeans over […]

  • From trash to cash: Dumpster diver finds new life in tossed cosmetics

    You’ve heard the old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Millennial are now giving that phrase new meaning. For a post-college graduate working a full time job, dumpster diving can provide a supplement to one’s income.  One woman says she has school loans to pay off and she’s selling the stuff she finds in the dumpsters to make money. Finding makeup is Shelbi’s mission. She’s a college graduate living in Texas working full time in environmental regulations. At […]

  • Concussion help in a hyperbaric chamber? Local doctor says treatment can get rid of injury

    An old and familiar piece of technology is being used in the northern suburbs for a whole new reason: to get rid of concussions. Chicago-area doctor Daphne Denham says, when it comes to acute concussions, typically those that have occurred in 10 days or less, this can help. Dr. Denham says she is doing it with a hyperbaric chamber at her medical offices in Northbrook. She is collecting data and living out her passion of treating and getting rid of […]