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
  • A father’s music brought to life for his children decades after his death

    A child losing a parent is an indescribable pain.  The hurt gets pushed down, but never fully goes away. Even with time it can unexpectedly creep to the surface-especially during the holidays. What if your parent, before they died, left something precious behind? A South Side sister and brother, now senior citizens, had their dreams come true this Christmas after saying goodbye to their father decades ago. They found a hidden treasure and were given a priceless gift after more […]

  • Sesame Street awarded $100M through Chicago’s MacArthur Foundation

    CHICAGO  — A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and local versions of the educational program “Sesame Street.” The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee as joint winners of a competitive grant program aimed at solving critical problems. Their project was chosen from more than 1,900 submitted proposals. Officials with the organizations said […]

  • Historic home of Lawry’s The Prime Rib is a classic of its own

    Lawry’s The Prime Rib has been a meat lover’s staple in Chicago since the 70s. While the tender cuts of beef may be what bring you to the restaurant, tours of the historic old McCormick Mansion it resides in will keep you talking about your visit for a long time. Only recently has the staff peeled back a layer of Lawry’s for a surprising look at what lies behind the walls of the dining room. The tour lasts an hour […]

  • Staging a house with people could help move your home on the market

    FOX VALLEY, Ill. — Moving homes, even in a tight market, may take a special touch. The staging company Show Homes takes their craft to a whole new level. It is staging on steroids. Because it all comes down to one thing: Making a home come alive when the home owners are no longer living there. You may have heard of people filling empty houses with furniture to make them feel lived in.  But how about filling those same homes […]

  • Park Ridge woman chosen to decorate the White House calls it a ‘Christmas Miracle’

    PARK RIDGE — Does fear get the best of you, holding you back from trying something new or simply out of your comfort zone? One Park Ridge interior designer’s dream came true dafter she set aside her fear of failure and rejection- and headed to the White House to decorate it for the holidays, all part of what she now calls a “Christmas Miracle.” Kim Eggert says about a year ago she was asking a lot of questions of God. […]

  • ‘Ugly’ fruits and veggies find a home through subscription service

    CHICAGO — A California company is hoping to get Chicagoans to rethink the way they buy produce. The company is called Imperfect Produce, and its goal is to reduce food waste in America. They say it’s a bigger problem than most people know–and that’s the ugly truth. About 20 percent of fruits and vegetables in America go to waste because they are misshapen, oversized or irregularly shaped. At Imperfect Produce, these oddities are not only being embraced but are being […]

  • 30 years later, Max Headroom hijack mystery remains unsolved

    CHICAGO — One of the greatest mysteries in broadcast history remains unsolved. On November 22, 1987 someone—maybe a group of people—hijacked WGN’s signal and interrupted the 9 p.m. news. Hours later, it happened again at another Chicago station. In broadcast history, it’s believe it has only happened one other time in the United States—that person prosecuted for pirating HBO’s signal in 1986. While quirky and even amusing to some the broadcast interruption was a very big deal. And it was an […]

  • Shopping malls on their way out, closing at alarming rates

    While holiday shopping season kicks off this Thanksgiving week, how that shopping takes place is changing drastically in America. For many, preparing for the holidays used to mean heading to the mall, where you shopped, ate, met friends and hung out. But that mall is a thing of the past. Shopping malls are closing at alarming rates, with analysts at Credit Suisse estimating one in four malls will close in the next five years. Retail sales at department stores are down […]

  • Surreal photos go inside abandoned malls in suburban Chicago, across US

    Not everyone is lamenting the death of shopping malls in the age of Amazon and strip malls. Photographer Seph Lawless is making a career out of capturing images of the abandoned malls, traveling to places like Texas, New Jersey and even suburban Chicago to capture them. Shots of the now-closed Lincoln Mall in Matteson, and others shown above, are featured in his book Autopsy of America. “The youth will never understand what the mall was to us,” Lawless said. “Going inside […]

  • DNA tests can provide a roadmap towards weight loss, experts say

    CHICAGO — For part two of WGN’s look at whether DNA diets, assignment desk editor Diona Donelson bought three kits online  and sent in her own DNA samples. She then waited for results and shared with us which ones she liked best and why. Their conclusions about fitness and nutrition was largely the same across the board and Diona tried them all for 30 days.  Her goal was to lose weight – and look good for her wedding. She tested DNA […]