Julie Unruh
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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
  • Police seek suspect after teen sexually assault in South Side alley

    Chicago police are investigating the sexual assault of a teen on the South Side. Police say the 14-year-old girl was walking in an alley of the 400 block of East 71st St around noon today in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. A man, age 20-30, riding a bike grabbed the teen and forced her down an alley. Police say the man removed her pants against her will and sexually assaulted her, before taking off. The girl ran into a nearby restaurant for […]

  • CPD commander charged with battery released on bond

    28 years veteran of the Chicago police department appeared in bond court Thursday on charges of sticking a gun into a suspect’s mouth. 52-year-old Commander Glenn Evans was released him on his own recognizance and allowed to keep his firearm. He is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct stemming from an incident on January 30th of 2013. He allegedly chased a suspect with a gun into an abandoned building. On January 31st, that suspect told the independent Police Review […]

  • Wrigley prepares for construction with street closures

    Signs of change are emerging outside Wrigley Field today as the greatly debated renovation is just weeks away from getting started. Today, the city began preparing for the construction with the closure of Sheffield just east of the ballpark. It is only the beginning of a renovation project that is expected to last about four years. A letter was send out to area residents telling them that Sheffield between Addison and Waveland would be closed while workers move utilities underground […]

  • Is the Daley dynasty making a comeback?

    Chicago’s sacred 11th ward in Bridgeport could soon be back in the hands of a Daley after 17 years. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew confirms to WGN he is making a play for it. The current alderman, James Balcer, says he’s walking away with his head held high. He says he will finish his term and focus on his health and denies anyone is pushing him out. “Let me make one thing clear, I was not forced out,” Balcer […]

  • Harvey officer wounded in hostage situation honored by village

    A Harvey police officer who was wounded in last week’s hostage situation was honored by the village tonight. 46-year-old Darnell Keel received an Above & Beyond award for taking a bullet during the 21 hour standoff. Keel said it wasn’t the first time he’s been shot, but it’s the closet a bullet has come to hitting him. The suspect who was holding six children and two adults captive fired at Keel from the front door. Tonight the village also told […]

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    Jackie Robinson West wins, advances to American finals

    Jackie Robinson West wins and advances to World Series American final. They faced 13-year-old phenom Mo’ne Davis and the team from Pennsylvania in the U.S. semifinal game of the Little League World Series. JRW will compete against Nevada on Saturday and the chance to represent the United States in the championship game. Mayor Emanuel issued a statement saying, “Once again, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have showed why they are the pride of Chicago.  Congratulations to Coach Butler and his team […]

  • Suspect in Harvey hostage situation wearing monitor bracelet at time of standoff

    One of the two suspects taken into custody following the 21 hour hostage taking in suburban Harvey is a parolee who served a sentence for a murder dating back to 1990. The still unidentified man was in prison for 23 and a half years for that crime. He was on electronic monitoring when he and another man took eight people in the home hostage. The suspect was allowed to leave home to look for a job. It all came to […]

  • 21 hours: 8 hostages – including children – ate TV dinners, followed orders

    For over 20 hours, four boys, two girls and two women were held hostage inside a home in Harvey yesterday. Family members say that four of the kids inside the home were siblings, so were the other two and the six of them together were all cousins. One of the adults is the mother of four of them. And while they were all released without injuries, there ordeal has left some scars. They were allowed to eat TV dinners and […]

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    Remaining Harvey hostages rescued; 2 suspects in custody

    Police say they rescued four hostages — two children and two women — and arrested two suspects Wednesday morning, ending a two-day hostage situation in surburban Harvey No one was injured in the rescue, in which police entered the house in Harvey, Illinois, and arrested the suspects, police said. The rescued hostages are “traumatized” but unharmed, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. Four other hostages — children ranging in age from 1 to 12 — were released late Tuesday, police said. […]

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    Chicago police shoot and kill family dog during chase

    A south side family awoke to screaming and gunshots and found police in their yard and their family dog dead. Terry Taylor says police told him they were chasing someone, and wound up in Taylor’s backyard at 59th and Martin Luther King Drive. Officers opened the gate, covered with a Beware of Dog sign, then shot dead the 120 pound Italian Mastiff named Castro, who was outside at the time. The dog’s owner is devastated. The family has had the […]


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