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
  • Joseph Alonzo Pleasure (left) and Alan Lavelle Ross, Jr.

    2 charged in shooting of mom, 2 daughters in Hammond

    Two men have been charged in the shooting of a mother and her two daughters in northwest Indiana. 17-year-old Alan Lavelle Ross Jr and 20-year-old Joseph Alonozo Pleasure were charged in the robbery and shooting that happened over the weekend. A 41-year-old mother drove her two daughters, ages 12 and 15, from suburban Addison to Hammond Ind on Sunday thinking she was going to buy cellphones from someone she met on Facebook. Instead she met up with the suspects who sent her […]

  • Armed robbers target Viagra in West Side heist

    Chicago police are searching for two men suspected in an armed robbery of a medical clinic on the West Side. Police say they responded to a report of an armed robbery around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Police say the two suspects knocked on the door and after being let in the building, they were admitted to a waiting room. The suspects then duck taped the a victim’s hands. The suspects then proceeded to steal prescription drugs, including Viagra, and a […]

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    Workers protest over bathroom rights

    Tracking bathroom breaks at the office: Could it be for production purposes? One Chicago company says they do it so factory workers don’t spend excessive amounts of time in the loo. WaterSaver Faucet Co. Claims the bathroom terms were hammered out with union members in April and 19 people have been reprimanded so far. Verbal warnings come first, WGN is told, then written warnings. Termination is the final step for bathroom violations. All this is coming to light during union […]

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    4-year-old boy dies in Bensenville house fire

    A 4-year-old was killed and his mother hospitalized after a fire damaged a suburban home Wednesday afternoon. Seven people, including four children, escaped when smoke filled a one story Bensenville home in the 1500 block of West Devon. Neighbors say they saw smoke around 2 p.m. and tried to help as the single level brick home became filled with heavy smoke. The mother inside at the time, kept going in and out to save her young kids, witnesses tell WGN […]

  • Judge: Former Mayor Daley won’t have to testify due to health

    Former Mayor Richard Daley is no longer required to testify in a court of law. A judge delivered the ruling after hearing exactly what “medical hardship” Daley would suffer from if he testified in a case involving the city and a local restaurant. And not only does Daley not have to testify in open court, attorneys who issued him a subpoena in this case withdrew it all together. But the question remains: what ails Richard Daley? Is it mental recall? […]

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    Mayor visits home of girl killed by stray bullet at sleepover; arrest may be close

      On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the home of the girl who was struck and killed by a stray bullet Friday night. 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was attending a friend’s sleepover near Gladys and Springfield in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when a stray bullet came through a side window and struck her in the head and killed her. Emanuel briefly spoke to the media upon leaving the Adams home in Lawndale saying, “I came here as a parent […]

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    Gang violence then & now: Retired officer recount their days at Cabrini

    Guns and gang activity seem to plague pockets of Chicago and tarnish the city’s name. But what are we doing differently in the year 2014 and what can be learned from history? Billy Mokstad and his partner Greg Zito, were the first gang crimes specialists assigned to Cabrini Green in 1978. Months later, Jack Dugan joined the gang crime specialists and together, roughly 10 men were assigned to monitor and investigate four gangs that ran the place. The former undercover […]

  • Chicagoans soak up sun on one of the hottest days of the summer

    Summer returned with gusto to the Chicago area Tuesday with one of the hottest days of the season so far. Both O’Hare and Midway airports recorded 90 degrees as of 4 p.m. but the heat index was at 96 and 98 degrees respectively. People are the city soaked in the sun from the lakefront to Millennium Park. Those stuck working out in the heat took precautions. The spike in temperature will be short lived however as storms are expected to […]

  • Members of Chicago’s Ukrainian community mourning loss of Flight 17

    In Chicago, the deeply rooted Ukrainian community is mourning those lives lost aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and prays for the future of its troubled nation. Some residents gathered at a church service Thursday evening near Chicago Ave and Oakley in Ukrainian Village. The churchgoers at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral prayed for peace in the conflict the world is now watching very closely. The conflict that has been brewing for months between Russia and Ukraine has left this […]

  • Residents gather for march on North Side after man fatally shot

    A weekend shooting in Rogers Park left one man dead and a community stunned. Tonight they came out in numbers to show support for the neighborhood they love. Hundreds gathered at the corner of Devon and Glenwood where 28-year-old Wil Lewis was gunned down Saturday. The crowd, including 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, paid their respects and walked together – many of them in silence–with heavy hearts and a lot of questions. But several […]