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
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    Saving Mother Nature one Styrofoam cup at a time

    One Elgin businessman trying to save Mother Nature one trash can at a time. The problem, he says is that America is not recycling foam products the way it should. So he’s taken matters into his own hands – and he’s getting a little help. Kenneth Santowski feels some urgency to get the foam ball rolling because he believes it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade foam cups and containers in your average landfill. While container companies may take issue […]

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    Civilian shot during Charlotte protests on life support; Gov. declares state of emergency

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — One person was shot Wednesday during a second night of protests over a deadly police shooting in Charlotte, city officials said. The person, who was not identified, is in critical condition and on life support, the city tweeted. Earlier, the city had tweeted that the person had died. One police officer was injured, according to a city tweet. The officer was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. The riot and protests came on a day in […]

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    Identity for transgender community a physical, emotional and legal process

    For people going through transgender transition, it’s more than physical and emotional.  There’s also the legal transition. It usually includes cutting through red tape so  IDs and other  common, but critical documents match the person inside and out. The process just got a little easier with the help of some students in the Loop. Fernando Guerrero, 28, has always felt like a woman. And this week, Fernando  Guerrero – soon to be Gia Guerrero – is making one significant change […]

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    Swept off your feet, then scammed out of cash? Website can help

    In this day and age of online dating, success stories can be commonplace, but where do you turn when that online connection leaves you scammed? A new website wants to help. RomanceScams.org is a free site and for 11 years now has over 20,000 active members.   The founders know falling in love online can come at a price if you aren’t careful. They say predators know what to do and what to say to get you to open your wallet.  […]

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    What it means for independent bookstores when Amazon moves into town

    CHICAGO — Amazon is no stranger to online shoppers.  Their book business, one survey says, represents 41% of all book sales leaving independent brick and mortars scrambling for what’s left. The news of a new Amazon bookstore coming to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is creating some waves. Independent bookstores are worried Amazon is now trying to beat them at their own game by putting up a store, not on Michigan Ave, but in a Chicago neighborhood. Something an independent store might do. […]

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    Detour audio walking tour app now live in Chicago

    There’s an update to a story WGN’s Julie Unruh brought you earlier this summer. In her story about helpful apps for your city adventures, she took a look at audio walking tour app Detour. And now’s it’s officially in Chicago. The app uses GPS to tune you in, then you put your phone in your pocket so you can listen, look and learn about some of the offbeat, untold stories that make the heart of a city truly beat. The tours […]

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    Virtual reality translates to real home sales

    For the first time, virtual reality is becoming a billion dollar business. You might be familiar with it when it comes to games or entertainment. But putting this virtual photography to work in our real world is where things are headed. A California-based company puts 3D images together to deliver a seamless, mind-blowing product that is totally immersive. Images that feel more like video and lets you control how you move about in it. It can take you to foreign […]

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    Battling bullying in creative ways: Local students embrace, showcase differences

    Nearly a third of students are affected by bullying in some way. They are either targeting kids or they are they are being bullied by their peers. But not everybody is waiting for the abuse simply to stop or for kids to “grow out of it.” Two area students are doing a whole lot more to help and thinking creatively and using their own talents to take on bullying. 17-year-old Camille Paddock says the most difficult years of her life […]

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    From faces to fingerprints, keeping biometric information safe is a growing concern

    In this day and age, how do we protect ourselves at a time when the digital world is at work everywhere and maybe even gaining on us? Biometrics are personal identifiers that are uniquely yours.   Facial or retinal information that is picked up on a scan.  Your fingerprints.  Even the way you talk, walk and your heart beat. Biometrics are a security resources that are getting more wifely used when it comes to shopping, banking and traveling. It’s all good, […]

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    How yoga can help ease back-to-school jitters

    As summer ends, nerves and anxiety about going back to school can begin for some students. So, kids in Connecticut are preparing to transition to the classroom in a unique way: With yoga. “Buddha Boot Camp” at Inner Child Yoga in Newtown, Conn. is helping children learn mindfulness and meditation through fun games that connect them to their body and breathing. Owner Barbie Burton is a mother of three and a pediatric occupational therapist. She says towards the end of […]