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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
  • More than 200 Chicago flights canceled in part due to East Coast storm

    NEW YORK — A massive winter storm is expected to hit the Northeastern United States beginning Monday night, and it could dump 2-3 feet of snow is some areas. Some schools are planning to close early or not open at all in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut because of the potentially crippling snowstorm. The National Weather Service says heavy snow, powerful winds and widespread coastal flooding are expected. It issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile stretch of […]

  • Surveillance video captures shootout between off-duty sheriff, robbery suspects

    CHICAGO — Surveillance video captures a shoot-out between a Cook County sheriff’s officer and two robbery suspects in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. It happened in an alley around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wolcott and Belmont. The security company, VinTech, is located about a block away from the scene, and its surveillance cameras recorded some of the exchange of gunfire. Witnesses say an off duty Cook County sheriff’s officer was playing poker on the north side late Wednesday night when he […]

  • Police still investigating shooting threat at Indiana H.S.

    HIGHLAND, Ind. — A high school in Indiana was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after receiving a phone threat of a shooting. That lockdown has since been lifted. Police are still investigating that call out of Texas, but think it may have turned out to be nothing more than a bad joke — and maybe by someone closer to home. Highland police received a phone call just before noon Wednesday from a person threatening to shoot students at Highland High School. […]

  • Police search for 2nd suspect in Joliet convenience store shootout

    JOLIET, Ill. — A bungled robbery at a Joliet convenience store left the store clerk and one of the robbers dead. Police have now identified the gunman who was killed as 24-year old Troy Norris of Joliet. The second robber is still being sought. Witnesses say the two men wore masks when the one with the gun announced the holdup at the Gardner Food Mart Monday afternoon. Clerk Mohammad Eid, 24, pulled out his own gun. They exchanged fire. Eid […]

  • Suburban store clerk killed in armed robbery

    JOLIET, Ill. — Suburban police are questioning two persons of interest in an armed robbery that left two people dead, including a convenience store employee. Police say shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, two masked men stormed the Gardner Food Mart in the 1000 block of Gardner St in Joliet. One of the suspects was carrying a very large gun. The 24-year-old store clerk pullout his own weapon and started shooting. The clerk died in the gunfire. The suspect with the […]

  • Local college student to be guest at State of the Union

    PALATINE, Ill. — President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address tomorrow and as always, there are some special guests in the audience who typically deliver on some specific message of the president’s. One such guest will be Homira Wardak, a 19-year-old Sophomore from Palatine’s Harper College. Homira is essentially living on her own after her mother was deployed to Afghanistan as a  linguist 3 years ago. Homira wants to become a doctor and a plan to […]

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    Tonight’s evening commute will be a messy one

    CHICAGO — A nasty combination of fluffy snow, wind gusts up to 45mph, and temperatures 20-25 degrees below freezing is causing a messy commute Thursday evening. Blowing and drifting snow will be an issue, especially in open and rural areas. Salt and other ice/snow melting products are not nearly as efficient at 10F as they are at 30F degrees. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of the Chicago area until at least 3:00 […]

  • Water line bursts causing major flooding in Rogers Park

    Water department employees are working to repair a broken water line in Rogers Park. Some cars were stuck in several inches of water Thursday evening after a service line broke causing flooding on Lakewood and Farwell. WGN’s Julie Unruh reports.

  • City, Chicago Public Schools brace for another day of cold, closures

    Chicago — Chicago Public Schools has announced it will not hold classes Thursday as the area continues to experience extreme wind and cold. “Our top priority remains the safety of our students, and tomorrow’s weather conditions could again be dangerous to students traveling to and from school,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a statement Thursday. “It is in the best interest of our students to cancel classes tomorrow, and we look forward to welcoming back all of our students […]

  • 5-year-old boy found stuck on bus alone in freezing cold

    A 5-year-old young boy was stuck on a bus for an hour and a half, alone, until someone found him Wednesday night. “It’s a horrible feeling … to think about all the things that could have happened,” Whitney Nelson, the boy’s mother, said. The boy never got off the bus that took him from school to after school care. The mother said she came to the after school care center, but couldn’t  find him. The child had reportedly fallen asleep […]


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