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
  • Bystander paralyzed in shooting receives `life changing gift`

    AURORA, Ill. — Paralyzed in a drive by shooting eight years ago, an Aurora man got a gift this week that he says is life changing. 25-year-old Tre Winfrey has been paralyzed from the neck down since March of 2007. He was an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time during a drive by shooting. Since then, the organization Triple Threat Mentoring, based in Aurora, has helped with money, rides and whatever the Winfreys needed. Wednesday, the […]

  • Suspect arrested in fatal July 4th shooting of 7-year-old Chicago boy

    CHICAGO — Wisconsin authorities say a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old Chicago boy has been arrested. The Douglas County sheriff’s office says a 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by deputies and U.S. marshals at a home in Superior, Wisconsin. The city is about 460 miles northwest of Chicago near the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. Authorities say the man is being held on a first-degree murder warrant in the July 4 slaying of Amari Brown. The boy was with […]

  • Teen driver crashes car into daycare center; 1 child hospitalized

    BEACH PARK, Ill. — An unlicensed driver slammed into a daycare center this morning and slammed an 11-year-old girl to a hospital. The Lake County sheriff’s office says the 16-year-old driver was turning into the center’s parking lot when she hit the gas instead of the brake and lost control. At the time, several children were eating breakfast.  They were hit by bricks and some were pinned under the car. The 11-year-old was hospitalized at her parent’s request but has […]

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    Court overturns some Rod Blagojevich convictions

    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court has ordered that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich be resentenced as part of a ruling that overturned some of his corruption convictions. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday ruled prosecutors did not prove the Democrat broke the law when he tried to get a Cabinet position in President Barack Obama’s administration in exchange for appointing a top Obama adviser to Obama’s old Senate seat. (Click here to read the full […]

  • Blago’s brother ‘cautiously optimistic’ after overturned convictions

    CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich’s only sibling, Robert, spoke with WGN Tuesday after an appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the corruption convictions of the imprisoned former Illinois governor. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago released its ruling Tuesday. Click here to read the full appeal. While finding five of the counts invalid on technical grounds, the court called the evidence against Blagojevich “overwhelming” and made clear that the former governor was not entitled to be released from prison in the […]

  • New Indiana Dunes construction project topic of heated meeting

    VALPARAISO, IN — Plans to spruce up and expand on the Indiana Dunes beach property are causing an uproar. Hundreds of people filled the 400 person opera house in Valparaiso largely to protest that development project that Pavilion Partners, investors, and the Dept of Natural Resources are building with private and public funds. The project also renovates the historic old pavilion in dire need of a facelift. Many who attended Thursday’s meeting were in favor of that project but the process […]

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    Dogs, dog fighting equipment found during raid of suburban home

    MAYWOOD, Ill – Police raided a house in Maywood Wednesday afternoon and confiscated dogs and dog fighting equipment. The Chicago Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit conducted the raid.  Inside the home, they found various dog training materials, as well as a portable fighting ring. Animal Control came and also took away several dogs. One man is in custody.

  • Activists protest but fair goes ahead with monkey event

    GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — A county fair in northern Illinois says it will go ahead with an event featuring monkeys riding dogs around a racetrack despite protests from groups concerned about the welfare of the animals. The Lake County Fair has held the event, known as the Banana Derby, for five years. Fair President Jon Brodzik Jr. says they take animal welfare seriously, have never had an incident and see no compelling reason to cancel the popular attraction. The  Daily Herald […]

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    Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ renamed Chicago Public Enemy No. 1

    CHICAGO — Now that a reputed drug lord has escaped from prison in Mexico, he’s regaining an infamous title some 2,000 miles away in Chicago. The Chicago Crime Commission restored Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s title as Chicago’s Public Enemy No. 1 Tuesday. The non-governmental body first applied that label to Guzman in 2013 to highlight how his Sinaloa cartel dominates Chicago’s drugs trade. The city is also a key transit hub for Sinaloa’s U.S.-wide distribution. The only other figure deemed worthy […]

  • US offers full support to Mexico to capture drug lord

    WASHINGTON  — The United States is pledging assistance to Mexico’s government in bringing escaped drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to justice. The White House says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke with Mexico’s attorney general on Sunday. That’s the day after Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison through a tunnel, setting off a massive manhunt. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. government is offering its full support to Mexico. He’s pointing out that Guzman has also been […]


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