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
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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 […]

  • Cardinal Francis George to undocumment children: What can we do to help?

      The Chicago Archdiocese is working with the federal government to see how it can help the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors trying to cross the US border illegally. Cardinal Francis George himself made it a point of asking: What can we do? The Chicago Archdiocese is appealing to the federal government, asking to take in undocumented children. A church spokesperson says children sent to Chicago could be housed by Maryville Academy or Catholic charities.   More than 57,000 […]

  • Race for Chicago Mayor: Who’s in and who’s out?

    The Chicago mayoral election is still several months away, but talk of the race is already heating up. Tuesday afternoon, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made it clear she will not be running, despite speculation. “I have decided to rule out a run for Mayor of Chicago in 2015 because I made a commitment to reform Cook County’s criminal justice system, transform our healthcare system, and ensure the viability of our pension system,” she said. “We are making progress, […]

  • 9 charged in melee at Montrose Beach

    10 people are now in custody, nine of them charged, in the melee at Montrose Beach that injured four police officers Sunday. A video posted online shot on a spectator’s cell phone shows two men beating each other up around 7:30p.m. As the crowd mingles nearby, a second fight breaks out. Many bystanders have their cell phones drawn and recordings are underway. Chicago police were dispatched to break up the mass gathering of music with alcohol and no permits. About […]