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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    CPS school loses beloved library due to budget cuts

    CHICAGO — In a year where access to them can open up a whole new world, the library door for all students at one Chicago Public School is closed for business. Low enrollment, as defined by CPS, forced the school to cut staff including its librarian at Pritzker Elementary in Wicker Park. This fall, parents wanted to man the checkout process just so 700 plus students could use the library and its books. But the Chicago Teacher’s Union wouldn’t hear of […]

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    App helps you do a FoodSpect-ion to see if restaurants are safe and clean

    Just how safe is your food when you eat out? You can stop wondering and find out by clicking on a new app. Chicago is the first U.S. city to get FoodSpect. It is a data heavy app that is user-friendly and filled with information, ratings and even food inspectors’ notes the public should have access to but normally doesn’t bother to look up. The idea is to be able to look up inspection reports and learn who’s been written […]

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    Delivering spoiler alerts: How online shopping can ruin the holidays

    This is a season that can be full of surprises. Have you ever worried that one of yours could be spoiled before a special gift for a special someone even makes it through your front door? According to analytics firm ComScore, shoppers now make 51% of their purchases online, up 4% from 2014. Options may be better and ecurity may be tighter, but shopping and shipping does come with some risk. We’re not talking about theft this time. We’re talking […]

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    Digital influence and impact: Get to know Gen Z

    The Silent Generation. Baby Boomers.  Generation X.  Millennials. So what’s next? The experts have come up with quite a few names for America’s next generation. They also are watching them closely – their habits, their likes and dislikes. They are frequently referred to as Generation Z and they  were born more or less between 2000 and 2016. Right now, they are young. But their impact is one for the history books. Just like the generations who have gone before them. […]

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    Protect your packages this holiday season: Here’s some advice

    Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve the United States Postal Service is expected to deliver 16 billion pieces of mail and packages. More than 5 million packages will be delivered on Sundays in December alone. And the busiest mailing day of the year is December 19th. The busiest delivery day is December 22nd. To help send and receive packages more smoothly, the post office has some tips. The post office strongly recommends buying insurance for your packages. The first $50 […]

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    Many women avoiding ‘Zika zones’ while making travel plans

    CHICAGO — For one particular group of travelers there is a new 4-letter word when it comes to getting away: Zika. For about a year, the mysterious virus threatening pregnant women and their unborn babies has forced global warnings and endless updates. Still, U.S. travelers are simply changing their travel plans instead of scrapping them all together. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika, but you can prevent it. The best way, doctors […]

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    Chicago man sets the stage for Eric Clapton’s live shows

    CHICAGO — If you ever find yourself driving the long and quiet roads of the far western suburbs and suddenly music starts playing in your head, it might not be your imagination. Tucked away in an unsuspecting home office behind huge monitors and rows of speakers is an Irishman who lights up Eric Clapton and makes him look good on the world stage. On an average day, Dave Maxwell is a husband and father of two young boys. But his life […]

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    Safe Haven Law’s 15 years of creating families, joy

    15 years ago a law was passed allowing mothers in the state of Illinois to give up their newborn babies with no questions asked. It’s called the Safe Haven Law. Over 100 babies have been relinquished and adopted out to Illinois families since the law went into effect in 2001. Under the law, a mother can turn a baby over to a hospital, firehouse or police station in Illinois. The child is checked out medically and DCFS is called. DCFS […]

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    Harvesting stem cells – from teeth?

    In the past, people having babies were making decisions about banking stem cells in the delivery room. Now, they may get a second chance, when their kids are sitting in the dentist’s chair. Stem cells harvested through umbilical cords, or blood banking, has been one way. Parents have been taking precautionary steps to protect their children’s health should disease or injury strike down the road. Now there is a less invasive way as researchers say there are viable stem cells […]

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    Chicago blues legend fighting for his life, so his friend fight for him

    For decades, he’s played with the biggest and the best blues musicians in the world. He’s the piano man whose talents earned him the name Barrelhouse Chuck. Now the Chicago musician is fighting for his life.  He’s not giving up.  And he’s happy to look back at a life he loved because music was at the center of it all.  He says music gave him purpose and gave him life and fed his soul. He was born Harvey Charles Goering […]