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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.


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    Rudy Giuliani: Ted Cruz ‘cannot be trusted’ after refusing to endorse Trump

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    Protests intensify outside RNC; Arrests made

    CLEVELAND — Protests have amped up at Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. So far this week, 22 people have been arrested during protests near the Republican National Convention. 17 of those were arrested just today. Tension is rising and public disturbances becoming more frequent as the headliner…the speech by Donald Trump draws near. The enormous number of media in Cleveland is making policing demonstrations harder, police say. There was a skirmish on one of the city’s most well known […]

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    Protests generally peaceful again on Day 2 of RNC

    CLEVELAND — Outside the Quicken Loans Arena, support for the Republican nominee is scarce in some parts of Cleveland. From protestors to former presidential candidates, Donald Trump still a hard sell. Political protestors and law enforcement faced off once again Tuesday with demonstrators scaling flagpoles at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Three people were arrested. The crowds were generally peaceful as there were on Day 1. WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.

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    Ohio governor, former Trump rival Kasich refusing to enter RNC, holds rally nearby

    CLEVELAND — Outside of the Republican National Convention today questions continue of whether this was a Republican party divided. Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former Trump rival, has vowed not to set foot in the convention. Instead, Kasich held a rally and spoke at the nearby Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Kasich also spoke Tuesday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Trump has angered Hispanics with his call to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and to […]

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    Protesters descend on Cleveland for RNC Day 1

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    Increased safety concerns ahead of Republican National Convention

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    Pokemon Go Fever: A look at the app that everyone is playing

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    Could a private social network for gun shop owners prevent tragedies?

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