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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    Chicago man’s private collection of cars is his American dream

    CHICAGO — Stephane Rambaud is not your average guy. He was born in France, found himself an intern in Chicago at the age of 22. Then he stayed and worked and travelled the world before retiring at the ripe old age of 50. Settling into his new role as retiree, he found himself more fired up than ever about cars and vintage cars.  He used to  dream of driving James Bond’s latest getaway car or Magnum P.I’s sexy red Ferrari. […]

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    Rescue dog now helping to rescue children by to sniffing out digital crimes

    WILL COUNTY, Ill. —  Prosecutors nationwide are turning to an old remedy to tackle new, digital-age crimes. And the crimes are serious, like child pornography. Law enforcement is using dogs to get the job done. Will County is the first to use the dogs in the state of Illinois. And the county’s top prosecutor says these crimes that have gone before a judge in years past have a conviction rate of 100%. That’s if they have all the evidence against […]

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    ‘Palcohol’ and “Vaportinis:” New ways to get your buzz also full of new concerns for some

    A glass of wine and a bottle of booze are not the only place you’ll find liquor these days.   Smoking it, inhaling it, even mixing it from a powder form are all new avenues for people looking for new ways to get a buzz from booze. While makers of the products and devices may argue the danger lies with the user and not the products themselves, local governments aren’t waiting for something to happen. They are trying to get ahead […]

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    Caring in Coal City: Small town’s spirit of unity helps through health struggles of many residents

    COAL CITY, Ill. — About an hour outside of Chicago sits a small town of 5,500 people. If you have heard of it, it’s likely because wild tornados put them on the Illinois map. Devastating tornados ripped apart the tiny community in 2013, not once, but twice. So residents did what they knew how to do, jumped in and helped each other start over and rebuild. Now, they’re helping each other again when threatening health, not threatening storms, seems to […]

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    Preventing SIDS? State group warns of dangers of Baby Boxes

    2,000 babies died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2010.  63 of them were in Illinois. Fed up with the mystery syndrome largely referred to as SIDS, the state of New Jersey decided to do something about it and gave a baby box to each new mother in that state. The state is filling it with new baby and new mother necessities like bottles, diapers, burp cloths and more. And the box itself is to serve as a crib. But […]

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    Women’s March protesters fill entire route in Washington, joined by protests around the world

    WASHINGTON — There were thousands from Illinois. They came by the busload, and said it wasn’t meant to be an anti-Trump movement, but a lot people who spoke with WGN were motivated by what the president has said about women. The crowd was so large, in a tweet, Mayor Muriel Bowser said: “Metro stations are at full capacity. So, if you’re trying to get on a train please have patience.” Friday morning 190,000 trips on the metro during the inauguration. This morning […]

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    Women to march on Washington against Trump

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of women are set to make their voices heard on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering. Other protests are expected in other U.S. cities and around the world.  

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    Trump sworn in as 45th president

    WASHINGTON — Red, white and blue bunting draped beneath a gray sky as songs of American patriotism filled the air as Donald Trump took the oath as the 45th president of the United States Friday. The platform was filled with friends, families, even political arch rivals. Hillary Clinton was present as a former First Lady and was largely stoic as she watched Trump take the oath. The unpredictable politician with a renegade style was sworn in by Chief Justice John […]

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    Donald Trump sworn in president, tells crowd ‘You will never be ignored again’

    WASHINGTON –Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change. He arrived at the White House for the first time as President just before 5 p.m. ET following a day of tradition marking the power shift in the nation’s capital. In a time-honored ceremony on the flag-draped West Front of the Capitol […]

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    Donald Trump to become 45th president Friday

    WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday. The inauguration ceremony is set for noon. As estimated 800,000 people are expected to turn out for the event. The forecast calls for rain so the National Park Service is lifting its “no umbrella” policy to allow collapsible mini umbrellas on the parade route and the National Mall. Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “Getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. The journey begins […]