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
  • Loved ones seek answers after hit-and-run leaves woman dead

    DES PLAINES, Ill.–  A woman was hit and killed by a driver, and then left on the side of the road to die. It happened after 3 a.m. on May 13 when Vanessa Colon, 31, left her overnight job at a factory to walk home. But, what happened after that is what Des Plaines detectives have yet to figure out. Cheri Rivera has known Vanessa Colon for more than 20 years. The mother of two was recently trying to get […]

  • Drew Peterson.

    Drew Peterson lawyers in court today to appeal murder conviction

    CHICAGO — Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson returned to court Thursday to appeal his murder conviction. Peterson is currently serving a 38-year prison sentence for the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He faces trial in July after he was charged with plotting to have Prosecutor James Glasgow killed. At Thursday’s hearing in Ottawa,  Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg argued that his client’s conviction should be tossed out because the lead defense attorney, Joel Brodsky,  tried the case […]

  • Hillary Clinton attends events, fundraisers in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  Hillary Clinton returned to her hometown to talk the issue of childcare and also attend some two private fundraisers. Hillary Clinton was raised in Chicago and she and her husband have been raising money here for decades. It is a city full of friends–starting with the mayor himself. Rahm Emanuel cut his teeth with the  Clinton camp when he was a much younger man. If the numbers add up as Clinton hopes in just one night she will […]

  • Murder charges filed in beating death of 2-year-old Lake Station girl

    LAKE STATION, Ind. — A 19-year-old man has been charged in the murder of his girlfriend’s young daughter. Police say he was taking care of 2-year-old Nieyely Lopez’s when she died. The toddler was murdered Sunday morning in her own Lake Station, Indiana home. Police say Antonio Harris was supposed to be caring for her. Instead, police say he somehow took her life then went back to bed. Harris is also charged with neglect of a dependent and battery. Harris […]

  • 2 dogs reportedly killed in mauling in Lakeview

    CHICAGO –Two dogs were reportedly killed by another dog Saturday night on Chicago’s North Side. Witnesses tell WGN a fight between two small dogs and a pit bull broke out around 9 p.m. in the 3400 block of North Broadway. The pit bull survived; the two smaller dogs did not. Witnesses say it was an emotional scene as one female dog owner wept over her mauled pet. What sparked the mauling is unclear. Animal Care and Control arrived on the […]

  • Yellow Line service suspended after embankment gives way

    SKOKIE, Ill. — The CTA’s Yellow Line remains out of service after a construction project weakened an area of land -underneath the tracks. No one was injured when the embankment collapsed and compromised support under the tracks along McCormick Blvd. between Oakton and Howard streets. A construction project headed by the water reclamation district fell apart at some point late Sunday night. Yellow Line riders were caught off guard this morning. They have been getting shuttled around or are being […]

  • School worker charged, accused of sexually assaulting teen

    HILLSIDE, Ill. — A cafeteria worker on the job for less than two months has been arrested and charged with having sex with a high school student where she works. 32-year-old Joi Taylor has worked in the lunchroom at Proviso West since March. She reportedly met the 16-year-old victim when she started the job. Allegations include phone sex and video involvement. Prosecutors claim she also drove the male student off campus to have sex with him in a parking lot. […]

  • Suburban residents told to leave homes to prevent area flooding

    BURBANK, Ill. — More than a dozen homeowners in southwest suburban Burbank may have to abandon their houses for the good of the whole community. The reason? To expand a reservoir to alleviate severe flooding of many other homes. Friday the mayor of Burbank sent out a letter saying the metropolitan water reclamation district will be paying fair market value to buy up 14-15 homes that line the reservoir in order to expand it. At a Burbank city council meeting […]

  • CPS out $800K after alleged fraudulent billing scheme

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is out more than $800,000, allegedly the victim of a fraudulent billing scheme. The scam was run through two schools; now, a handful of people are going before a judge tomorrow. It’s a paper intensive crime filled with court records and arrest warrants, and it ends with felony theft of government property and a trip before a Cook County judge. All was quiet outside Gage Park High School on the Southwest Side and Michele Clark […]

  • Good samaritans help rescue man who jumped from window to escape fire

    NILES, Ill.– A suburban Niles man is alive tonight because of the quick thinking of a handful of good Samaritans. Without them, he is certain he would not have survived a fire in his family home. He is grateful. He is relieved. He is alive. 52-year-old Mohammad Mughal is recovering at Lutheran General Hospital after jumping out of the second story window of this house. He is here to tell the story because he trusted the people below to catch […]


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