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
  • ‘Ugly’ fruits and veggies find a home through subscription service

    CHICAGO — A California company is hoping to get Chicagoans to rethink the way they buy produce. The company is called Imperfect Produce, and its goal is to reduce food waste in America. They say it’s a bigger problem than most people know–and that’s the ugly truth. About 20 percent of fruits and vegetables in America go to waste because they are misshapen, oversized or irregularly shaped. At Imperfect Produce, these oddities are not only being embraced but are being […]

  • 30 years later, Max Headroom hijack mystery remains unsolved

    CHICAGO — One of the greatest mysteries in broadcast history remains unsolved. On November 22, 1987 someone—maybe a group of people—hijacked WGN’s signal and interrupted the 9 p.m. news. Hours later, it happened again at another Chicago station. In broadcast history, it’s believe it has only happened one other time in the United States—that person prosecuted for pirating HBO’s signal in 1986. While quirky and even amusing to some the broadcast interruption was a very big deal. And it was an […]

  • Shopping malls on their way out, closing at alarming rates

    While holiday shopping season kicks off this Thanksgiving week, how that shopping takes place is changing drastically in America. For many, preparing for the holidays used to mean heading to the mall, where you shopped, ate, met friends and hung out. But that mall is a thing of the past. Shopping malls are closing at alarming rates, with analysts at Credit Suisse estimating one in four malls will close in the next five years. Retail sales at department stores are down […]

  • Surreal photos go inside abandoned malls in suburban Chicago, across US

    Not everyone is lamenting the death of shopping malls in the age of Amazon and strip malls. Photographer Seph Lawless is making a career out of capturing images of the abandoned malls, traveling to places like Texas, New Jersey and even suburban Chicago to capture them. Shots of the now-closed Lincoln Mall in Matteson, and others shown above, are featured in his book Autopsy of America. “The youth will never understand what the mall was to us,” Lawless said. “Going inside […]

  • DNA tests can provide a roadmap towards weight loss, experts say

    CHICAGO — For part two of WGN’s look at whether DNA diets, assignment desk editor Diona Donelson bought three kits online  and sent in her own DNA samples. She then waited for results and shared with us which ones she liked best and why. Their conclusions about fitness and nutrition was largely the same across the board and Diona tried them all for 30 days.  Her goal was to lose weight – and look good for her wedding. She tested DNA […]

  • Dieting through your DNA: Can your genes help you fit into your jeans?

    CHICAGO — Testing your DNA to tell you what your body really needs in way of exercise and diet is a newer trend in nutrition. There are plenty of products out there in the market that are advertising to do just that. What’s the cost? Do they work? Are they worth it? WGN News chose three and put them to the test. Diona Donelson, a 29-year-old bride-to-be and a WGN employee was part of the test. She decided she wanted […]

  • Chicago Bears Tarik Cohen is big fun in a small package

    CHICAGO — He’s 5 foot 6, about 181 pounds and has a list of nicknames as long as his arm. Chicago Bears  No. 29 Tarik Cohen is a whole lot of fun to watch on Sundays. The fourth round draft pick is doing nothing but dazzling fans with his fancy footwork and for a small guy, he has a whole lot of heart on the football field. He’s also a lot of fun off the field. He likes to dance, […]

  • Blackhawks great Eddie Olczyk cherishes Blackhawks team, fans during cancer fight

    CHICAGO –Taking things simply “day to day” is how Eddie Olczyk  is choosing to tackle his fight against cancer at the age of 51. Diagnosed in August, the former NHL great turned broadcaster is finding ways to move forward after the surprising medical setback. Olczyk is arguably one of the Chicago Blackhawks’ greatest players and one of professional hockey’s most treasured gems.  He is a big teddy bear. At 6 foot-1 and 200 pounds, inside that rough exterior lies a […]

  • Analyst walks away from football because of the dangers of hard hits

    At just 48, Ed Cunningham was far from the end of his career in front of the lens.  But he gave it all up. Football was his life. He played the game in high school, college and in the pros before becoming a college football commentator.  He still calls himself a jock, yet says the game is no longer for him. He says college players don’t have a voice so he’s speaking up for them. He fears the dangers of […]

  • Patti Blagojevich speaks out as husband makes appeal to Supreme Court

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court once again, his attorney Len Goodman confirmed to WGN Thursday. You can read the petition here. Goodman released the following statement: “Our petition lays out a compelling case that the Supreme Court needs to settle the confusion among federal courts about the dividing line between campaign fundraising, something all elected officials are required to do (unless they are billionaires) and the federal crimes of extortion and […]