Amy Rutledge is an Emmy award winning reporter for WGN Evening News. Amy joined WGN-TV in January of 2005 as a general assignment reporter. The next year she became the evening anchor at CLTV while continuing her reporting duties. In May 2008, she took a brief break from Chicago and moved to Shanghai, China where she helped launch Shanghai’s first and only English speaking newscast. Amy served as the stations managing editor, talk show host, political reporter, and occasional evening anchor traveling between Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2010 she came back to Chicago and WGN-TV.

Prior to WGN-TV, Amy spent three years as the morning anchor and investigative reporter at WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also worked as a reporter, anchor, and weather forecaster at KVBC in Las Vegas, Nevada; a reporter, anchor, and producer at WEHT in Evansville, Indiana; a reporter and producer at KRNV in Reno, Nevada; and a producer at WSIL-TV in Marion, Illinois.

Amy graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She also studied Meteorology at Mississippi State University. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois and is a graduate of Schaumburg H.S.

While in China, Amy studied Mandarin and the Chinese culture. She currently speaks at a conversational level but hopes to one day become fluent. When not at work, Amy is an avid runner, and has completed over a dozen marathons, half marathons and triathlons. Amy is an animal advocate and loves to travel.

Recent Articles
  • State troopers climb into big rigs to spot texting, crack down on distracted driving

    CHICAGO — You wouldn’t expect to see state police climb into big rigs as they head out on patrol, but the giant trucks are their latest tool in the fight against districted driving. The “Trooper in a Truck” program, an initiative between the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Trucking Association, aims to make the roads safer for vehicles of all sizes. “As we’ve seen in the last 10 years, distracted driving in my opinion has overtaken alcohol,” Master Sgt. […]

  • Chicago’s scooter pilot program begins

    CHICAGO — Expect to see an increase in people getting around on electric scooters in Chicago. Starting this weekend,  a pilot electric scooter sharing program begins. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the city is giving permits to ten different companies and each will be allowed to operate 250 scooters within a 50-square mile test zone west of the downtown area. The pilot zone is bounded by Halsted Street and the Chicago River on the east, Irving Park Road on […]

  • Duo turns problem buildings into source of opportunities for tenants

    CHICAGO — Boarded up, structurally unsound and littered with garbage, an abandoned house can be more than just an eyesore; it’s often a hub for gangs and drugs as well. Just days from demolition, Adam Meredith and Allison Richman decided to make an abandoned structure on north Sawyer Avenue their latest project on Chicago’s West Side. There’s a school nearby, and residents had been complaining about the building for years. “The school was really bothering the city about trying to […]

  • Authorities install cameras on expressway to help combat shootings, drug trafficking

    CHICAGO — Drivers on the in and outbound Eisenhower Expressway may have noticed a new network of cameras and license plate readers.  They are strategically placed to solve and hopefully end expressway shootings and catch people trafficking drugs in the area. Officials won’t say exactly where the cameras are or exactly how many but roughly 20 or so cameras have been placed along the I-290 from downtown to the city limits.  It is a stretch of road nicknamed “the Heroin […]

  • Community radio station finds a new home in train station

    ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. — 98.3 FM, “The Voice of Lake County, found itself a new home inside the Round Lake Beach Metra Station. It is a small unassuming station on the North Central Line and the radio station moved in to the unused ticket agent booth. Bish Krywko moved WRLR into the 8 by 9 foot room, which is about a foot smaller than its previous location in neighboring Round Lake Heights. It was a move which came with […]

  • Meet the team behind Chicago’s most iconic signs

    LOMBARD — They make up part of the city’s skyline and part of its history.  The iconic signs are recognizable across the country and many of them either designed, manufactured or maintained by two men who decided to dabble in the business nearly four decades ago. Rob Whitehead is the artist. Bill Pyter is the builder and they are the founding team behind Olympik Signs, a little company that could, thanks to a big break in the early 80s. “Our […]

  • Ringing in the ears, blurred vision, no balance: Suit shows students what it’s like to drive under the influence

    OAK LAWN Ill. —  The school days are winding down and the season of proms and graduations is underway.   It’s a favorite time of the year for students but also an increasingly deadly time for them on our roads. Experts said the first 100 days of summer are the deadliest for teen drivers. Deaths from car crashes spike more than 25%. Recently, students at a south suburban high school got a very real education on the effects of drugs and […]

  • Officials call for stricter protections after 16 troopers struck by vehicles, 3 killed

    CHICAGO — Law enforcement and political leaders are calling for stricter laws to protect officers during traffic stops after a string of accidents involving state troopers this year, some of them deadly. In just the first three months of 2019, three Illinois state troopers were laid to rest after they were struck by vehicles while they were on the road keeping others safe. A total of 16 troopers have been hit so far this year, more than 2017 and 2018 […]

  • Electronics sniffing dog finds hidden files for child porn investigations

    WAUKEGAN — Cellphones, computers and storage devices get smaller and thus easier to hide every day, so law enforcement is using a unique tool to turn up digital evidence: electronics sniffing dogs. Browser is a sweet, energetic, two-year-old English lab whose exceptionally rare skill set was born out of failure. “He was originally trained to be a service dog but flunked out of service school,” handler Carol Gudbrandsen said. “When Browser sees other dogs, he barks and he pulls; that […]

  • Aurora officer’s lip sync updates combine viral fun with vital information

    AURORA — On a typical day, Officer Chris Weaver is out on the streets, checking in on the homes and businesses in his district, while getting to know the people he protects day-in and day-out. “I usually hit the main roads first around the district.. then I’ll hit the residentials,” Weaver said. “I talk to some people, see how they’re doing, see how they’re feeling.” Aurora born and raised, Officer Weaver has spent 16 years on the force, working investigations, […]

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