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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
  • Cameras float into space to capture 360 view of skies above Chicago

    CHICAGO — A local company is floating cameras out of this world to give an unprecedented look at the skies above Chicago. Chicago-based tech company Panoskin attached a bundle of GoPro cameras to a weather balloon before launching it into the stratosphere early this week. From its starting point near the Adler Planetarium, the balloon  traveled 16 miles up — the height of nearly 50 Willis Towers stacked on top of each other — while cameras captured a 360-degree view of the […]

  • High wattage holiday de-lights at Morton Arboretum

    The Morton Arboretum is home to one of the Chicago area’s most interactive and vibrant holiday lights displays. Illumination will to open to the public this week. It takes a daily crew of 50 working several weeks to get the 1500 light fixtures in place for the brilliant show. John Featherstone is the founder of Light Switch the company behind the arboretum’s very unique annual lights extravaganza. “We do strive to help people see trees in a different light,” he […]

  • Catch a show in Uptown’s iconic theaters off the Lawrence Red Line

    CHICAGO — When it first opened in 1923, the Lawrence Red Line stop sat in the heart of Uptown, a premiere destination for nightlife in Chicago. Three years into prohibition, the Green Mill had already become a hotspot for actors from the nearby Essanay Studios and a hub for Al Capone and Chicago mobsters. Frank Sinatra would often perform there. The nearby Uptown Theater was also a major destination in the roaring 20s, but it was shuttered in 1981. Under new […]

  • What’s behind the delays and frustration plaguing Metra’s BNSF?

    This summer was a tough one for riders of Metra’s BNSF line.  Passengers felt confused and frustrated and they dealt with delays, packed trains and a very crowded Union Station. It was the first Metra line to fully roll out Positive Train Control, or PTC.  PTC is a federally mandated system designed to stop a train before certain crashes could occur, including train-to-train collisions and deadly derailments like the one in Washington last year where the engineer missed an upcoming […]

  • Want a WGN News Super Fan Friday Flyover? Here’s how

    If you’re a WGN News Super Fan and want SkyCam9 to fly over your neighborhood, you’re in the right place! The flyovers happen on occasional Fridays, usually in our 7 a.m. newscasts and/or our 4 p.m. newscasts, weather and news coverage permitting. Scroll down to see examples of other flyovers. Please fill out the form below for a chance to get a  Friday Flyover — make sure you’re in WGN-TV’s local viewing area. Traffic reporters Sarah Jindra or Amy Rutledge […]

  • Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to underserved Chicago areas

    CHICAGO — In Chicago, some people still don’t have access to fresh food or live anywhere near a grocery store. But one group is taking on food deserts in a whole new way. Fresh Roberson, along with the Urban Growers Collective, has transformed three old CTA buses into Mobile Markets. Outfitted with fridges, bins and bags, these buses bring healthy and affordable produce to underserved parts of the city. “Not only is it hard, especially in the communities we serve and the […]

  • CTA’s Heritage Fleet a stylish and well preserved reminder of days gone by

    CHICAGO — It just may be Chicago’s most well known movie character: the Chicago transit system. CTA trains and buses have appeared in countless blockbusters over the decades, as both a main character or simply part of the ambiance. Graham Garfield is a CTA historian and the chair of the Heritage Fleet program, an initiative officially launched two years ago to preserve historic trains and buses. The oldest cars in the fleet were built in 1923. Volunteers, many former CTA […]

  • Hop off the Red Line at Argyle for Southeast Asian treats of past and present

    CHICAGO — Located in an area filled with unique character and a lot of culture, Argyle is the northernmost Red Line stop in the Uptown neighborhood. Like many in the area, Tuyet Ngo grew up there and has made Argyle’s future her mission, and works with the Vietnamese Association of Illinois to preserve the businesses that made Asia on argyle so special, while breathing new life into the community. “This is kind of like the ‘Little Southeast Asia,'” Ngo said. “Post-Vietnam War […]

  • OMG have you seen these IDOTs signs?

    In recent months the Illinois Department of Transportation dynamic message signs have gone from witty, to startling to downright funny. IDOT’s goal is to get drivers to be safer on the roads, to stop distracted driving, get motorists to wear seat belts, end drunk driving and more. Jamie Simone is one of the creative minds at IDOT brainstorming the eye catching sayings which started going up more regularly this past spring. “It started with Loyola going to the Final Four,” […]

  • Trucker loses eyesight, still finds road to success in industry he loves

    Even as a young boy, Roel Cano knew driving a truck was for him.  As soon as he turned 18, he got his commercial driver’s license and got behind the wheel. “I liked driving big rigs a lot,” he said. “I wanted to get in the big trucks.” Cano called his truck Big Blue and they went all over the eastern U.S. including Ohio, Virginia and Florida. For nearly a decade, he saw the sights and enjoyed the freedom and […]