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
  • Where do the Chicago suburbs actually end? It’s complicated.

    CHICAGO — We often cover stories in areas described as far northwest, west, or south suburban to give context to where smaller cities and towns are located. But a common question we get is: why are communities located so far outside of Chicago considered a suburb? Or put another way: Where do the Chicago suburbs actually end? We asked Josh Ellis at the Metropolitan Planning Council to help us figure this out. His answer: it’s complicated. The best definition of where […]

  • Travel the Red Line to Berwyn for solid salads, succulents and shrunken heads

    Amy Rutledge continues her series Riding the Red Line. Next stop: Berwyn. CHICAGO — Jump off at the Berwyn stop of the Red Line and you’ll find yourself at the south end of the Edgewater neighborhood, and by heading a few blocks east you can bask on the beach, or head west to Berwyn and Broadway to find Chicago Grind. “We’re really a good mix of people in this neighborhood,” said café owner Jim Dababneh. The bright coffee shop puts a […]

  • Morton Arboretum gets giant troll statues

    LISLE, Ill. — A Danish artist has built six giant troll statues scattered throughout an outdoor museum in a Chicago suburb. Thomas Dambo’s “Troll Hunt” at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle was inspired by Scandinavian folklore and his love of the wilderness. Dambo arrived for an artist residency in April after crafting other art projects in Korea and Mexico. More than 60 volunteers helped construct the up to 20-foot-tall statues on-site out of reclaimed and recycled wood, mostly from trees […]

  • Riding the Red Line: Bryn Mawr stop in heart of historic, cultural district

    Amy Rutledge continues her series Riding the Red Line. Next stop: Bryn Mawr. CHICAGO — Jumping off at the Bryn Mawr station is like turning a page in Chicago history. Located on Bryn Mawr Avenue between Winthrop Avenue and Broadway, it is in the heart of a historic district where old-fashioned green lamp posts and banners pay tribute to a booming Chicago nearly a century ago. The art in windows near the station is the result of a successful beautification project Rae Ann […]

  • New lactation suite debuts at Union Station

    CHICAGO – Amtrak unveiled a new lactation suite in Chicago’s Union Station Monday. The suite is a 5-foot by 9-foot, self-contained, mobile pod that allows a woman to enter and shut the door.  Inside there are benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump.  It’s big enough to fit more than one person if moms with babies have other kids they need to watch. “These new lactation suites demonstrate Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to better accommodate […]

  • Riding the Red Line: Thorndale’s unique community offers indoor, outdoor and high-flying fun

    Amy Rutledge continues her series Riding the Red Line.  Next stop: Thorndale The Thorndale Red Line stop drops you off on, you guessed it, Thorndale – between Winthrop and North Broadway.  It is a unique community with everything from local theater to national chains, schools, parks and several local businesses focused on the neighborhood. Edge of Sweetness, Veranda Coffee and Restaurant  and the Chicago Park District’s largest indoor rec center (including trapeze lessons) and more all bring the community together. […]

  • Officials: Move over, slow down near vehicles on the side of the road — it’s the law

    CHICAGO — The long holiday weekend means increased traffic, and government and transportation leaders are reminding drivers they’re required — by law — to slow down and change lanes when they see a vehicle stopped on the side of the road. Illinois State Police say there have already been 320 fatalities on Illinois roads this year alone, and officials hope new efforts will keep the number from climbing over the Memorial Day weekend. There’s already a massive push underway to keep […]

  • Hop off at the Granville Red Line for a unique mosaic school, antique market and classic custard

    While the Red Line carries more riders than any other, many commuters don’t know about the fantastic places found blocks away from its stops. So WGN’s Amy Rutledge is Riding the Red Line from Rogers Park to 95th St. to highlight the can’t-miss spots along the way  CHICAGO — The Granville Red Line stop is the northernmost of four in the Edgewater community, located on Granville between north Broadway and Winthrop. The doors to this stop open into a bustling community […]

  • Mobile pet clinic treats K9 officers in the field so they don’t miss a beat

    LISLE, Ill. — After working as a veterinarian for almost two decades, Dr. Alexis Newman opened Partners and Paws Veterinary Hospital three years ago with her husband, where they specialize in treating working animals. She and her team treat a wide range of dogs who work as K9 officers, including as arson investigators, search-and-rescue assistants and narcotics and bomb detectors. Seven years ago, working dogs became a regular part of Dr. Newman’s practice, but it has grown exponentially, in part because of her […]

  • 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 […]