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
  • After worker struck and killed, road officials remind drivers to be cautious in work zones

    CHICAGO — Authorities continue to investigate the crash that killed a construction worker on the Tri-State Tollway near O’Hare International Airport Friday night. Frank Caputo, 59, was working construction around 10 p.m. Friday night when a black Infinity drove into the closed lanes near Rosemont and hit him as well as a nearby truck. Tuesday tollway officials and Illinois State Police gathered and offered condolences to Caputo’s family and to remind drivers the importance of work zone safety. Officials say there are […]

  • New system to make Metra trains safer could also be causing delays

    CHICAGO — Local, federal and Metra officials celebrated a major milestone in their efforts to make trains safer Monday, even as riders faced another difficult morning commute. Metra is still working to add Positive Train Control (PTC) to its lines, a federally-mandated safety system designed to stop trains before certain types of crashes can happen. Metra said from the beginning that it would be a long and expensive process, as the system had to be added to every vehicle, and […]

  • Protesters plan to shut down Kennedy near O’Hare on Labor Day

    CHICAGO — Organizers of a recent anti-violence protest that shut down Lake Shore Drive are planning a new protest for Labor Day. The Rev. Gregory Livingston of the New Hope Baptist Church in West Humboldt Park said he plans to shut down the Kennedy Expressway leading in and out of O’Hare International Airport starting at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The group plans to meet at Cumberland and I-90 and then walk onto the Kennedy at noon before heading west to River […]

  • Oak Forest reports damage, flooding after Tuesday storms

    OAK FOREST, Ill. – Strong storms blew through Tuesday night and caused damage and flooding throughout the Chicago area. South suburban Oak Forest reported downed trees and power lines. There was also path of uprooted trees and damaged houses.   Residents who saw their houses damaged believe it was a  microburst. No injuries were reported.

  • Horses helps brighten patients’ lives, ease pain in Chicago suburbs

    NILES, Ill. — Horses that are normally used at race tracks in the Chicago area are being used to help patients with mental and physical disabilities. Fourteen-year-old thoroughbred Eddie and his handler, Alan Love, spend most of their time at Arlington Park assisting race horses. But they also assist those in need and spend time with hospice and palliative care patients at Avanti Wellness & Rehabilitation in Niles. Participants are able to learn more about the very gentle giants and […]

  • The furry friends of Fermilab: Batavia’s bison on science’s frontier

    BATAVIA, Ill. — Fermilab is the country’s premier particle physics and accelerator labs.  It’s home to some of the foremost scientists from around the world who study the smallest particles in the universe on some of the most advanced accelerators known to man. But it’s also home to bison. American Plaines Bison have roamed Fermilab’s lands now for nearly a half century, brought in 1969 by its first director Robert Wilson.  Wilson was from Wyoming and said science is the […]

  • 2 lanes of Lake Shore Drive to close from LaSalle to Monroe for resurfacing

    CHICAGO —Starting 6 p.m. Sunday, one northbound and one southbound lane of Lake Shore Drive will close to traffic from LaSalle Street to Monroe Street as the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins work on two major projects slated for completion ahead of the Chicago Marathon in October. The inner lanes are part of a stretch of road utilized by 111,000 users every day. According to CDOT First Deputy Commissioner Tom Carney, making big, around-the-clock closures in this timeframe will help […]

  • Wrigleyville residents, businesses prepare for Lake Shore Drive protest

    CHICAGO — Anti-violence advocates are preparing to disrupt some of Chicago’s busiest streets to protest city violence and economic inequality Thursday. The march is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Lake Shore Drive near Diversey Parkway. Protestors plan to walk on Lake Shore Drive to Belmont Avenue to Clark Street and on to Wrigley Field where the march will end. The Chicago Cubs have a home game at 7:05 p.m. Business owners around the ballpark were reluctant to talk […]

  • Illinois officials team up to ask drivers to slow down

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — State and local officials gathered Wednesday to proclaim July 25th as Illinois Speed Awareness Day. They asked drivers to commit to watching their limits to try and end the growing number of deaths on Illinois roads. Highland Park police commander Chris O’Neill has spent close to three decades keeping the public safe. He wants the motoring public to slow down and watch its speed. The Highland Park Department was one of the more than 200 agencies […]

  • Car2go brings car sharing service to Northwest, Near South Sides

    CHICAGO — Ditch your vehicle for good? It’s one positive outcome car2go says it has seen for users around the world (and now in Chicago), who can take a shared car wherever they want to go, and then leave it behind. After launching the service in 24 cities, car2go opened its membership up to Chicago residents last month. Now 400 of the company’s “floating cars” are rolling through parts of the city. Users can find one nearby using the app, […]