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
  • Drivers hit more parked squad cars this year than in all of 2018, state police say

    JOLIET, Ill. — An Illinois State Police trooper was injured when a motorist hit his squad car on I-80 south of Chicago Sunday, in the 13th incident of drivers crashing into stationary squad cars this year. The ISP says they are seeing a spike in crashes involving parked squad cars and passing vehicles, despite a law meant to make roads safer for emergency responders. Only 76 days into 2019, the number of incidents has already exceeded yearly totals from last […]

  • Major portion of Navy Pier Flyover opens downtown

    CHICAGO — A plan to make Chicago’s lakefront trail safer reached a major milestone Thursday as a large portion of the Navy Pier Flyover officially opened for pedestrians and cyclists. The 16-foot wide bridge takes cyclists and pedestrians over Grand Avenue and Illinois Street, and will eventually extend across the Chicago River, providing safe passage away from a dangerously narrow area of the path. Mayor Emanuel joined other local and state leaders for a walk along the much-anticipated crossing Thursday. “I always […]

  • Danger of ice falling from buildings causes road closures downtown

    CHICAGO — Falling ice shattered on streets and broke windshields downtown Thursday morning, forcing police to shut down roads into the evening. After large chunks of ice could be seen falling from the Sears Tower and Hancock Building, Wacker Drive was closed between Washington and Madison, pedestrian walkways on Franklin Street connecting Madison Street to Washington Street were closed, and Pearson was closed between Wabash and Rush. There have been no reports of injuries, but people are reminded to be […]

  • Snow stuck to stoplights less likely to melt from cooler LED bulbs

    CHICAGO — It’s three days since storms passed through the region, and while the roads are certainly driveable in most areas, you might not always know when you should stop or go — or where you are going. Much of the heavy, wet snow that fell across Chicagoland Sunday and Monday found a new home, nestled on traffic lights, street signs and walk signals from Geneva to Chicago, and everywhere in-between. Especially at busy intersections, it’s a dangerous and confusing […]

  • More than 1,400 flights canceled at Chicago airports

    CHICAGO — More than 1,400 flights were canceled at Chicago airports Monday following an overnight snowstorm. As of 7:34 p.m., there were 1,368 canceled flights at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 73 canceled flights at Chicago Midway International Airport. The average delay in arrivals at O’Hare was 66 minutes, with a departure delay of 40 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway, arrival delays were running 16 minutes, while departures averaged 23 minutes.

  • Electric scooter sharing startups eye Chicago for expansion

    CHICAGO — First it was ride sharing, then bike sharing, and if talks with city and state leaders go well this winter, electric scooter sharing could be next in Chicago. Dockless electric scooters allow users to find and ride them using a smartphone app, and then leave them parked at their destination when they are done. Sam Reed, a director with the scooter company Bird, says scooters offer safety, lower traffic congestion and are environmentally-friendly. “If you can ride a […]

  • 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 […]

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