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
  • 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 […]

  • Semi truck crash closes some southbound lanes on I-94 near IL-120

    GURNEE, Ill. — Three southbound lanes are closed on I-94 near IL-120 in the Gurnee / Libertyville area after a semi crashed and turned over on its side. The semi is believed to be leaking thousands of pounds of a corrosive material, so all lanes have been closed as crews respond to the potential hazmat situation. All lanes were closed after the initial crash, but crews have since opened up a left lane and the left shoulder. Traffic was backed […]

  • Pedestrian struck by Metra train in West Hinsdale, inbound BNSF trains stopped

    HINSDALE, Ill. — Inbound BNSF Metra trains are stopped near West Hinsdale after a pedestrian was struck by a train Tuesday evening. Inbound BNSF Metra train #1276 struck a pedestrian outside West Hinsdale Tuesday around 5:20 p.m., according to Metra, , but the extent of their injuries are unclear. Both inbound and outbound trains were halted for a time in the area, but only inbound trains remained stopped as of 5:40 p.m. Outbound trains are operating with a 30 minute […]

  • Chicago parking meters to phase out dashboard receipts

    CHICAGO — Parking in Chicago is about to get easier. The city on Thursday began installing paperless pay boxes that eliminate the need to place receipts on dashboards. All 36,000 metered spots in Chicago will have the new boxes by mid-2019. People can still opt to pay for parking with the ParkChicago app. The new boxes look similar to current ones, but come equipped with touch screens. Drivers will use the tablet-like screens to enter their license plate numbers, insert […]

  • Officials look to increase penalties after deadly work zone crashes

    CHICAGO — As construction season ramps up before winter arrives in full force, it’s important to be extra careful where you are driving. Not only can you or people around you get hurt if you’re not paying close attention, but leaders are also hoping to slap a hefty fine on anyone who tries to cut through work zones in order to protect the lives of workers. There are about 4,800 work zone crashes each year. Last year, 29 people died, […]

  • 80 percent of car seats are used incorrectly, but inspections are available across Illinois

    If you have little kids then car seats are probably part of your daily life, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 80 percent of car seats are not used properly. Car crashes are the leading cause of death in kids between one and 13 years old. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Illinois Secretary of State, and local police and fire departments, are offering free car seat checks by certified inspectors across the state. Parents […]

  • 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 […]