Elyse Russo is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at WGN-TV. Her Web Watcher segment airs on Tuesdays during the 4 p.m. hour of WGN Evening News.
Before joining WGN in November 2011, she worked as a web producer at ABC7 Chicago. She also spent two years prior working in print journalism in central Illinois before realizing she had a knack for all things digital.
Elyse earned her master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., watching “The Bozo Show,” naturally.
AURORA, Ill. — Five victims were killed and six others wounded — including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex Friday, police said. The alleged gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, was fatally shot by police after he fired a Smith & Wesson handgun at officers inside Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Martin was an employee at Henry Pratt, Ziman said, […]
CHICAGO — At least two women have contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office with new accusations against singer R. Kelly since Kim Foxx’s plea for potential victims to come forward. Foxx addressed reporters Tuesday after her office had been inundated with calls about abuse allegations in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary series. Some were tied to Kelly’s Chicago area home. She said there’s no active investigation of Kelly and launching one would require victims and witnesses. She urged anyone who […]
CHICAGO —Chicago police said bomb threats made locally Thursday are part of a similar pattern of threats being made across the country. “Chicago police are working with federal partners on the investigation, and at this time there is no elevated threat level for the city of Chicago,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. In a later tweet, he said officials were investigating threats at 36 locations. No one was injured. Threats in Chicago are part of a similar pattern being made nationwide. […]
CHICAGO — The city is “Sweet Home Chicago” once again. The Ferrara Candy Company is moving its headquarter to downtown Chicago. Ferrara’s new home will take up 77,000 square feet at the Old Post Office on Van Buren. The company will relocate more than 400 employees from its current headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. late next summer. Ferrara, which is known for making Brach’s candy, Laffy Taffy and Lemonhead, was founded in 1908 when Salvatore Ferrara began selling candy-coated almonds from his […]
CHICAGO — Video captured the moment when Kevin D’Agostino learned his life would change forever. His family woke him up in the middle of the night to give him the news — he would be receiving a much-needed lung transplant. “No way mom, not tonight! NO WAY!” he said in the video, simply shocked and overjoyed. Kevin’s brother Michael posted the video to Facebook and Instagram, with an update that Kevin’s surgery at Loyola University Medical Center went well. The video […]
WHITING, Ind. — A wedding photographer captured a moment for a northwest Indiana family that they weren’t sure was possible — the bride’s father, who is battling ALS, got up out of his wheelchair and danced with his daughter. “I have never documented something so beautiful in my life,” photographer Elias Pabon said in a Facebook post with the video, which has been viewed over 32,000 times. “This is what strength is. This man inspires me. I was even crying behind […]
CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for a large portion of the Chicago area Sunday (pink-shaded counties on the map.) The warning, which goes into effect at 10 a.m. Sunday, will impact the following Illinois counties: Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake Lee, Ogle, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy and Will. The warning calling for 4 inches to as much as a foot of heavy wet snow. Winter Weather Advisories for 2 to 4 […]
CHICAGO — The trial of Jason Van Dyke continued Wednesday with testimony about Laquan McDonald’s final moments. The 17-year-old still had a heartbeat when paramedics arrived on the scene at 41st Street and Pulaski Road on Oct. 20, 2014, according to court testimony. By the time he arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital, there was no pulse. Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s chief medical examiner, said an autopsy revealed 16 distinct gunshot wounds on McDonald’s body. After testifying about blood loss, […]
CHICAGO — Kevin Graham, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, is speaking out in support of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the 2014 slaying of Laquan McDonald. So far, 10 jurors have been selected in Van Dyke’s trial, and jury selection is scheduled to continue Thursday. “Mr. Van Dyke did not wake up that morning, premeditated, thinking he was going to kill anyone,” Graham […]
CHICAGO — The FBI is extensively interviewing the parents of the women reportedly being held hostage by R. Kelly, journalist Jim DeRogatis tells WGN. Earlier this week, DeRogatis published explosive claims in Buzzfeed that the R&B singer is running what parents describe as an “abusive cult,” holding six women in properties rented by Kelly in Atlanta and Chicago’s Near West Side against their will. One of the women, Joycelyn Savage, is lashing out against her family, insisting she is “happy.” […]