Elyse Russo

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.


Recent Articles
  • Emotional video captures father battling ALS dancing with daughter at wedding

    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 […]

  • Winter Storm Warning for Chicago-area Sunday: Deteriorating travel conditions, heavy snowfall expected

    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 […]

  • Jurors view photos of Laquan McDonald’s bullet wounds at Van Dyke trial

    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, […]

  • Police union president shifts blame to city in Laquan McDonald shooting

    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 […]

  • Journalist who published R. Kelly ‘cult’ allegations says FBI interviewing parents of women

    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.” […]

  • ‘Help me! I’m going to die’: New details revealed in murder of Uber driver in Lincolnwood

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — A 16-year-old girl was captured on Walmart surveillance video “walking nonchalantly throughout the store” holding a knife in one hand and a machete in another. Authorities say Eliza Wasni used those weapons kill her Uber driver in Lincolnwood. That’s just one of the details that Cook County State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham revealed in a news conference Wednesday after Wasni appeared in court on first-degree murder charges. She is being held without bond for killing Grant Nelson, 34, of […]

  • Facebook newsfeed changes: Here’s how to keep seeing updates from WGN-TV

    Facebook is making some changes to its newsfeed — again! In a blog post, Facebook’s engineering director says they are putting more emphasis on photos, videos, status updates and links from friends “you care about,” and less focus on publishers and pages. That means you may not see as many updates from the WGN-TV Facebook page. Here’s what you can do to prevent that from happening: On Desktop First, make sure you “Like” the WGN-TV Facebook page. Next, hover your mouse over […]

  • White Sox writer battles a piece of gum during live TV interview

    CHICAGO — The White Sox writer for Barstool Sports got into a sticky situation during a live interview on CLTV’s “Sports Feed” Monday night. Dave Williams was chewing gum when he went on the air with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, and as a result, it cramped his style. At one point during the interview, Williams appears to take the gum out of his mouth and stick it to “Sports Feed” set. Frydman found a piece of gum stuck to one of the set chairs, but it’s […]

  • Video appears to show suspect shot by police after fatal Wisconsin highway shooting

    LODI, Wis. — A YouTube video appears to show a man getting shot by Wisconsin police. The man is believed to be the suspect in a fatal highway shooting of a Chicago-area woman. WARNING: This video contains content that may be considered graphic to some. Viewer discretion advised. “Someone just got shot in the middle of the interstate,” Joel Graves says in the video, which was posted Sunday. Graves continue to record while driving by the scene, and a man can be […]

  • Men read horrible comments to Chicago female sports reporters in powerful viral video

    CHICAGO — Some WGN-TV anchors and reporters know first-hand just how mean people can be. In fact, we’ve reported on it before. Now, two female Chicago sports reporters are confronting the harassment they receive on a daily basis in a video that’s gone viral. We want to warn you, some viewers may find some of the comments disturbing. Created by the podcast group Just Not Sports, the video features men reading real online comments — not their own — that  Sarah Spain and Julie […]