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.
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.” […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CHICAGO — Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Chicago. Here are 3 of them: 1. Ride a Divvy Bike — for FREE! On Earth Day, Chicago residents can sign up for a 24-hours pass for $0 as opposed to the typical $9.95 rate at one of Divvy’s station kiosks to take unlimited 30-minute trips throughout the day. 2. Clean up Chicago’s parks and beaches On Saturday, April 23 — yes, that’s the […]
CHICAGO — Fish fry season is back in the Chicago area! The Catholic Church, and many other Christian churches, abstain from eating meat on Friday’s during Lent. Churches and organizations host these Lenten seafood meals to feed the community. Take a look at the map above to find the closest fish fry to you. If you’re having trouble using the map, refer to the list below. List of Fish Fry locations: Allgauer’s on the Riverfront: 2855 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL – $12.95 American […]
MAHOMET, Ill. — An emotional performance by a high school dance team in central Illinois is going viral. In the video, the Mahomet-Seymour High School Competitive Dance Team dances to the spoken word track “What Are You Afraid Of?” by Jon Jorgenson. The team used a quote from track to title their performance: “What room does fear have?” Halfway through the performance, basic black leotards transform into light white dresses to really bring home the message. “The wardrobe change symbolized starting afraid and insecure […]