Erik Runge joined WGN News in November 2013 as a per diem reporter.

Prior to working at WGN, Erik spent three years as a general assignment reporter at Fox 9 Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent several years in central Kansas where he covered the story of a serial killer named ‘BTK’, which stands for Bind Torture Kill. His work has been seen on NBC Nightly News and he has also reported live for MSNBC after Hurricane Ike crashed into Galveston, Texas. He most recently covered governmental shutdowns, a state house protest that lasted for weeks and several natural disasters including hurricanes, tornados, wild fires and blizzards.

An Iowa native, Erik earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. Erik is a life-long Cubs and Bears fan and lives with his dog Cassie.


Recent Articles
  • Police officer recovering after rescued from house fire

    CHICAGO – A Chicago police officer continues to recover after he and his dog were rescued from his burning home Monday on Chicago’s North Side. Officer John Zook was in the shower in his home in the 4000 block of North Mason Street in Portage Park when smoke detectors went off. Officer Zook suffered smoke inhalation while trying to get out of the home.  He collapsed in his living room. Firefighters were able to pull him from the home.  Once […]

  • Woman choked, sexually assaulted in Brighton Park home invasion

    CHICAGO — A woman was sexually assaulted in a Brighton Park home invasion Sunday, police said. A man broke into the woman’s home in the 4300 block of South Richmond Street sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Police Department. The man hit the woman, choked her until she lost consciousness and proceeded to sexually assault her, police said. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s who is between 5 […]

  • Officer shoots, kills armed security guard outside south suburban bar

    For the latest updates on this story, click here. ROBBINS, Ill. — Witnesses said a Midlothian police officer responding to a shooting inside a south suburban bar shot at the wrong person early Sunday morning. After security asked a group of drunken men to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Sunday, witnesses said someone came back with a gun and opened fire. Security returned fire, and according to witnesses, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men […]

  • Chicagoans warm up to winter weather

    CHICAGO — Winter isn’t here yet, but Chicagoans on Saturday got a taste of what’s to come. There were some wind chills in the single digits early in the day. It warmed up to around 32, which had people warming up to winter weather. “It’s nice crisp air and it’s easy to get out with your kids and enjoy the Chicago weather,” Kim Nelson said. “… We are enjoying the day.” There are a few more warm days ahead, but […]

  • Chicago actor returns to stage months after being shot

    CHICAGO — When the curtain goes up Friday night at Theater Wit, a Chicago actor will make his triumphant return months after he was shot near a CTA Red Line stop. Sheldon Brown, now 26, was heading home from a night out with friends in April when someone inside a car opened fire near the Wilson Red Line stop. Brown was rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. He required multiple surgeries and underwent rehabilitation. Now, seven months later, the […]

  • Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia wins Illinois’ 4th District, replacing Luis Gutierrez

    CHICAGO – Jesus “Chuy” Garcia  cruised to victory in Illinois’s 4th congressional district Tuesday night, replacing Congressman Luis Gutierrez who endorsed him. Garcia is well-known throughout Chicago after coming in a close second to Rahm Emanuel in the mayor’s race. He began as a community volunteer, became an activist, and has grown into one of the most well-known men in Chicago politics. Gutierrez was congressman for more than two decades. He announced last November that he would not seek re-election. […]

  • ‘Don’t boo, vote’: Obama rallies for Democrats, GOP campaigns across Illinois

    CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama returned to Chicago to rally voters while supporting gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and other Democrats on the ballot in the coming election. Obama’s Sunday event at the University of Illinois at Chicago came as Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans campaigned across Illinois before Tuesday’s election. After campaigning for Democrats across the nation, Obama said it was nice to be home. The rally combined the energy of the 2008 campaign with a sense of […]

  • 7 more convictions vacated in cases linked to corrupt CPD sergeant

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge on Friday vacated the convictions of seven people who said former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts planted drugs on them. The latest wave of exonerations brings to at least 50 the number of overturned convictions tied to Watts. The disgraced sergeant has long been accused of extorting people and planting evidence. Watts was convicted in 2013 of extortion and was sentenced to 22 months in prison. On Friday, six men and one woman were […]

  • Woman fatally shot in front of sister, nieces in Northwest Side robbery

    CHICAGO — A 21-year-old woman was fatally shot in front of her twin sister and young nieces on the Northwest Side on Halloween. Maria Coronel, 21, was a passenger in a car being driven by her sister in the 2200 block of North Long Avenue about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday when a man got in the backseat, pulled out a gun and demanded the sister keep driving, according to police and relatives. The sister’s daughters, ages 1 and 2, were in […]

  • Mom whose son killed speaks at Chicago police-reform hearing

    CHICAGO — A mother whose son was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer struggled to keep her composure Thursday as she described to a federal judge how it took years to get basic information from the department about her son’s death. Cynthia Lane was speaking at a hearing for members of the public to tell Judge Robert Dow Jr. their thoughts about a draft plan to reform Chicago police under court supervision. Dow will decide whether to approve the […]