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
  • Man’s burning body found in West Chicago, police say

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — Officials are investigating after the body of a man was found burning in the western suburbs on Tuesday. West Chicago police said the body was found in a field in the 1300 block of Joliet Street around noon. The chief of police said fire fighters noticed some smoke while they were doing their training around noon. They went to investigate and that’s when they found the body smoldering. The chief said it appeared the body had […]

  • Logan Square bartender struck by CTA bus could leave hospital soon

    CHICAGO — A 27-year-old woman who was hit by a CTA bus while riding her bike last Friday may be going home from the hospital on Tuesday. The staff at Lost Lake bar in Logan Square said Desira Miller, known as “Baby D,” was riding home with her boyfriend Friday night around 11 p.m. They made it to Belmont and Central Park avenues where they said a CTA bus turned left right into Miller. She had a compound fracture in her […]

  • Robert Morris athlete collapses, dies during pick-up basketball game

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — A Robert Morris University basketball player collapsed and died during a pick-up basketball game. Chelby Frazier, 21, died Sunday while he was playing basketball with his friends. He collapsed and efforts to revive him failed. He died soon after. His mother, Kawania Ceasar, said he had no medical history and no asthma. Before college, Frazier was a stand-out player at Thornwood High School. He was about to begin his senior year at Robert Morris, where along with […]

  • Is this your ring? 72-year-old wedding band found in suburban Walmart parking lot

    VILLA PARK, Ill. — A WGN viewer is trying to locate the owner of a 72-year-old wedding band she found in a suburban Walmart parking lot. Cheryl Sheppard was at the Walmart in Villa Park at about 9 a.m. Saturday when she found a 14 karat yellow gold wedding band. Based on the size, Sheppard believes it is a man’s ring. There is an inscription on the inside of the ring, including what appears to be a wedding date of […]

  • Volunteers step out to help defeat lung cancer at Lung Force Walk

    CHICAGO — The Lung Force Walk took over the south side of Soldier Field Sunday morning after the charity walk was moved from the suburbs to downtown for the first time in its 13-year history. WGN’s Erik Runge has the story.  

  • Fans pay their respects to Blackhawks great Stan Mikita

    CHICAGO – A long line of fans snaked around the United Center Sunday as they waited to pay their respects to Blackhawks great Stan Mikita. Mikita died from dementia Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the age of 78. In the stadium’s atrium, Mikita’s coffin was draped with his sweater and a large arrangement of flowers honoring his number. Longtime fans said they wanted to let Mikita’s family, especially his wife Jill, know that he was loved and adored. A ticket holder since 1959, […]

  • 89th Bud Billiken Parade steps off on South Side

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of people flocked to Bronzeville and Washington Park on Saturday morning to watch the 89th Bud Billiken Parade make its way through Chicago’s South Side. Since 1929, the parade has been a back-to-school tradition that marks the end of summer. The parade symbolizes pride, happiness and hope for the children of Chicago. WGN’S Micah Materre, Joe Donlon, Muriel Clair, Courtney Gousman, Gaynor Hall and Dean Richards joined Bozo on the WGN-TV float. The parade stepped off at […]

  • Woman in custody, man at large after police chase, crash in Calumet Park

    CALUMET PARK, Ill. — One woman is in custody and one man is still at large after a police chase that ended in a crash in Calumet Park. Two suspects were in a car being chased by Munster, Ind., police on I-57. Officials said the two were armed robbery suspects. The chase ended in a crash when the suspects exited the expressway and T-boned a truck. One woman was taken into custody and a man remains at large. No injuries were […]

  • Thunderstorms erupt over portions of Chicago area Thursday

    CHICAGO — Temperatures warmed into the upper 80s and lower 90s over northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Thursday afternoon. This heat when combined with a very unstable humid air mass (dew-points in the 70s), abundant sunshine and a cold front approaching from the north – meant all the ingredients were in place for thunderstorm development. Storms moved through the area overnight as the cold front sank south of Interstate 80 and high pressure slowly followed. There may be a few […]

  • No injuries after Pilsen building partially collapses

    CHICAGO — No injuries were reported after a partial building collapse in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Streets were blocked from Des Plaines to Ruble streets after an art gallery’s front wall collapsed around 3:30 p.m., according to fire officials. No one was inside. The building had been cited for violations this spring. The city’s building department said one of the citations was for the front wall leaning toward the public way. The owners said they will repair the […]