Julie Unruh is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten. She first joined the news department in September of 2001.

In her years with Channel 9, Julie has appeared regularly on the popular WGN Morning Show and is perhaps more familiar to viewers on the WGN News at Nine, where she has covered human interest, political and breaking news, earning praise for her in depth coverage of the political corruption trials of former Governor George Ryan and ex-governor Rod Blagojevich. Since its launch in October 2015, Julie has been featured on the WGN News at Ten bringing viewers unique and timely stories outside of the usual news of the day.

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on Chicagoland TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent a year as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

Prior to her pursuits as a reporter and anchor, Julie spent two years in New York working for CBS Network News. Some of her special assignments included the 1996 U.S. presidential election and the O.J. Simpson trial. Julie also spent two years at the White House in Washington, D.C. helping manage the White House Press Corps before launching a career in television news.

A native of Chicago, Julie is a graduate of Indiana University and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. Julie resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children.

Recent Articles
  • Federal report faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on safety

    DALLAS — Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday. The airline has flown more than 150,000 flights on 88 jets it bought on the used-plane market and which had unconfirmed maintenance histories, the Transportation Department’s inspector general said in a report. That put more than 17 million passengers at risk, according to the report. In 2017, FAA inspectors began finding “potentially serious gaps” […]

  • Coronavirus cases double in one day on cruise ship

    The term “cruise ship” evokes images of luxury and well-being, but that is far from what a dream vacation has become for thousands of passengers now trapped on several cruise ships by the sudden emergence of the Wuhan coronavirus. We’ve been hearing from passengers, but the most recent cry for help comes from crew members of the Diamond Princess, docked in Yokohama, Japan, with passengers and crew trapped — without any semblance of luxury or comfort — in what is probably history’s largest floating […]

  • ‘Notorious RBG’ exhibit opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been called a trailblazer, a pop icon and has even been referred to as having super hero status. She’s also pushing 87.  This week an exhibit about Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. WGN got a tour from Ginsburg’s son, Jim Ginsburg. He shared his take on growing up Ginsburg. He had two loving parents who were hard-working and career-minded trying to raise a family with all […]

  • New documentary reveals how McMillions Monopoly game scheme came to light

    CHICAGO — Roughly 30 years ago, the nation was gobbling up Big Macs and French fries so they could eat their way to million dollar prizes at McDonald’s. The Monopoly game was so successful, it boosted sales at the fast food chain by 40%. Fast forward to the 2000s. The FBI got a tip that the game was rigged and million-dollar prize winners were all strangely connected — some of them even related. But how could this be? This is […]

  • Iowa Democratic caucus results delayed

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa voters packed caucus sites across the state Monday night as Democrats balanced a strong preference for fundamental change with an overwhelming desire to defeat President Donald Trump in the opening contest of the 2020 presidential primary season. State party officials were counting votes amid reports of strong turnout in some precincts, with at least four leading candidates battling for the chance to take on Trump in November. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses have been expected to provide […]

  • Sycamore will cheer for the Chiefs and one of their very own on Super Bowl Sunday

    SYCAMORE, Ill. — About 90 minutes outside of Chicago, there is a fan section in Sycamore, Illinois with a game plan together for Super Bowl Sunday.  And it includes a lot of red and gold. Sycamore’s own Ben Niemann is a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. will be taking the field in Miami. It will be the first Super Bowl appearance for the 24-year-old who graduated from Sycamore High School in 2014. Joe Ryan is the head varsity football […]

  • Rogers Park native to play in this weekend’s Super Bowl

    CHICAGO — Super Bowl Sunday is just days away. Last week, we shared a story about Jimmy Garoppolo — one of the Chicago area’s own superstars who will be taking the field as the starting quarter back for the San Francisco 49ers. Another Chicagoan is playing for San Francisco. Laken Tomlinson is making his Super Bowl debut, and No. 75 hails from Rogers Park. Tomlinson was born in Jamaica and eventually made his way to Chicago with his single mother […]

  • Auschwitz survivors tell harrowing tales of WWII’s deadliest prison camp to commemorate 75th anniversary

    SKOKIE, Ill. — Seventy-five years ago, Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians after hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed at the hands of the Nazis. The disturbing and yet significant anniversary being remembered at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. The museum opened 11 years ago standing as a concrete reminder that the Holocaust came at great cost. The terrors of Auschwitz are very much a part of that ugly chapter in history —  one that plays a prominent […]

  • Suburban communities cheer for their own hometown Super Bowl QB Jimmy Garoppolo

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears may not have come close to the playoffs, but two suburban communities still have reason to cheer Super Bowl Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo, starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was raised in Arlington Heights and went to high school in Rolling Meadows. And those who knew him when, couldn’t be happier to root for the 49ers and Jimmy, of course. Garoppolo graduated from Rolling Meadows High School in 2010. While he was there, […]

  • Northwestern professor weighs in on impeachment trial

    CHICAGO — A journalism professor who has written about Watergate sits down with WGN’s Julie Unruh to share his take on the impeachment fight in the nation’s capital. Assistant Professor Jon Marshall at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism has already published a book titled “Watergate’s Legacy and the Press,” and he has another book in the works about the press and the president in times of crisis. He believes the upcoming Senate trial promising both highs and lows. “One thing […]

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