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
  • Facial recognition could change the way Americans travel

    CHICAGO — It’s that time of year — from now through the end of April, more than 2 million passengers will be boarding planes for spring break, and one California-based TrueFace company is pushing its facial recognition technology that could change the way people travel. Facial recognition technology using biometrics can reduce lines at the airport, speed up check in and increase security. However, the debate over pros and cons of turning over personal identification to government-hired companies continues. Employees […]

  • Chicago family shares run-in with accused admissions bribery scandal mastermind

    WGN Exclusive CHICAGO — While the college admissions bribery scandal continues to make headlines coast to coast, one Chicago mother shared her tale about almost working with the accused architect of the criminal scheme. Like so many mothers walking into the college application process for the first time, Judy Faulkner Krause wanted not just the best for her kid, but the most for her kid. She wanted her child to have a shot at Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth […]

  • TV stars and coaches among dozens charged in college bribery scheme

    BOSTON — Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes. “These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney […]

  • Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents

    Officials in Cook County are warning residents about a phone scam that targets personal information. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said in a press release the victims are targeted through a an unsolicited caller claiming to be from Apple. The caller tells the victim that their device and/or iCloud account has been compromised and asks the victim to provide their Internet Protocol (IP) address Usernames Passwords Financial information Other personal info Phone numbers associated with this scam include: (800) 275-2273 […]

  • Attention Chicago mayoral candidates: Are you listening to millennials?

    CHICAGO — As Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle debate publicly about what the city needs and how they plan to deliver as Chicago’s next mayor, researchers at the University of Chicago hope candidates stop their talking and start listening to millennials. Researchers want candidates to listen to millennials because they are threatening to leave. Two hundred adults, ages 18 to 29 with varied ethnic backgrounds from across the city, were interviewed for about two hours in 2017. Researchers fear if the […]

  • FDA warns of asbestos in Claire’s makeup; company disputes

    NEW YORK — U.S. regulators on Tuesday warned people not to use certain Claire’s makeup products after samples tested positive for asbestos, but the retailer disputed the findings. The Food and Drug Administraiton said it issued the warning because it said Claire’s refused to comply with its request for a recall, and that the agency doesn’t have the power to force one. In a statement, Claire’s noted that it removed the three products identified by the FDA from its stores […]

  • Chicago experts weigh in after HBO documentary on Michael Jackson allegations

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center gets about 2,000 reports of child sexual abuse a year. However, only a small percent are prosecuted. That’s because these types of cases are extremely hard to take to court and see to a successful conclusion. That’s no different if those cases involve a priest, a coach, a teacher or even a music icon. Michael Jackson was arguably the world’s biggest entertainer of his time. On stage or before the cameras, his presence […]

  • Cohen’s attorney Michael Monico says congressional hearings ‘went very well’

    WASHINGTON — While Michael Cohen spent hours answering questions in front of Congress Wednesday, he was never more than an ear shot from his highly skilled lawyers— arguably the best counsel money can buy. His attorneys included Lanny Davis, lawyer to the Clintons, and Chicago attorney Michael Monico who was over his shoulder every minute of the day. Monico spoke with WGN News after the hearings. “It went very well I think. It went very well. He answered the questions […]

  • R. Kelly cases then and now: What has changed since 2002

    CHICAGO — Some may argue that Chicago law enforcement has been hunting down R. Kelly for nearly 20 years. Child pornography charges first came down in 2002, and a Cook County jury acquitted Kelly in 2008. On Friday, Kelly, 52, was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The R. Kelly cases, then and now, unfolded in the same city, at the same courthouse and involve the same defendant and largely the same allegation: repeat sexual encounters against […]

  • Expert explains why someone would create a hoax to make headlines

    CHICAGO — The Jussie Smollett case is hardly the first of its kind. Take a short look back in history and you’ll see stunts, hoaxes, fictionalized or over-dramatized events that are sometimes built on nothing more than a lie. So what makes people do it? WGN spoke with a psychiatrist who helped explain why anyone would make up something so grand as is alleged in the Smollett case. There is a long line of instances where fact only comes out […]

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