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
  • Retiring in your 30s or 40s? This group says it’s possible

    CHICAGO — By the year 2050, it is estimated that nearly a million people in the U.S. will live to be 100. Amazing, right? Now imagine, retiring at 30 and living to 100. There is a community of people out there who say it’s possible. It’s all about what you spend, they claim and not about what you earn. The community calls itself “FIRE,” which stands for “Financially Independent, Retire Early.” By early, we are talking in your 30s or 40s. […]

  • Attorney, podcaster encouraging college alums give back in unique way

    CHICAGO — While college students might look back and say their freshman year in college was the greatest, experts say it can be their loneliest too. One Chicago woman is trying to change that by offering support from afar in her own way. One year ago, Dana Davenport launched a local podcast “Dana Being Dana.” She’s a lawyer by day and a podcast host by night. Every Wednesday, she takes the mic to discuss anything under the sun that connects […]

  • COPA releases video of Chicago police officer shooting unarmed teen with autism

    **WARNING: Video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised. CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released footage of a Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed teen with autism 14 months after the shooting happened. COPA posted videos of the Aug. 13, 2017 shooting of 19-year-old Ricky Hayes on its website Tuesday. Hayes was 18 at the time of the shooting and survived. He was struck by bullets twice. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court, Hayes was […]

  • A look at limo safety in Illinois after deadly NY crash

    CHICAGO — After 20 people were killed in a New York state limousine accident, the rest of the nation was left to wonder: Could it happen again? The limousine driver was reportedly traveling too fast on a treacherous road, but that is only half the story. He didn’t have a commercial driver’s license, either. In Illinois, that license is required for vehicles transporting 16 or more people and weighing more than 26,000 pounds. But it may be hard to know […]

  • Jury finds Jason Van Dyke guilty of 2nd-degree murder

    CHICAGO — A jury has found Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald, guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He was found not guilty of official misconduct. The verdict was read around 1:50 p.m. Friday. The next court date is Oct. 31. Van Dyke faces four to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder; probation without prison time is also an option. Each count of aggravated battery carries […]

  • Jury sequestered in Van Dyke trial; deliberations to continue Friday

    CHICAGO — Jury deliberations will continue Friday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Twelve jurors and three alternates will be sequestered until a verdict is reached. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan told the jurors to stop deliberating for the day about 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Jurors on Thursday afternoon requested a transcript of testimony from Joseph Walsh, Van Dyke’s partner the night of the shooting. Two other jurors asked for a cigarette […]

  • 2 alternate jurors in Jason Van Dyke trial say they would have voted ‘guilty’

    CHICAGO  — Two alternate jurors in the Jason Van Dyke trial who were dismissed Thursday said they both leaned toward a guilty verdict for Van Dyke. The two were dismissed after the judge ordered jurors to stop deliberations for the day and sequestered 12 jurors and three other alternates. Both of the jurors, one man and one woman, spoke to press after they were dismissed around 6 p.m. The woman said she’d consider second-degree murder for Van Dyke, and the […]

  • Closing arguments set for Thursday in Jason Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday morning in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday. Prosecutors then called one rebuttal witness at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave. Returning to the stand was Adam Murphy, a Cook County sheriff’s officer who previously said on Sept. 18 that he responded to 41st Street and Pulaski Road shortly after McDonald was shot […]

  • Jason Van Dyke testifies: McDonald was ‘advancing at me’

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer charged with murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald took the stand Tuesday to testify in his own defense. Jason Van Dyke said he repeatedly shouted “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” before opening fire on McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014, shooting the teen 16 times. Van Dyke said McDonald advanced at the officer before raising a knife: “He had no expression. His eyes were just bugging out of his head. He’s huge — wide eyes … […]

  • In Van Dyke trial, court adjourns early Monday due to sick juror

    CHICAGO — Before any witnesses could take the stand Monday in the Jason Van Dyke trial, Judge Vincent Gaughan announced court would adjourn for the day about 9:30 a.m. due to a sick juror. Court is expected to resume Tuesday morning at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave. Van Dyke, 40, is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Defense attorneys last week called their […]