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
  • Astros scandal growing in scope, but not the first of its kind

    CHICAGO — The Houston Astros’ shocking headlines this week is showing no signs of  going away. First the revelation about the team’s sign stealing scandal, then multiple managers, plus the general manager are out as an investigation into the team’s illegal activities continues. The consensus is that this is just the beginning. If covert sign stealing was happening right out in the open leading up to the 2017 World Series, by the team who won it that year, who else […]

  • Warren, Sanders spar over her claim he said woman can’t win

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Elizabeth Warren stood behind her charge that Bernie Sanders said a woman could not defeat Donald Trump, making an energetic case for a female nominee in a Tuesday night Democratic debate that raised gender as a core issue in the sprint to the Iowa caucuses. “Look at the men on this stage. Collectively they have lost 10 elections,” Warren exclaimed, noting that she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar had won every election they ever ran. Sanders firmly […]

  • Finance committee approves $300K settlement for Chicago officer who said she was sexually abused by another cop

    CHICAGO — On Monday, the City of Chicago Finance Committee approved a $300,000 settlement for a Chicago police officer who said she was sexually abused while on the job by another officer. That same officer was accused of sexual misconduct in 2003 — which ended in a $60,000 settlement with the city. After the first settlement against Officer Gerald Breimon, the accuser took the money and left the state — refusing to speak further about the case. Breimon was charged, […]

  • Illinois judge tells Google to turn over one year of data from Jussie Smollett to special prosecutor

    CHICAGO — A Illinois judge has ordered Google to turn over a 12 months’ worth of Jussie Smollett’s personal electronic data, including his search history, photographs, files and geolocation data to a special prosecutor. The search warrant from Chicago police demanded all files and emails associated with Google accounts linked to Smollett and his manager, Frank Gatson, from November 2018 to November 2019. Smollett, who is gay and black, has said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack […]

  • High school students getting college acceptance letters share victories

    It’s that time of year where all across America high school kids are learning about a very important next step in life — many are getting their college acceptance letters.  For kids that applied for early action or early decision, this is around the time they get their decision letters. And if you need a smile, look no further, because some of the ways kids and their parents are announcing their acceptances are sure to warm your heart. Some students […]

  • Neighbors of ‘Home Alone’ house share behind-the-scenes video of iconic movie 30 years after its release

    WINNETKA, Ill. — Almost 30 years ago, a Hollywood film crew made a funny little film about a boy who was accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a European Christmas vacation. Since its release in 1990, “Home Alone” has withstood the test of time. And decades later, the public’s love for the film — and all things related to it — is stronger than ever. That includes the house itself on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka. Neighbors Joanie […]

  • Expert urges Illinois residents for early flu shot

    CHICAGO  — The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. The last flu season to rev up this early was in 2003-2004 — a bad one. Some experts think the early start may mean a lot of suffering is in store, but […]

  • More Americans will have to work for food stamps under new Trump rule

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a final rule Wednesday that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits. The new requirement limits states’ ability to waive existing work mandates and could result in 688,000 people losing assistance, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The move is one of three Trump administration efforts to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as the food stamp program is formally known. Another proposed regulation, which would tighten […]

  • Peoples Gas will no longer be able to shut off gas in people’s homes through winter months

    CHICAGO — With home heating bills constantly on the rise, there is some relief in sight for Chicagoans having trouble making ends meet this winter. As of Sunday, Peoples Gas will no longer be able to shut off the gas that heats people’s home during the winter months. December not only marks the beginning of the people’s shut off moratorium, it also marks the beginning of open enrollment for energy bill assistance from the state. It provides a one-time payout […]

  • Former NBC investigative reporter Rich McHugh shares the story behind the Harvey Weinstein story

    CHICAGO — In the fall of 2017, the headlines about Hollywood mogul and famed movie producer Harvey Weinstein were inescapable. First the New York Times, then the New Yorker’s explosive article. It included victims’ interviews — women detailing the dark and potentially criminal life of one of Hollywood’s most powerful men. The headlines ultimately launched  the #MeToo movement. Women worldwide came forward with their own harrowing stories of alleged sexual misconduct from casting couches to C-suites at major corporations. Rich […]

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