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
  • Chicago area World War II veteran remembers day he was supposed to be part of D-Day invasion

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of people marked the solemn 75th anniversary of D-Day at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Thursday. There was a special salute to the D-Day survivors and World War II veterans who attended Thursday’s ceremony. Some of the survivors shared their stories and recalled the unforgettable memories of the invasion, as they paid tribute to their friends who lost their lives during the historic attack on the beaches of Normandy. Seventy-five years ago, allied forces stormed Normandy’s beaches […]

  • Sleep study says teens, parents wake up at night to check phones; sleep doctor warns about health risks

    CHICAGO — Do you wake up in the middle of the night just to check your phone? Do your kids? A study out says more people, young and old, are depriving themselves of sleep just so they can hop on their devices. For kids and parents alike, the dangers associated with the behavior are real. The study is by Common Sense Media and spells out just how many people will opt for grabbing their phones over hitting their sheets. One […]

  • Illinois’ new gas tax will hit drivers hard this summer

    CHICAGO — Illinois gas taxes haven’t been touched in decades, but that’s about to change this summer. As part of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s attempt to balance the state budget, Illinois’ gas tax will double from 19 cents to 38 cents per gallon beginning July 1. That makes the state one of the highest in the nation for taxes at the pump “Illinois is going from one of the lower gas taxes in the region to one of the highest,” […]

  • Illinois bans harmful chemical in receipts

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state of Illinois passed House Bill 2076 Thursday banning BPA in paper. Bisphenol A is found in many everyday plastic products like bottles, containers, plates and food storage. It’s also found in thermal paper used for some receipts from grocery stores, movie theaters and ATMs. The bill “Prohibits the manufacture, distribution, or use of paper containing bisphenol A for the making of business or banking records. Requires paper manufacturers to, among other things, replace bisphenol A […]

  • Here’s what 5G could bring to Chicago, one of the first U.S. cities to get it

    CHICAGO — Chicago and Minneapolis are the first two cities in the U.S. with working 5G networks after Verizon unveiled its mobile network to the public Thursday. “This is a source of civic pride for Chicago. We were the first in the world to launch commercial mobile 5G,” Verizon’s Andy Choi said. What’s the difference? In short, 5G is high speed and low latency. Transitioning from 4G to 5G, explains Choi, is like adding more lanes to a road to […]

  • R. Kelly’s new attorney says, ‘Enough is enough’

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s new lawyer, Raed Shalabi, is demanding a level playing field after the Lifetime Network aired multiple shows featuring alleged victims of the R&B singer. On Tuesday, his lawyer sat down to speak with WGN’s Micah Materre. His message: Enough is enough. After the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, a press conference was held by the Cook County prosecutor inviting others to come forward. Charges were then filed. A two-hour followup to the docuseries aired on […]

  • Fetal abduction: Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s story is one of many in recent history

    ADDISON, Ill. — News about 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez being murdered and having her baby cut from her womb took over headlines last week. However, the horrifying story is not the first of its kind. A similar story rocked the Chicago area about 25 years ago. Debra Evans was a mother of three and close to delivering her fourth child when she was brutally murdered and had her baby cut from her womb. The crime, which is called fetal abduction, happened […]

  • Joe Maddon’s restaurant a tribute to the mind of the man himself

    CHICAGO — Cubs fans flocked to Joe Maddon’s new restaurant Tuesday as it celebrated its own opening day. Maddon’s Post is located on the corner of Clark Street and Waveland Avenue. Its focus is food, family and getting to know Joe. At Maddon’s Post they said every night is a Friday night with pizza, pasta, pierogis and a whole lot more. Pictures of the Maddon family blanket the back walls, his personally selected and somewhat quirky artwork hangs above the […]

  • Co-parenting apps help divorced parents with childrearing

    CHICAGO — Parenting can be hard — just ask any parent. Co-parenting adds a whole new complicated element to the job of raising kids, but there are apps out there that claim they can help. The apps Talking Parents and Our Family Wizard help out parents for a variety of reasons. Talking Parents launched in 2010 and is free for both iOS and Android users. It’s called a simple service, but the results help people co-parenting, and often not getting […]

  • Party City is facing a helium shortage. It’s also closing 45 stores

    Helium is the second-most abundant element in the galaxy, yet Party City is struggling to find enough of the gas to fill balloons. Balloons are big business for Party City. The company’s mylar balloon sales fell 8% last quarter, dragging overall sales down 1.4% at Party City stores open at least a year. Sales would have risen if not for the Party City’s balloon problems, the company said Thursday. Filling balloons with helium is among the company’s most profitable services, […]

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