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
  • Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A judge cleared the way Tuesday for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it in a reckoning over the opioid crisis. At the first court hearing since the Chapter 11 filing late Sunday, Purdue lawyers secured permission for the multibillion-dollar company based in Stamford, Connecticut, to maintain business as usual — paying employees and vendors, supplying pills to distributors, and […]

  • Democratic debate: Fiery exchanges over costs of health care

    HOUSTON — An aggressive Joe Biden defended his health care plan against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in Thursday night’s presidential debate, a high-stakes clash for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Donald Trump and for the broader direction of their own party. Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president and the party’s early 2020 front-runner, lashed out at Sanders and Warren and contended they haven’t yet explained how they would pay for Sanders’ government-backed “Medicare for All” health […]

  • A look at products meant to help conceal vaping

    CHICAGO — One investigation said the median age of people suffering from lung disease tied to vaping is 19 — and they are largely males. Now, new products on the market could make it even tougher for parents to know when teens may be hiding the addictive habit. As parents are starting to tune in and even wise up about the potential risks when it comes to vaping, the vaping industry is finding creative and sneaky new ways to reach […]

  • Vitamin E chemical is ‘key focus’ in vaping illness investigation, health officials say

    An investigation into the link between vaping and severe lung illnesses has yielded the discovery of extremely high levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products that were analyzed, New York health officials said Thursday. At least one vape product containing this chemical has been linked to each person who fell ill and submitted a product for testing in the state. Laboratory tests conducted at the New York Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Albany […]

  • As he heads back to Washington, Chicago’s FBI director reflects on time in Midwest

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s FBI director is leaving the Midwest for a bigger job back in Washington as the agency’s CFO. It’s a big job in a career that has spanned 22 years after working in cities like Boston, New York and New Orleans. For two years, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago bureau, Jeff Sallet, 48, juggled mounting public corruption, inescapable street gang violence with the prospect of mass acts of violence in the Midwest. “I do not like […]

  • Odd Portillo’s charge leads family to discover they’re victims of ‘credit card dump’

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — A suburban family’s story is yet another reminder that you can never be too careful when it comes to your money and financial fraud. On Monday, the Dunlaps found a strange charge from Portillo’s on their Visa bill — $68.94 for food they never got to enjoy. “As soon as I saw the weird charge, before we called the bank, we both checked our wallets to see if we had our actual physical cards with us […]

  • Brazil rejects $20 million of Amazon fire aid from G7

    PORTO VELHO, Brazil — Brazil has escalated its war of words with global powers over the Amazon fires, announcing it would reject $20 million in foreign aid before the country’s president appeared to contradict his own representatives and leave the door open to accepting the funds. The special communications office for President Jair Bolsonaro told CNN on Tuesday morning that Brazil would turn down the money that was pledged at the G7 summit in France the day before. But around an hour after his communications office confirmed that Brazil […]

  • Discussions on consent to be mandatory in Illinois sex ed classes starting in January

    CHICAGO — Every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN also says that 8 out of 10 rapes committed are by someone the victim knows. Those two statistics are two reasons Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new bill into law that tackles the definition of consensual sex. The governor is ensuring that when sex education is taught in the classroom, the curriculum has a more than just anatomy included. Sex […]

  • Divorce lawyers say ToneMeter app is spellcheck for emotions, catches harsh messages

    CHICAGO — Communication is critical when it comes to running a household in good times and bad. Experts in the subject of breakups and divorce have a tool to help keep things moving in the right direction even when it feels like life is falling apart.Divorce lawyers say ToneMeter app is spellcheck for emotions, catches harsh messages ToneMeter is a feature in the Family Wizard app that exists to help take the edge out of a digitally sent response before […]

  • CDC: 153 cases of severe lung disease in 16 states possibly linked to vaping

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now aware of 153 possible cases of severe lung disease in 16 states that could be caused by vaping, the agency said Wednesday in an update to a multi-state investigation. The cases — reported from June 28 to August 20, 2019 — have popped up in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. They have primarily affected […]

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