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
  • Fourth Illinois resident dies after lung injury associated with vaping

    A fourth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a lung injury associated with vaping. The Illinois Department of Public Health released a statement Thursday that said the resident “had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products.” No other information about the person was provided. “At this time, a total of 179 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old … have experienced lung injuries after using […]

  • Supreme Court to allow Sandy Hook families to sue gun-maker over victims’ deaths

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in crimes. The court’s order allows the lawsuit filed in Connecticut state court by a […]

  • NY Dept of Financial Services vows to investigate Apple Card for sex bias

    The New York Department of Financial Services is looking into allegations of gender discrimination against users of the Apple Card, which is administered by Goldman Sachs. The allegations blew up on Twitter Saturday after tech entrepreneur David Heinmeier Hansson wrote that Apple Card offered him twenty times the credit limit as his wife, although they have shared assets and she has a higher credit score. Many other users voiced similar experiences — including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Wozniak said his […]

  • ‘If we don’t condemn it, we condone it’: Victim of volunteer coach’s sexual abuse in the ’90s speaks out

    ROSELLE, Ill. — The head football coach at Lake Park High School was removed from his coaching duties earlier this week after an investigation found a convicted sex offender was allowed to help coach the team. Lake Park High School District 108 administration launched an investigation after it came to light that a volunteer varsity football was convicted of sexually abusing a minor in 1992. The victim, Debbie Sciortino, is now 44. She spoked to WGN News on Thursday. This week, […]

  • R.Kelly adds attorney known for plea deals

    CHICAGO — This weekend, the premier defense attorney known for his ability to cut a deal with the feds joined singer R. Kelly’s legal team. Jeff Steinback was one of the many attorneys helping Kelly when he was facing charges 20 years ago. Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s lead attorney confirmed to WGN News Monday that Steinback is now advising the singer. “We want to make sure when we are talking to Robert, we’re telling him the risks and telling him what […]

  • Fire crews, air drops and a herd of goats help save Reagan Presidential Library from wildfire

    A herd of ravenous goats played a role in saving the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after a fresh wildfire erupted in the city of Simi Valley in Southern California, forcing officials to order evacuations of nearby homes. In addition the firefighters and aircraft crews that responded, a hungry herd of as many as 500 goats had helped create a firebreak in the brush that surrounds the hilltop complex, officials said. The goats ate up vegetation that would have fueled the fire. […]

  • Family ‘crushed’ after grandfather charged in death of toddler on cruise ship

    The grandfather of a toddler who fell to her death on a cruise ship in July has been charged with negligent homicide in her death, Puerto Rican authorities said. The family said they are crushed after hearing about the charges. Salvatore Anello, of Valparaiso, was playing with the girl, Chloe Wiegand, on the 11th floor near a window while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico. An attorney for the Indiana family has said Anello sat the girl on rails near the open […]

  • Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas gives his take on teachers strike

    CHICAGO — For six years and two consecutive collective bargaining agreements, Paul Vallas, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools gave his take on the current strike. The former CEO also ran for mayor of the city and had he won, would have been in the same place as Lightfoot. He said he thinks she’s doing everything right, and believes the union was just itching for a fight. Vallas has made a career out of running school systems all over […]

  • As CPS strike continues, Lightfoot gives first budget address

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is over $800 million in the hole. On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot outlined in her first budget address how she plans to dig Chicagoans out. Under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago was choked with the biggest property tax in the city’s history. “As I outlined in my State of the City address, Chicago is staring down an $838 million budget gap – one of the largest gaps in our history,” Lightfoot said. In the […]

  • $260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

    CLEVELAND — The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial over the crisis. The trial, involving Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County and Akron’s Summit County, was seen as a critical test case that could have gauged the strength of the opposing sides’ arguments and prodded the industry and its foes toward a nationwide resolution of nearly […]

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