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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
  • Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 6 years, 9 months in Laquan McDonald murder

    CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, 40, will likely serve slightly more than three years. His sentence is based on his second-degree murder conviction, which only requires 50 percent of a sentence to be served.  He will receive credit for time served awaiting sentencing. A Cook County jury in October found Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder […]

  • Nearly 200 letters submitted for Jason Van Dyke ahead of sentencing

    CHICAGO — Jason Van Dyke is just days away from finding out how long he will be in prison or if he will remain in prison at all, and nearly 200 letters were submitted asking for a lighter sentence for the officer. Van Dyke, 40, was convicted in October 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the October 2014 slaying of Laquan McDonald. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Jan. 18. Van Dyke is in solitary […]

  • The political past of Ald. Ed Burke and his place in Chicago history

    CHICAGO  — Edward M. Burke is the longest standing alderman in Chicago history, arguably the most powerful, too. On Thursday, the 75-year-old lawyer and alderman added one more distinction to his resume: criminal defendant. Burke faces federal fraud charges for allegedly using his office for personal gain. The son of a Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy turned Chicago alderman, Burke followed in his father’s footsteps. He served as a Chicago police officer from 1965-1968, working the infamous 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. […]

  • Locked up but ‘free’: How Cook Co. Jail program lessens problems on the inside

    CHICAGO — Cook County Jail inmates waiting to go to trial are taking classes focusing on art, photography and music while they wait behind bars as a way to decrease issues within the jail. Some of the inmates have been in the jail anywhere from three to seven years waiting to go to trial—some of them are there on appeal. The crimes they’re accused of range from sexual assault to murder. While they wait for the judicial process to play out, the […]

  • How social media hyped nicotine for a new generation

    Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs has tried to distance itself from a vast social media presence that experts say drives its popularity among teens. But a CNN investigation sheds new light on how the company was encouraging — and at times paying for — social media users to promote its nicotine-filled product to thousands of their followers. One of these users was Brooklyn-based Christina Zayas, 36, who has made a full-time career out of being a social media “influencer” since […]

  • Chicago Bears bust a move, bring entertainment to the end zone

    Chicago Bears fever is sweeping the city right now with fans loving the victories, the wins – and the touchdown dances. It is only as of May 2017 that the National Football League relaxed the rules about celebrating after a touchdown. Players now scheme and even practicing to make sure when their big moment arrives, they are ready to perform. Players become unabashed and creatively choreograph routines. With sanctioned celebratory skits, the NFL no longer stands for the “no fun league.” […]

  • You can stay overnight at the real ‘A Christmas Story’ home

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — This year is the the 35th anniversary of “A Christmas Story,” one of the most beloved Christmas movies. The movie is set in Indiana, but the house seen in the film is about five hours east of Chicago on the edge of the old steel mills of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only can you visit the house you see in the movie, you can tour it and stay in it. It has become true Christmas pilgrimage since 2006 for […]

  • Former aide recalls years with President George H.W. Bush

    CHICAGO — A former aide to President George H.W. Bush described the leader Saturday as a gentle soul with steely resolve. Michael Busch, 51, worked for the president in the 1990s. Now, nearly 30 years later, Chicagoland-based Busch describes the man as his personal hero. Bush died Friday at age 94, eight months after the death of his wife. At his home Saturday, Busch dusted off pictures from his time in the White House. “He was exactly the same guy […]

  • Expert tips on hot toys this holiday season and how to get them

    CHICAGO — Holiday shopping will be full throttle in a matter of days. Toy sales are already up by 7 percent this year, and that’s before the holiday shopping season has even begun. With the dominance of online retailing and the closure of Toys R Us, which used to handle 20 percent of toy business in America, there are new questions about what the best ways are to check off items on the holiday shopping list. Here’s some expert advice on which […]

  • 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. […]