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
  • Prosecution rests in Jason Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys are expected to begin presenting witnesses Monday. Jurors on Thursday heard from a ballistics expert who said it would take a “deliberate and methodical” approach to fire 16 shots in the timespan seen in dashcam video of the McDonald shooting, which happened Oct. 20, 2014. An expert on deadly force said there was no reason […]

  • Jurors view photos of Laquan McDonald’s bullet wounds at Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — The trial of Jason Van Dyke continued Wednesday with testimony about Laquan McDonald’s final moments. The 17-year-old still had a heartbeat when paramedics arrived on the scene at 41st Street and Pulaski Road on Oct. 20, 2014, according to court testimony. By the time he arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital, there was no pulse. Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s chief medical examiner, said an autopsy revealed 16 distinct gunshot wounds on McDonald’s body. After testifying about blood loss, […]

  • Jason Van Dyke’s partner testifies about Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — The man who was Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the Laquan McDonald shooting took the stand Tuesday for nearly 90 minutes as the trial continued into its second day. Joseph Walsh told jurors McDonald was acting erratically before he was shot on Oct. 20, 2014 — flailing his arms and waving a small knife near his chest. Walsh said he believed McDonald was a threat because he was moving toward a Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts, […]

  • Prosecutors in Van Dyke trial: ‘Not a single shot was necessary’

    CHICAGO — Nearly four years after Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times, the trial of the officer who killed him began Monday. Jason Van Dyke, 40, is the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident. A 12-person jury will decide his fate. “We’re here today because the defendant shot Laquan McDonald 16 times when it was completely unnecessary,” special prosecutor Joe McMahon said during his opening statement at the Leighton Criminal Court […]

  • Jason Van Dyke’s wife speaks out: ‘He did what he was trained to do’

    CHICAGO — With a jury waiting in the wings and attorneys polishing their case, the trial of Jason Van Dyke is set to begin Monday. In a rare television interview, WGN News spoke with Tiffany Van Dyke, the wife of the Chicago police officer charged with murder. The mother of two is convinced her husband was just doing his job when he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. She’s nervous about potential prison time for her […]

  • Jason Van Dyke chooses jury trial in Laquan McDonald case

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke decided on a jury trial Friday in the Laquan McDonald case. A motion to move the trial outside of Cook County is still pending, to be decided Monday. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said the full jury will be sworn in Monday morning. Opening statements are expected to follow. Lead defense attorney Dan Herbert on Friday again asked Gaughan to strike the current jury panel based on visible protests outside the courthouse […]

  • Jury selection complete in Van Dyke trial; opening statements to start Monday

    CHICAGO — Opening statements are slated to begin Monday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald in 2014. It is still unknown whether Van Dyke, 40, will choose a bench or jury trial. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan has given the officer until Friday to decide. Jury selection wrapped up Thursday afternoon with 12 jurors and five alternates selected in just three days. Only the first 11 picks were sworn in; […]

  • Prosecutors accuse Van Dyke’s attorneys of purposefully striking black jurors

    CHICAGO — Prosecutors twice on Wednesday accused defense attorneys for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of purposefully eliminating black jury prospects in the Laquan McDonald case. The defense team hit back with its own challenge Wednesday afternoon — citing the fact that prosecutors used four of their five peremptory strikes to block white men. The state’s second accusation came after defense attorneys used a peremptory strike to cut a 22-year-old black man who only answered half the questions on […]

  • 5 jurors chosen in Jason Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — Five jurors were sworn in Monday in the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan interviewed 19 of roughly 200 potential jurors Monday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave., as jury selection began in earnest. Jury prospects were asked last week to complete 27-page questionnaires that included more than 100 questions. The five seated jurors include three women and […]

  • Judge finds Jason Van Dyke violated gag order, increases bail by $2,000

    CHICAGO — A judge decided not to jail a Chicago police officer and ordered him to pay only $200 on Thursday for giving media interviews that the judge said were a violation of a court order not to talk publicly about why he shot a teenager 16 times in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke swiftly paid the additional bail to remain free as jury selection is just beginning in his politically-charged first-degree murder trial in the death of Laquan McDonald. […]