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
  • High school entrepreneurs pitch their big ideas, with real money and investors on the line

    CHICAGO — One after another, five teams of entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, all vying for a $20,000 prize and to potentially make their dreams a reality. But this isn’t a reality show – it’s a high school competition. INCubatoredu launched at Barrington High School in 2014 and broke out nationally the following year. Today, more than 11,000 students participate in 100 schools spanning 18 states. What started with 37 teams earlier in the year was narrowed down […]

  • Chicago entrepreneur helped turn warehouse district into a thriving area

    CHICAGO — A man credited with helping revive the abandoned warehouse district of the Clybourn Corridor started with $5,000, some picture frames and a lot of determination. Jay Goltz started selling picture frames when he was in college. At 22 he took the little money he had and sunk it into a business he didn’t even know could work; but it did. And 40 years later, Goltz is still framing, but he’s also into furniture, art and real estate. He’s […]

  • Shared love of basketball unites students across economic divide

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A high school team from an affluent community and a championship team from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago came together for a game of goodwill Monday. The teams met on the campus of Lake Forest High School to play a little basketball, raise a little money and teach each other a thing or two about life. It took a church pastor, two very different schools and a local sports writer to make it happen. […]

  • Designation of ‘Gaming Disorder’ fuels parents’ fears about addictive video games

    CHICAGO — Last week the World Health Organization confirmed the fears of parents worldwide: Video games can leave your kids addicted. While affecting only three percent of gamers, “Gaming Disorder” is still considered rare, but the risks are real. So real it is considered in the same class as alcohol and drug addiction and seen in rehab centers all over the globe. People in Asia have even died from sitting and playing for days on end. These days, the hit video game […]

  • Baking program gives women new skills and confidence so they can rise

    WINNETKA — A 10-week baking program is teaching women from underserved Chicago communities the recipe for success one pie, one cake, one cookie at a time. If you ask 27-year-old Kyla Mullen of Chicago, the single mother of three said she hasn’t always been a baker— or a good one, at least. But with time, tutelage and practice with The Floured Apron she is now baking with the best of them, and turning her new love into a long term plan for her family. […]

  • Cubs great Andre Dawson on how baseball prepared him for life in a funeral home

    CHICAGO — Former Cubs player and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson dazzled Chicago fans back in the late ’80s and early ‘90s, dedicating his life to the game of baseball. Years after his retirement, he’s given up the baseball diamond for the funeral plot. For two decades, he was known for a career 438 home runs and over 300 stolen bases. Today, that winning smile and humble spirit Cubs fans knew on the field decades ago is still very much alive […]

  • Dragonfly Movement helps girls celebrate themselves, find their tribe

    OAK PARK, Ill. — In the social media age, anxiety, depression and social pressures experienced by girls seem to be on the rise, but a new organization is empowering young women to love and accept themselves above all else. One of the mottos of the Dragonfly Movement is: find your tribe and love them hard. The program is an outlet to help young women become comfortable with themselves at a young age, while giving them the tools to cope better now and […]

  • Arne Duncan calls on students to boycott class to confront gun violence

    CHICAGO — Amid a national conversation about shootings in schools and in the streets, former education secretary Arne Duncan is backing an unconventional way for parents to keep their kids safe: keep them home from school. “This is not looking for a cure for cancer, this is not intellectually difficult, this is simply a lack of political will and courage,” Duncan said. As a managing partner at Emerson Collective, president Obama’s former education secretary is now setting his sights on curtailing gun […]

  • Trump considering commuting Rod Blagojevich’s sentence

    President Donald Trump said Thursday he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of corruption, and pardoning lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart, who served a stint in federal prison after being convicted of charges related to a stock sale. Hours earlier, Trump said on Twitter that he will pardon conservative commentator and Obama critic Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud. The White House announced later Thursday that the pardon had been granted. […]

  • 11 key things to consider before ditching dairy for a milk alternative

    CHICAGO — There has never been a better time to look for an alternative if you’ve decided dairy is not your thing. Almond milk is the most popular, but other alternatives are chipping away at the dairy industry, now making up roughly 10 percent of the overall market. There are milks made out of cereals (oat, rice and corn), nuts (almonds, coconuts and cashews), legumes (soy and peas), seeds (flaxseed or hemp), and even pseudo-cereals like Quinoa. In addition to […]