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
  • 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 […]

  • How to protect yourself against germs at airports, on planes

    CHICAGO — A closer look at germs at an airport and on airplanes might make you think twice about contamination when you travel. One insurance company conducted 18 Gram stain culture swab tests across six surfaces. Three of them were from airplanes and three from airports. They did the tests this past winter at three major airports in the United States and the results might make some people sick. But then again, so could the germs they found. While you’re at the […]

  • Posting a pic of your kid? Think twice about using these hashtags

    CHICAGO – Parents may be unintentionally exposing their children’s photos to child predators based on their privacy settings and what hashtags they use. Carly Yoost with the non-profit Child Rescue Coalition said that by the age of two, 90 percent of children already have a social media presence, thanks to their proud parents. Yoost said they launched the campaign to educate parents to pause and think before they post. Some of the top hashtags searched by would-be criminals preying on […]

  • Victims of Laurie Dann’s shooting spree look back 30 years later

    WINNETKA, Ill. — Thirty years ago this Sunday, a north suburban woman terrorized the very community she lived in. She planted poison, set fires and opened gunfire on a school room full of children. She then committed suicide, leaving few answers behind to the many questions she raised. Now, many of those same questions haunt the nation as school shootings continue to rage on. In north suburban Winnetka on May 20, 1988, Laurie Dann, 30, of neighboring Glencoe, Ill., went on a killing […]

  • What is a ‘Finsta’ and what do parents need to know about it?

    It’s Instagram with a twist, and it may not be as innocent as you think. Some younger Instagram users have been creating a fake Instagram account, or Finsta. Have you heard of Finsta? It’s nothing more than a fake Instagram account using the same Instagram app. It’s a less visually filtered account and reserved for your teenager’s closest of friends, a tighter circle so they can push the envelope and maybe show who they really are—not just the brand they […]

  • Indie toy stores hoping to attract the Toys R Us kids

    Toys R Us announced it would be leaving the toy market and its departure will leave a huge void. While logic will tell you the Amazons and Walmarts of the world are the ones to benefit, they aren’t the only ones. Independent toy shops want to make sure you know they are still around. They are alive and well and even growing. The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association says small stores like these offer owner expertise and customer service second […]

  • Man wrongfully convicted goes from prisoner to paralegal

    CHICAGO — A Chicago man that was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit used his time in prison to become a paralegal with the help of some well-trained lawyers. Ken Berry, 48, was imprisoned for eight years. In 1992, when he was 22, a woman accused him of kidnapping and rape. He was convicted, then sentenced to 35 years behind bars. He was a campus police officer at the University of Chicago at the time. From the […]