WGN names first female anchor team for Midday

WGN, the Nexstar flagship in Chicago, has announced that Julie Unruh will join Dina Bair as co-anchor, making them the first female duo to lead the WGN Midday News. She replaces Steve Sanders, who retired after a 37-year career at the station. In addition to her anchor duties, Unruh will continue to provide in-depth reporting for WGN News.

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“As one of Chicago’s Very Own, Julie is a consummate journalist, with a breadth and depth of reporting that make her ideal as a co-anchor of Midday News,” commented Dominick Stasi, news director.  “Julie is comfortable with feature segments, hard news and handles breaking news especially well.  We’re excited to see her behind the anchor desk.”

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Unruh, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, joined WGN News in September of 2001.  Most recently, Unruh has provided both hard news and feature reports for Evening News, News at Nine and News at Ten.  While at WGN-TV 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.

A native of Chicago, Julie is a graduate of Indiana University and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette.