Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor and Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor and co-host of the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio, reporter/weekend break features on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts.”

During her 20-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics.

Recent Articles
  • Dogs, owners help homeless pets at PAWS Chicago 5K Walk and Run

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of dogs and their owners were at Montrose Harbor Sunday morning for the 18th annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run. For 20 years, PAWS has been one of the area’s largest no-kill shelters, finding families for dogs in need of a good home. Its annual walk/run raises funds to help homeless animals. More than 4,000 dogs and their parents participated in Sunday’s walk. There was even a little pampering for its four-legged participants at the doggie oasis. With funds […]

  • Hadiya Pendleton honored at #WearOrange peace rally on South Side

    CHICAGO — The parents of a Chicago girl who was fatally shot after returning from President Barack Obama’s inauguration plan to celebrate her life during what would have been her 21st birthday. The event in honor of Hadiya Pendleton is being held Saturday at a park on the city’s South Side that was named for her two years ago. Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton say the event will feature speeches from city officials, activists and people who have lost loved ones […]

  • Cyclists get free reign over Lake Shore Drive during annual bike event

    CHICAGO — It’s the one time of year where Lake Shore Drive is completely closed down to car traffic for several hours, giving bikers a freedom on the road they rarely see during Bike the Drive. On a picture-perfect morning with the warm sun beating down, bikers of all ages, colors, shapes and sizes breezed down the drive Sunday, stopping at the Museum of Science and Industry in the south and Bryn Mawr in the north. Popular bike trends this […]

  • Randolph Street Market celebrates 15th anniversary

    CHICAGO — The Randolph Street Market celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • F45 Training is fitness from ‘Down Under’

    GLEN ELLYN — A popular fitness trend from ‘Down Under’ is now in Illinois. F45 incorporates 45 minutes of weight training, cardio and boot camp in a group setting. For more information on how to join F45 visit the company’s website.

  • Chicago ‘royal watchers’ celebrate Prince Harry’s wedding with fascinators, scones

    CHICAGO — WGN’s Andrea Darlas woke up early Saturday to celebrate Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry with some seriously devoted “royal watchers” in Rogers Park.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

    “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a Broadway musical that has been around since 1971. But now it’s been completely reimagined at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. WGN’s Andrea Darlas went behind the scenes of the brand new production. The North American premiere of the iconic rock opera features 85 cast members and musicians, gallons of fake blood made in part of soap and 90 pounds of gold glitter for each production. Props for the performance include a plastic crown of thorns, […]

  • Over 150 women help build a house as part of National Women Build Week

    JOLIET, Ill. — More than 150 women turned out to partner with Habitat for Humanity this Mother’s Day weekend to build a house. The volunteers showed up in pink shirts and hard hats to work on the female-led construction project that will eventually be a home to a family in Joliet later this summer. The event was part of Habitat’s celebration of National Women Build Week. Kristine Byers is the project supervisor. She knows what it’s like to be a female in […]

  • Inside Ethereal Confections, a suburban chocolatier looking to make a big impact

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — The Chicago area is known for lots of great restaurants and food, and if you’ve visited the square in far northwest suburban Woodstock, there’s a good chance you’ve stopped into Ethereal Confections for a treat. The chocolate shop is so popular, it’s outgrown its space. WGN’s Andrea Darlas takes a look at the labor of love taking place inside the small chocolate factory that’s looking to make a big impact.

  • Earth Day exhibits showcase the possibilities of a greener future

    CHICAGO — From planting to educating, Earth Day events celebrated the environment across the Chicago area Sunday. At the Museum of Science and Industry, a full day of events designed to be hands-on and educational taught tips on making homes and cars more eco-friendly. Other exhibits shift focus from the future energy to the future of the planet, including stunning photographs showing a birds-eye view of global warming, including a detailed look at how glaciers are slowing eroding. It’s all […]