Anrea Darlas
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Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor/Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor on WGN Radio, weekend reporter on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”. During her 17-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” and two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards– one for TV and one for radio reporting. Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently sits on the U of I College of Media’s National Alumni Board. She’s also sits on the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the CARA-Chicago program to fight homelessness, as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Recent Articles
  • 3 injured, 1 critically, in Edgewater Beach fire

    CHICAGO –  Three people were hospitalized after being rescued from a two-alarm fire at an apartment building on the city’s Far North Side. The fire began just before 8 a.m. at 1055 N. Catalpa Avenue in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. Extra fire trucks with ladders were called to the scene to help rescue people from the four-story building.  Firefighters rescued residents from several units on the upper floors.   One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition, two others […]

  • Daughter of anti-violence activist fatally shot

    INDIANAPOLIS — A well known anti-violence activist who responds to crime scenes in Chicago to help the families of shooting victims cope, is now dealing with a tragic loss of his own. The daughter of Andrew Holmes was shot and killed in Indianapolis early Saturday morning. Tamara Sword, 28, and her friends were waiting in line at a nightclub when a fight broke out. The security guard told them the club had to close. They went to a nearby gas […]

  • Funeral held for parachutist killed in Chicago Air and Water Show accident

    CINCINNATI — Professional skydivers and a fellow Army Golden Knight have paid tribute to the military parachutist killed in an accident at a Chicago air show by landing at his funeral service. Hundreds of other mourners joined the skydivers Saturday for the funeral of 32-year-old Master Sgt. Corey Hood in his Ohio hometown. The Army Golden Knights skydiver died Aug. 16, a day after he and another parachutist collided during a performance. Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and […]

  • Three shot, two killed in East Garfield Park

    CHICAGO – Two people are dead after a shooting in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police say three people were inside a car, driving south in the 500 block of N. Avers Avenue when shots were fired from the sidewalk. The traveled south for about one block before it crashed into a fence and then a garage. The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The 32-year-old driver of the car and the front seat passenger were both shot multiple times […]

  • Teen dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO – A 17-year-old boy is dead after he was pulled from Lake Michigan on Friday evening. The boy’s family identified him as Eddie Horns. According to family he was celebrating his little sister’s 10th birthday when he decided to go for a swim. After struggling his family tried to keep him afloat, but were unsuccessful. The Chicago Fire Department says just before 8 p.m.  three dive teams were dispatched to the lake at 31st Street Beach after reports of a […]

  • Funeral services held for Sandra Bland

    LISLE, Ill. — Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail cell said their goodbyes Saturday at her wake and funeral near the Chicago suburb where she grew up. An autopsy report released Friday found that Sandra Bland used a plastic trash bag to hang herself three days after a confrontational traffic stop. The 28-year-old woman’s family has questioned the findings, saying she was excited about starting a new job and wouldn’t have taken her […]

  • Bodies of woman, 3 kids found in East Chatham home

    CHICAGO — Four people were found dead in a home in the East Chatham neighborhood Saturday night. The bodies were found around 8:25 p.m. Saturday in the 8300 block of South Drexel Avenue. Relatives have confirmed that the victims were Latoya Jackson, 27, and three boys: Andrew Simms, 11, Cameron Jackson, 9, and 5-year-old Cantrell, whose last name is not yet known. They say all three of the boys were Jackson’s children. Authorities say the woman appeared to have suffered some sort […]

  • Toddler killed in hit-and-run following South Side shooting

    CHICAGO – Friends, family and community activists are mourning the loss of 13-month-old Dillan Harris after he was hit and killed by a car in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Harris was in a stroller with his mother at a bus stop at 63rd and Ellis when a speeding car jumped the curb and ran over the stroller, killing him. Witnesses say the men inside the car jumped out of the car and ran off without looking to see […]

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    Three men shot on Chicago’s West Side

    CHICAGO — One man was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood. It happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday, at an apartment building in the 200 block of South Laramie Avenue. Police say the victims were outside when they were shot during an altercation. A 26-year-old man was hit in the head, and died at the scene. Two other men in their 20’s were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to their […]

  • Chicago’s Pride Parade kicks off Sunday with a warning to behave

    CHICAGO — It’s going to be a festive day on the North Side Sunday for Chicago’s annual Pride Parade, the culmination of National Pride Month. More than one million people attended last year, because it was the first Pride Parade after same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois. Even more people are expected this year, to celebrate Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. Parade organizers are urging people to behave, because the city has said this could be […]


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