Anrea Darlas

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, weekend reporter on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”.

During her 18-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.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently serves U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. 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 Special Olympics.


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    Chicago remembers 9/11 attacks in ceremony

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago and other members of the fire department in a moment of silence to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks. At 7:46 a.m., city leaders observed a moment of silence. It was 15 years to the minute that the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, changing the U.S. and how it looks at terror forever. Mayor Emanuel reflected on that day and on […]

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    Police shoot man after witnessing Humboldt Park homicide

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police shot and injured a man overnight, after witnessing a homicide in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Officers were on routine patrol at Division Street and Maplewood Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Friday, when they witnessed two men arguing. Investigators say the men were both shooting at each other. One of the men was struck and killed by the other man. Officers acted quickly, and shot the man believed to be the gunman. No officers were injured. The Independent Police Review […]

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    Off-duty officer grazed by bullet in Bridgeport

    CHICAGO — A scary moment for a Chicago police officer returning home from his overnight shift Sunday morning to this area at 31st and Loomis when he was shot. Police say the officer had just finished his shift and was heading home when he noticed someone in a mini-van had been following him for several blocks, so he pulled over to let it pass.   But instead the officer says the van stopped alongside his car and someone inside started shooting. The […]

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    One dead, more than 20 injured in Labor Day weekend shootings

    CHICAGO – As of Sunday morning, one person is dead and more than 20 people injured in shootings across Chicago over the Labor Day Weekend. The fatal shooting happened on the Southwest Side early Sunday morning. Police say the two men were standing in an alley in Archer Heights when someone started shooting. Witnesses believe the men were at a backyard party. The shooting happened in the 4800 block of South Kildare around 12:10 a.m. A 32-year-old man was hit in […]

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    Round Lake police officer shoots, kills man

    ROUND LAKE, Ill. – A Round Lake police officer shot and killed a  man late Friday night. The Lake County Major Crime Task Force is now investigating the shooting. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning. Multiple people called 911 just before 11 p.m. Friday to report a man banging on doors, windows and houses in the 0-100 block of North Macgillis Drive. One caller said she believed he was attempting to force his way into her home. “The offender in […]

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    Two killed, several more injured in violent 20 minute period in Chicago

    It’s been another weekend of escalating violence in Chicago. Perhaps in the most compact timeframe this weekend, Chicago police say two people were killed, seven injured, at four different locations, within 20 minutes of each other. In one incident, shortly after 12:30 a.m., a 38-year-old man was shot and killed in East Garfield Park. Police say he had just parked his car when five men approached him in the 3600 block of W. 5th Ave. and one of the men […]

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    2 killed in Back of the Yards house fire

    CHICAGO — Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured in a fire overnight in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The fire broke out around 12:40 a.m. at a home in the 5400 block of South Laflin Street. The house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. It took them more than an hour to put it out. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released. One person was taken […]

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    Activists pack streets to commemorate 50th anniversary of Dr. King`s march through Marquette Park

    CHICAGO — Civil rights activists and community organizers held a march and rally in Marquette Park Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s walk through the park to mark Chicago’s freedom movement. Hundreds of marchers packed the street as they walked the original route Dr. King  did back on this day in 1966. Some of these marchers were actually there that day, walking with Dr. King and remembered his legacy as well as their own. Reverend Jesse […]

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    Postal workers hospitalized after heat made facility feel like ‘an oven’

    CHICAGO – Nearly 100 workers had to be evacuated from a Near North Side postal facility and nearly a dozen were taken to area hospitals after the building got so hot and humid workers said it was like “working in an oven.” A US Postal Service spokesman on the scene says that the air conditioner was not working and the workers became overheated. Workers said they’re concerned the problems will not be fixed, and they often have to endure extreme temperatures in summer and in winter. At least […]

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    2 CPD officers relieved of police powers after fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago Police officers have been relieved of their police powers for their involvement in a shooting left Paul O’Neal, 18, dead Thursday night, according to a statement. The shooting happened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after police spotted a stolen car near 73rd and Merrill. The convertible Jaguar was stolen from Bolingbrook earlier in the evening. According to police, as officers got out to confront the driver, he put the car in drive and side-swiped a squad car and […]