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.

Recent Articles
  • Thousands rally in Grant Park at March for Science

    CHICAGO — Thousands of people took to the streets of Chicago Saturday morning to March for Science. Organizers called it the largest global event in the name of science in all of human history. Chicago police tweeted around noon advising marchers that if they were not in the area to not attend due to the large crowds. Due to large crowds, if you were planning on attending #marchforscience but are not yet downtown to please refrain. Heavily congested area. — Chicago […]

  • Deaths of elderly couple found dead in Berwyn home investigated as homicides

    BERWYN, Ill. — The deaths of an elderly couple found dead in their Berwyn home Friday morning are being investigated as a homicide, police said. The bodies of 70-year-old Tommie Moore and 67-year-old Ira Moore were discovered at 31st and Oak Park Avenue after a neighbor spotted something suspicious while taking out the trash. He found the elderly couple and called the police. Police say both had been shot in the head, and Tommie Moore was also stabbed multiple times […]

  • 16,000 apply to become Chicago police officers

    CHICAGO — Some 16,000 applicants are taking the police entrance exam at McCormick Place this weekend, the highest number of applicants Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he can ever remember seeing during his tenure with the department. This weekend’s exam is the first step in the hiring process. Successful candidates will also undergo physical tests prior to being approved to join the Police Academy for training. After greeting about 8,000 CPD candidates Saturday, Johnson said it’s a sign more members of the […]

  • Chicago police: no room for celebration, but March crime statistics encouraging

    CHICAGO – Chicago Police released new crime statistics for the month of March. “There’s not room for celebration yet, but I am encouraged by the numbers that we saw,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Chicago saw a reduction in violence in March. Here are the statistics provided by the police department: 37 Murders 168 Shooting incidents 209 Shooting victims 20 of 22 Police districts saw a reduction or remained flat in shootings 15 Districts saw a reduction or remained flat […]

  • Amtrak train derails at Union Station

    CHICAGO —  Amtrak officials say three cars derailed when a train carrying about 200 passengers from the East Coast arrived in Chicago. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says he has received no reports of any serious injuries from the Monday morning derailment. He says the train was switching from track to track when three cars in the middle of the eleven-car train lost contact with the track. Officials say train No. 49 was arriving in Chicago from New York and Boston. […]

  • Semi truck crashes on the Kennedy, seriously injuring driver

    CHICAGO — A truck driver was seriously hurt in an accident on the Kennedy Expressway that left part of the tractor-trailer dangling over a busy Chicago street in the Avondale neighborhood Sunday. After the truck crashed into a wall of interstate near Kimball Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., part of the cab of the truck somehow separated from the trailer and jumped the concrete barrier, falling more than 15 feet and crashing to the street. Then it was a suspenseful scene as part of a tractor-trailer […]

  • One dead, more than a dozen injured in Cincinnati nightclub shooting

    CINCINNATI — Gunfire erupted inside a crowded nightclub early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others.There was no indication the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism related, police said. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a tweet that the motive was still unclear. Authorities also didn’t immediately have any suspects in the 1:30 a.m. shooting on a busy weekend night.Neudigate tweeted that there was only one reported shooter but that police were investigating whether […]

  • Rep Gutierrez leads Chicago immigration office sit-in

    CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez lead a sit-in at a federal immigration office in Chicago. Among other things, the Illinois Democrat was asking immigration officials not to conduct raids and reverse a years-old deportation decision on a Mexican immigrant in the country without legal permission. Francisca Lino is married to a U.S. citizen and four of her six children are U.S. citizens. The congressman has been arrested for civil disobedience related to immigration reform before, including at a 2013 […]

  • South Side Irish Parade celebrates culture, community for nearly 4 decades

    CHICAGO — With the cut of the ribbon, the South Side Irish Parade stepped off at 103rd and Western, just as it has for nearly 4 decades. Bagpipers, marching bands, and floats with participants handing out candy and beads to all came to celebrate. There were politicians and plenty of worthy causes near and dear to the South Side community. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Chicago celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day

    CHICAGO — Saturday was the official kickoff to Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, complete with the dyeing of the Chicago River and the parade through Grant Park downtown. For some, the party started early. Jameson shots and cocktails were flowing at 7 a.m. at ‘Raised,’ the rooftop bar at the Renaissance Chicago downtown on West Wacker. “I woke up at 5:30 a.m. because I took a shower, got ready, so it was an early day,” Jessica Perez said. Amanda Kelley […]