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
  • 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 […]

  • 500 Chicago teens get free prom dresses from ‘Glass Slipper Project’

    CHICAGO — Most girls dream of dressing like a princess at prom. But sometimes, it’s so expensive that they just can’t afford it. That’s where The Glass Slipper Project comes in. It provides free prom dresses of all colors, shapes and sizes to high schoolers in their junior and senior years — along with free accessories, purses and shoes to match. WGN’s Andrea Darlas shows us how the nonprofit’s generosity is making dreams come true in Chicago.

  • Dairy lovers celebrate cheese in all its forms at festival

    CHICAGO — It`s the cheesiest fest in Chicago, showcasing dairy edibles in their many forms. Whether its cooked, melted or fried, this spring’s Say Cheese Fest had it all, from the classic staple of mozzarella sticks to a European-style Raclette, which is slowly toasted cheese on a baguette. Cheese Fest organizers say the event has become so popular they plan to hold it twice a year in Chicago going forward. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has a taste of what happened at […]

  • Chicago Rum Festival celebrates 4 years with tastings, seminars

    CHICAGO — Yo ho ho and many bottles of rum. The Chicago Rum Festival descended on Logan Square Saturday with tastings, seminars and some healthy competition. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Wellness fair brings relaxation and health experts to the Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — The Wicker Park Bucktown Wellness Expo was an opportunity for residents of the Northwest Side communities to rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. Some of the 40 plus vendors offered a more relaxing path with aestheticians giving out skin tips and facials. There was also a DIY cereal bar designed to teach students how to eat healthy, a chance for participants to step outside of their comfort zone with a popular Bollywood dance class, and a refreshing and cleansing yoga […]

  • Baconfest Chicago returns with dumplings, dessert and popcorn

    CHICAGO — If you love bacon, this is your weekend. WGN’s Andrea Darlas was live at the UIC Forum on Saturday, where four tons of bacon was sizzled, smoked, fried and eaten at the 10th annual Baconfest Chicago.

  • Easter bunny hops through children’s hospital

    The Easter bunny came with friends bearing gifts to La Rabida Children’s Hospital, bringing several dozen Easter baskets wheeled in on carts and filled with tasty treats and toys. Volunteers also brought stuffed animals to make the day even more special for patients and their parents as the bunny took time to play with the kids who dressed in their Easter Sunday best.

  • Chicago police release March crime stats; Gun violence on downward trend

    CHICAGO — Gun violence in Chicago continues on a downward trend, according to new crime numbers released by the Chicago Police Department. New numbers released by police shows that the month of March was the 13th consecutive month of gun violence reductions in Chicago. Major crimes, such as robberies and burglaries, are also on the decline. Chicago police credit community efforts and more police officers on the streets. Police said in last month, shootings were down 17 percent and murders down 25 […]

  • Business booming in Rogers Park as Ramblers fans flock to Loyola campus

    CHICAGO — Business is booming for small shops in Rogers Park as Ramblers fever sweeps over the North Side neighborhood. WGN’s Andrea Darlas reports that Loyola’s campus bookstore on Sheridan Road can’t stock its shelves fast enough to keep up with demand. And small businesses are back on the map as fans descend on Rogers Park. ChiTown Magpie owner Sara Lukens said Loyola’s success in the NCAA Tournament has “quadrupled our business” in recent days. The shop is selling Loyola […]

  • Woodlawn residents worry they’ll face food desert if community garden closes

    CHICAGO — A group of Woodlawn gardeners say their South Side community could become a food desert if a popular community garden closes. The garden near 65th Street and Woodlawn Avenue is home to 200 plots that yield enough organic produce for 300 homes, WGN’s Andrea Darlas reports. An estimated two tons of food is donated to local food pantries. First Presbyterian Church, which owns the land, recently told gardeners the plots could soon close. Now, locals are trying to […]