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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    Dedicated Cubs fans camp out for chance to score last-minute tickets

    CHICAGO — Anxious and excited Cubs’ fans came from near and far to wait in line in front of Wrigley Field this morning, hoping for a little bit of luck and a chance to buy tickets to tonight’s game against the Dodgers in game 1 of the NLCS. Bill Sweeney is a life long Cubs fan who lives in New York. He says it was worth the price of an airline ticket from Syracuse to fly out to Chicago … […]

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    Man shot and killed by police outside Markham nightclub

    MARKHAM –  A Markham police officer shot and killed a man outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. Police say they were called to the scene at The Stadium Club near 163rd Street and Dixie Highway at about 3 a.m., after a fight inside the club spilled outside into the parking lot. Witnesses say a man had a gun and pointed it at a police officer.   That officer reportedly told the man several time to drop the gun, but he […]

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    Girl, 17, killed by stray bullet through car window

    CHICAGO –  A 17-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed while riding in the back seat of a car in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood early Saturday morning. Naome Zuber was a student at Curie High School. She was on her way to a birthday with three of her friends early Saturday morning, seated in the back of this car as it rolled past the corner of 45th and South Wood Streets. Police say someone on the sidewalk started shooting. A […]

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    Chicago crime stats show shootings, murders down in September

    CHICAGO — September crime stats are out and while they’re slightly better than this same time last year, police say repeat offenders using illegal guns remain at the heart of the violence in the city. The number of gun crimes was up 18 percent, as compared to 2015 and there were four fewer murders this September. Still, the numbers aren’t that good. There were 59 murders last month down from 63 last September. There were 300 shooting incidents and 358 shooting […]

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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 […]