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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
  • House of Torment returns as haunted house season gets into full scream

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. — One of the area’s scariest haunted houses, The House of Torment is back again this year for its third season, featuring new creatures, familiar Chicago settings and two new themes with nightly performances through Nov. 4. Scary clowns, praying mantises, apocalyptic zombies and other creatures of the night lurk inside. Take a trip through a bug-infested lair, Nightmare High, and the Fall Harvest with WGN’s own Andrea Darlas.

  • Chicagoans can celebrate Oktoberfest without leaving the city

    CHICAGO — Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is famous for its Bavarian food and beer, but Chicagoans don’t have to leave the city to get the Bavarian experience. Oktoberfest Chicago is bringing German food, culture, and of course, beer to town. “What makes everything we do so special…we do here, ” Master of ceremonies Ed Jacobi told WGN. Oktoberfest Chicago features the music and the sounds of Germany and serves everything from strudel, to sausage, to hot baked pretzels, sprinkled with salt. […]

  • Galen Rupp becomes first American to win Chicago Marathon since 2002

    CHICAGO – The 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon kicked off Sunday morning and Galen Rupp became the first American to win the marathon since 2002. Galen Rupp crossed the finished line at 2 hours 9 minutes and 20 seconds. Kenyan Abel Kirui came in second, 28 seconds behind Rupp. Another Kenyan, Bernard Kipyego, was third. #GalenRupp just became the first American male to win the #ChicagoMarathon since 2002!!! Congrats Galen! Unofficial time: 2:09:19 — Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October […]

  • AIDS Run & Walk raises awareness, support for local organizations

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s AIDS Run & Walk is known for being one of the largest and most colorful in the country, and participants in the 5K and 10K events Sunday ran and walked in solidarity with those living with AIDS and HIV, and all those affected by the disease. The walk raises funds and resources for 30 other organizations throughout the Chicago area that provides life-saving services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Since it was established in 2001, AIDS […]

  • Lincoln Square Ravenswood’s Apple Fest helps kick off fall

    CHICAGO — A festival on the city’s North Side is helping to usher in fall. WGN’s Andrea Darlas was at Lincoln Square Ravenswood’s Apple Fest to check out all the fall treats the fest has to offer. The festival opens back up Sunday at 9 a.m. in the morning and runs until 6 p.m. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. For more information, visit the Apple Fest’s website.

  • Whitney Young cancels football season due to shortage of players

    CHICAGO –A combination of poor grades and injuries has forced Whitney Young to cancel the rest of its football season this year. The school said they’re canceling the rest of the season because they cannot get enough eligible players. The Chicago Tribune reports that state regulations require a 22-member roster for a varsity team. The school’s football roster has dropped to 19 since the beginning of the year. The principal, Joyce Kenner, said their low numbers are based on injuries […]

  • Charity walk raises support for millions suffering from lung diseases

    OAK BROOK– Hundreds of people gathered at Hamburger University in Oak Brook Sunday for the American Lung Association’s Lung Force Walk, raising funds and awareness for some 32 million Americans suffering from lung diseases. Walkers donned blue shirts and laced up their shoes for a one and three mile walk along the Oak Brook campus. Organizers say it was an amazing turnout. More than 32 million Americans suffer from asthma, COPD, and other lung diseases. Lung cancer is the number one […]

  • Chicago Gourmet food fest takes over Millennium Park

    CHICAGO — Chicago is celebrating its worldwide status as a culinary capitol this weekend. The 10th Annual Chicago Gourmet Festival is under way. Famous chefs from around the city and the country are holding cooking demos and tastings. The main events are at Millennium Park, but this year, there are satellite dinners around the city as well and a party on the 606 Trail. WGN’s Andrea Darlas checked out a few of the tasty treats in store. Chicago Gourmet runs […]

  • Future Olympians? Intro to the luge clinic held

    WESTMONT, Ill. –  It isn’t even fall on the calendar yet but a lot of boys and girls were thinking and dreaming about the Winter Olympics today. They gathered in suburban Westmont for a sports clinic with sleds on wheels. US Olympic Lugers hosted the clinic on a residential street in Westmont for boys and girls between the ages of 9-13. They learned how to ride a practice sled on concrete, rather than ice, equipped with wheels, instead of a […]

  • Blackhawks fans enjoy day of music, games at annual training camp festival

    CHICAGO — Blackhawks fans lined up outside of the United Center for hours, waiting for the doors to open for the annual team scrimmage on the ice and to be a part of the training camp festival outside of the United Center. “This really kicks off our season,” said Jay Blunk, Blackhawks senior VP. Activities included Blackhawks mini golf, life size bumper balls, an inflatable outdoor rink for the kids and live entertainment. There were plenty of autographs to go […]