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
  • Pilsen Fest wraps up Sunday

    CHICAGO – This weekend had spectacular weather not only for the Air and Water Show this weekend, but for the annual Pilsen Arts and Music Festival. About 50,000 people are expected to attend the weekend fest. There will be music, art work and plenty of food. The festival aims to promote Pilsen’s heritage. The festival is free, but attendees are asked to make a donation to benefit community organizations. The festival wraps up Sunday night at 10 p.m. at 18th […]

  • David Ross helps kick off 2017 Air and Water Show

    CHICAGO – The 59th Annual Air and Water Show kicked off Saturday at 10 a.m. and former Chicago Cub David Ross helped kick off the show. People were showing up around 8 a.m. with lawn chairs and picnics at North Avenue Beach. Sergeant Tom Bovee spoke to WGN about what to expect from the Golden Knights Parachute Team–including Ross. The former Cub jumped with the Golden Knights. He tweeted a photo of himself before the show started. I'm digging my […]

  • 2 men injured in Zion shooting

    ZION, Ill. — Two men were shot in Zion, Ill., late Wednesday morning. The shooting was reported just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday near 24th and Joanna. The two gunshot victims were transported to area hospitals from the Zion Police Department. One was taken to Condell Hospital in Libertyville, and the other was airlifted by Flight for Life to an area hospital. One of the victims was 18 and the other was 25. It is unclear how the victims got to […]

  • $393 million winning lottery ticket sold in Palos Heights

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — There was one winning ticket in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, paying out an estimated $393 million, according to Mega Millions officials. It was the fifth largest jackpot in the game’s 15-year history. The winning ticket was bought in Palos Heights, Illinois, according to lottery officials. The ticket was sold at Nick’s Barbecue. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 23, 33, 53, 56, 58 and the Mega Ball was 6. It’s the first jackpot winner in […]

  • Made in Chicago Market showcases products made in the city

    CHICAGO — The Made in Chicago Market is a showcase for some of the best apparel, housewares, and food and drink that Chicago has to offer The showcase was held at the Plumbers Hall on the West Side on Sunday. If you’re a fan of the Windy City, it was the place to be. Everything offered was made in the city. Seventy vendors were selling all of their home-made and home produced products, including Jennifer Burak who owns a Chicago-based […]

  • EdgeFest has pet parade full of adorable neighborhood pets

    CHICAGO — The 6th annual Edgewater EdgeFest offered something new this year. Edgefest celebrated everyone’s favorite family members with a pet parade. The pet parade, along with pet contests, aimed to encourage the whole family to get involved in the Edgewater festivities. Participants in the pet parade showed off their pets by entering them in one of four categories: best costume, best trick, smallest or biggest pet and a owner and pet look-alike contest. The parade kicked off at 11 […]

  • Bloody Mary Fest kicks off in Highwood

    HIGHWOOD, Ill — Sunday brunch is a good time to enjoy a Bloody Mary and there was an entire festival dedicated to the drink in Highwood, Ill. WGN’s Andrea Darlas was at the festival and found out what makes the perfect Bloody Mary.

  • There’s something for everyone at the Newberry Library Book Fair

    CHICAGO — The Newberry Library Book Fair has over 100,00 different books divided into 70 different categories. The popular fair is in its 33rd year and is showing no signs of slowing down” “People around here just love books. They have run out of books, and as long as people have books they need to get cleaned out and books they need to buy, we’re golden,” Dan Crawford, fair manager, said. There are books at the fair for the history buff, […]

  • Rare, endangered Lipizzan horses show off dance moves in Old Mill Creek

    OLD MILL CREEK, Ill. — They’re called Lipizzans. They’re a rare and endangered breed of horses that actually dance. And you can see them perform just one hour north of Chicago. “The Lipizzan is a strong and spirited horse that was formerly a calvary horse. There are less than 8,000 worldwide” Esther Buonanno, programming director of the Tempel Lipizzans, said. Buananno has horse breeding in her blood. Her grandparents founded Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, Ill., nearly six decades […]

  • Exhibit shows promoter’s journey from Holocaust survivor to rock-and-roll legend

    SKOKIE — Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham is responsible for putting bands like the Grateful Dead on the path to rock and roll royalty, and a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum documents his humble beginnings fleeing Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Once he established himself in America, Graham became a brilliant businessman with an ear for unique rock and roll talent.  He would go to promote and brand other big names including Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. Graham […]