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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    Chicago chefs take the ramen bowl to gourmet levels

    CHICAGO — It’s not just a college staple anymore; the Ramen craze has taken off to gourmet levels. Case in point: the 3rd Annual Ramenfest in West Town, where WGN’s Andrea Darlas sampled dishes from more than 20 of the best chefs in Chicago as they competed to see whose bowl is best.

  • CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 21: William Rosen looks over protesters as they participate in the Women's March on January 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

    People flood downtown Chicago streets for women’s march

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for a women’s march in Chicago have spilled into downtown streets. Officially, organizers canceled the march portion of the Women’s March on Chicago due to overwhelming turnout. But after a rally concluded in Grant Park people began flooding nearby streets, chanting and waving signs protesting President Donald Trump. The event is occurring the same day as a march in Washington and similar events in 200 cities, including Springfield and Carbondale. […]

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    Chicago policeman charged with murder released from jail on electronic monitoring

    CHICAGO – A judge has ordered that a Chicago police officer be released from jail after he promised to appear in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man. Cook County Circuit Judge Donald Panarese Jr. also ordered Thursday that 57-year-old Lowell Houser be placed on electronic monitoring upon his release. Prosecutors had asked Panarese to order Houser be held in jail without bond. Houser was charged Wednesday. Prosecutors say he was off duty […]

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    Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky skipping Trump inauguration

    CHICAGO — Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is joining the growing number of politicians who will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. Schakowsky released a statement saying she is protesting a president who used “bigotry, fear and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression.” Instead, Schakowsky plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Other Illinois lawmakers not attending the inauguration include Representatives Dan Lipinski, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez. There are […]

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    Man suspected of shooting three people shot and killed by Chicago Police officer

    CHICAGO –  Chicago Police shot and killed a man suspected of shooting three people on the West Side early Sunday. It happened at 12:35am in the 3300 block of west Monroe in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The officers were reportedly in the area when they heard shots fired.  They saw the man run into a nearby alley.   Once that was man was cornered, police say he turned and pointed a gun at the officers.  One of the officers shot the […]

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    Chicago prepares to ring in 2017

    CHICAGO – The city of Chicago will once again ring in the new year with a giant star rising up along the Chicago River. This marks the second year of the city’s Chi-Town Rising event. Organizers say extra security is in place. The celebration features music, fireworks and a 70-foot star rising at midnight along the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower. Viewing areas are located along the riverfront between Michigan and Columbus. CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said a thousand more […]

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    Woman shot in vestibule of apartment building

    CHICAGO – Police continue to search for a gunman who shot and wounded a South Side mother during an attempted robbery. Police say the gunman forced his way into the vestibule her apartment building on East 74th place late Wednesday night. He confronted the 29-year-old mother inside and demanded money. When she tried to run, police say he shot her in the stomach and ran off. Neighbors say the shooting has changed their feelings about the neighborhood. So far no […]

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    Body cameras for all Chicago police officers by the end of 2017 – a year ahead of schedule

    CHICAGO —  The Chicago Police Department are speeding up its body camera program. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Eddie Johnson now plan to have every patrol officer in the city wearing a body camera by the end of 2017. That’s a year earlier than originally planned. On Wednesday morning, 19th District Commander Marc Buslik explained the expedited rollout. He told reporters he wished he had a camera when he started his career on the beat 36 years ago. Buslik says the cameras increase […]

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    Three children killed in Gary apartment fire

    GARY, Ind. – The investigation continues in an apartment fire that killed three young children in Gary, Indiana. Firefighters say they were called to the apartment complex in the 4400 block of W. 23rd Court just before 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, they encountered heavy smoke leading from the first floor to the second floor of one unit. The fire department made an initial attack and conducted a primary search, that’s when they found the bodies of the three children. The […]

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    4-year-old treated to holiday shopping spree after tough year without mother

    CHICAGO — A young girl who lost her mother to gun violence earlier this year was able to take part in a little holiday joy Friday, thanks to generous members of the community. 4-year-old Ma’liah Haymond mother, 19-year old D’aria Haymond, was shot and killed as she sat in a car with a friend in Dolton nearly a year ago. D’aria’s mother Dalena Grant says the killer is still at large. Dalena is now raising Ma’liah and the family has […]