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
  • Indoor go-kart speedway in Mokena takes racing to whole new level

    MOKENA, Ill. — The Accelerated Indoor Speedway is taking go-kart racing to a whole new level. The eco-friendly facility features state of the art, electric go-karts with touchscreens and  boost buttons. Go-kart races here have become a Saturday morning staple for these South Side friends. The Owners are even giving back to the community and using go kart racing as an educational tool — through a local STEM program designed to teach students math and engineering.

  • Curling 101: Learn about the ‘rock,’ brooms and slippery shoes

    CHICAGO — Watching athletes furiously sweep ice as a rock slides towards a painted-on bullseye in the Winter Olympics makes many unfamiliar with the sport ask: “what is curling?” Local curling clubs gave WGN’s Andrea Darlas a 101 lesson in the sport, and why so many people are drawn to the competition and camaraderie of it all. Here are the basics, from what kind of shoes to wear (protip: watch out for the slippery one), to how to throw the […]

  • Home and Garden Show highlights products for beautifying, fixing homes

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Home and Garden Show is one of the largest home improvement shows in the Chicago area. From kitchens and bathrooms to furniture and even cars.  The expo highlighted the latest products and services for repairing and beautifying homes. One exhibit featured furniture made from 100 percent recycled materials at the By the Yard booth. Another featured eco-friendly products like solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. Other displays boasted ways to create something everyone needs–more space. There was […]

  • Chicago Weather: At least 3 more inches of snow fell in Chicago area

    CHICAGO – About 3 more inches of snow covered the Chicago by Sunday morning. The National Weather Serviced issued a winter weather advisory for the region late Saturday as snowfall begin around midnight Sunday. Widespread light snow continues in counties along and north of Interstate-80. Reports are sparse, but it appears around 3-inches of new snow has accumulated at many locations – lighter snow possibly mixed with a little freezing rain/drizzle farther south of Interstate-80. The Winter Weather Advisory continues […]

  • Siberian Huskies a draw at Morton Arboretum

    LISLE — There may not be any snow on the ground, but that isn’t stopping dog sledding at The Morton Arboretum. WGN’s Andrea Darlas met some truly special Siberian Huskies, or Husky Heroes. More information about dog sledding demonstrations can be found at mortonarb.org.

  • Shots fired at crowded bar in Wicker Park

    CHICAGO — A person fired shots at a crowded bar in Chicago’s Wicker Park Thursday night. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. outside The Chop Shop, located at 2033 W North Ave., near Milwaukee and Damen. Several front windows were broken — but no one was hurt. The bar was immediately closed following the shooting and people were told to leave the area. No one is in custody. The Chop Shop posted a message on its Facebook page saying the […]

  • Chicago museums offering up to 25 percent off admission for Museum Week

    CHICAGO — The city’s top museums are offering special exhibits, giveaways and discounts of up to 25 percent off for Illinois residents as part of Museum Week through January 26. One of the options offering a warm, indoor sanctuary complete with beautiful butterflies aflutter, is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Visitors to the nature museum will also get 20 percent off admission this week and free admission every Thursday. It’s also opening a brand new exhibit this week […]

  • Women’s March attendees march for their kids

    CHICAGO — Attendees of the city’s Women’s March had different reasons for marching Saturday. As WGN’s Andrea Darlas reports, some wanted to set an example for their kids.

  • Over 300,000 people in attendance at Chicago Women’s March

    CHICAGO –They came to Grant Park with a message. They came in groups of friends and as families. Some brought their young children. But for many in this crowd of more than 300,000, coming to the 2018 Chicago Women’s March wasn’t enough. They want these women–and those with them–to vote. The march attracted over 250,000 participants in 2017, and following a year where the #MeToo movement dominated headlines, organizers expected a large turnout again this year. President Donald Trump tweeted […]

  • Professional bull riding pits one world-class athlete against another

    ROSEMONT — Some of the best bull riders in America came to Rosemont for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chicago Invitational this weekend. But they’re not “cowboys” – they’re professionals. Among the 35 bull riders taking part in the invitational was Mexican champion Francisco Morales, who said he has been riding bulls since he was a kid. The PBR event comes to Rosemont as the sport of bull riding is growing in popularity, especially in the Midwest. But it`s not just […]