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.

Recent Articles
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    Protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, demonstrators disrupted Black Friday shopping on the Mag Mile to call for more accountability for Chicago police. They demanded a shopping boycott, blocking store entrances up and down the busy street to demand an elected civilian police review board. City officials have said they plan to create a non-elected citizen oversight board next year. An engaged crowd listened to speakers Friday morning near the city’s historic Old Water Tower. One speaker criticized Republican […]

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    Man killed in hit-and-run at problem Near North intersection, neighbors say

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for the driver of an SUV that came tearing down a Near North Side intersection early Sunday morning and hit and killed a man crossing the street, before speeding away.  And, residents say there have been problems with this intersection in the past. “If you’re not careful, the cars here are speeding so fast, they’ll run you over flat,” said resident Anette Elmore. Police say the 23-year-old man was crossing the street at Chicago and LaSalle […]

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    Teens charged in murder of Congressman’s grandson

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Congressman Danny Davis’ 15-year-old grandson. The 16-year-old male and 17-year-old female will appear in bond court on Sunday, each faces one felony count of first-degree murder. Police say they shot and killed 15-year-old Jovan Wilson at his home on the South Side Friday night. Wilson was at home in Englewood around 6:45 p.m., when the boy and  girl entered and started fighting with Wilson.  Davis says the […]

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    Turn-in programs get guns off the streets

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department hosted a gun turn-in program at St. Agnes of Bohemia in Little Village Saturday, hoping to help stop the violence plaguing Chicago by getting guns off the streets. Four guns were turned in during the first half-hour of the event, and police say two were the caliber they see most often on the streets. They say with even one gun turned in, it’s “win-win” for the community. Parish priest Father Tom Boharic says these programs keep neighborhoods […]

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    Chicago Police, Feds launch weekend crime crackdown

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department has launched a weekend crackdown on crime and drugs with a coalition of police department and federal agencies.   Superintendent Eddie Johnson kicked off the joint operation Friday night with a press conference at Central and Madison.  Johnson says CPD will be working with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, DEA, Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois State Police to break up gangs in “hot zones” on the city’s West and South sides. […]

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    Thousands of people climbed to the top of the Willis Tower – one stair at a time

    CHICAGO — More than 3,000 climbers participated in the 8th annual Skyrise Chicago stair climb at the Willis Tower Sunday morning.  It was a long way to the top floor, but it was worth the $1 million dollars climbers were hoping to raise for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. More than 3,000 participants climbed 103 flights of stairs – more than 2,100 steps – to the top of the Willis Tower. Senator Mark Kirk, a former RIC patient, participated in […]

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    96-year-old fan ready to see Cubs in the World Series – for the 3rd time

    OAK BROOK TERRACE — 96-year-old Phil Bouzeos was just 13 years old when he first saw the Cubs play in the World Series back in 1932. Thirteen years later, he would watch the Cubs play in another World Series in 1945. Bouzeos would go on to serve in the U.S. Army, graduate from Carroll College, and married his wife Lynn in 1954. He spent his entire life surrounded by sports, working first as the equipment manager for the former Chicago Cardinals, […]

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    2 men shot in Lake View just blocks from Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — Wrigleyville is getting ready for what residents’ hope will be a big party tonight if the Cubs clinch — but the day didn’t start out so celebratory in the Lake View neighborhood. Two men were shot while standing outside of a fast food restaurant, just blocks from Wrigley Field. Witness say the two men were standing near their vehicle at Kenmore and Belmont around 3 a.m. Saturday when shots rang out. One of the victims, and the suspected gunman, ran […]

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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 […]