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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    Two killed, several more injured in violent 20 minute period in Chicago

    It’s been another weekend of escalating violence in Chicago. Perhaps in the most compact timeframe this weekend, Chicago police say two people were killed, seven injured, at four different locations, within 20 minutes of each other. In one incident, shortly after 12:30 a.m., a 38-year-old man was shot and killed in East Garfield Park. Police say he had just parked his car when five men approached him in the 3600 block of W. 5th Ave. and one of the men […]

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    2 killed in Back of the Yards house fire

    CHICAGO — Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured in a fire overnight in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The fire broke out around 12:40 a.m. at a home in the 5400 block of South Laflin Street. The house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. It took them more than an hour to put it out. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released. One person was taken […]

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    Activists pack streets to commemorate 50th anniversary of Dr. King`s march through Marquette Park

    CHICAGO — Civil rights activists and community organizers held a march and rally in Marquette Park Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s walk through the park to mark Chicago’s freedom movement. Hundreds of marchers packed the street as they walked the original route Dr. King  did back on this day in 1966. Some of these marchers were actually there that day, walking with Dr. King and remembered his legacy as well as their own. Reverend Jesse […]

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    Postal workers hospitalized after heat made facility feel like ‘an oven’

    CHICAGO – Nearly 100 workers had to be evacuated from a Near North Side postal facility and nearly a dozen were taken to area hospitals after the building got so hot and humid workers said it was like “working in an oven.” A US Postal Service spokesman on the scene says that the air conditioner was not working and the workers became overheated. Workers said they’re concerned the problems will not be fixed, and they often have to endure extreme temperatures in summer and in winter. At least […]

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    2 CPD officers relieved of police powers after fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago Police officers have been relieved of their police powers for their involvement in a shooting left Paul O’Neal, 18, dead Thursday night, according to a statement. The shooting happened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday after police spotted a stolen car near 73rd and Merrill. The convertible Jaguar was stolen from Bolingbrook earlier in the evening. According to police, as officers got out to confront the driver, he put the car in drive and side-swiped a squad car and […]

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    2 teens shot, 1 fatally, in Kenwood

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating after two teenagers were shot early this morning in a Kenwood alley. One died at the scene, the other remains hospitalized. Police are still looking for suspects. Police say the 15- and 16-year-old boys were walking down the alley near 47th and Ellis, when witnesses say a red minivan pulled into the alley and someone inside started shooting. The 15-year-old was shot in the head and died at the scene, the 16-year-old was shot […]

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    No injuries in shootout at popular White Palace Grill in South Loop

    CHICAGO — There were some scary moments for diners at the popular White Palace Grill in the South Loop Saturday morning, as shots were fired inside of the diner during the breakfast hours. Luckily, no one inside was hurt. Shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, manager Peter Chiampas says two men who were eating inside of the diner at Roosevelt and Canal started arguing, so he told them to step outside. That’s when he says the fight escalated, and each man pulled out […]

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    Turkish President declares coup attempt over; nearly 200 killed

    ANKARA, Turkey – A violent, chaotic night in Turkey ended with at least 161 people dead following an attempted coup; and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reappearance after hours of uncertainty. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a press conference Saturday the situation was under control, with all commanders back to work. “Our nation in this incident has shown a great resilience,” Yildirim said. “Those who have done this uprising should understand this reality that no one can play games with […]

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    Suspect in Nice attack ID’s; Over 50 still in critical condition

    A day after a terrorist mowed down dozens of people celebrating Bastille Day in the coastal French city of Nice, investigators dug into the life of the man they say was the killer: A 31-year-old delivery driver and Nice resident who was born in Tunisia. Authorities said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a rented, refrigerated truck weighing about 20 tons into crowds along a roughly 2-kilometer stretch of Promenade des Anglais Thursday night, killing 84 people — including 10 children and […]

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    Chicago leaders call ’emergency’ gun violence summit in Austin neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Congressmen, county commissioners, and church leaders gathered at a community center in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood to host what they called an emergency gun violence summit today.  They were hoping by bringing everyone together, the discussion could somehow pave a path for peace. More than 100 people of all ages, and races, gathered inside of the “By the Hands Club for Kids” to listen to community organizers and elected officials discuss what was billed as a solution-driven dialogue to stop gun violence. […]