Anrea Darlas
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Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor/Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She's currently the morning news anchor on WGN Radio, weekend reporter on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”. During her 17-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 reporting. Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently sits on the U of I College of Media’s National Alumni Board. 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 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Recent Articles
  • 5 shot at house party on West Side

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for the man who shot five people outside a house party in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood. It happened at a building near the intersection of North Lorel Avenue and West Madison Street  around 3:00 a.m. Police say the group was standing outside the courtyard of the building when a man walked up and started shooting. Three women and two men were shot. The women were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. One woman, a 33-year-old, was […]

  • Gunmen open fire at West Englewood house party

    CHICAGO – Four men opened fire at a house party in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood early Sunday morning after police say they were denied entrance. Three were shot, including a 29-year-old woman who was shot in the chest and leg. She was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 25-year-old man and a 39-year-old man were also shot. The 25-year-old was hit in the arm and is in stable condition at Holy Cross. The 39-year-old was […]

  • 5-year-old girl killed by hit-and-run driver

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a 5-year-old girl on the Southwest Side. Maria Gonzalez was struck and killed at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, near her home in the 5900 block of South Mozart Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Police have released a picture of the actual car that was involved in the crash. They are looking for a dark colored sedan with a sunroof and spoiler. It may also have […]

  • 81-year-old great-grandmother wounded in South Side shooting

    CHICAGO — A great-grandmother and one of her grandchildren were wounded in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side Friday. 81-year-old Lola Buress was attending visitation for her late daughter at a funeral home near 78th and Carpenter in the Gresham neighborhood. The family returned home around the corner to relax on the front porch when someone drove by and opened fired. Iola was struck in her wrist and abdomen. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester, was struck in the hip. They were […]

  • Death toll climbs after Nepal earthquake, strong aftershocks

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Nepalese who spent the night outdoors under a chilly sky were jolted awake today by strong aftershocks from a powerful, magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 2,300 people across the Himalayan region. One powerful, magnitude 6.7 aftershock sent people yelling and running for open ground. Meanwhile, rescuers aided by international teams are clearing rubble in search of survivors while landslides are blocking roads, hindering aid efforts. Planeloads of aid material, doctors […]

  • Anastacio Gonzales, 51, was charged with murder and armed robbery in the fatal stabbing of a restaurant owner, police said Sunday.

    Judge sets $1M bail for man charged in fatal restaurant stabbing

    CHICAGO — A judge set bail for a West Town man at $1 million Sunday after the man was charged in the fatal stabbing of a restaurant owner in Humboldt Park. Police said in a statement Sunday that Anastacio Gonzales, 51, of the 2600 block of West Rice Street, was charged with murder and armed robbery. Police said Gonzales fatally stabbed a 50-year-old man in the chest during a verbal altercation Saturday. The Chicago Tribune reports the victim was identified as […]

  • Historic handshake for U.S. & Cuban relations

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – It’s really the handshake seen around the world. President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands ahead of an historic meeting in Panama City during a gathering of leaders in the region. It’s significant because it’s the first official meeting between the two presidents in more than half a century. It was brief, but meaningful and symbolic. A small olive branch extended between the two leaders. Some see the gesture as progress between the United […]

  • Thousands of runners kick off Chicago running season at Shamrock Shuffle 8K

    CHICAGO — About 23,000 runners kicked off the Chicago running season Sunday morning at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Breaking the tape first was Stephen Sambu, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., in 23:03 — the fastest Shamrock Shuffle time since 2002 and the 12th fastest in the event’s history. The women’s winner was Alexi Pappas, 25, of Eugene, Ore., in 26:32.

 This was the second time Pappas has run the streets of Chicago, following her time as an official pacer […]

  • One dead, another wounded in shooting inside South Loop nightclub

    CHICAGO – A 36-year-old man was killed early Saturday after he got into an argument with another man at a club in the South Loop. It happened around 1:20 a.m. at Riff Music Lounge in the 2200 block of South Michigan Avenue. Police say the two men got into a fight about a woman. One man was escorted out, but he later returned with a gun and shot the other man in the abdomen. The 36-year-old was transported to Northwestern […]

  • Man fatally shot at Markham sports bar

    MARKHAM, Ill. — One man was killed in a shooting at a sports bar in south suburban Markham. It happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday at Adrianna’s Sports Pub & Grill, 16300 Dixie Highway. Illinois State Police were called in to help Markham police control the scene. Markham police are interviewing witnesses who say a fight broke out. It happened during a performance by hip hop artist Future. Patons say police closed down the bar as well as a neighboring […]


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