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 cop shot with pellet gun

    CHICAGO — Four people are in custody after a Chicago police officer was shot with a pellet gun on the west side. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday night near Madison and Cicero Avenues. The officer was working a vice operation in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when he was shot. He and another officer returned fire, but didn’t hit anyone. The pellet gun was recovered at the scene. The officer was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but […]

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    Suburban coaches accused of getting drunk, belligerent at bar; No longer employed

    SUMMIT, Ill. —    Two suburban high school coaches are no longer employed and are accused of getting drunk and belligerent at a bar. Argo High School has fired its varsity wrestling coach and the assistant coach has resigned after what some are calling “a lapse in judgment” at an off-campus event. School officials are quick to point out that no students are, or were ever, in any danger. A concerned parent tells WGN that several weeks ago, head coach 37-year-old Darren […]

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    Shamrock Shuffle kicks off running season in Chicago

    CHICAGO — It was a sea of green in Grant Park for the the 37th annual Shamrock Shuffle this morning.  Some used this annual 8K race as an excuse to continue celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, while others used it to mark the start of running season in Chicago. And with the sound of the horn, they were off, shufflers winding through the streets of Chicago for this nearly five-mile race on a cold and windy April morning.  Many including the now […]

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    Man dead, 2 firefighters injured in West Side apartment fire

    CHICAGO – A man is dead and two firefighters are injured after a fire at an apartment building on Chicago’s West Side. The fire began at 10:30pm Friday at 312 N. Central Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood. It was contained to an apartment on the second floor. The Chicago Fire Department says a man in his 50s was killed in the fire.  His name has not been released. A firefighter was critically injured after falling down an elevator shaft […]

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    Protesters clog downtown streets during CTU march

    CHICAGO — Chicago teachers and supporters flooded the streets of downtown Chicago during the busy afternoon rush as part of today’s “Day of Action.” SEA OF RED downtown. Front of March now heading EB on Wacker from Clark. @CTULocal1 — Sarah Jindra (@SarahJindra) April 1, 2016 Rally heading to Michigan Ave. @WGNNews #CTUStrike — Erik Runge (@WGNErik) April 1, 2016 Randolph already blocked State to Lasalle, Clark blocked Lake to Randoloh. March starts at 5 — Sarah Jindra […]

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    Teen wounded in shooting on West Side

    CHICAGO — At least 13 people were wounded Friday in separate shootings, including a 13-year-old boy who was shot on the West side. Just before 8:30 p.m. Friday night, an argument broke out between two groups of people in the 5500 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the Austin neighborhood, according to police. Police said a man from one of the groups pulled out a gun and fired shots. The 13-year-old was standing on the sidewalk away from the fight […]

  • Members of the civil protection walk outside the damaged front of Brussels Airport at Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on March 23, 2016, a day after triple bomb attacks at the Brussels airport and at a subway train station killed 31 people and wounded more than 200. (YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)

    US official says 2 Americans perished in Brussels attacks

    BRUSSELS — Two siblings flying to New York. A Peruvian chef. A Belgian law student. These are some of the dead and missing in Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels. At least 31 people were killed and 300 wounded in Tuesday’s attacks at the Brussels Airport and a subway, authorities said. The victims span 40 nationalities. Americans were among the dead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Friday during a visit to the Belgian capital. He didn’t say how many or […]

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    Bill Clinton visits Maywood church

    Former President Bill Clinton visited several Chicago area African-American churches on this rainy Sunday, just days ahead of the Illinois primary.  He was campaigning for his wife, Hillary saying she is a “change maker” who will move the country forward. The former president was greeted by a cheering crowd at to the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood and he got right to work in stumping for Hillary. Clinton told the crowd it’s easy to be angry, but they […]

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    Bernie Sanders: ‘I do not want Mayor Emanuel’s endorsement if I win’

    CHICAGO — On this pre-St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago and just days before the Illinois  primary, Senator Bernie Sanders made a Chicago appearance.  He criticized his opponent Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s failed rally in Chicago Friday night and how Mayor Emanuel is handling the Chicago public school crisis. Sanders began by saying he didn’t want Emanuel’s endorsement and called the Mayor’s record  “disastrous.” He condemned the mayor’s decision to let CPS borrow from Goldman Sachs, the same company Sanders says […]

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    Trump cancels Chicago rally; protesters fill streets near UIC

    CHICAGO  — Donald Trump’s campaign on Friday postponed a rally in Chicago amid fights between supporters and demonstrators, protests in the streets and concerns that the environment at the event was no longer safe. The announcement, which came amid large protests both inside and outside the event at The University of Illinois, comes amid heightened concerns about violence at the GOP front-runner’s rallies and four days before Illinois holds its Republican primary. Hundreds of demonstrators packed into an arena, breaking out […]


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