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Andrea 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
  • 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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    Car crashes into home in Chicago Ridge

    CHICAGO RIDGE – An elderly couple and their adult grandson were woken up by a car tearing through their house at 3:00 a.m. Saturday. It’s not clear what caused the driver to careen off the residential street and into the home. There was one passenger in the car. No one inside the home was injured. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash tore off a portion of the roof, most of the front siding and […]

  • Vigil held for mom, kids fatally struck by semi; driver cited

    CHICAGO – Chicago Police have ticketed the driver of a semi-truck after two children and one adult were struck and killed  by the truck on Chicago’s South Side. 23-year-old Zachary Barngrover, from Iowa, is cited with failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, and making an improper left turn onto a two-way road. The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on the 4300 block of South Ashland in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The three were identified as 30-year-old mother, […]

  • Fans, relatives pay respects to White Sox star Minoso

    CHICAGO — Fans and relatives are paying their respects to Chicago White Sox star Minnie Minoso. A memorial service will be Saturday at noon at Holy Family Church, 1080 Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. A procession immediately following the memorial service will pass U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox where a statue of Minoso stands. The Havana native and major league baseball’s first black Latino star died Sunday. He was believed to be 90. Known as the “Cuban […]

  • Man rescued from fire in critical condition; investigation underway

    CHICAGO — One man is in critical condition after he was rescued from a burning building in the city’s West Rogers Park neighborhood early Sunday morning. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly three hours.  The fire broke out at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday in a two-and-a-half story building in the 1900 block of West Devon Avenue. Police say the man was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston after Chicago police officers rescued him from the building. The fire was […]

  • Illinois woman charged in Canada mass shooting plot

    GENEVA, Ill. — Canadian police say Lindsay Souvannerath, 23, who lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in Geneva, was conspiring online with Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Halifax and two other Canadians to carry out a sinister attack that involved going to a Halifax shopping mall, opening fire, and shooting and killing is many people as they could — before then taking their own lives. But Geneva police got a tip from Halifax police and searched Souvannerath’s home the day before the plot […]

  • Funeral Saturday for slain U of I student

    CHICAGO — A funeral was held today for the University of Illinois student killed during a botched robbery on campus. A celebration of life took place at 10 a.m. at Curie High School on the South Side to remember Vicente Mundo. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. Nearly $10,000 has been raised — almost doubling the family’s goal. Two men are in custody and held on $2 million dollars bond each for the […]


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