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, reporter/weekend break features on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts.”

During her 20-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”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics.


Recent Articles
  • Teen in critical condition after family killed in Des Plaines crash

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A suburban teen is in critical condition after his parents and sister were killed in a Des Plaines crash Sunday. The 16-year-old was driving his family’s Volkswagen Passat about 6 p.m. Sunday when he turned in front of a Lexus at Rand and Golf roads, WGN’s Andrea Darlas reports. The Passat was broadsided by the Lexus and pushed off the road. Three passengers — the boy’s father, mother and sister — were killed. The Cook County […]

  • Macy’s transforms iconic department store into a floral fantasy

    CHICAGO — It was awfully chilly Sunday, even though the calendar says “Spring.” But inside Macy’s on State Street, the 2018 Flower Show brings color and sights of spring to the iconic store. WGN’s Andrew Darlas has a preview.  

  • St. Patrick’s Day revelers raise money for cancer research

    WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — St. Patrick’s Day celebrations weren’t just confined to Chicago on Saturday.

  • 1,100 Downers Grove students get detention for walkout

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — About 1,100 students at two suburban Chicago high schools will serve hour-long detentions for participating in this week’s walkout to protest gun violence. Students at Downers Grove North and South High Schools can serve their detentions before or after school on weekdays or on Saturdays. Community High School District 99 spokeswoman Jill Browning says the detentions were given after school officials met with students before Wednesday’s walkout and offered alternatives “that would not disturb the educational […]

  • Family forced off Southwest Airlines flight in viral video

    CHICAGO — Southwest Airlines is taking some heat after a family was escorted off a flight at Midway International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Passenger Alexis Armstrong, 24, of Joliet filmed part of the incident on her cellphone in a video that has since gone viral. Armstrong said Southwest staff removed a couple and their 2-year-old daughter from a flight to Atlanta shortly before takeoff Wednesday after the child became unruly. Armstrong said the girl wanted to sit in her father’s […]

  • International Home and Housewares Show shows off new, unique home appliances

    CHICAGO — At the International Home and Housewares Show there’s something new and unique for every home. The show featured new products like the Zip Top and the Tub Shroom. It’s the place where designers get to show off new inventions and products just hitting retail shelves and some retro favorites making a comeback. There’s everything from the latest in kitchen trends to bathrooms and even something to make the dreaded toilet cleaning just a little less dreadful. This year’s […]

  • Chili Cook-Off helps others put food on the table in Rogers Park

    ROGER’S PARK — Chefs faced off on the North Side Sunday as part of a fundraiser to put food on the table for those in need. Ameteur chefs competed side-by-side to see whose chili reigns supreme at the Heat It Up! Chili Cook-off in Rogers Park, with all proceeds from the chili cook-off benefiting local farmer’s markets and food access programs. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars every year. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has the story.

  • Peaches Boutique helps young women find the perfect dress

    CHICAGO — Moms and daughters anxiously waited in line for Peaches Boutique to open its doors early for dress giveaways and other prizes. Once they were inside, they couldn’t wait to try on and say yes to that perfect dress. Peaches has been serving the Garfield Ridge community more than 30 years and it’s become one of the largest dress stores in the country. Saturday was a special day, with each customer getting her own personal shopper to help search […]

  • Golfers get ready for swinging season at the Chicago Golf Show

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — It was a bit too windy to hit the links Sunday, but the annual Chicago Golf Show took the love of golf indoors at the largest show of its kind in the Midwest. WGN’s Andrea Darlas takes a trip inside.

  • Indoor go-kart speedway in Mokena takes racing to whole new level

    MOKENA, Ill. — The Accelerated Indoor Speedway is taking go-kart racing to a whole new level. The eco-friendly facility features state of the art, electric go-karts with touchscreens and  boost buttons. Go-kart races here have become a Saturday morning staple for these South Side friends. The Owners are even giving back to the community and using go kart racing as an educational tool — through a local STEM program designed to teach students math and engineering.