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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    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. […]

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    Remembering the officers killed in Dallas

    DALLAS – All five of the officers killed in Dallas on Thursday are being described as dedicated to their jobs and their families. Police say a lone gunman shot and killed the officers while they were on the job at what was a peaceful protest in response to videos of recent police shootings involving two African-American men. One shooting happened in Louisiana, the other in Minnesota. Some of the victims had military backgrounds. One had dreamed of being a police officer […]

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    1 killed, 1 wounded in Humboldt Park shooting

    CHICAGO — Police say a group of men had gathered in front an auto body shop and car parts company near Chicago and California to play cards and dominoes — games that carried into the early hours of the morning– when around 3 a.m. witnesses say someone emerged from an alley across the street and opened fire. Thirty-one-year-old Hector Badillo Jr. was shot in the neck and later died from his injuries.  Witnesses say he didn’t have any gang ties, […]

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    2 suspects dead, 4 officers injured during high speed chase

    CHICAGO – Two robbery suspects were killed and another two injured during a high-speed car chase with police Friday. Four police officers were also injured. The chase originated in the south suburbs and ended with a crash in West Pullman. Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says it all began when four suspects robbed the manager of a fast-food restaurant in south suburban Tinley Park around 11 a.m. Friday morning. Illinois State Police followed the car up I-57. When they exited […]

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    Volunteers lend a hand to Chicago neighborhoods at annual Serve-a-thon

    CHICAGO — It was a day of caring and serving all across Chicago as more than 5,000 volunteers gathered in Daley Plaza to kick off the annual Chicago Cares “Serve-a-thon.” Volunteers would spend the day working in schools, parks, and senior centers throughout the city. For these volunteers, it was a day of giving their time, working together, and serving communities in need.  Chicago Cares has been hosting this volunteer serve-a-thon for more than two decades. Many volunteers organized with co-workers, […]

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    Shots fired near the Jane Addams Tollway

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Illinois State Police is investigating reports of shots fired on Route 53 near the Jane Addams Tollway. It happened in the northbound lanes of Route 53 at about 3 a.m.  The ramps from I-90 to northbound Route 53 were closed for at least two hours, while police walked the roadway looking for shell casings.  The ramps were re-opened after 5 a.m.  Police are not saying if anyone was shot.  They are still investigating the incident. The […]