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
  • Epic costume-clad shopping cart race returns to help feed the hungry

    CHICAGO — It was fast, it was furious, and it was cold. The 12th annual CHIditarod didn’t disappoint with its carts, its costumes and pageantry. The CHIditarod is easily one of Chicago’s most colorful and outrageous charity food drives. Mirrored after Alaska’s famous Iditarod, this competition features 100 teams collecting and turning in as much food as possible in a bid to out-dress, out decorate, and out race each other through the streets of West Town. Racers take pride in […]

  • Tinley Park dealership latest target of car theft ring in the Chicago area, officials say

    Tinley Park police are investigating after five vehicles were stolen from a dealership on a stretch residents call “car dealers row.” It’s the 10th break in of a car dealership in the Chicago area in the last two months. Police say shortly before 11:30pm Friday night, five people wearing masks broke through a window and into the service area of the Bettenhausen dealership at 159th St. and 83rd Ave. and entered the store. Once inside they each stole a car and then left the […]

  • Democratic, Republican commentators take Trump to task over media comments

    CHICAGO– There was packed house at a political forum Friday on the campus of the University of Chicago, moderated by Democratic strategist David Axelrod. Both the GOP and the Democratic speakers came down hard on President Trump for his repeated attacks on the media. Students and faculty packed into the International House Assembly Hall to hear Democratic analyst Van Jones and GOP Commentator S.E. Cupp voice concerns and answer questions about Donald Trump’s most recent criticism of the press at the […]

  • Chicago chefs take the ramen bowl to gourmet levels

    CHICAGO — It’s not just a college staple anymore; the Ramen craze has taken off to gourmet levels. Case in point: the 3rd Annual Ramenfest in West Town, where WGN’s Andrea Darlas sampled dishes from more than 20 of the best chefs in Chicago as they competed to see whose bowl is best.

  • People flood downtown Chicago streets for women’s march

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for a women’s march in Chicago have spilled into downtown streets. Officially, organizers canceled the march portion of the Women’s March on Chicago due to overwhelming turnout. But after a rally concluded in Grant Park people began flooding nearby streets, chanting and waving signs protesting President Donald Trump. The event is occurring the same day as a march in Washington and similar events in 200 cities, including Springfield and Carbondale. […]

  • Chicago policeman charged with murder released from jail on electronic monitoring

    CHICAGO – A judge has ordered that a Chicago police officer be released from jail after he promised to appear in court on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man. Cook County Circuit Judge Donald Panarese Jr. also ordered Thursday that 57-year-old Lowell Houser be placed on electronic monitoring upon his release. Prosecutors had asked Panarese to order Houser be held in jail without bond. Houser was charged Wednesday. Prosecutors say he was off duty […]

  • Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky skipping Trump inauguration

    CHICAGO — Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is joining the growing number of politicians who will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. Schakowsky released a statement saying she is protesting a president who used “bigotry, fear and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression.” Instead, Schakowsky plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Other Illinois lawmakers not attending the inauguration include Representatives Dan Lipinski, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez. There are […]

  • Man suspected of shooting three people shot and killed by Chicago Police officer

    CHICAGO –  Chicago Police shot and killed a man suspected of shooting three people on the West Side early Sunday. It happened at 12:35am in the 3300 block of west Monroe in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The officers were reportedly in the area when they heard shots fired.  They saw the man run into a nearby alley.   Once that was man was cornered, police say he turned and pointed a gun at the officers.  One of the officers shot the […]

  • Chicago prepares to ring in 2017

    CHICAGO – The city of Chicago will once again ring in the new year with a giant star rising up along the Chicago River. This marks the second year of the city’s Chi-Town Rising event. Organizers say extra security is in place. The celebration features music, fireworks and a 70-foot star rising at midnight along the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower. Viewing areas are located along the riverfront between Michigan and Columbus. CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said a thousand more […]

  • Woman shot in vestibule of apartment building

    CHICAGO – Police continue to search for a gunman who shot and wounded a South Side mother during an attempted robbery. Police say the gunman forced his way into the vestibule her apartment building on East 74th place late Wednesday night. He confronted the 29-year-old mother inside and demanded money. When she tried to run, police say he shot her in the stomach and ran off. Neighbors say the shooting has changed their feelings about the neighborhood. So far no […]