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
  • Elderly couple fatally stabbed in Austin neighborhood

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the death of an elderly couple. They were found fatally stabbed in their apartment in the Austin neighborhood this morning.   Early reports indicate one of the couple’s son’s discovered  the bodies. Police arrived at the scene shortly after 1:00 a.m. in the 1400 block of N. LeClaire and discovered an elderly couple had been stabbed to death.  The first victim a man in his early 60s, the other, his 69-year-old wife.  Police say each […]

  • Officers honored for heroics during Back of the Yards shooting

    CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers were honored Tuesday for their heroic actions during gunfire in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Gang members allegedly ambushed and shot two officers during a stake out on May 2nd. The officers returned fire. Then, two detectives raced to the scene to chase the suspects and saved the wounded officers’ lives. The officers were honored as part of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Officer of the Month program. The gunmen were eventually arrested […]

  • Rallies against Islamic law draw counter-protests in Chicago, across US

    CHICAGO — Two competing rallies squared off in downtown Chicago as marches against Islamic law took place in dozens of locations across the U.S. Saturday. The day started with the pro-Muslim and pro-immigrant group chanting for equality while holding anti-Trump signs at Wacker and Wabash, directly across from Trump Tower. Soon, dozens of anti-Sharia law activists started their own rally across the street, protesting what they say are certain aspects of the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. There […]

  • Cyclists take over Lake Shore Drive for Bike the Drive

    CHICAGO — Thousands pedaled their way down Lake Shore Drive for Bike the Drive Sunday. No cars were allowed on the scenic route during the morning hours until police reopened them around 11 a.m. Sunday. The annual event raises money for the Active Transportation Alliance, which advocates for improved city bike trails and walkways. A new addition this year was the 30 Mile Challenge, which encouraged cyclists to track their progress via an app. Did you Bike the Drive? Click the button below to share […]

  • ‘Jurassic World’ roars into Field Museum

    CHICAGO — “Jurassic World –  the Exhibition” has arrived at the Field Museum in Chicago. It took a long time to bring this massive exhibit here, but it will teach you anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to learn about dinosaurs. It’s a chance for dinosaur enthusiasts to get a first hand look at Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus and the mighty T-Rex. Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in movie history, the 17,000 square foot exhibit gives you an in-depth, interactive look […]

  • First of its kind center opens for victims of police torture

    CHICAGO – The first center devoted to victims of police torture opened its doors in Chicago Friday. Chicago Torture Justice Center is in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and is the first center of its kind in the country. The idea is to cater to the specific needs of victims of police torture.  The center offers everything from therapy to counseling and educational resources. Many who come to the center for help were victims of disgraced Chicago police commander John Burge. And […]

  • Police search for teenage girl suspect in CTA train robberies

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are warning community members after two people were robbed while riding the Green Line and Pink Line trains, respectively. Both incidents occurred Thursday, May 4, at about 12:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. In both incidents, a female robber approached the victims as they were seated. She then forcibly took property from the victims’ hands and fled the train. This suspect is described as being about 17-years-old, is 5’4″ to 5’7″ tall, and weighs 100-130 pounds. If you have any information, contact Chicago […]

  • Travelers at O’Hare question recent airline anger

    CHICAGO — It’s much calmer at Chicago’s O’hare International Airport than it was on Monday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where several angry passengers were arrested when fighting and screaming matches broke out after nearly a dozen Spirit Airlines flights were canceled. There were some residual delays, but Spirit passengers at O’Hare weren’t feeling too many of the aftereffects. The airline blames the situation on what it calls an “unlawful labor activity” by some pilots. The pilots union has […]

  • Powerful new drug blamed for spike in opioid-related deaths

    CHICAGO — A powerful new drug on the street called acryl-fentanyl is being blamed for more than 40 opioid-related deaths in the Chicago area this year alone. The Cook County Medical Examiner says it’s more powerful then heroin, warning residents the drug is out there, it’s easy to get and it can be fatal almost instantly. An ER doctor at Stroger Hospital, Dr. Steven Aks said this new fentanyl analog can kill without any early symptoms or warnings. Aside from small pupils and a shortness […]

  • County officials, Illinois members of Congress blast Republican health care bill

    CHICAGO — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gathered Monday with members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation and health care experts at Stroger Hospital to denounce the new “Trumpcare” health plan that passed the U.S. House last week. They said that while they may have lost this battle, the fight isn’t over yet. Preckwinkle stood with Congressmen Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and others to warn that nearly a half a million Cook County residents could stand to lose their healthcare coverage […]