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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
  • EdgeFest has pet parade full of adorable neighborhood pets

    CHICAGO — The 6th annual Edgewater EdgeFest offered something new this year. Edgefest celebrated everyone’s favorite family members with a pet parade. The pet parade, along with pet contests, aimed to encourage the whole family to get involved in the Edgewater festivities. Participants in the pet parade showed off their pets by entering them in one of four categories: best costume, best trick, smallest or biggest pet and a owner and pet look-alike contest. The parade kicked off at 11 […]

  • Bloody Mary Fest kicks off in Highwood

    HIGHWOOD, Ill — Sunday brunch is a good time to enjoy a Bloody Mary and there was an entire festival dedicated to the drink in Highwood, Ill. WGN’s Andrea Darlas was at the festival and found out what makes the perfect Bloody Mary.

  • There’s something for everyone at the Newberry Library Book Fair

    CHICAGO — The Newberry Library Book Fair has over 100,00 different books divided into 70 different categories. The popular fair is in its 33rd year and is showing no signs of slowing down” “People around here just love books. They have run out of books, and as long as people have books they need to get cleaned out and books they need to buy, we’re golden,” Dan Crawford, fair manager, said. There are books at the fair for the history buff, […]

  • Rare, endangered Lipizzan horses show off dance moves in Old Mill Creek

    OLD MILL CREEK, Ill. — They’re called Lipizzans. They’re a rare and endangered breed of horses that actually dance. And you can see them perform just one hour north of Chicago. “The Lipizzan is a strong and spirited horse that was formerly a calvary horse. There are less than 8,000 worldwide” Esther Buonanno, programming director of the Tempel Lipizzans, said. Buananno has horse breeding in her blood. Her grandparents founded Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, Ill., nearly six decades […]

  • Exhibit shows promoter’s journey from Holocaust survivor to rock-and-roll legend

    SKOKIE — Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham is responsible for putting bands like the Grateful Dead on the path to rock and roll royalty, and a new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum documents his humble beginnings fleeing Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Once he established himself in America, Graham became a brilliant businessman with an ear for unique rock and roll talent.  He would go to promote and brand other big names including Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. Graham […]

  • Fans, artists and characters get together at Chicago Land Comic Con

    McCOOK, IL — From DC to Marvel, and Pokémon to Ninja Turtles, there was something for every comic enthusiast at the Chicago Land Comic Convention at the Max in McCook on Saturday. Show promoter Randy Beasley attributes the success of the convention to its loyal fans, many of whom showed up hours before the doors opened. Many even dressed as their favorite characters from their favorite show or video game. There were plenty of collectibles for sale as well, from Batman action […]

  • Person of interest in custody after tainted heroin sends 8 to hospital

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have made an arrest in a case involving tainted heroin that sent eight people to the hospital over the weekend. Police are calling the woman in custody a “person of interest.” She is believed to be somehow involved in distributing that heroin throughout the South Side of Chicago over the weekend. No official charges have been filed yet and police are still searching for more suspects. Police say as many as eight people overdosed on what […]

  • It’s all about the meat at Burger Fest

    CHICAGO — They came, they saw and they tasted the best hamburgers in Chicago. Whether it was the sizzle of a patty on the grill or the smell of beef in the air, there was plenty for meat lovers at BurgerFest in Roscoe Village Sunday. A total of 12 vendors including Burger in the Butcher, Kuma’s Corner and Reclaimed Bar and Grill came together to compete and see whose beef would be voted best. Kuma’s Executive Chef David Bacso touted […]

  • World Model Expo is a big deal in the miniature art world

    CHICAGO — Described as the “Olympics of miniature art,” the World Model Expo is bringing the biggest deals in the small art world to Chicago this weekend. There’s something for everyone, from baseball to warfare, including battleships with intricate details of planes and sailors standing by. There  are mini models of superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, and the Hulk. And there are even mini sculptures depicting history, including the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. More than 2,000 attendees who made […]

  • Henrietta Lacks and family honored at UIC

    CHICAGO — She unknowingly made medical history by giving doctors some of their biggest breakthroughs in the fight against cancer.  Today, the University of Illinois is paying tribute and preserving the legacy of Henrietta Lacks. Her cancer cells helped unlock new treatments including chemotherapy to help future cancer patients. Lacks was a poor African American tobacco farmer, when cells known as HeLa Cells were removed from her body in 1951 during a biopsy without her permission. Little did she know those […]