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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    Three children killed in Gary apartment fire

    GARY, Ind. – The investigation continues in an apartment fire that killed three young children in Gary, Indiana. Firefighters say they were called to the apartment complex in the 4400 block of W. 23rd Court just before 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, they encountered heavy smoke leading from the first floor to the second floor of one unit. The fire department made an initial attack and conducted a primary search, that’s when they found the bodies of the three children. The […]

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    4-year-old treated to holiday shopping spree after tough year without mother

    CHICAGO — A young girl who lost her mother to gun violence earlier this year was able to take part in a little holiday joy Friday, thanks to generous members of the community. 4-year-old Ma’liah Haymond mother, 19-year old D’aria Haymond, was shot and killed as she sat in a car with a friend in Dolton nearly a year ago. D’aria’s mother Dalena Grant says the killer is still at large. Dalena is now raising Ma’liah and the family has […]

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    Squad car responding to crash becomes part of it instead

    CHICAGO — A CPD squad car responding to a crash became part of it instead Sunday as slippery road conditions sent cars sliding, and seven people to area hospitals. Police were responding to a two-car accident involving a vehicle that lost control in the snow, crossed the center line, and collided with a truck on the 39th street overpass in Bridgeport around 3 p.m. Sunday. When officers in a marked squad car arrived on the scene, they swerved to avoid […]

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    Man killed, 5 others injured in mass shooting during South Side party

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are looking for two gunmen who “shot up” a house party early Saturday morning in the South Shore neighborhood. Police say six people were shot and one man is dead. It happened at 2:15 a.m. at a house party near 88th Street and South Exchange Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood. Witnesses say two men opened fire inside the house. People were seen jumping from second story windows to escape the gunfire. A 20-year-old man was shot in […]

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    Protesters disrupt Black Friday shopping on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, demonstrators disrupted Black Friday shopping on the Mag Mile to call for more accountability for Chicago police. They demanded a shopping boycott, blocking store entrances up and down the busy street to demand an elected civilian police review board. City officials have said they plan to create a non-elected citizen oversight board next year. An engaged crowd listened to speakers Friday morning near the city’s historic Old Water Tower. One speaker criticized Republican […]

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    Man killed in hit-and-run at problem Near North intersection, neighbors say

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for the driver of an SUV that came tearing down a Near North Side intersection early Sunday morning and hit and killed a man crossing the street, before speeding away.  And, residents say there have been problems with this intersection in the past. “If you’re not careful, the cars here are speeding so fast, they’ll run you over flat,” said resident Anette Elmore. Police say the 23-year-old man was crossing the street at Chicago and LaSalle […]

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    Teens charged in murder of Congressman’s grandson

    CHICAGO — Two teenagers are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Congressman Danny Davis’ 15-year-old grandson. The 16-year-old male and 17-year-old female will appear in bond court on Sunday, each faces one felony count of first-degree murder. Police say they shot and killed 15-year-old Jovan Wilson at his home on the South Side Friday night. Wilson was at home in Englewood around 6:45 p.m., when the boy and  girl entered and started fighting with Wilson.  Davis says the […]

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    Turn-in programs get guns off the streets

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department hosted a gun turn-in program at St. Agnes of Bohemia in Little Village Saturday, hoping to help stop the violence plaguing Chicago by getting guns off the streets. Four guns were turned in during the first half-hour of the event, and police say two were the caliber they see most often on the streets. They say with even one gun turned in, it’s “win-win” for the community. Parish priest Father Tom Boharic says these programs keep neighborhoods […]

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    Chicago Police, Feds launch weekend crime crackdown

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Police Department has launched a weekend crackdown on crime and drugs with a coalition of police department and federal agencies.   Superintendent Eddie Johnson kicked off the joint operation Friday night with a press conference at Central and Madison.  Johnson says CPD will be working with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, DEA, Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois State Police to break up gangs in “hot zones” on the city’s West and South sides. […]

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    Thousands of people climbed to the top of the Willis Tower – one stair at a time

    CHICAGO — More than 3,000 climbers participated in the 8th annual Skyrise Chicago stair climb at the Willis Tower Sunday morning.  It was a long way to the top floor, but it was worth the $1 million dollars climbers were hoping to raise for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. More than 3,000 participants climbed 103 flights of stairs – more than 2,100 steps – to the top of the Willis Tower. Senator Mark Kirk, a former RIC patient, participated in […]