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
  • Amtrak train derails at Union Station

    CHICAGO —  Amtrak officials say three cars derailed when a train carrying about 200 passengers from the East Coast arrived in Chicago. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says he has received no reports of any serious injuries from the Monday morning derailment. He says the train was switching from track to track when three cars in the middle of the eleven-car train lost contact with the track. Officials say train No. 49 was arriving in Chicago from New York and Boston. […]

  • Semi truck crashes on the Kennedy, seriously injuring driver

    CHICAGO — A truck driver was seriously hurt in an accident on the Kennedy Expressway that left part of the tractor-trailer dangling over a busy Chicago street in the Avondale neighborhood Sunday. After the truck crashed into a wall of interstate near Kimball Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., part of the cab of the truck somehow separated from the trailer and jumped the concrete barrier, falling more than 15 feet and crashing to the street. Then it was a suspenseful scene as part of a tractor-trailer […]

  • One dead, more than a dozen injured in Cincinnati nightclub shooting

    CINCINNATI — Gunfire erupted inside a crowded nightclub early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others.There was no indication the shooting at the Cameo club was terrorism related, police said. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a tweet that the motive was still unclear. Authorities also didn’t immediately have any suspects in the 1:30 a.m. shooting on a busy weekend night.Neudigate tweeted that there was only one reported shooter but that police were investigating whether […]

  • Rep Gutierrez leads Chicago immigration office sit-in

    CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez lead a sit-in at a federal immigration office in Chicago. Among other things, the Illinois Democrat was asking immigration officials not to conduct raids and reverse a years-old deportation decision on a Mexican immigrant in the country without legal permission. Francisca Lino is married to a U.S. citizen and four of her six children are U.S. citizens. The congressman has been arrested for civil disobedience related to immigration reform before, including at a 2013 […]

  • South Side Irish Parade celebrates culture, community for nearly 4 decades

    CHICAGO — With the cut of the ribbon, the South Side Irish Parade stepped off at 103rd and Western, just as it has for nearly 4 decades. Bagpipers, marching bands, and floats with participants handing out candy and beads to all came to celebrate. There were politicians and plenty of worthy causes near and dear to the South Side community. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Chicago celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day

    CHICAGO — Saturday was the official kickoff to Chicago Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, complete with the dyeing of the Chicago River and the parade through Grant Park downtown. For some, the party started early. Jameson shots and cocktails were flowing at 7 a.m. at ‘Raised,’ the rooftop bar at the Renaissance Chicago downtown on West Wacker. “I woke up at 5:30 a.m. because I took a shower, got ready, so it was an early day,” Jessica Perez said. Amanda Kelley […]

  • 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.