Dean Richards

Dean Richards is WGN-TV’s Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic. His work is seen and heard on several Tribune Media-owned properties and he was cited in a New York Times front-page article as “Tribune Company’s Man of Many Hats.”
Dean joined WGN-TV as a staff announcer in 1991. In 1998, he appeared as a guest reviewer and was brought onboard as a regular contributor soon after. His entertainment reports and reviews are seen on “WGN Morning News,” “WGN Midday News,” “WGN Evening News” and “WGN News at Nine,” where he interviews national and local celebrities, reports on showbiz and reviews the latest movies. He has also hosted and co-produced specials such as the award-winning “Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics,” the Oscar preview special “The Envelope Please” and “Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer.” Dean has also contributed to national cable channel WGN America, classic TV network Antenna TV, and Tribune Publishing’s Chicago Tribune and RedEye. On May 20, 2016, he was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle.
On WGN Radio (720 AM), “Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning” covers Chicago’s entertainment and lifestyle scene including movies, theater, food and dining, Sundays from 9am-1pm. Dean’s entertainment reports can also be heard on “The Steve Cochran Show” weekdays at 8:10am and “The Bill & Wendy Show” Thursdays at 11:35am. Since joining WGN Radio in 1994, he has won over 30 local and national awards for programming and production, including the Peter Lisagor Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Associated Press Best Feature of the Year, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, UPI, Chicago A.I.R. Awards, and Promax International Promotion and Marketing Awards. On May 27, 2016, Dean was enshrined with a bronze plaque on The WGN Radio Walk of Fame, which honors the station’s legendary talent, outside its Tribune Tower showcase studio on Michigan Avenue.
Dean’s annual radio and television specials on the fight against breast cancer have also garnered many national and local awards and citations from breast cancer organizations, including the “Y-ME” National Breast Cancer Organization’s “Outstanding Media” Award, for their contributions to the fight against the disease.
On and off the air, Dean has been a tireless worker related to HIV/AIDS issues, hosting charitable functions for decades including “AIDS Run & Walk Chicago” and “Dance for Life Chicago.” He has lent support to numerous organizations including Howard Brown Health Center, Horizons Community Services (now Center on Halsted), Open Hand Chicago, and was awarded a citation by Stop AIDS Chicago for his contributions to the fight against AIDS. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago also recognized him in their annual “Faces of AIDS” publication for bringing HIV/AIDS issues to mainstream media and, in 2006, cited him with a special commendation for his work in the field.
For over 25 years, Dean was part of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, many of those years as the telethon’s co-host on WGN-TV. He has also hosted numerous events for hunger, homeless, and domestic violence organizations.
A native of Chicago, Dean worked his way through a string of suburban Chicago radio stations after completing his Broadcast Communications/Marketing degree at Columbia College. A veteran of the Chicago’s broadcasting scene since 1975, he has worked at WNUA, WCLR, WIND, WCFL, WFYR, WPWR and WFLD. He also hosted a nationally-syndicated morning radio program for the ABC Radio Network, while also acting as its Operations Manager.

Recent Articles
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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ movie in the works, production expected to begin next year

    SINGAPORE — A new movie is in the works based on the wildly popular TV series, ‘Downton Abbey.’ More good news: producers want the original cast from the PBS “masterpiece” show to return for the big screen version. A #DowntonAbbey movie is officially in the works! — Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 21, 2017 Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said the movie has been in process for some time. “We are working on getting the script right,” […]

  • Lin Manuel Miranda’s dad discusses ‘Hamilton’ education program, shows baby pictures of his son

    CHICAGO – The award-winning musical Hamilton has become a cultural phenomenon, but looking beyond the stage and its 11 Tony Awards, the production is looking to make an impact in high-school classrooms as well. Luis A. Miranda Jr., father of Hamilton star Lin Manuel Miranda, stopped by WGN Morning News to discuss the Hamilton Education Program, an educational initiative that has been running since 2016. The program was started by Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, along with Lin Manuel Miranda, the […]

  • ‘Transformers’ brings unprecedented red carpet event to Chicago River

    CHICAGO — Stars of the new “Transformers” took to the red carpet in what city officials said was the biggest red carpet event we’ve ever had in Chicago. A-List stars like Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel strolled the red carpet that was staged on a barge on the Chicago River. The spectacle included the movie’s stars as well as some unprecedented security. Bomb sniffing dogs and a large police presence including machine gun wielding officers led the charge to ensure […]

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  • Singer Phil Collins hospitalized after fall, postpones stops on tour

    LONDON — Singer Phil Collins has been hospitalized and postponed his tour after falling and hitting his head, according to a statement on his Facebook page Thursday. The statement said Collins has trouble walking because of a back operation. “He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair,” the statement said. Collins suffered a gash on his head that had to […]

  • Miguel Cervantes, who stars in Chicago’s ‘Hamilton,’ stops by Morning News

    Miguel Cervantes, who plays Alexander Hamilton in Chicago’s HAMILTON, released a new original song ‘Til the Calm Comes about his family, wife Kelly and their personal journey with their baby daughter Adelaide’s struggle with epilepsy. Adelaide is the beautiful one-year-old daughter of Kelly and Miguel Cervantes and beloved little sister to Jackson. She is also a member of the CURE family. Miguel is partnering with Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) to raise funds to support epilepsy research in […]

  • WGN Radio honors 2017 Walk of Fame members

    CHICAGO — WGN Radio is honoring the newest members of its Walk of Fame today. WGN’s Dean Richards was inducted last year and spoke with some of this year’s honorees.