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 interviews with national and local celebrities, reports on showbiz and reviews of the latest movies are seen on WGN’s newscasts, including “WGN Morning News” and “WGN Midday News.” 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,” “Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer,” “Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s” and “Chicago’s Summer Blast.” Dean has also contributed to national cable channel WGN America, classic TV network Antenna TV, the Chicago Tribune and RedEye. In 2016, he was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, and in 2017, he was honored with the Chicago International Television Festival’s Chicago Award.

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 and reviews 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. In 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
  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘I Feel Pretty,’ ‘Super Troopers 2,’ ‘Traffik’

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards reviews moviews coming out this weekend.

  • Bill Murray and brothers open ‘Caddyshack’ restaurant today in Rosemont

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — “Caddyshack” is one of America’s legendary comedies, and Bill Murray hopes his new Caddyshack- themed restaurant will become just as legendary. Bill and his family opened the new Murray Brothers Caddyshack in Rosemont Tuesday morning. The golf-themed menu will feature crispy potato golf balls, a double bogey cheeseburger and “Caddyshakes.” It’s actually the second “Caddyshack” restaurant. The first one opened in St. Augustine, Florida, 17 years ago. Murray Brothers Caddyshack is in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on River […]

  • WGN’s Dean Richards interviews actor/comedian Kevin Hart

    Kevin Hart was in Chicago over the weekend for two shows at the United Center. He stopped by WGN on Saturday morning to chat with WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards.

  • Khloe Kardashian gives birth to baby girl amid Tristan Thompson cheating scandal

    CLEVELAND — Khloe Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl, according to TMZ. The baby was born Thursday morning at a hospital outside of Cleveland. This is Khloe’s first child with her boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson. The birth of their child comes just days after reports of Tristan cheating. Videos have recently been released of Tristan at a lounge with two women last October — when Khloe was three-months pregnant, and other videos capture him entering a […]

  • Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac part ways

    LOS ANGELES — Lindsey Buckingham will have to go his own way. The singer-guitarist is out of Fleetwood Mac. The band said in a statement Monday that Buckingham will not be on their new tour. The announcement came in two terse sentences at the bottom of a long news release announcing the new concerts. “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour,” the statement said. “The band wishes Lindsey all the best.” He’ll be jointly replaced […]

  • WGN’s Dean Richards interviews His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Ahead of Greek Easter this Sunday, WGN’s Dean Richards sat down to interview the new head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for Chicago and the Midwest, His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago. They talked about Easter and issues facing the church today, as well as Cubs/Sox vs. his beloved Yankees, NY vs. Chicago pizza and other such controversies. Watch the full interview in the player above.

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Blockers,’ ‘Chappaquiddick’

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards reviews movies coming out this weekend.

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Acrimony,’ ‘Isle of Dogs’

  • Corey Feldman claims he was stabbed, but police say no lacerations found

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are investigating an alleged attack on actor Corey Feldman, who tweeted that he was hospitalized after being stabbed. Officer Drake Madison says Feldman was stopped at an intersection Tuesday night when an unknown male made a stabbing motion at his stomach and fled. IM IN THE HOSPITAL! I WAS ATTACKED 2NITE! A MAN OPENED MY CAR DOOR & STABBED ME W SOMETHING! PLEASE SAY PRAYERS 4 US! 🙏🏼🙏🏼 THANK GOD IT WAS ONLY MYSELF […]

  • Tom Skilling to receive 2018 ‘Broadcast Pioneer Award’

    CHICAGO — One of WGN’s very own is going to receive a special honor. The Illinois Broadcasters Association has selected Tom Skilling as the recipient of their 2018 broadcast pioneer award. The annual award is given to broadcasters who have dedicated the majority of their careers in the state of Illinois. Skilling started out in radio while still a freshman at West Aurora High School. While doing stints in Madison and Milwaukee, he debuted on WGN-TV in August of 1978 […]