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.


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    ‘America Salutes You’ benefit concert honors vets, service members

    A couple weeks ago, a special group of A-list performers all got together in the Chicago area to honor and say thank you to a special group of heroes. WGN’s Dean Richards has the story — watch in the video player above. You can see the ‘America Salutes You’ benefit concert from the Rosemont Theater Thrusday, November 24 at 8 p.m right here on WGN-TV. For more information or to donate, go to: www.americasalutesyou.org

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    Dean Reviews: ‘Moana,’ ‘Rules Don’t Apply, ‘Allied,’ ‘Bad Santa 2’

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    Dean shares delicious Thanksgiving ideas and recipes

    WGN’s Dean Richards shared amazing tips and recipes with us to try this Thanksgiving. Enjoy! Special thanks to:  American Sale and Jewel-Osco Recipe: Best Appetizer: Dean’s Grandma’s Pimento Dip One 8-ounce package cream cheese Full to 3/4 10 oz. jar of Spanish Olives with Pimento, chopped small 1/4 cup (or to taste) walnut or pecan chips If dip is too think for your liking,  add some of the olive juice Mix Form into a ball. Sprinkle with more chopped nuts. Serve with […]

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    Trump supporter arrested after outburst during Chicago ‘Hamilton’ performance

    CHICAGO — A Trump supporter who interrupted Saturday night’s performance of “Hamilton” in Chicago has been arrested. John Palmer, 56, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. after his outburst caused a major disruption during the popular musical. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing to land, the Chicago Tribune reports. Jeff Grider, an audience member at Saturday night’s performance, posted on Facebook that the performance was suspended after a man stood up and said, “Our side won! Our side won! F*** anyone who didn’t […]

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    2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners

    The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The awards, which were co-hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah, were full of show stopping performances — including John Legend’s emotional performance of “Love Me Now,” and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s racy “Side To Side” duet. But besides the performances, it was a competitive night. Drake led the way with a record 13 nominations and brought his dad as […]

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    Unforgettable: Living With Alzheimer’s

    In support of those battling Alzheimer’s disease, Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV aired a special titled “Unforgettable: Living With Alzheimer’s.” The hour-long special takes a look at the growing elder population and continuing growth of Alzheimer’s disease in people’s lives. The special, which is hosted by WGN’s Dina Bair and Dean Richard, features discussions with doctors, patients, caregivers and support staff.

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    How to watch and give during the ‘America Salutes You’ concert honoring veterans

    Watching the concert? You can donate to America Salutes You online or by text. CHICAGO — A concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families is coming to the Chicago area – and screens around the world – on November 12, including performances from Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, Wanda Jackson, and many more. “America Salutes You” will bring a wide array of stars to the Rosemont Theater on November 12, all in the name of raising […]

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    Dean’s Reviews: ‘Arrival,’ ‘Almost Christmas’

  • CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Chicago Cubs, Carl Edwards (6), Javier Baez (9), Chris Coghlan (8), Kris Bryant (17), Addison Russell (27) and Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrate after game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

    ‘Go Cubs Go’ hits Billboard charts after Cubs’ World Series win

    CHICAGO — From Wrigley Field to Saturday Night Live and now the Billboard Music Charts – the Cubs are still making history. The song “Go Cubs Go” is not only the anthem for the World Champion Chicago Cubs now it’s a Billboard hit. The 1984 Steve Goodman song has debuted at number 21 on the Billboard Pop digital song sales. It also ranked number 5 on Spotify’s Viral 50 list on Tuesday. The song got a boost from Anthony Rizzo, […]

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    Cubs players touch on Bartman rumors, superstitions, wedding details on late night TV

    The Chicago Cubs are making their World Series victory rounds onto TV talk shows. On the East Coast, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist were in New York on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Monday night. .@Cubs' @ARizzo44, @DexterFowler, and @benzobrist18 are here with the #WorldSeries trophy! #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/vk30zTY7DS — Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) November 8, 2016 The teammates talked about the game and their superstitions during playoffs. They also touched on rumors of Steve Bartman possibly throwing out the first […]