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
  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘The Circle’

  • Members of Prince’s band The Revolution share their favorite memories

    CHICAGO — The Revolution formed in 1979 when Prince joined drummer “Bobby Z” and keyboardist Matt Fink. The group evolved over the next four years. The band played on just three of Prince’s studio albums, but they were part of some of his greatest hits! Prince sold 65 million albums. His work with The Revolution accounted for about half of those sales, including “Purple Rain” that sold 20 million copies. Since Prince’s death a year ago, they’ve remained mostly silent, so we were thrilled that they joined WGN […]

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘The Promise,’ ‘Born in China’

  • Dean shares delicious Easter ham recipe

    WGN’s Dean Richards shared amazing tips and recipes with us to try this Easter. Enjoy! Special thanks to:  American Sale and Jewel-Osco Recipe: Tortellini Skewers Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons jarred pesto 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 packages spinach tortellini, cooked and cooled 2 pints cherry tomatoes 12 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley Directions: -Mix olive oil, pesto and vinegar in  bowl -Use small skewers and thread 1 tortellini, 1 cherry tomato and 1 […]

  • Dean`s Reviews: `Fate of the Furious`, `Lost City of Z`

  • Rolling Stone exhibit to open at Navy Pier

    More info at: http://www.stonesexhibitionism.com/

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Going In Style’, ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’

  • Actor, Comedian Don Rickles dies at 90, spokesman says

    Don Rickles, a comedian and actor known for his abrasive humor, died Thursday from kidney failure at his Los Angeles home, according to his publicist, Paul Shefrin. He was 90 years old. Known as the world’s greatest insult comic, Rickles enjoyed a career that spanned decades and found him performing in everything from nightclubs to a Martin Scorsese film. Rickles reveled in being the opposite of politically correct. In a 1993 interview he told CNN’s Larry King “I don’t even […]

  • Midday Fix: Maury Povich chats with Dean Richards

    Maury Povich www.mauryshow.com/ Check out The Maury Show on WGN-TV weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT.

  • Backstreet Boys shine at ACM Awards, Aldean wins top prize

    Florida Georgia Line may have lost entertainer of the year to Jason Aldean, but the country duo owned the Academy of Country Music Awards, thanks to some help from the Backstreet Boys. Currently reliving @backstreetboys coming out with @FLAGALine in Nash on the #ACMS 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/Ao8QQ6Kmyh — The BIG 98 (@98WSIX) April 3, 2017 The boy band brought the audience to its feet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night, singing their anthemic classic “Everybody (Backstreets Back),” […]