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
  • ‘Partridge Family’ star David Cassidy says he’s battling dementia

    NEW YORK — David Cassidy, the 66-year-old singer and actor, says he is battling dementia. The former teenage heartthrob told People magazine that dementia runs in his family, affecting both his grandfather and his mother. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said to People, regarding the disease. Cassidy said he would step back from touring. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any […]

  • Grammys 2017: The winners list

    The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday. Album of the year: “25,” Adele. Record of the year: “Hello,” Adele. Best new artist: Chance the Rapper. Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Hello,” Adele and Greg Kurstin. Best pop solo performance: “Hello,” Adele. Best pop vocal album: “25,” Adele. Best traditional pop vocal album: “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” Willie Nelson. Best pop duo or group performance: “Stressed Out,” twenty one pilots. Best dance/electronic album: “Skin,” Flume. Best rock song: […]

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

  • Zach Galifianakis still traumatized after visit to WGN 4 years ago

    It seems that actor Zach Galifianakis will always remember his visit to WGN Morning News. WGN’s Dean Richards recently sat down with Galifianakis, who is the voice of “The Joker” in the new “Lego Batman Movie”, for an interview. During the interview, he recalled his visit to WGN four-years ago, when he and Will Ferrell were greeted by a parade of “Chicago celebrities.” And apparently — he is still a little traumatized by it. Watch Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis’ visit to […]

  • Singer Al Jarreau retires from touring due to exhaustion

    LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau has been forced into retirement from touring due to exhaustion. A statement on his website says Jarreau is hospitalized in Los Angeles and is “improving slowly.” The statement says Jarreau’s medical team has told him he can’t perform any of his remaining concert dates this year. It says Jarreau is retiring from touring “with complete sorrow.” The statement says he’s thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world — that includes stops all over […]

  • Judy Garland repeatedly molested by munchkins on ‘Wizard of Oz’ set, ex-husband says

    Judy Garland’s ex-husband claims she was repeatedly molested by actors who played munchkins in the classic musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” Sid Luft and Judy Garland were married from 1952-1965. He died 12 years ago, but the claims come from a new memoir titled “Judy and I: My Life With Judy Garland.” Luft claimed some of the munchkin actors put their hands up Judy’s dress during filming, and were drunks. According to PEOPLE, many of the actors denied the claims and […]

  • Lady Gaga is the first female to headline at Wrigley Field

    HOUSTON — Fresh off a high-wire, crowd-pleasing halftime performance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced plans for a world tour kicking off this summer. Gaga posted news of the tour on Twitter late Sunday night. The 48-date tour includes stops in North America, Europe and Brazil. Several of her U.S. dates include performances at baseball stadiums, including Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park. Lady Gaga will be the first woman to headline a concert at Wrigley. The concert […]

  • Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter critical after ATV accident: report

    KENTWOOD, La. — Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter is reportedly hospitalized in critical condition after an ATV accident. According to TMZ, 8-year old Maddie was underwater for several minutes and unconscious Sunday after the ATV flipped over. Sources say she is in extremely serious condition and that she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Jamie Lynn Spears Daughter Maddie Seriously Hurt in ATV Accident — TMZ (@TMZ) February 6, 2017 She was on a hunting trip near Kentwood, Louisiana. Maddie […]

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘The Space Between Us’, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

  • Mary Tyler Moore’s official cause of death revealed

    The official cause of death for Mary Tyler Moore has been revealed. According to her death certificate that was obtained by TMZ, she suffered cardiopulmonary arrest brought on by three other serious medical conditions: aspiration pneumonia, hypoxia (lack of oxygen to her tissues) and diabetes. The six-time Emmy winner lived with diabetes type 1 for more than 50 years. The 80-year-old actress was laid to rest over the weekend in a small, private funeral that was held in Connecticut. About 50 close family […]