Dina Bair
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Dina Bair is an Emmy award-winning journalist who is currently the anchor for WGN Midday News. In addition, she is the medical reporter for the “Medical Watch” segments on WGN Midday News and WGN News at Nine. Dina joined WGN-TV as a full-time general assignment reporter in September 1994. Recently in 2013, Dina traveled to Italy to cover the election of the new Pope. She reported live from Vatican City. She anchored the WGN Weekend Morning News from December 1994 to December 1999.

Dina came to WGN-TV from CLTV in Oak Brook where she was an anchor and reporter. Prior to CLTV, she worked at WHOI-TV in Peoria as an anchor, reporter and producer. Dina also worked at WMAQ-TV in Chicago as a field producer.

Dina is the recipient of numerous awards including seven Emmy awards, a Peter Lisagor award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and multiple Associated Press awards for both anchoring and reporting. Dina was named a Fellow by the National Press Foundation for the “Cancer Issues” seminar in Washington D.C. In perhaps the most rewarding story of her career, Dina spent a month reporting inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Her news series and documentary, “Intensive Caring,” detailed the cutting edge medical treatments and life and death decisions won awards for its news and documentary coverage.

Dina is originally from the East Coast and received her B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in Evanston. Dina is married with four children and a tri-athlete who enjoys running, boxing, lifting weights, and competitive ballroom dancing.

She is a founding Board member of the breast cancer charity One in a Million: Dancing With Chicago Celebrities. And she leads a media running team devoted to raising funds for charity. Dina is also involved with The National Italian American Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, LUNGevity, Respiratory Health Association, American Cancer Society, and Imerman Angels.


Recent Articles
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    Marching for Meera: Through grief, family raises awareness for pediatric brain tumor research

    On the medical watch Meera’s Marchers. We here at WGN have been on that team for two and a half  years after one of our colleague’s daughters was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor. He and his wife tried everything, traveled and sought treatment closer to home all in an effort to save his baby girl. In the end, cancer took Meera’s life but not the family’s dedication to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Meera’s Marchers are coming together […]

  • ‘Ride Ataxia’ raises awareness of debilitating disease

    It’s a debilitating disease that robs patients of strength and mobility then shortens their lives.  But this weekend in the Chicago area, they ride up to 52 miles to show there’s no stopping them until they have an effective treatment, maybe even a cure. “I’ve been in a wheelchair for about 3 years now. All these sports were leaving my life. I loved playing golf and baseball, and I loved downhill skiing and basketball.” The rare neuromuscular disorder known as […]

  • Hydration help: Stay safe in the heat

    On the medical watch – we are going on the road – talking about hydration in the hot summer weather. As race season gears up and weekend warriors hit the trail – experts say it’s critical to prepare so you don’t get burned out in the blazing sun. When the sky is bright with rays beating down, sweat beads on the brow. The key is not to wait to re-invigorate, by the time you are thirsty – -you are already […]

  • New type of stents could help brains

    A new generation of stents – but not for the heart. This device travels to vessels in the brain where large aneurysms loom. Dr. Bernard Bendok, Northwestern Medicine Neurosurgeon: “Very large aneurysm right there.” It’s tough to miss. Classified as a wide-neck aneurysm — the giant, balloon-like bulge in Sue Wakulich’s brain vessel left her with double vision and regular headaches. Sue Wakulich, aneurysm patient: “Right away panic sets in because you don’t want your head cut open.” Northwestern Medicine […]

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    Family raises awareness about daughter’s little-known condition

    What started as a family ski trip last December quickly turned into a life-threatening emergency for his daughter. Now, Wally Posner and his family are determined to change the fate of others – and bring awareness to the little-known condition that nearly took his daughter’s life. Robbie Ventura, Vision Quest Coaching: “I think he’s probably close to six or seven thousand miles of training just for this event. He’s been so consistent. There’ve been bad days, rainy days, cold days. […]

  • WGN’s Dina Bair, Marcella Raymond sky dive for chairty

    Some people will do just about anything to raise money for a good cause – even jump out of a perfectly good plane. WGNTV’s Dina Bair and Marcella Raymond fell out of the skies over Rochelle for Operation Pink Sky. Local celebrities took the plunge at Chicagoland Skydiving Center to raise money for Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a breast cancer vaccine trial. They even raised more than $17,000 dollars for the cause.

  • Using a blood test to test for concussions

    Using a blood test to test for concussions

    A blood test for concussions. It’s new and in development right now, but doctors say it could completely change the playing field … and take the guesswork out of the game. It starts with a hit to the head – or a force that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Dr Melvin Wichter, neurologist, Advocate Christ Medical Center: “The cortex is our thinking, talking and understanding part of the brain.” Axons carry messages from the cortex to deeper […]

  • Dina Bair, Marcella Raymond to jump out of plane – for a good cause

    On June 7th, WGN’s Very Own Dina Bair and Marcella Raymond will be jumping out of an airplane – for a great cause. Dina and Marcella will be skydiving as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research as part Operation Pink Sky. For more information and to donate log on to Dina’s Fundraising page OperationPinkSky.com    

  • Project Onward artists transforming art

    Project Onward artists are painting a different picture

    A beautiful mind transforms into a breathtaking canvas … painting a different picture for those with the challenges of disability. Their work and their words are so powerful, we let them tell the story. Fernando Ramirez, Project Onward artist: “It’s a tornado scene. It’s part of our Americana show we’re having about mom, baseball and apple pie. This one took me about three days to do, a total about ten hours work.” David Holt, Project Onward artist: “My name is David […]

  • Infection Control: Hospitals turning to light to kill germs

    Infection Control: Hospitals turning to light to kill germs

    In tonight’s medical watch infection control. It’s something healthcare providers don’t take lightly. That’s why, for an extra dose of protection, some hospitals are turning to light to kill germs and help keep patients safe. And now that the first case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome or MERS — has surfaced in the U.S., preventing hospital acquired infections is more critical than ever before.