Dina Bair

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 has four children and is 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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    Family, EMS recount frightening scare as little girl chokes on balloon

    CHICAGO — It was a typical family gathering on Sunday, August 30. Seven-year-old Mia Rodgers had been blowing up a balloon while playing with her cousins. She took one deep breath in, and in an instant, it was down her throat. Officer Peter Pietrusiewicz, Chicago Police Department: “My partner and I were on routine patrol, and a man ran into the street hysterically waving his arms, flagging us down telling us, ‘We got a girl down over there, we got […]

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    Robot can help predict patients’ actions, counteract physical limitations

    A robot that reads your mind may change the way you move. The technology designed to predict the body’s actions may help patients counteract their own physical limitations. The experiment starts with a research assistant who straps her arm into a robotic device. Justin Horowitz, RIC/UIC researcher: “The robot over here quickly and accurately measures someone’s motions.” But it also tracks something far more complex. Watch the white line … it’s following Erica’s arm as she reaches for the red […]

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    Data shows meat linked to cancer

    A new classification for certain meats – cancer causing. As medical reporter Dina Bair reports they are now in the same classification as tobacco. The International Agency for Research on Cancer – an arm of the World Health Organization — evaluated the carcinogenic effects of eating red meat and processed meats, and the results are not good for meat lovers. Red meat probably causes cancer: that includes beef, veal, pork, lamb and goat. Processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, […]

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    American Cancer Society says start mammograms at 45, not 40

    CHICAGO — In the ever-changing and confusing advice about when to get screened for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society is now joining federal regulators in telling women to wait to get their mammogram. For years women were told – get your mammogram at age 40. The screening will detect early cancer. When doctors find cancer early, they can treat it less aggressively, and that means better outcomes for women. Survival without side effects. “The patient’s discussion should begin with her […]

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    Program helps cancer patients heal through art

    CHICAGO — In a tiny room at Swedish Covenant Hospital — just steps from where patients receive daily doses of life-sustaining treatments — a study in still life. Sonia Torres, cancer survivor: “Every Thursday we come.” Kari Lindholm-Johnson, artist in residence: “It’s instinctual, I believe, once people start doing art and almost a meditative, soothing activity that people come into their own.” What began as a dark canvas soon comes to life with color. It’s a message not lost on Beverly […]

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    Pre-Op Printing: How 3D imaging is helping patients of all ages

    Pre-op printing … surgeons prep for complex procedures using 3-D replicas of their patients’ anatomy. And for one little boy a result off the growth charts. Kris Heerema, Miles’ mother: “He is the smallest in his class only in body. In personality, maybe the biggest.” Five-year-old Miles Heerema is like any other typical kindergartner — full of energy and, now that a severe curve in his spine has been straightened, growing! Dr Kim Hammerberg: spine surgeon, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children […]

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    Runner faces marathon just days after finishing radiation therapy

    There’s no shortage of inspiration at the Chicago Marathon. This weekend’s event will bring out runners of all abilities – from the amateur to the elite. Among them – amputees, wheelchair racers and cancer survivors including one who hopes to cross the finish line just days after completing a challenging course of radiation therapy. Dave Hicks, cancer survivor: “Celebration day. Graduation day as they call it here …” He’s got the routine down to a science. This is Dave Hicks’ […]

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    Young cancer patient has spirits lifted by major leaguers

    There are a lot of reasons to root for the Cubs as they head to the wild card game tomorrow night. But one may be the off-the-field activity that shows the true spirit of players and their impact on fans. A young cancer patient at Lurie Children’s has had the chance to meet some of his favorite major leaguers over the course of his treatment for a brain tumor. And just about once a month, Anthony Rizzo comes by. Most […]

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    Pope Francis says final Mass in US

    PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis says everyone should be open to miracles of love for the sake of families around the world. His remarks came during the homily of a Mass he celebrated today in front of hundreds of thousands of people who filled the streets of Philadelphia. The Mass caps a 10-day trip to Cuba and the U.S. Francis will depart Philadelphia around 8 p.m. to return to Rome. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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    Pope Francis on final leg of US visit

    PHILADELPHIA — The pope’s day began with a mass at Philadelphia Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where 1,600 priests and nuns packed the church. Francis said the future of the church depends on increased roles for the laity and on valuing the “immense contribution” of women. On Saturday Pope Francis applauded nuns for helping the poor and immigrants, preserving life, and efforts to end the death penalty. Francis also spoke today in front of about 40,000 people outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. […]


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