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, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. Dina joined WGN-TV as a full-time general assignment reporter in September 1994. She anchored the WGN Weekend Morning News from December 1994 to December 1999.

In 2013, Dina traveled to Italy to cover the election of the new Pope. She reported live from Vatican City.

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 nine 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. Dina 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 is an Advisory Board Member for Saleh Freedom, a movement to aid victims of sex trafficking.


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    Supplements a simple fix for improved hospital patient care, costs

    A simple fix for improved health, and it carries a bonus of saving healthcare costs. It’s all part of a local study – linking malnutrition and hospitalization. A healthy person’s muscle is thick and lean. Gretchen Van Der Bosch, Advocate Health Care senior clinical dietician: “But if you take that 20 year old and put them in bed for a month, their muscle goes from looking like this to looking like this.” It shrinks and fills with fat at a rapid […]

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    ‘I think about him every day.’ Bears running back playing with purpose during ‘cleat week’

    It’s cleat week … and that means NFL players get to sport shoes with a purpose. For Chicago Bear Jordan Howard, it’s an opportunity to share a personal yet painful story … but one he hopes will change the playing field for patients battling a horrific disease. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears running back: “I think about him every day. I know he’s always with me even though he’s not here in body, but I know he’s here in spirit. He […]

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    Help your pet prepare for the dog-gone winter ahead

    As the snow approaches and you add layers to stay warm and protect your skin don’t forget to winterize your pets! It’s only a matter of time! We bundle up to brave the elements – but our pets need extra protection, as well. When temps dip below freezing, don’t leave animals outside for longer than a quick trip to go to the bathroom. Dr Ashley Rossman, Glen Oak Dog and Cat Hospital: “Dogs can easily get frostbite very quickly.” Veterinarian […]

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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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    Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich elevated to cardinal

    VATICAN CITY — At about 4:30 a.m. Chicago time Saturday, Archbishop Blase Cupich was elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis in Rome. Two other American bishops and more than a dozen others from around the world also received their red hats in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  The rank of Cardinal is second only to the pope in the Catholic hierarchy.  The college of cardinals elects the pontiff. The 67-year-old Cupich has led Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics for two years. […]

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    Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich to be elevated to Cardinal tomorrow

    ROME — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal tomorrow by Pope Francis in Rome. Two other American bishops and more than a dozen others from around the world will also get their red hats in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  The rank of Cardinal is second only to the pope in the catholic hierarchy.  The college of cardinals elects the pontiff. The 67-year-old Cupich has led Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics for two years. […]

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    Firefighters’ fight against PTSD: Before death, firefighter makes plea to others

    In tonight’s cover story we delve deeper into the firefighter-PTSD connection. Statistically, the numbers are shocking, more than double the number of suicides compared to in-the-line-of-duty deaths. But for most, the realization of the need for help comes too late. We have exclusive details on one firefighter who gave a final call to action before he died — begging the world not to let another firefighter fall. Leslie Dangerfield, David’s wife: “This is Station 2 coming up. This was his […]

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    Firefighters’ fight against PTSD: How losing a loved one has sparked a call to action

    There is a code red for first responders when it comes to PTSD. It’s a problem that plagues our veterans and now is spilling into the streets of Chicago and across the country. Firefighters are dying and those who love them want to make a change to save lives. So for this silent killer, there is now a call to action. Medical reporter Dina Bair explores the problem and a search for solutions.   To learn more about RE;ACT 4 […]

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    Virtual tour shows loved ones of dementia, Alzheimer’s patients reality of their world

    Truly helping a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s begins with understanding what they are experiencing. Enter the Virtual Dementia Tour. It takes some tools to give a real feel for how the mind operates with dementia. The professionals at Senior Star put WGN News’s Dina Bair through the tour. First, shoe inserts to mimic pain associated with neuropathy and other age related disorders, then, goggles that impair vision and gloves to dull the sense of touch. Finally, headphones piped […]

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    Chicago Cubs inspiring local ALS patient

    Five years ago, when he was just 30 years old, Jeff Arison was diagnosed with ALS. The crippling disease has left him bound to a wheel chair. But these days, thanks to the Chicago Cubs, his spirits are soaring. WGN’s Dina Bair has more.