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 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
  • Cardinal George’s successor introduced to Chicago

    Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., was introduced as Chicago’s next archbishop. He’s an Omaha, Nebraska native of Croatian decent, one of nine children who wanted to go visit his mother after he got this appointment to share the good news. In a half-hour press briefing Saturday, we saw a man who was humble but confident, worried about being successful here but sure he had the help he needed to get the job done. Quick on his feet and quick […]

  • Cardinal George’s successor Archbishop Cupich introduced to Chicago

    Flying into town for a whirlwind introduction, Archbishop Blase Cupich showed warmth and intelligence and a little bit of fear as he contemplated the move from leading 100,000 Catholics in Spokane, Washington, to 2.2 million here in Chicago. But he said with certainty, he knows he has help. Arriving with the man he will replace, Chicago’s new archbishop walked with Francis Cardinal George leader and successor. “Allow me now to present to you Archbishop Blase Cupich.” The two men of […]

  • One-on-One with Cardinal George’s successor Bishop Cupich

    WGN’s Dina Bair had a one-on-one with Francis Cardinal George’s successor Bishop Blase Cupich after a press conference held by the Archdiocese of Chicago to introduce him. READ MORE

  • Chicago docs team up with faith leaders to combat effects of violence

    Doctors are recruiting faith leaders in their efforts to combat the effects of violence in Chicago. The University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Medicine are spearheading a program to train religious leaders in the community. People are afraid to seek counseling but often trust faith leaders. With proper psychiatric training, they can offer counseling to heal the emotional scars following gunshot wounds, domestic violence and school bullies. The faith leaders will also counsel witnesses of horrific events as well as […]

  • The definite diagnosis for depression? A blood test, researchers say

    A definitive test for depression — it takes the guesswork out of diagnosis. By doing that, it may help take the stigma away from what has been in our society a difficult diagnosis. Depression does not discriminate — it strikes people of all ages, races and income levels. But figuring out the problem and the potential therapy is very arbitrary without the proper medical team. Now Northwestern Medicine researchers say they have developed a blood test that removes the questions […]

  • Small but mighty: New minature pacemakers protect the heart

    They’re smaller and slimmer than ever. And now a new miniature pacemaker travels deep inside the heart, where doctors hope it will be protected from damage and infection. Mary Moore, Lamb’s wife: “Gradually, I would be walking someplace and there he was behind me where in the past he was always ahead of me. It didn’t occur to me that it was his heart. I just thought he was getting older.” But it was Lamb Moore Jr’s heart that was […]

  • Respiratory virus EV-D68 growing threat in Illinois

    A growing threat in Illinois — a respiratory virus spreading and threatening children. The emergency room is filling up at Lurie Children’s as parents of children with viral symptoms are flooding the hospital — this as hundreds are admitted across the Midwest. For five days, four-year-old D’Mari Lockwood has been taking medicine in the hospital. The sweet boy seems happy now … in stark contrast to last week when his mother rushed him to the hospital. Lakeia Lockwood, D’Mari’s mother: […]

  • Hundreds of children sent to hospital as respiratory virus spreads in Midwest

    A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say. The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases. Ten states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma […]

  • Bedside Lessons: Young patients head back to school too

    As kids head back to school this week, what about those who are sick? Just watch the way some public school teachers are extending their reach — bringing lessons to the bedside. Like most school kids, her day started with a test, but this one was a little different — an echocardiogram to check the nine-year-old’s heart function. Keniya Noys has been a patient at Lurie Children’s in Chicago since July. She’s waiting for a new heart. But today is […]

  • Kidney transplant patients may have new way to fight off rejection

    A kidney transplant that lasts for life. It’s the ultimate goal. But the drugs that keep a donor organ going also pose the greatest threat. Now a new approach to fighting off rejection – but is it safe? One woman says she’s willing to take a chance to find out. It looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie … a bag of human cells sways steadily. Scientists prep tubes and machines in an ultra-sterile lab. But what looks like […]

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