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.


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    High mold count, low air quality has Chicagoans suffering

    This week’s high temperatures and humidity have led to unusually poor air quality. Today’s mold count is the second highest of the season – and the second highest in five years. That’s according to expert Dr Joseph Leija, who performs daily allergy counts for the entire Midwest out of his lab at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. The mold count is over the 50,000 threshold – that means Chicagoans can expect headaches, runny noses, sinus congestion and fatigue. […]

  • Archbishop Blase Cupich receives pallium

    CHICAGO — Eleven months after being announced as archbishop here in Chicago, Blasé Cupich has met many people, said mass at dozens of parishes throughout the archdiocese and made quite an impression on the people of Chicago. Officially he has been the archbishop, however today here at Holy Name Cathedral, he donned the symbol of that leadership.   A jubilant Archbishop Cupich made his way to the alter at Holy Name, a procession he’s anticipated for months. Then bowing his […]

  • President Carter could get treatment that may help extend his life

    Melanoma begins on the skin but can quickly travel into the body most often to the liver and brain. The spot on President Carter’s skin likely went unnoticed – until doctors discovered a lesion on his liver. Now, with four more lesions on his brain, Carter announced he`ll begin radiation. But there`s another treatment he`ll likely receive – one that may help extend his life. Stage 4 melanoma is a terminal diagnosis. But in the last five years immunotherapy has […]

  • Eighteen holes of pain? Not anymore for some who undergo spinal fusion surgery

    Eighteen holes of pain. For some golfers, back problems destroy their game. But if they need surgery … there’s hope to get back on course. The swing is smooth and fluid. The shots fly … straight and on target. Yet Jeff Kellermann’s effortless stroke – driven by generous rotation from his core – seems unlikely, considering this is what his spine looks like on x-ray. It’s called a spinal fusion. Before surgery, the discs in Jeff’s lower back were worn […]

  • Uncovering traumatic memories in the brain

    CHICAGO — Figuring out how traumatic memories hide in the brain. The finding may help retrieve hidden memories. Doctors say they now know how to unlock the door to suppressed memories. Northwestern Medicine scientists have pinpointed a way to retrieve memories hidden in the brain. When a child or adult experiences trauma they store those memories. But even hidden deep in the brain, the memories can cause damage in the form of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. Now in lab […]

  • Treatment for spinal cord injuries give renewed hope for patients

    Renewed hope for patients with spinal cord injuries. An experimental treatment gets a second chance to show its promise. It was considered a significant step forward. Stem cells injected at the site of a spinal cord injury. The hope was to repair nerves damaged by trauma – and to help paralyzed patients regain function. Not long after, the drug company backing the research abruptly ended the investigation, shifting their focus to other medical therapies. But not all was lost — […]

  • A unique transplant for a unique patient

    He’s a familiar face for the siblings. Dr Craig Langman helps care for 24-year-old Brad Jordan and his older sister, Bri, who are primordial dwarfs. Dr Craig Langman, Lurie Children’s kidney specialist: “In the patients who have primordial dwarfism, the bone cells simply don’t work. And they’re pretty much stuck where they were at birth or in the end of the first year of life. They just don’t grow.” It’s a gene mutation that also causes their blood vessels to […]

  • Using dance therapy to heal the body and mind

    CHICAGO– Using movement to exercise the mind. For those suffering with memory problems and physical decline, dance helps bring them out of isolation and into the moment. Erica Hornthal, North Shore Dance Therapy: “People hear dance and they assume it’s going to be a dance class with a warm up and going across the floor.” But in Erica Hornthal’s weekly class at CJE Senior Life in Evanston, it’s less about mobility and much more about the mind. Erica Hornthal: “Even […]

  • Alternative to the dreaded shrill of the dentist drill

    A more soothing sound in the dentist’s chair. An alternative to the drill helps lessen patient anxiety and fear. The dreaded shrill of the drill … Dr. Michael Errico, dentist: “Traditional drill with the air driven turbine that you hear that high pitch whine that everybody gets a little anxious over.” The traditional tool still sits in Dr Michael Errico’s dental office, but he offers patients an alternative. Dr Errico: “This actually uses light energy, and what the light energy […]

  • What you should avoid when swimming in a pool

    Some surprising, downright disgusting findings about the very pools you and your family likely swim in during the summer. Dispelling the myths by giving you a shower of information to keep you safe. The first thing you likely notice when you get near a pool is the smell of chlorine. Most believe the strong scent means powerful chemicals are swimming in the water combatting bacteria. Wrong! Dr. Stephen Sokalski, chief infectious disease, Advocate Christ Medical Center: “Generally the concentration of […]

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