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.

Recent Articles
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    With rare disease threatening mother, unborn baby, Chicago doctors perform remarkable procedure to save both

    A mother and baby in crisis. A rare genetic disease threatens both of their lives. That’s when doctors stepped in and performed surgery in the second trimester of pregnancy. A frightening ordeal and tonight a happy ending. She’s precious. This is Luna Paisley – born full-term and healthy. Iyana Baker, Marfan syndrome patient: “I feel stronger, and it’s a nice story to tell her when she gets older.” Thankfully, Iyana Baker’s story has a happy ending. Iyana Baker: “My whole […]

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    New, supplemental scan can help detect breast cancer missed on mammograms

    A new breast cancer scan. Already it’s catching cancers missed on mammograms. It’s called ABUS and doctors say it’s giving them the gift they need to diagnose patients early when their cancer is more treatable. Dr Georgia Giakoumis Spear, radiologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem: “Here on these images there’s a very small little dark area that you can see. This is where I was able to find Patty’s malignancy, Patty’s cancer.” But in the exact same area on the mammogram image […]

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    Mayor, task force announce new initiatives to combat heroin epidemic

    CHICAGO — Chicago leads the nation in heroin related emergency room visits.  It’s more than three times the national average. Last year more than 600 people died in opioid related overdose deaths. Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high and that is fueling heroin use as those who are addicted seek a quick fix. Today Mayor Rahm Emanuel came together with city and suburban leaders and health experts to announce the findings of a heroin task force and suggest initiatives […]

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    Helping those who are first to help: How first responders cope with PTSD

    First responders save lives. They quickly throw themselves into life-threatening situations, but at what cost? Tonight we continue coverage of a growing problem in this country – PTSD, drug addiction and even suicide among those who devote their lives to others. Dan DeGryse: “I tell anybody, ‘You’ve got to have somebody to talk to,’ and that’s what I’m trying to do.” It’s a conversation Dan DeGryse says is critical among those in the fire service. He’s been on the job […]

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    What you need to know about the over-the-counter heroin overdose antidote

    There’s an epidemic and a major push to stop it from being so deadly. Heroin is plaguing people in big cities across the country. Chicago is among the worst. This week is National Opioid Awareness Week. What anyone who knows a heroin user needs to be aware of is an antidote that can immediately stop a heroin overdose. And it’s as readily available as the drug itself. Seven days a week, the Chicago Recovery Alliance hands it out for free […]

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    Stem cells giving new hope to spinal cord injury patients

    For the first time in history – movement after spinal cord injury! A local doctor has spent two decades focused on this research. We have been following his efforts and today – a report on some very hopeful news. Dr Richard Fessler, neurosurgeon, Rush University Medical Center: “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. It’s nice to get a result.” It’s his life’s work. Rush University Medical Center neurosurgeon Dr Richard Fessler has devoted his career to helping patients with […]

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    Young cancer survivor with Cubs eye up for MLB Fan of the Year

    CHICAGO — WGN first brought you the story of 7-year-old Beckham Zobrist in June. The only way to stop his cancer from spreading was to remove his eye — that’s when the bullying started. “This kid just started calling him a freak and we saw him just shy away,” Beckham’s mom Erin told WGN. For Christmas, Beckham begged his mother for a new eye. When she said that wasn’t possible, he offered another idea – one he and his friends were […]

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    Second pulse, second heartbeat delivers complex care for heart failure patients

    A second heartbeat. It’s a simple concept that delivers complex care for heart failure patients … and all it takes is a little air. Stacey Smith, heart failure patient: “I’m panting, I’m breathing very heavily. I had a hard time walking across the room.” It’s been 16 years since Stacey Smith’s first heart attack. In the years that followed, the father of three grown daughters — and grandfather of two — had a defibrillator and pacemaker implanted … then a […]

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    Cartilage donation helping younger patients avoid joint replacement

    There is a transplant that keeps professional athletes in the game and works the same way to keep regular patients on their feet. For young adults not yet ready for joint replacement and who can’t go the distance living with debilitating pain, donor cartilage comes into play. An intact, healthy piece of cartilage orthopedic surgeon Dr Brian Cole will transplant in his patient’s knee is about the size of a quarter. The procedure is called an osteochondral allograft. But before […]

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    Help for those who are first to help others: PTSD takes toll on firefighters, EMT

    Just like soldiers in combat, fire fighters and emergency medical responders share the same increased risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Approximately twenty percent suffer with PTSD. It’s an established statistic – but today, a new report further underscores the growing need for mental health support at the fire house. Think about what they see. Just one example from recent weeks had first responders arriving at what initially appeared to be a burned-out building.  But the scene turned gruesome. Inside, they […]