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.


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    Posture can affect your mood: Northwestern University study

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Sitting at a desk, staring at a computer can be pretty boring work.It can even bring you down. But when you succumb and let your body angle toward the ground, that makes your mood plummet. “This is something we have implicitly known for a long, long time which is that when you are feeling energized, courageous, proud you tend to have a stronger, taller posture than when you are feeling down, Dr. Mark Reinecke, Northwestern University Chief […]

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    24 hours with the Lurie Children’s Hospital transport team

    CHICAGO — In Monday night’s Cover Story: the sickest children, and the rapid transport to save their lives. Medical reporter Dina Bair brings us a unique perspective of what happens after the emergency call for a helicopter comes in. The best — and sometimes the last – chance for survival for sick kids begins atop the helipad at Lurie Children’s Hospital. When children, some critically ill, require a level of care many community hospitals simply can’t provide, the Lurie transport team […]

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    New hope for Alzheimer’s sufferers

    The clock is ticking. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease may triple by the year 2050. There are drugs that help treat the symptoms, but none alter the natural course of the disease. That’s why researchers hope a new class of experimental medicines will help them hit a target in the brain. The purple awareness ribbons serve as a reminder one month out of the year – but for so many families, Alzheimer’s disease is a constant. John […]

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    Stem cells offer new way to repair joints

    A new way to repair damaged joints – using stem cells. It adds a surgery site, but the hope is it will reduce the rate of healing time. Check out Harold Kling’s journey. Harold Kling, torn rotator cuff patient: “I just stepped head over heels backwards. Clumsy, human mistake.” Three months after he fell off the lift gate of a delivery truck, the 63-year-old is prepped to have his torn rotator cuff repaired. Dr Nikhil Verma, orthopedic surgeon, Midwest Orthopedics […]

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    Frothy foam helps patients with vein issues

    They’re not only unsightly, bulging veins in the legs can cause great discomfort and lead to skin ulcers and hard-to-treat wounds. Now a frothy foam is helping to shut down the problem vessels. Dr Romi Chopra, interventional radiologist: “You start seeing pipes under your skin.” What should be a thin, straight line stretches and expands – the result of a leaky valve in the vein. When the valve fails, blood backs up and pressure builds. Dr Chopra: “Our calves are […]

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    Man’s incredible story of surviving infection that left him quadruple amputee

    It seems like an unbelievable story – a young, healthy man with flu like symptoms rapidly declines and ultimately needs a quadruple amputation. How could this happen? Doctors say it’s more common than you think. Rapid medical attention is the key to survival as Ethan Menges reveals in his incredibly journey. Ethan Menges, amputee: “You can spiral down pretty quickly and that happens some days.” But most days 24-year-old Ethan Menges is focused on moving forward  after spending the past […]

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    New treatment for pain uses light to bring veterans out of the dark

    Looking to the light to bring veterans out of the dark. For many returning service men and women, pain is a constant companion – and with it come anxiety and depression. Instead of medications with heavy side effects … researchers hope a lighter approach will help vets find relief. The loads are heavy from the top down – sturdy Kevlar helmets and 100-pound packs weigh down soldiers – and often leave them in pain long after they’ve served. Jacquwlyn Jackson, […]

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    How to avoid family fights at Thanksgiving

    It takes more than an Adele song to quell conflict. Family fighting is so relatable it makes us laugh in movies and on TV, but the real feelings are no laughing matter. And during the holidays – the scenes are center stage. So how do you draw the curtain on your emotions without closing the show? The first thing is acknowledging yourself … you have feelings and a reaction toward family members, and they press your buttons. So it’s important […]

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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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