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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    Feds issue dire travel warning over Zika in Miami

    A dire new warning about the Zika virus: pregnant women should stay away from south Florida. The travel restriction was issued today by federal authorities in an effort to curb the spread of Zika and resulting birth defects caused when pregnant women get the virus. The news has many people wondering, where else might Zika spread in the U.S and how can you protect yourself? So far 1,600 people have been infected with the Zika virus from travelling, 400 of them […]

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    O.C.D. sufferers fight anxiety with improv comedy

    CHICAGO — There’s a major music festival taking place, but for some it’s the International O.C.D. Foundation’s annual conference that brought them to Chicago this weekend. The symptoms can be debilitating: compulsive checking, cleaning and reassurance seeking. The anxiety is so powerful it keeps some from leaving the house. But therapists are asking them to go on stage instead. Believe it or not, it helps. It’s all improv. Performers team up with O.C.D. sufferers at Second City in a workshop […]

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    Florida officials confirm 4 non-travel-related Zika cases

    FLORIDA — Four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes, Florida health officials said Friday. These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States. The unidentified individuals had not traveled to a Zika-affected area, had not had sexual contact with someone who had traveled to a place where the virus is circulating and had no other known exposure to the virus. U.S. […]

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    Lurie releases sobering Chicago homicide stats

    CHICAGO — Hard numbers that are hard to understand. We’re talking about gun violence in the city of Chicago. Today, Lurie Children’s Hospital released a report highlighting some sobering – yet not surprising – statistics. In 2015, 64 out of every 100,000 people ages 20-24 in the City of Chicago were victims of homicide. The majority were African-American men. That’s a 21 percent increase in the last 10 years. “It’s incredible,” says Lurie Children’s Hospital emergency medicine physician Karen Sheehan. “There’s […]

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    How to stay cool, safe while working out in the heat

    Just like a car can heat up in a matter of minutes – from 85 to 120 degrees in a half hour, think of your body as the same type of vessel. It takes just five to 10 minutes to overwhelm your system`s ability to process heat. “The biggest thing you`ll notice first of all is exhaustion,” says Dr Matthew Pirotte, NMH Emergency Medicine. “So if you are out exercising, you’ll just feel like you can’t go any more.  That […]

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    The ‘Lolla Lift’ in the ER: Doctors prepare for onslaught of underage drinkers

    On the Medical Watch: The festival effect in the ER. Shocking statistics from Lollapalooza weekend last year have doctors scrambling to prepare to care for teens this year. The music and the heat mix with long stretches standing and in many cases drinking alcohol not rehydrating water. The effect is frightening. “There’s a lot of vomiting, a lot of emotional outbursts and some behavioral aggression problems,” says Dr Karen Mangold of Lurie Children’s Emergency Medicine. “There are some kids who […]

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    From counseling to clothing, suburban center helps new moms get through tough times

    It’s critical at a time when mental health funding is scarce.  Yet mood, anxiety and depressive disorders are abundant. For a little-known organization operating in the northwest suburbs – it’s their mission to make sure families get the help they need. It was about a year ago when Delia Galicia first came to the non-profit  Preservation of Human Dignity or PHD. The young mother was referred by her doctor after opening up about the anxiety and depression she was experiencing […]

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    Archbishop Cupich on city’s gun violence: ‘We can’t continue this way’

    CHICAGO —  Archbishop Blase Cupich today weighed in on the city’s gun violence problem.  Chicago’s Catholic leader called on the people of Chicago to get involved in the anti-violence movement and he’s prepared to lead the charge. “I really believe people in Chicago want the best for the city,” Archbishop Cupich said. “And if I can be a part of stirring up a greater sense of ownership for the issues that are there, so that we can join hands and […]

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    Loss of sleep leads to gains in weight

    Sleep. If you’re not getting enough, chances are you’re making up for it … with calories! You can blame stress, work, your child care routine … even your smart phone or tablet for keeping you up at night. But experts warn: Too little sleep and you’ll pack on the pounds. It’s what we should all try for — about seven to nine hours a night according to the National Sleep Foundation. Yet about 30 percent of us don’t get nearly […]

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    The welcomed responsibility, benefits of being an involved father

    The playing field has changed when it comes to fatherhood. It’s a generation of dads who want to be more hands-on and engaged in the day-to-day care of their children. And there’s hard science to back up the benefits. Brian Dykes, Chicago Dads Group: “I’m hanging out at the park and I’m the only dad at the park.” Not anymore! Brian Dykes is a co-organizer of Chicago Dads Group, an organization 700 strong. They come by the dozens with backpacks, […]