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.


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    Illinois death linked to Elizabethkingia outbreak in Wisconsin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that has caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and one case in Michigan. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday an Illinois resident died after contracting an infection caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment. The department’s been working with federal and state health officials to investigate the outbreak. “Illinois is working closely with the CDC and Wisconsin […]

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    Simulation shows dangers of distracted driving

    Distracted driving is a tragic trend. It’s the cause of nearly 80 percent of accidents. Yet so many people are willing to take the risk, especially younger drivers who have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In 2010, distracted driving was responsible for more than 400,000 injuries.  Performing tasks such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting make you three to four times more likely to get into a crash. Sending or receiving a text message take’s a […]

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    Big helpers in small packages: Mini horses help bring joy to those in need

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    Combination therapy tries to out smart cancer cells

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    Dramatic journey for 4-year-old with scoliosis

    CHICAGO — Patience pays off. For a young patient with scoliosis, the curve in her spine threatened to throw a major curve in her health and ability to grow. But an old-fashioned technique with a new twist is helping her avoid surgery. Hailey Gamboa is a typical four year old. “She’s really active and does a lot,” Christi Gamboa, Hailey’s mother, says. Not much holds Hailey Gamboa back — not even the bulky armor underneath her sparkly, green sweater. “She is now wearing […]

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    WGN’s Demetrius Ivory, Erin McElroy welcome twins with help of surrogate

    CHICAGO — New life is a gift, but the joy of having babies is sometimes only possible through medical technology, and in special cases, the generosity of a third person. Children are not a given for some couples. Science gave WGN’s Demetrius Ivory and Erin McElroy their heart’s desire. This is the moment the loving couple has waited for, struggled for nearly a year for. Finally, success. “You’re five weeks and six days pregnant today,” said Dr. Eve Feinberg, Fertility Centers of Illinois. Then […]

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    Kidney donors, patients meet their match at Northwestern Hospital

    CHICAGO – About 12 couples met Wednesday night, some related, some friends at Northwestern Memorial Hospital – but all connecting with a different person than they came in with for a remarkable outcome. This was the day needy kidney patients got to meet the people who gave them the gift of life. There was a lot of love and generosity in one room – and a family photo of sorts – people now connected in a very special way. Everyone […]

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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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