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
  • Mom develops app to help navigate food allergies, connect families

    Imagine every decision you make could have life or death consequences? That’s what it’s like for many people with food allergies. The potential for danger is everywhere. Inspired by her own daughter — a local mom created a tool to ease the burden. Nuts, eggs, milk, wheat and soy – they’re the most common allergens. Consider the numbers – one out of every 13 children has a food allergy. That comes out to about two kids in every classroom. Dr […]

  • It’s not too late to get a flu shot, experts say

    CHICAGO — With an earlier than expected peak in cases, is it too late to get a flu shot? The numbers are spiking but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to protect yourself from the flu. The emergency room at Lurie Children’s Hospital was filled with flu patients on Monday. It was no surprise considering the multiple outbreaks across the state in recent weeks. But the message from infectious disease expert Dr. Tina Tan is clear – get your flu […]

  • Electric cap helps patients with aggressive brain cancer live longer

    A cap with the power to help cancer patients live longer sounds like something out of science fiction, but this very real scientific discovery is doubling the life expectancy of people with an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, a new study finds. WGN first covered the caps years ago when patients began to try them. Now a worldwide study shows they work. Many men this time of year wear skull caps to keep them warm — Mike Cardinale wears an […]

  • Insurance companies, Medicare slow to pick up tab for pricey but potentially life-saving treatment

    WGN News first told you about CAR-T, a new and potentially life-saving cancer treatment, back in October. The cell therapy uses a patient’s own immune cells, and its potential had doctors in awe and patients scrambling for a chance to try it. Now, as we meet one of the first patients here in Chicago, we are learning about a new wrinkle that is keeping the therapy out of reach for many. Mary Zajas is the first patient at University of Chicago- […]

  • Breakthrough drug offers hope for patients with debilitating muscular disease

    All too often we hear the phrases ‘medical breakthrough’ or ‘miracle drug.’ And all too often what follows is disappointment. So far that has not been the case with a drug used to treat one of the most debilitating – and often fatal — diseases in children. Ella Casten was 14 months old when she was officially diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that robs patients of the ability to walk, eat and swallow. At the time, her […]

  • Bears take time out to cheer on and cheer up patients at children’s hospital

    CHICAGO — Chicago Bears players may have been disappointing fans on the field lately, but in the hospital halls and by the bedside, they are scoring big. Lurie Childrens patients got up close and personal with teammates who say, in the game of life – you have to support those who mean the most. And that’s what they did today. Members of the team came to cheer on young patients, who come for chemotherapy, infusions and other regular treatments. They’ve […]

  • New guidelines for high blood pressure means you could be more at risk

    As of today you may have high blood pressure. The guidelines have changed opening the door for more people to be diagnosed with the condition. Currently one-third of Americans are considered to have high blood pressure. By lowering the number that is considered too high, doctors are expanding the characterization so now nearly half of U.S. adults have hypertension. For the first time in more than a decade the American Heart association is getting tougher on high blood pressure issuing […]

  • How a history of domestic violence can predict a mass shooting

    The term IPV – or  intimate partner violence – offers a way to predict mass shootings based on a history of domestic violence. Experts say the perpetrators of mass killings are not always mentally ill. In some cases, it may actually have been collateral domestic violence in which the suspect is trying to hurt a loved one by wounding others. The Texas church shooter, Devin Kelly, had been convicted of domestic violence against his wife and young child. Records show […]

  • New clinical trial offers hope to patients with glioblastoma

      It’s aggressive and deadly, and unfortunately, glioblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in adults. John McCain was recently diagnosed. Ted Kennedy died from the lethal tumor. But now, an early human clinical trial — the culmination of decades of work — shows a glimmer of hope. It’s the beginning of the gold nanoparticle synthesis procedure — a bubbling solution of dissolved gold that will soon turn red — a sign nanoparticles, on the order of 10 nanometers, […]

  • How rare is Bears Zach Miller’s devastating knee injury?

    On the Medical Watch, going inside the knee to see what happened in the devastating injury for Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller. Viewers watched in horror as his knee seemed to twist in such an unnatural way. Dr Jason Koh, an orthopedic surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem, says it only took an instant the entire leg was in jeopardy. “The real concern is whether or not he’s going to be able to save his leg, not only just his […]