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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    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 […]

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    Bella Beltrame, 5, featured on WGN, dies after brave battle with cancer

    CHICAGO — Bella loved life, and even battling an aggressive cancer, she smiled and played. The WGN Medical Watch Team flew with her on her desperate journey to find care and now we have a sad update to a story we brought you in February. A vibrant 5-year-old girl who became ill suddenly during the holidays last year. Her parents had no idea what was wrong. After Bella’s parents took her to the emergency room, WGN began to document Bella’s story. WGN took an […]

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    Olympic athletes put ‘cupping’ and alternative medicine in the spotlight

    An ancient Chinese therapy taking center stage at the Olympics might look scary, but athletes swear by its effectiveness. “Cupping,” where cups are placed on the skin to create suction, is used for everything from treating flu symptoms to enhancing recovery in athletes. Many got a first glimpse of the round red cup marks left by cupping on Gwyneth Paltrow’s back in 2004. The actress said she turned to alternative medicine to help alleviate back pain and rid her body of toxins. […]

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    New app may help kids with facial differences learn to speak easier

    For some, the sounds don’t come easy, especially for children who weren’t able to form proper speech at the earliest stages. One in 600 babies in the U.S. is born with cleft lip and palate. Now a first-of-it’s kind app, developed in Chicago, may help kids speak out with more confidence. What sounds like a typical speech therapy exercise, is a distinct pattern — the result of a facial deformity — in many cases, a facial cleft. When the tissue […]

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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 […]