Dina Bair
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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.

Recent Articles
  • Under-eye procedure may make you look less tired

    CHICAGO — They can inject a more youthful appearance — fillers for the face are often used to smooth the skin and boost volume in the cheeks, lips and around the mouth. And if you’re looking tired, a little under the eye may do the trick. It goes in deep — the first of three layers of filler that plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Iteld injects just under the lower eyelid, an area that, for some, can appear sunken-in and hollow. “It […]

  • Singer helps healing process at children’s hospital

    On a quest for stardom, singer Erin Elisabeth Aubrey found a real golden opportunity. She traded in the stage for a much smaller venue. Her powerful voice, which once moved crowds, now lifts up children. WGN’s Dina Bair has more. And more on Erin’s music at www.facebook.com/Erin-Elisabeth-Aubrey

  • Colorful blueprints of nerves help surgeons in new way

    Blending art and medicine. Local doctors create colorful blueprints to map delicate nerves. The designs give surgeons a view like never before. Dr Michel Kliot, Northwestern Medicine neurosurgeon: “Not only are they beautiful but clinically useful images.” They look like pieces of art – bold, colorful images you’d likely see lining the walls of a modern gallery. But these pictures are displayed in an operating room. Dr Kliot: “Here you can see the spinal cord. Now you can see the […]

  • Archbishop Cupich on the future following Cardinal George’s death

    CHICAGO — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich gave a candid interview about his role following the death of his predecessor Francis Cardinal George. WGN’s Dina Bair sat down with him Tuesday to hear what he had to say. Watch the interview in the video above.

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    Francis Cardinal George dies at 78

    CHICAGO — For five decades he was a priest, and for 17 years he led Chicago’s Catholics as Archbishop. After devoting his life to serving God and the church, Francis Cardinal George has left this earth and is home with his Father. After a valiant battle with cancer and a seemingly miraculous remission, bladder cancer that spread to the kidneys has taken the life of Chicago’s beloved cardinal. He was 78 years old when he died Friday; however, it was at […]

  • Dividing donated organ can sometimes conquer two life-threatening conditions and save two lives

    CHICAGO — One donor organ, two recipients. It’s not always possible but under the right circumstances, a scarce resource is divided … and conquers not one but two life-threatening conditions. Two-year-old Omkaara Kamath wasn’t up for a high five with Madison Whitlow, but the two share a much deeper connection. Just three months ago, they each received a portion of one deceased donor’s liver. Dr Saeed Mohammad, Lurie Children’s gastroenterologist: “The liver is unique in the way it can be […]

  • Study says long term marijuana use impacts memory

    CHICAGO — Memory and marijuana. A new study looks at heavy cannabis use in adolescence and uncovers a memorable finding. Matthew Smith, PhD, Northwestern Medicine researcher: “So this is the hippocampus.” The curved structure rests in the mid-brain – a center for long-term memory storage. Matthew Smith, PhD: “The hippocampus is involved in just kind of day-to-day conversation. If you’re going to talk to somebody, and you want to remember what you’re talking about later on in the day or […]

  • Fighting cancer by revving up the immune system

    CHICAGO — Revving up the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The idea has been studied and tested for years – now a breakthrough for some lung cancer patients. Alford Thomas: “I do have my days where I have depression.” Deborah and Alford Thomas have been married forty years. Together they faced Alford’s stroke in 2005. Five years later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Alford Thomas: “It was good for a while …” But in 2013, the cancer not […]

  • How surgeons are navigating deep inside the brain

    Minimally invasive procedures are common when it comes to the heart and other organs, but the brain has lagged behind. Now, taking advantage of the organ’s natural anatomy, surgeons tunnel through to reach tumors deep in the brain. “We just assumed that it was exhaustion.” For weeks, 44-year-old Jill Vannatta pushed through the unusual fatigue she felt. But there were other signs that troubled the active mother of three and her husband, Jeremy. “We noticed a little bit of short term […]

  • What brains are teaching us about Alzheimer’s

    CHICAGO — A surprise for researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease. An unprecedented discovery in the brains of twenty-somethings – the build-up of a damaging protein associated with the disease begins in early adulthood and continues throughout the lifespan. “So these are the blocks of the brain that we obtain when we have a whole donated brain.” It’s just one of the hundreds of human specimens at Northwestern Medicine’s brain bank. Changiz Geula, PhD: “Having human brain is crucial for studies of […]


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