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 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.

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    Chicagoland residents among those in DC for pope vist

    WASHINGTON —  Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Washington D.C. to try to get a glimpse of Pope Francis who arrived in America today, some from the Chicago area. A group from St. Mary’s Catholic school in Crown Point, Indiana has made the 8th grade trip to Washington a tradition for more than 20 years.  But this year is a year like no other. “It’s been really exciting,” said 8th grader Megan Thomas. “Growing up in a catholic […]

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    Pope Francis arrives in Washington

    WASHINGTON –  Pope Francis is getting a rock-star welcome as he arrives for his first visit to the U.S. Crowds at Andrews Air Force Base cheered as the pope’s plane touched down. Shortly after, President Barack Obama walked from the air base’s terminal to the plane, where the American flag and the Vatican flag are waving. There are 620,000 Catholics in the archdiocese of Washington. But that number will grow over the next few days as many pilgrims make the […]

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    Washington readies for Pope Francis visit

    WASHINGTON — While the Pope wraps up his Cuba visit, the U.S. is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the Pontiff. His first stop is Washington D.C. Tuesday. It will be a historic visit to a town that is used to hosting dignitaries and world leaders. The nation’s capital is so far, relatively quiet. Barricades have gone up in a wide perimeter around the White House in anticipation of the Pope’s stop here. 15,000 invitation holders will be […]

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    Cupich prepares for the Pope’s first U.S. visit

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s Catholic leader met with the media today in advance of the Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States in one week. Archbishop of Chicago Blase Cupich spoke today about relief efforts for European migrants, immigration, the new process for annulments, as well as the Pope’s upcoming visit.  The Pope will visit the East Coast starting on Sept 22nd.  He is expected to visit Washington, New York and Philadelphia. WGN’s Dina Bair has more.  

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    Coach’s heroics shows importance of CPR training

    CHICAGO — It’s simple and it saves lives – still, some people just won’t jump in to do CPR. But two weeks ago, one swim coach made a real splash turning a potential tragedy into triumph. Claire Luning, Walter Payton College Prep swimmer: “I was doing the butterfly in a relay …” It was a typical practice for the Walter Payton High School swim team … this video taken from the stands by the coach, Mac Varilla. But by the […]

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    Musician undergoes brain surgery to save hand

    He plays on after a medical malady threatened his life and his career. The keys to his success — great care and the soul of a determined musician. David Allen, musician: “I just sat down one day and started playing. I started playing when I was about three and a half. I play by ear, and I taught myself.” With no classical training, David Allen has made his living at the piano. For more than 20 years he’s been a […]

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    High mold count, low air quality has Chicagoans suffering

    This week’s high temperatures and humidity have led to unusually poor air quality. Today’s mold count is the second highest of the season – and the second highest in five years. That’s according to expert Dr Joseph Leija, who performs daily allergy counts for the entire Midwest out of his lab at Loyola’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park. The mold count is over the 50,000 threshold – that means Chicagoans can expect headaches, runny noses, sinus congestion and fatigue. […]

  • Archbishop Blase Cupich receives pallium

    CHICAGO — Eleven months after being announced as archbishop here in Chicago, Blasé Cupich has met many people, said mass at dozens of parishes throughout the archdiocese and made quite an impression on the people of Chicago. Officially he has been the archbishop, however today here at Holy Name Cathedral, he donned the symbol of that leadership.   A jubilant Archbishop Cupich made his way to the alter at Holy Name, a procession he’s anticipated for months. Then bowing his […]

  • President Carter could get treatment that may help extend his life

    Melanoma begins on the skin but can quickly travel into the body most often to the liver and brain. The spot on President Carter’s skin likely went unnoticed – until doctors discovered a lesion on his liver. Now, with four more lesions on his brain, Carter announced he`ll begin radiation. But there`s another treatment he`ll likely receive – one that may help extend his life. Stage 4 melanoma is a terminal diagnosis. But in the last five years immunotherapy has […]

  • Eighteen holes of pain? Not anymore for some who undergo spinal fusion surgery

    Eighteen holes of pain. For some golfers, back problems destroy their game. But if they need surgery … there’s hope to get back on course. The swing is smooth and fluid. The shots fly … straight and on target. Yet Jeff Kellermann’s effortless stroke – driven by generous rotation from his core – seems unlikely, considering this is what his spine looks like on x-ray. It’s called a spinal fusion. Before surgery, the discs in Jeff’s lower back were worn […]


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