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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
  • Measles: What you need to know after cases reported in Palatine

    PALATINE, Ill. — What do we need to know about the measles now that the outbreak has hit close to home? Measles is highly contagious. 90% of people who are just in the same room with someone who has measles will get it if they are not vaccinated. After 1963 virtually everyone was vaccinated and that vaccine is considered 99 % effective. In this country, we went from millions of cases per year and about 500 deaths to wiping out the […]

  • Tips on staying healthy and safe while shoveling

    Digging out without passing out. Shoveling snow carries a real danger for triggering a heart attack. Clean up day is traditionally a busy day at the ER. Why? Because whether you realize it or not, clearing your driveway is like hitting the gym at the highest intensity. Tarlan Hedayati, MD, attending physician Stroger Hospital: “Snow shoveling, like the snow we have out there right now, which is the wet, dense, heavy snow, is the same as running on a treadmill […]

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    How to find the right multivitamin for you

    CHICAGO — The multiple questions that lead to the right multivitamin. Two doctors put their heads together to give patients a more personalized formula. The shelves are loaded with them — a variety of vitamin supplements so overwhelming, how do you choose the right one? “We were both seeing a number of patients coming in very confused about what they should or shouldn’t be taking,” said internist and Vous Vitamin founder Dr. Arielle Levitan. For years, Levitan and endocrinologist Dr. Romy […]

  • The dangers of going gluten-free

    CHICAGO — Going gluten free? The protein found in wheat products does impact some. But if you don’t have a sensitivity and weight loss is your goal – you may want to think twice before you give it up. “Gluten free diets have become sort of a trend now and a big craze for weight loss, they feel like it’s a healthier diet overall,” said registered dietician Vicki Shanta Retelny. And some do feel better eliminating it from their diets. […]

  • Improving communication between body and brain — through exercise

    CHICAGO — Hitting the mat to help you perform better. It’s not a workout. M.A.T. is a muscle activation technique that will take away pain and enhance output. Look at her run: Janice Niederriter has competed in six marathons and countless 5k races. But after years of running, this 54-year-old’s body was breaking down. “I was having a lot of trouble running,” Niederriter says. Not only was Niederriter in pain, she started tripping on the course. And that had her really falling […]

  • Cracking the code of cancer cells

    CHICAGO — Personalized cancer care. Beyond a biopsy. Looking deep within a cancer cell to determine what went wrong — then stopping the chain of events that leads to tumor growth. It’s research that’s already making a difference in patients’ lives. Imagine being able to decode a cancer cell, determine why the cell has gone awry and why it won’t die. It’s a mystery some have already solved. “I’ve been practicing for over 25 years now, and really what we’ve […]

  • Northwestern doc discusses groundbreaking cancer research

    Cancer may preventable in some cases, but two-thirds of people who get cancer may just be victims of bad luck, instead of lifestyle choices or genetics. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say eating right and avoiding smoking may help prevent lung cancer. But they say other forms, like cancer of the brain, bones, blood, ovaries and pancreas, are more likely the result of random DNA mutations. Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University […]

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    Gene replacement could replace need for life-long blood transfusions

    From the lab to the bedside – a breakthrough treatment makes its way to patients suffering with a devastating disease … one that requires life-long blood transfusions. Wanda Sihanath, gene therapy patient: “Pretty familiar, it’s just nice to see familiar faces.” It’s a familiar walk for the 19-year-old. Every month since the age of 14, Wanda Sihanath has come to the hospital for blood transfusions. Wanda Sihanath: “I adjusted to it pretty quickly.” Wanda was born with thalassemia. She was […]

  • Stem cell transplant can be outpatient treatment for some

    Bringing a major medical treatment home. Patients once spent weeks in the hospital. Now they can get a stem cell transplant and go home. It means tackling a lot of hurdles, but this new idea is offering tremendous relief to patients. She passes the time with a little knitting … and a visit with her doctor. Then there’s a quick flush of the central line in her chest, placed this past summer before Rebecca Zoltoski began a four-month course of […]

  • Sparks really do fly when it comes to pregnancy – and it could help with in vitro

    When sperm meets egg, sparks fly … in a petri dish. It’s the first time scientists have witnessed the electrifying reaction during the fertilization process, and it’s not just explosive – it may help predict a patient’s success when undergoing in vitro. Dr Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern Medicine Ovarian Biology Researcher: “When fertilization happens, what you see is this enormous spark.” You can actually see it! The blast of light that marks the moment a sperm enters an egg. Dr Teresa […]

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