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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
  • 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 […]

  • How to prevent and treat frostbite

    CHICAGO — Why your skin is at risk in frigid temperatures. When it gets cold, your body conserves heat by limiting blood flow to your skin … instead sending blood flow to protect vital internal organs. So how do you protect your outer layer while outside in the elements? This may just be a dummy, but it was designed by very wise people to show you exactly what happens when frigid air grips your body. Jason Dupuis, Museum of Science and […]

  • Loss of loves can have physical effects

    CHICAGO — Love … when it comes to matters of the heart, the emotion can be healthy. But for others, a lack of it stirs darker feelings. The signs are everywhere. Sweet treats fill the pastry cases at local bakeries. Displays of cards, candies and gifts take center stage in neighborhood shops. Valentine’s Day is upon us. Karen Larimer, PhD, DePaul University assistant professor of nursing: “Love, I would say, is good for the heart.” Especially when it comes in […]

  • Option to freeze fertility gives cancer patients hope

    CHICAGO — Preserving life but threatening a patient’s ability to bring life into the world. That’s the dilemma with cancer drugs — some medicines rob young patients of their fertility. Even those much too young to understand the potential loss, now may have an option — the chance to freeze their fertility in time with the hope science will grow as they do. Katie Palermo, cancer patient: “I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 12 before going into […]

  • Measles in 2015: More about the MMR vaccine

    There is understandable concern, keeping doctors in each exam room longer as parents want to know if their children are protected or themselves. 4-year-old Lina is here for her second dose of the MMR vaccine, to protect against measles, mumps and rubella three diseases even her doctor didn’t think would be a real threat when she got the first dose at 12 months old. The vaccine, administered into doses is safe according to doctors and for those who have chosen […]

  • 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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