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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
  • Cancer patient and caregiver’s comedy show unconventionally therapeutic

    A cancer patient, her caregiver and a comedy sketch show … not a conventional formula for laughter but for one couple, it’s been a therapeutic production. And their audience feels the same way. On stage, Judy Fabjance and her wife Kelly Beeman are a team, performing the two-person sketch show they wrote together. It’s called “Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer,” and it’s no drama. But there is a song about robotic tumors. Kelly Beeman: “We’re doing this show about […]

  • Cupich installation services begin with Rite of Reception

      A centuries-old tradition was held Monday night as Chicago welcomed its next archbishop Blase Cupich. Cupich knocked on the doors of Holy Name Cathedral with a rubber mallet. Monsignor Dan Mayall, Holy Names’ pastor and rector, along with Cardinal George and the auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese opened the doors to welcome him. Civic leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, were also in attendance Monday night. Tonight’s ceremony was a prologue for tomorrow afternoon, when Cupich […]

  • Breast cancer patients could shorten radiation therapy with concentrated dose

    Shrinking the length of time breast cancer patients receive radiation therapy. A one-time dose delivered in the operating room during surgery helps some patients avoid weeks of fatigue and discomfort. Dr Eric Donnelly, Northwestern Medicine radiation oncologist: “This lesion here is just 9.4 millimeters, just under a centimeter.” Right after this small tumor in the breast was removed, Northwestern Medicine radiation oncologist Dr Eric Donnelly zapped the cavity left behind with a dose of radiation. Dr Donnelly: “The majority of […]

  • Archbishop Blase Cupich arrives in Chicago

    Chicago’s new archbishop arrived in the city Thursday afternoon. Archbishop Blase Cupich arrived at O’Hare Airport and spoke with reporters. He’ll be moving into the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral instead of the archbishop’s official residence on the Gold Coast. Holy Name will hold a ceremonial prayer service for Cupich monday. His installation is set for Tuesday at 2 p.m, and WGN-TV and CLTV will carry it live.

  • Two new drug options give hope to those suffering pulmonary fibrosis

    Where there was once nothing … finally, something for patients suffering with a devastating lung disease. Not one, but two new drugs give hope to those running out of breath … and time. Arlene Brescia, pulmonary fibrosis patient: “I would be huffing and puffing, a lot of shortness of breath.” When her doctor told her the diagnosis? Arlene Brescia: “I was devastated. I thought, ‘Oh my life is over with.’” University of Chicago Medicine pulmonologist Dr Imre Noth says it’s […]

  • Blackhawks honor nurse who save the life of a teen

      There is a follow up to a story the Medical Watch reported last week in which someone who went out of her way to help someone else. Her efforts made the difference between life and death. Emily Petersen, a nurse practitioner jumped into action when a young hockey player collapsed at a local ice rink and she was honored at another arena last night. The Blackhawks presented her with their volunteer of the month award for saving a young […]

  • Blood test could take the guesswork out of concussions

    A portable, rapid blood test to detect concussion. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s in development now. And it takes the guesswork out of diagnosis. It’s like a portable laboratory – a handheld device developed by healthcare company Abbott. A few drops of blood on a cartridge and the i-Stat goes to work. Within minutes, the rapid blood analyzer can measure a range of organ functions and blood gases. The results help nurses and doctors make treatment decisions – […]

  • After evaluating passenger for Ebola, Rush staff says they now know what to expect

    Two patients have been sent from O’Hare airport to local hospitals to be evaluated for Ebola. One is a child under observation at the University of Chicago. Federal authorities screened the child and said there were no symptoms of Ebola, or known risk of exposure. The child is in isolation at the University of Chicago and his family is currently under quarantine. One is an adult, taken to Rush University Medical Center where doctors have determined that the patient does […]

  • Stranger’s kindness helps save young hockey player’s life

    A small act of kindness. A stranger steps in and changes the course for a young hockey  player– near death after collapsing in front of his teammates. This is a story about heart, getting involved and saving a life. Emily Petersen, Lurie Children’s nurse practitioner: “Do you mind if I take a listen to you?” Just as she does for all her patients, nurse practitioner Emily Petersen checks Grey Small’s heart rate and his incision site. Emily Petersen: “No puffiness, […]

  • Cardinal George final interview as archbishop

    Francis Cardinal George is speaking out as he prepares to hand over the reins in the Catholic Church in Chicago. During his time, there were closing parishes and growth and the realization of mistakes in the church sex abuse scandal. But as the Cardinal points out, he made a lasting impression on Catholics in Chicago. He says people write to him now and tell him how he changed their lives. Cardinal George’s successor, Archbishop Blasé Cupich will be installed on […]


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