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, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. Dina joined WGN-TV as a full-time general assignment reporter in September 1994. She anchored the WGN Weekend Morning News from December 1994 to December 1999.

In 2013, Dina traveled to Italy to cover the election of the new Pope. She reported live from Vatican City.

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 nine 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. Dina 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 is an Advisory Board Member for Saleh Freedom, a movement to aid victims of sex trafficking.

Recent Articles
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    FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to seek federal permission to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released long-awaited rules that bring the burgeoning industry under federal oversight. Among other steps, the FDA rules limit e-cigarette sales to minors and require new health warnings. In a move vigorously opposed […]

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    From crisis to blessing: Update on tiny transport patient

    An update to a story we brought you in February, when WGN took an exclusive ride with the Lurie Children’s transport team. Isabella Beltrame came to the hospital in crisis – life-threatening pressure in her brain prompted an immediate helicopter ride for more specialized care. Within hours doctors found a massive tumor in her brain. Fast forward to today. Bella has come leaps and bounds in the last three months overcoming obstacles to reach heroic heights in her recovery. Melissa […]

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    Magnets helping make back braces a thing of the past for some patients

    A magnetic pull on the spine to get things straight. It’s a technique doctors are increasingly using for growing patients. He shoots, swings and throws. Just like a typical 11-year-old who loves sports. Cal Sorensen, spine magnet patient: “I can play basketball and golf with it.” Holly Sorensen, Cal’s mother: “Even with the twisting with golf he can do pretty much everything.” What he doesn’t feel doesn’t hinder Cal Sorensen. But looking at an x-ray of his spine, you’d think […]

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    Elizabethkingia a growing concern in Illinois

    The Illinois Department of Public Health is on alert after a half-dozen victims in Illinois died and tested positive for Elizabethkingia. . It’s in the water, it’s in the dirt, but rarely has it made people sick– until now. Various forms of the Elizabethkingia bacteria have been linked to six Illinois deaths and 18 more in Wisconsin. The Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Nirav D. Shah, said 10 individuals in Illinois been affected by the bacteria over the […]

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    Concerns grow over Elizabethkingia

    Elizabethkingia and a growing threat in Illinois. We first told you about the bacteria killing in Wisconsin. Now a half-dozen victims right here in Illinois died and tested positive for Elizabethkingia. The Illinois Department of Public Health is on alert. It’s in the water, it’s in the dirt, but rarely has it made people sick … until now. Various forms of the Elizabethkingia bacteria have been linked to six Illinois deaths and 18 more in Wisconsin. Dr. Nirav D. Shah/Director, […]

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    Is this the cast of the future? Group of U of I students thinks so

    A team of engineering students set out to change the way doctors heal broken bones. It’s an invention that tackles the most common complaints about the common cast. Jason Troutner, University of Illinois mechanical engineering student: “This is our flexible, silicone, lattice mold.” It slips on like a piece of jewelry or a glove — a web-like system of interconnected tubes made from liquid silicone. But it’s not a fashion statement … it’s a cast! Jason Troutner: “Those supports will […]

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    Illinois death linked to Elizabethkingia outbreak in Wisconsin

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — A death in Illinois has been linked to the same strain of bacteria that has caused an unprecedented outbreak of infection in Wisconsin and one case in Michigan. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday an Illinois resident died after contracting an infection caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment. The department’s been working with federal and state health officials to investigate the outbreak. “Illinois is working closely with the CDC and Wisconsin […]

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    Simulation shows dangers of distracted driving

    Distracted driving is a tragic trend. It’s the cause of nearly 80 percent of accidents. Yet so many people are willing to take the risk, especially younger drivers who have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In 2010, distracted driving was responsible for more than 400,000 injuries.  Performing tasks such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting make you three to four times more likely to get into a crash. Sending or receiving a text message take’s a […]

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    Big helpers in small packages: Mini horses help bring joy to those in need

    Bigger than a dog and smaller than a pony … they’re unexpected visitors! But that’s part of their charm. Mini horses are making the rounds, bringing joy to those in need. “Here comes Mystery!” You have to see it to believe it … and even then it’s a bit of a surprise. Jodi Diegel, founder and executive director, Mane in Heaven: “People expect a dog, they don’t expect a mini horse.” Patient: “I just can’t believe there’s a horse in […]

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    Combination therapy tries to out smart cancer cells

    Cancer cells are smart – and eventually some figure out a way to dodge even the most powerful medications. That’s why finding ways to overcome drug resistance is a critical component in breast cancer research. It’s a frightening scenario for many patients fighting breast cancer.  When cancer cells grow resistant to the most common and effective treatments available – then what? Researchers at Northwestern Medicine tested a combination therapy – a common and powerful drug that targets a specific type […]