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
  • Opioid pain relievers kill more than just pain: One doctor shares her struggle with addiction

    They kill the pain, but they’re killing people by the thousands. Opioid pain relievers are so abundant – there are enough in circulation for every person in the country to have one. Sometimes patients go to more than one doctor. Others order them off the internet. Whatever the means to get the pills, for some, the end result is an inescapable addiction. For Dr. Gail Basch, it started in a medicine cabinet. “I received my first opioid after having my […]

  • Daughter’s addiction leads to rapid and fatal decline

    Opioids, including heroin, hijack the brain. In our last piece, we told you how the brain is powerless to resist the pull of these drugs.  Now we show you the young girl who tried opioids and in just six months was dead. She wanted to stop using and told her sister “You have no idea what I’m going through.” She was literally hijacked by heroin. Ken Chiakas had no idea the pain behind the beautiful blue eyes of his daughter. […]

  • How prescription and illegal opioids ‘hijack’ the brain: One family’s story

    CHICAGO — For some, opioids are an effective, non-addictive pain reliever. But about 10 percent of the population is hard wired for addiction, experts say, and even casual use can quickly turn into something even more serious. As the drugs make their way through the body, they bind to natural opioid receptors on nerve cells. In the brain, they take over an area responsible for pleasurable, rewarding and reinforcing experiences. Food and sex spark the same feelings – but for very brief periods. Opioids, […]

  • Recovering addicts read letter ‘from their toddler’ every day to stay sober

    CHICAGO — To look at one beautiful family, you would think they have it all. But demons linger from their past. Pinned to the refrigerator in Megan and Ryan Johnson’s kitchen is a letter written by a loved one posing as their 9-month-old toddler Lennon. “Thank you mommy and daddy for choosing recovery and for giving others hope,” the letter says in part. Megan and Ryan are recovering addicts. For Ryan, using drugs began innocently at first: watching his stepfather take pills […]

  • PillCam could have more patients choosing life-saving colonoscopy

    Cameras in the colon. Pop a pill and get screened for colon cancer. It’s an alternative to colonoscopy doctors hope will bring more patients in for the life-saving test. It’s just another day at the office. But as Brian Reed works, this new device works its way through his body. Brian Reed, PillCam Colon patient: “I think it’s cool because it doesn’t restrict my day.” Brian’s day started here at Loyola University Medical Center. Instead of undergoing a traditional colonoscopy, […]

  • What you need to know about the mumps

    A handful cases of mumps have been confirmed in the Chicago area prompting concerns and questions. Babies routinely get the Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine all rolled into one. The inoculations virtually wiped out cases of mumps. But the recent surge across the country has doctors concerned. The contagious viral infection causes fever and facial swelling as salivary glands get inflamed. People are tired and achy but most recover. “The signs and symptoms of mumps are really that hallmark swelling of […]

  • Suburban prep students prepare for careers in medicine with unique, hands on program at hospital

    HUNTLEY, Ill.  –A local hospital has opened its doors to students and gives them an opportunity to work alongside healthcare professionals  to help spark an early interest in medicine. Suburban  teenagers are prepping for a career in medicine and getting unprecedented access to healthcare professionals  all well before they enter medical school  – or even college! The students are everywhere; the pharmacy, patient floors, behind the scenes in mechanical areas and huddled in a lab. When the new Centegra Hospital […]

  • Innovative test uses sound to detect concussions

    On the Medical Watch, using sound to detect concussion. A novel diagnostic tool is helping scientists reliably see and hear the effects of a hit to the head. The tool uses simple and familiar sounds, but processing them is no easy task. Dr Nina Kraus, Northwestern Medicine Neuroscientist: “Processing sound is one of the most complex jobs that your brain has to perform. And so it really makes sense that if we get hit in the head that is going […]

  • 5-month-old’s remarkable wait for organ transplant

    For adult patients the average wait for a donor liver is about 149 days.  For children it’s 86. But for 5-month-old Daniel McCabe and his family – it was a record breaker. Shortly after his birth in July, Daniel was diagnosed with biliary atresia – a rare disorder that causes scarring in the liver and blocks the bile ducts. The infant came to Lurie Children’s Hospital in early December for an evaluation.  But soon after his arrival, his condition quickly […]

  • New genetic test for prostate cancer may lead to better treatment

    A local effort may save lives across the world with a better way to screen for prostate cancer and know who will respond to treatment. A genetic mutation leads to cancer formation and predicts how aggressively the cancer will grow. Researchers at NorthShore University Health System examined the three known critical prostate cancer genes: BRCA1 and 2 and ATM. Men who carry these genes are more likely to develop prostate cancer earlier, progress faster and are five times more likely to die as […]