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
  • 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 […]

  • The way you breathe may help your brain work better

    Do you breathe through your mouth or your nose? One route activates a critical area in the brain. The other doesn’t. It’s a striking difference scientists say could be the body’s built-in way of more quickly responding to a dangerous situation. The experiment starts by simply tracking a person’s natural breathing pattern. Christina Zelano, PhD, Northwestern medicine neuroscience researcher: “So this is showing the activity in the brain while the person is breathing through the nose.” The black line represents […]

  • Elephant tranquilizer carfentanil causes first death in Chicago area

    CHICAGO — Addicts and occasional opioid drug users take risks with their lives, but many don’t even know they are taking this new drug. Experts say this is the first time they’ve seen it. It’s amazingly powerful and deadly within seconds. It is called carfentanil — it is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. “These are drugs that work similar to morphine but carfentanil is one of the drugs in the synthetic class, meaning it’s man-made,” said Dr. Steven Aks, Stronger Hospital, […]

  • Supplements a simple fix for improved hospital patient care, costs

    A simple fix for improved health, and it carries a bonus of saving healthcare costs. It’s all part of a local study – linking malnutrition and hospitalization. A healthy person’s muscle is thick and lean. Gretchen Van Der Bosch, Advocate Health Care senior clinical dietician: “But if you take that 20 year old and put them in bed for a month, their muscle goes from looking like this to looking like this.” It shrinks and fills with fat at a rapid […]

  • ‘I think about him every day.’ Bears running back playing with purpose during ‘cleat week’

    It’s cleat week … and that means NFL players get to sport shoes with a purpose. For Chicago Bear Jordan Howard, it’s an opportunity to share a personal yet painful story … but one he hopes will change the playing field for patients battling a horrific disease. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears running back: “I think about him every day. I know he’s always with me even though he’s not here in body, but I know he’s here in spirit. He […]

  • Help your pet prepare for the dog-gone winter ahead

    As the snow approaches and you add layers to stay warm and protect your skin don’t forget to winterize your pets! It’s only a matter of time! We bundle up to brave the elements – but our pets need extra protection, as well. When temps dip below freezing, don’t leave animals outside for longer than a quick trip to go to the bathroom. Dr Ashley Rossman, Glen Oak Dog and Cat Hospital: “Dogs can easily get frostbite very quickly.” Veterinarian […]

  • Unforgettable: Living With Alzheimer’s

    In support of those battling Alzheimer’s disease, Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV aired a special titled “Unforgettable: Living With Alzheimer’s.” The hour-long special takes a look at the growing elder population and continuing growth of Alzheimer’s disease in people’s lives. The special, which is hosted by WGN’s Dina Bair and Dean Richard, features discussions with doctors, patients, caregivers and support staff.

  • Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich elevated to cardinal

    VATICAN CITY — At about 4:30 a.m. Chicago time Saturday, Archbishop Blase Cupich was elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis in Rome. Two other American bishops and more than a dozen others from around the world also received their red hats in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  The rank of Cardinal is second only to the pope in the Catholic hierarchy.  The college of cardinals elects the pontiff. The 67-year-old Cupich has led Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics for two years. […]

  • Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich to be elevated to Cardinal tomorrow

    ROME — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal tomorrow by Pope Francis in Rome. Two other American bishops and more than a dozen others from around the world will also get their red hats in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  The rank of Cardinal is second only to the pope in the catholic hierarchy.  The college of cardinals elects the pontiff. The 67-year-old Cupich has led Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics for two years. […]