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 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.

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    Pope Francis on final leg of US visit

    PHILADELPHIA — The pope’s day began with a mass at Philadelphia Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, where 1,600 priests and nuns packed the church. Francis said the future of the church depends on increased roles for the laity and on valuing the “immense contribution” of women. On Saturday Pope Francis applauded nuns for helping the poor and immigrants, preserving life, and efforts to end the death penalty. Francis also spoke today in front of about 40,000 people outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. […]

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    Pope’s full day in NYC includes United Nations, Mass at Madison Square Garden

    NEW YORK – Pope Francis capped off the New York leg of his trip with a grand Mass for 20,000 people a Madison Square Garden. Also Friday, the Holy Father got to practice his English, which he studied diligently in adnvance of this trip, at school in Harlem.  He greeted 4th and 5th graders from Our Lady Queen of Angels. No visit to New York is complete without a tour through Central Park. The faithful began lining up at 5 […]

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    Pope Francis’s visit to 9/11 Memorial evokes thoughts of love, loss, hope

    NEW YORK — By now Pope Francis has met with world leaders, visited a school in Harlem and had a parade through Central Park. But today’s most moving appearance was at the Ground Zero Memorial. A man who preaches peace stood in the place of senseless destruction by those who wanted to wage war. Here are the sights and sounds of love, loss, prayer and hope.  

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    Pope Francis visits 9/11 memorial and museum

    NEW YORK — Pope Francis has paid a visit to the National Sept. 11 Memorial where the World Trade Center stood. To a cheer from the gathered crowd, he walked toward the two massive waterfall pools that mark the footprints of the twin towers. The pope prayed silently and laid a white rose at the edge of one of the pools, inscribed with the names of nearly 3,000 people who were killed. He spoke at an interfaith service, calling for the world […]

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    Pope’s historic U.S. visit continues in New York

    NEW YORK – Pope Francis’s historic visit to the U.S. continued with a very busy day Thursday that included two major American cities. The pope ended the night at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where there was an evening prayer service. The pontiff gradually made his way out, shaking hands with nuns and others, blessing a girl and a boy who was passed through the crowd by his father. Then he got in his Fiat, waved to the […]

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    Pope Francis U.S. visit continues in New York City

    NEW YORK — Pope Francis is now in the melting pot of New York City after reminding this nation of its immigrant origins today in the first papal speech before Congress. Francis participated in an evening prayer service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. While in New York, Francis will address world leaders at the U.N., participate in an interfaith service at the Sept. 11 memorial and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden. WGN’s Dina Bair is in New York and has all […]

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    Chicagoans in Washington witness history with Pope Francis visit

    WASHINGTON — This is the kind of day people talk about for the rest of their lives. Babies and parents and students got to see, and some even getting to reach out and touch, Pope Francis. Pope Francis was at the White House, praying with bishops and celebrating a canonization Mass. But those were VIP ticketed events. Still, anyone here who wanted to wake up at the crack of dawn could see the Holy Father. Tom Ruiz who is a […]

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    Pope Francis in DC to celebrate first US mass

    WASHINGTON — A secular gathering began the day at the White House, then a parade and prayer with 350 U.S. bishops. They gave the Holy Father money, collected for the poor. The gesture, the generosity of the religious from our wealthy nation to those in need, brought a smile to the pontiff’s face. It echoed the suggestion he urged for all people in this country. While it may take time for the message pilgrims heard to sink in, on the national mall people […]

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    President Obama welcomes Pope Francis to the White House

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Pope Francis had a private meeting in the Oval Office. Their meeting followed an elaborate welcome ceremony for Francis on the South Lawn of the White House that took place under sunny, blue skies in front of some 15,000 onlookers. After the ceremony, Obama led Francis into the White House. They reappeared on a balcony and waved to the throngs huddled on the lawn and walked along the colonnade and past the famed Rose Garden […]

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    Chicagoland residents among those in DC for pope vist

    WASHINGTON —  Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Washington D.C. to try to get a glimpse of Pope Francis who arrived in America today, some from the Chicago area. A group from St. Mary’s Catholic school in Crown Point, Indiana has made the 8th grade trip to Washington a tradition for more than 20 years.  But this year is a year like no other. “It’s been really exciting,” said 8th grader Megan Thomas. “Growing up in a catholic […]


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