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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
  • Cracking the code of cancer cells

    CHICAGO — Personalized cancer care. Beyond a biopsy. Looking deep within a cancer cell to determine what went wrong — then stopping the chain of events that leads to tumor growth. It’s research that’s already making a difference in patients’ lives. Imagine being able to decode a cancer cell, determine why the cell has gone awry and why it won’t die. It’s a mystery some have already solved. “I’ve been practicing for over 25 years now, and really what we’ve […]

  • Northwestern doc discusses groundbreaking cancer research

    Cancer may preventable in some cases, but two-thirds of people who get cancer may just be victims of bad luck, instead of lifestyle choices or genetics. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say eating right and avoiding smoking may help prevent lung cancer. But they say other forms, like cancer of the brain, bones, blood, ovaries and pancreas, are more likely the result of random DNA mutations. Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University […]

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    Gene replacement could replace need for life-long blood transfusions

    From the lab to the bedside – a breakthrough treatment makes its way to patients suffering with a devastating disease … one that requires life-long blood transfusions. Wanda Sihanath, gene therapy patient: “Pretty familiar, it’s just nice to see familiar faces.” It’s a familiar walk for the 19-year-old. Every month since the age of 14, Wanda Sihanath has come to the hospital for blood transfusions. Wanda Sihanath: “I adjusted to it pretty quickly.” Wanda was born with thalassemia. She was […]

  • Stem cell transplant can be outpatient treatment for some

    Bringing a major medical treatment home. Patients once spent weeks in the hospital. Now they can get a stem cell transplant and go home. It means tackling a lot of hurdles, but this new idea is offering tremendous relief to patients. She passes the time with a little knitting … and a visit with her doctor. Then there’s a quick flush of the central line in her chest, placed this past summer before Rebecca Zoltoski began a four-month course of […]

  • Sparks really do fly when it comes to pregnancy – and it could help with in vitro

    When sperm meets egg, sparks fly … in a petri dish. It’s the first time scientists have witnessed the electrifying reaction during the fertilization process, and it’s not just explosive – it may help predict a patient’s success when undergoing in vitro. Dr Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern Medicine Ovarian Biology Researcher: “When fertilization happens, what you see is this enormous spark.” You can actually see it! The blast of light that marks the moment a sperm enters an egg. Dr Teresa […]

  • Sitcom actor on serious subject of drinking to excess and how an implant is helping him

    It’s the holiday season. For some that means they’re drinking more, many to excess. But for others it’s a struggle all year long. Now, there’s a radical way to get help. Joseph Dorrian: “Kinda noticed I was drinking way too much, going out on weekends, getting completely drunk where you black out, not remembering nights.” Joseph Dorrian knew he had a drinking problem eight years ago. Joseph Dorrian: “What happens to me is when I’m not drinking, I don’t got […]

  • Family thankful for daughter’s new heart

    A family is thankful this holiday after their daughter received a heart transplant. Now, doctors say she may get home in time for Christmas. Keniya Noys was diagnosed at age three with dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged and weakened heart. For six years, she lead a normal life, but over the summer her heart failure worsened landing her in Lurie Children’s Hospital in July. Keniya started to grow weaker as the months went by. Then a surprise, just days after her 10th […]

  • New drug may help with heart failure

    It’s a chronic, pervasive problem; Heart failure impacts millions of Americans, shortening their lives and reducing the quality of their daily lives. It’s been a decade since doctors and patients have had renewed hope. But a new drug is infusing a sense of excitement. “The holy grail of heart failure is to reverse what is going on in the heart and try to get some regeneration and make the heart stronger. Sometimes, by letting the heart work less it will […]

  • 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 […]

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