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
  • Gene replacement therapy shows promise in patients with blood disorder, study finds

    Gene replacement therapy once sounded like science fiction, but today it’s making its way to mainstream medicine. Researchers at Lurie Children’s Hospital began a study looking at the therapy’s promise four years ago, and it has already yielded some promising results. The international clinical trial tested a new approach to replacing faulty genes in Thalassemia sufferers. Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder where patients don’t make enough hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the body in red blood cells. The cells can […]

  • Graduation day for the littlest patient; Micro preemie heads home

    Caring for a micro preemie – from an incredibly early birth to graduation. Complete with cap and onesie and all the kudos doctors, nurses and parents could muster. Now at seven pounds he’s stepping out and leaving his home since birth for a new adventure. Just like mom would play for Liam in the womb – a music therapist entertains him, both relaxing and stimulating the baby. He responds now – a far cry from the first sounds he heard […]

  • Chicago at forefront of autism research with genetic sample gathering

    The genetics of autism. The complexities run deep – that’s why researchers are digging deeper. A gigantic effort is underway across the country and right here in Chicago — one that will yield big data and perhaps a better understanding of the disorder. Holly Lechniak, SPARK study coordinator at Rush: “I’m gonna tickle your cheek, and I’m gonna gather all the saliva on both sides and put it right in here.” That’s one swab out of the 50,000 researchers hope […]

  • Man cuts off thumb by accident, has it replaced with his own big toe

    Melo Hairapetian was trimming wood one day when the unthinkable happened: in a matter of seconds, the saw made a quick and powerful cut across the palm of his hand. His thumb was gone and his pinky was dangling. “My knee buckled, caught my jacket and pulled my hand right through the circular saw,” Melo said. Doctors tried to salvage his thumb, but it didn’t take because the finger and joint were too badly damaged. A few months later, the 45-year-old […]

  • Immunotherapy giving hope to those with aggressive breast cancer

    In the quest for a cure or even an option for therapy to conquer cancer, there are researchers working tirelessly and patients willing to try anything to survive. Meet Melanie Moreno. A single mother, who on her birthday five years ago, got quite a surprise — a cancer diagnosis. She got the diagnosis on January 26–her 36th birthday. “Obviously fear, nervous. I was very numb to it all. Just kind of keep going, keep going, keep going,” Moreno said. She […]

  • Officers learning new ways to respond to emotional crisis

    They are the foot soldiers on the front lines of the mental health crisis — police officers and sheriff’s deputies interact with community members every day. But consider this — one in five of those citizens has some sort of mental health illness. How does that change the interaction? At times, we’ve seen it end in unnecessary force. But in DuPage County, members of the sheriff’s office are working to change the way they respond to those in emotional crisis. […]

  • These tiny sensors could revolutionize stroke recovery

    CHICAGO — New sensors developed by a Northwestern University researcher could revolutionize stroke recovery. The streamlined devices eliminate the need for wires, electrodes and bulky equipment. Flexible sensors go on a patient’s arms, legs and chest to measure muscle movement and function. WGN News visited the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to see how they work. “These are all flexible, wireless sensors that can be worn all day,” Megan O’Brien, Ph.D., a research scientist at the lab, said. “The therapy that’s going on […]

  • This new heart stent is the size of a strand of hair

    HINSDALE, Ill. — Smaller, sleeker, faster. Not sports cars — stents. They’ve been in use for 25 years – at first looking like a pen coil. The new stent is the size of a strand of hair. It’s tough to tell them apart side by side. But in the hands of Dr. Edgar Carell, an interventional cardiologist at Amita Health Hinsdale, it’s how the new stent maneuvers that makes a difference. “This is a stent with about a 40 percent lower […]

  • Busy Chicago ER decreasing wait times, increasing quality of care

    CHICAGO — An emergency room in the city is changing the way patients are cared for. The ER is making simple changes that will make a big impact. It’s intense in the trauma center; patients with gunshot and stab wounds and victims of serious car accidents are often brought to Mount Sinai Hospital for care. But in the emergency room, it’s a different kind of medicine. “Every day we see what we call bread and butter community medicine,” Dr. Jaime Moreno, […]

  • Some breast cancer treatments may impact heart function

    Obesity.  Smoking.  High cholesterol. You’re probably thinking heart disease. But the same risk factors can lead to breast cancer. And to make things even trickier, some breast cancer treatments can impact how the heart functions and lead to cardiovascular disease. For patients – even some cardiologists – there’s a lack of awareness about the critical combination. Dr Tochi Okwuosa is an onco-cardiologist at Rush University Medical Center. As patients undergo cancer treatments – she monitors their heart health. Dr Tochi […]