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
  • Doctor says it could be risky to find plastic surgeon on Instagram

    CHICAGO — Social media is the go-to tool for consumers interested in cosmetic procedures. Social media sites are an open marketplace, but just one click can lead you to the wrong hands. A local doctor dug deep and what he found is a dangerous and misleading trend. Instagram is a vast visual showcase. Fashion, travel, food, family – it’s all there. And one of the more popular topics is plastic surgery. “Instagram is a uniquely visual social medium, and plastic surgery […]

  • Quick and clear x-ray images delivers more with less for younger patients

    For young patients with orthopedic conditions, regular x-rays are the norm. But regular exposure to radiation is something doctors want to avoid. Now new technology delivers more with less. It’s pretty simple — Gregory Greco steps inside, then gets in position for the quick scan of his spine. For the 16-year-old, it’s a familiar routine. As a young child, he was diagnosed with a severe curve in his spine. Gregory Greco, scoliosis patient: “Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was bad. […]

  • How to keep your eyes safe during the eclipse

    On the Medical Watch how to take in the solar eclipse without hurting your eyes. You won’t feel the damage, but eventually you’ll see it. Eye doctors say it’s a life-changing condition you can avoid if you follow the rules. On a typical day, it’s nearly impossible to stare at the bright sun. We can’t tolerate the intensity so we squint and quickly look away. “And that’s just an average day. what we’re talking about on the 21st is a […]

  • WGN Exclusive: Cardinal Cupich delivers donation to ‘the next Mother Teresa’

    McALLEN, Texas — Sister Norma Pimentel lives here in McAllen, Texas, but her work with immigrants caught the attention of Pope Francis in Rome. Some even say she is “the next Mother Teresa.” So when Chicago donors raised money to help the poor among us, as the pope instructed, Cardinal Blase Cupich knew exactly where the donation should go. Dina Bair has more, in this special WGN Exclusive report.

  • Quick action helps student survive what was more than just a migraine

    On the Medical Watch, we’re looking at the importance of getting involved. Recognizing when someone is in a medical crisis and taking action. We introduce you to a young woman whose life would be markedly different had it not been for the intervention of those around her. Caroline Todd is a high school speech champion. With elegant delivery she can explain a complex topic. But it’s her own story that’s worth a listen. It begins back in January at a […]

  • ‘Did I survive that gunshot wound so I could save these people?’ Wounded in shooting, man called to become Chicago firefighter

    In tonight’s Medical Watch, we’re continuing our focus on a real plague in our city. The violence on the streets of Chicago is not new. For decades we have been covering murders and their aftermath. Now we get to follow up on a story of a young man shot who was stabbed and beaten decades ago, who later struggled, survived and thrived. Now he picks up victims and tries with every breath to help them live. He believes the key […]

  • Understanding Williams Syndrome: Genetic condition brings host of medical problems but also unlimited capacity to love

    How a heart that is broken physically works flawlessly when it comes to emotion. For children born with Williams Syndrome, compromised heart function opens the door for an unlimited capacity to love. Maya is a happy, playful 18-month-old. “The moment I get home from work, the moment she wakes up, she’s usually always smiling and happy,” says Maya’s father Scott Ottenheimer.  “We celebrate and get so excited about the milestones because they mean so much to us.” When Maya was born […]

  • Fighting the good fight to fund childhood cancer research

    Many children survive childhood cancer but in some cases, they experience devastating, life-long side effects. And you may be shocked to know how little money goes for research for the future of the tiniest patients. Benny  Martinez is a thoughtful, caring 12-year-old. “He always gives it 150 percent,” says his mother Michelle Martinez.  “No matter what gets thrown at this kid, he just faces it with amazing poise and grace.” At a St Baldrick’s fundraiser last year, Benny shaved his […]

  • Helping to stop the cycle of violence can start with helping kids overcome anger

    Fighting violence is a contradiction in terms. Instead of battling, those in the trenches say what we really want to do is quell anger and stop the cycle. Changing minds may be the key to bringing about meaningful progress when it comes to saving our city and the people in it. Edward, Mercy Home resident: “When there’s dead bodies lying on the ground, I’m kinda used to it. I grew up in Chicago, like in a rough neighborhood. I started […]

  • Church opens its doors for worship and care for the wounded in violence-plagued Chicago

    Violence is a plague in Chicago and across the country. It is full of a risk for sudden brutal death or a slow decline filled with stress, grief and pain. Street crime invades kid’s lives like a disease. And for their parents the heartache is incurable. In response, the church has opened its doors, not just for worship but to care for the wounded. News of the violence plague reached Rome. Pope Francis took notice and offered his support and […]