Dina Bair
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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
  • Respiratory virus EV-D68 growing threat in Illinois

    A growing threat in Illinois — a respiratory virus spreading and threatening children. The emergency room is filling up at Lurie Children’s as parents of children with viral symptoms are flooding the hospital — this as hundreds are admitted across the Midwest. For five days, four-year-old D’Mari Lockwood has been taking medicine in the hospital. The sweet boy seems happy now … in stark contrast to last week when his mother rushed him to the hospital. Lakeia Lockwood, D’Mari’s mother: […]

  • Hundreds of children sent to hospital as respiratory virus spreads in Midwest

    A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and beyond, health officials say. The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases,” said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Diseases. Ten states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma […]

  • Bedside Lessons: Young patients head back to school too

    As kids head back to school this week, what about those who are sick? Just watch the way some public school teachers are extending their reach — bringing lessons to the bedside. Like most school kids, her day started with a test, but this one was a little different — an echocardiogram to check the nine-year-old’s heart function. Keniya Noys has been a patient at Lurie Children’s in Chicago since July. She’s waiting for a new heart. But today is […]

  • Kidney transplant patients may have new way to fight off rejection

    A kidney transplant that lasts for life. It’s the ultimate goal. But the drugs that keep a donor organ going also pose the greatest threat. Now a new approach to fighting off rejection – but is it safe? One woman says she’s willing to take a chance to find out. It looks like a scene from a sci-fi movie … a bag of human cells sways steadily. Scientists prep tubes and machines in an ultra-sterile lab. But what looks like […]

  • Alternate breast cancer treatment more direct route to tumor cells

    An alternative form of a common breast cancer drug glides on the skin instead of traveling the distance through the blood stream. It’s a more direct route to tumor cells, and it may help patients avoid obstacles along the way.   Rosalie Saviano, breast cancer survivor: “I had three different areas of cancer in my right breast.”   The diagnosis wasn’t a surprise for Rosalie Saviano. Her mother and sisters had faced the same news. Her doctor recommended a lumpectomy, […]

  • A calming touch: Massage helps sick children

    For the sickest children who rely on life-sustaining technology – a calming touch helps them breathe a little easier. Outside they swing happily, freely. An adapted playground hints at the more complex equipment housed inside Maryville’s Children’s Healthcare Center. There’s room for 12 – all classified as medically fragile. The young patients rely on respirators, pumps and monitors to keep them alive and well. This is transitional care – the children stay until they’re stable enough to go home and […]

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    Marching for Meera: Through grief, family raises awareness for pediatric brain tumor research

    On the medical watch Meera’s Marchers. We here at WGN have been on that team for two and a half  years after one of our colleague’s daughters was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor. He and his wife tried everything, traveled and sought treatment closer to home all in an effort to save his baby girl. In the end, cancer took Meera’s life but not the family’s dedication to find a cure for pediatric cancer. Meera’s Marchers are coming together […]

  • ‘Ride Ataxia’ raises awareness of debilitating disease

    It’s a debilitating disease that robs patients of strength and mobility then shortens their lives.  But this weekend in the Chicago area, they ride up to 52 miles to show there’s no stopping them until they have an effective treatment, maybe even a cure. “I’ve been in a wheelchair for about 3 years now. All these sports were leaving my life. I loved playing golf and baseball, and I loved downhill skiing and basketball.” The rare neuromuscular disorder known as […]

  • Hydration help: Stay safe in the heat

    On the medical watch – we are going on the road – talking about hydration in the hot summer weather. As race season gears up and weekend warriors hit the trail – experts say it’s critical to prepare so you don’t get burned out in the blazing sun. When the sky is bright with rays beating down, sweat beads on the brow. The key is not to wait to re-invigorate, by the time you are thirsty – -you are already […]

  • New type of stents could help brains

    A new generation of stents – but not for the heart. This device travels to vessels in the brain where large aneurysms loom. Dr. Bernard Bendok, Northwestern Medicine Neurosurgeon: “Very large aneurysm right there.” It’s tough to miss. Classified as a wide-neck aneurysm — the giant, balloon-like bulge in Sue Wakulich’s brain vessel left her with double vision and regular headaches. Sue Wakulich, aneurysm patient: “Right away panic sets in because you don’t want your head cut open.” Northwestern Medicine […]


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