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
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced she has breast cancer in a post on her official Twitter account. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus wrote. The actress went on to say “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.” “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality,” […]

  • Students with autism find hope, independence at suburban day school

    When students with autism require intense support – where do they go? A therapeutic day school – built by parents struggling to find resources for their children – offers hope and guides the way toward independence. Just like in a typical elementary school classroom, the day starts with a few basics. It’s a routine the students can count on — repetition, practice and one-on-one instruction. Kelly Weaver, executive director and co-founder, Alexander Leigh Center for Autism: “We’re working on all […]

  • App scans photos for signs of skin cancer, flags them for doctors

    For most of us, it’s often what we don’t see that may be cause for alarm, but a new tool takes the pressure off the patient – and gives doctors a direct line of sight to your skin. Called SkinIO, the app is the brainchild of Dr. J.C. Lapiere, who has devoted his life to treating skin cancers. Since the worst spots often show up in places patients can’t see, he found a way to shine a light on dark spots. Using […]

  • New technology helps diabetics manage their health

    Think of it like flying a plane on auto pilot. Two parallel technologies merge to give patients with diabetes a more automated approach to managing their health. The history is fascinating, when insulin was discovered in the 1920s, millions of lives were saved. From there, delivering the life-saving substance – that regulates sugar in the blood – evolved from barbaric steel needles to jet-pack mechanical pumps. “The first insulin pump was something the size of this room. Gradually over the […]

  • Opioid addiction most significant public health issue, officials work to raise awareness

    CHICAGO — The state of Illinois is making a decisive plan to fight drug addiction. Doctors say they know it and law enforcement knows, now officials are hoping every person realizes that opioid addiction is the most significant public health and public safety issue. “I used drugs to escape because that’s all I knew,” said Jessica Gerke. Gerke knows first hand the ravages of addiction. For eight years she was a slave to drugs, in and out of prison. Until one day […]

  • 2 gun violence victims share their stories of hope after getting GEDs

    CHICAGO — Two gunshot victims, both with spinal cord injuries and a lifelong struggle had the goal to graduate, but they took that challenge to a whole new level. On Tuesday, Leomar Leyva and Charles Winters celebrated a milestone at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab — earning their GEDs. For both young men, the journey to complete high school was derailed by gun violence. And for Winters, it was exactly 12 years ago on Tuesday that he was shot. “I […]

  • 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.