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
  • How rare is Bears Zach Miller’s devastating knee injury?

    On the Medical Watch, going inside the knee to see what happened in the devastating injury for Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller. Viewers watched in horror as his knee seemed to twist in such an unnatural way. Dr Jason Koh, an orthopedic surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem, says it only took an instant the entire leg was in jeopardy. “The real concern is whether or not he’s going to be able to save his leg, not only just his […]

  • Plastic surgeon’s pain prescription is opioid free to help cut back on opioid usage

    The U.S. makes up just four percent of the world’s population, yet Americans consume up to 95 percent of the world’s narcotic pain killers. In the middle of an opioid epidemic, how do we cut back? One plastic surgeon shares his strategy – significantly slashing the number of narcotics he prescribes. “With all surgery there is going to be some level of discomfort,” Dr. Lawrence Iteld, a plastic surgeon, said. From tummy tucks to breast implants to liposuction, the procedures range […]

  • Opioid task force hears from recovering addicts, first responders, medical professionals

    CHICAGO — The opioid task force in Illinois is getting to work. WGN first reported about the decisive plan to fight opioid addiction in the state when the task force was convened a month age. On Wednesday, members got together for the first time in an emotional and powerful gathering. In Chicago, health experts and political leaders are touring the state. They want to know how the opioid addiction crisis is impacting people. And on Wednesday, they got an earful. […]

  • Girls take longer to heal from brain injuries, new study shows

    Girls are different than boys when it comes to concussions. And that means they should be sidelined longer after a head injury. And if they don’t know it, they could do more long-term damage. Females are rivaling males in numbers on the field playing soccer, softball and field hockey. On the ice competitive skating or hockey and on the court jumping in to play basketball. That makes them equally susceptible to injuries like concussions. Dr. Cynthia LaBella, Lurie Children’s sports […]

  • How to talk to your child about mass shootings

    In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, many parents are faced with a difficult question: what should I say to my child? Between social media and the school lunchroom, news travels fast. For school-age kids, it’s almost inevitable they’ve heard many things about the mass shooting in Las Vegas- and not all of them may be true. Here is some advice from two psychologists on how to work through the day’s events with your child: […]

  • 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 […]