Andrea Darlas is an award-winning Radio and Television News Anchor and Reporter at WGN Radio and WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor and co-host of the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio, reporter/weekend break features on WGN-TV, and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts.”

During her 20-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast”, two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio- and recently won the IBA Silver Dome award for “Best Reporter” for 2017.

Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and has served on the U of I’s College of Media’s National Alumni Board, the University’s Alumni Association and the Campus Alumni Advisory Boards. She is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the Special Olympics.

Recent Articles
  • 2 fatally shot in Austin, police say

    CHICAGO – Two people, a man and a woman, were fatally shot in the city’s Austin neighborhood early Sunday morning, according to officials. Police said the two were sitting in a parked car in the 100 block of North Lockwood Avenue around 2 a.m. Sunday when they were shot. The 21-year old woman was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 26-year-old man in the car was also shot multiple times, he was rushed to […]

  • After 2016 hack, Illinois taking extra cybersecurity measures as midterms get closer

    CHICAGO — With the midterms only three weeks away, and election hacking a clear and present danger, Illinois is taking unprecedented steps to secure the vote. State Board of Elections chairman William Cadigan told reporters in Chicago Tuesday that voters should rest assured that their Nov. 6 tallies “will be securely counted.” The State Board of Elections is taking big steps to ensure the safety of voters to make sure a hack like the one in 2016 doesn’t happen again. […]

  • Device found in women’s room not a hidden camera, hotel says

    CHICAGO — After a group of young women visiting Chicago from Wisconsin said they discovered a camera inside their room, a downtown hotel says there was no evidence the device was capturing footage of guests. The four friends from Milwaukee told police they found the camera facing toward the bed inside their room in the Club Quarters Hotel at 75 E. Wacker Drive. The small device didn’t appear to be recording, but could reportedly be started remotely. The friends told hotel […]

  • National Dessert Day is a great excuse to celebrate the sweet tooth

    CHICAGO — At Bombo Bar in the West Loop, every day is National Dessert Day. Still, the day provides a great excuse to celebrate the sweet tooth at dessert spots across the city. From ice cream to whipped cream to fried donuts, Bomba Bar’s walk-up window has an eye for candied desserts, and tasty treats garnished with everything from Sprinkles to cereal smore‘s. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Women’s March Chicago returns to Grant Park on Saturday

    CHICAGO — Thousands of women and supporters of the #metoo movement are expected to converge on the Loop on Saturday for the second Women’s March Chicago. Organizers said they hope to draw attention to women’s rights issues and to get more women to register to vote. There will be two early voting locations along the march route. The event is expected to begin in Grant Park near Columbus and Jackson drives with a rally and motivational speeches. The actual march […]

  • Britain’s Mo Farah wins Chicago Marathon, over 40,000 athletes participate

    CHICAGO — Britain’s Mo Farah won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, claiming his first marathon victory in three attempts. Farah finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds. It was the first marathon on U.S. soil for Farah, who’s won four Olympic gold medals and six world championships on the track.Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia finished second, 13 seconds behind Farah. Japan’s Suguru Osako came in third at 2:05:50. American Galen Rupp, last year’s winner and Farah’s former training partner, was […]

  • First annual Chicago Japanese matsuri celebrates country’s food, arts

    CHICAGO — The first annual Chicago Japanese Matsuri (summer festival) brought a little bit of Japan to Lincoln Park Sunday. Martial arts performances, art, sake and regional dishes were all in the offering. Organizers hope to continue this first of its kind festival and its spirit and traditions for generations to come. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Chicago Gourmet returns to Millennium Park for 11th year

    CHICAGO — From the healthiest food to the most decadent, Chicago Gourmet delights foodies and professional chefs alike. The annual food and wine festival, sponsored by Bon Appétit magazine, celebrates its 11th anniversary this weekend with samples, workshops, demonstrations and more at Millennium Park. For information on tickets and events, click here. Chicago Gourmet runs through Sunday.

  • House fire leaves 7-month-old dead, father critically injured the day after his wedding

    CHICAGO — A West Englewood house fire left a 7-month-old boy dead and his father critically injured, just a day after the 51-year-old man celebrated his own wedding. Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, Chicago police patrolling West Englewood saw smoke coming out of a single-family home in the 1700 block of west 59th Street, across the street from Hermitage Park. “As we looked inside we could see it was quite a chaotic scene the house went up very quickly,” said Ald. […]

  • Chicago’s only all-vintage monthly market brings unique finds to Uptown

    CHICAGO — You never know what you’ll find when you check out the Vintage Chicago Flea Market, but that’s also why it’s fun to go there. At Chicago’s only all-vintage monthly market, more than 100 vendors crowd into a parking garage at Broadway and Argyle to buy and sell all things nostalgic. Whatever you’re looking for from any decade it’s likely there, from vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, to vinyl records to old fashioned cameras and radios. The flea market is […]