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
  • Polo isn’t just for aristocrats anymore, proponents say

    OAK BROOK — Polo in Chicago goes back nearly 100 years, although today it’s not just a sport for royals and aristocrats. It`s not as easy as the professionals make it look, but polo is growing in popularity, especially in the Midwest. At the Oak Brook Polo Club, WGN’s Andrea Darlas learned a bit about the basics of the regal sport. For Horacio Onetto, polo is second nature. Onetto started riding horses at the age of five and started holding a mallet […]

  • Chicago radio legend has garage sale for charity

    CHICAGO — Garage sales are popular around the Chicago area this time of year.  But most don’t involve media legends.  And most don’t usually give the money away to charity. But throughout Steve Dahl’s 40 year career in radio, he’s collected a lot of stuff.  And there comes a time when you need to Spring Clean. To vinyl records and lithographs, it all was up for grabs at his sale on Saturday. Some of the high end auction items were […]

  • Medical helicopter makes emergency crash landing near the Bishop Ford

    CHICAGO — A medical helicopter’s three-person crew is in good condition and a patient remains in critical condition after they crash landed on the South Side Saturday night. The helicopter was transporting an unnamed patient to Christ Hospital when the pilot radioed there was an emergency around 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Shortly after the crew made its mayday call, the pilot made an emergency landing on a grassy area beside the Bishop Ford near 103rd Street. All three crew members walked away from […]

  • Group hopes to stop Humboldt Park community center from closing

    CHCIAGO — Local activists are trying to keep a community center in Chicago from shutting its doors. La Casa Puertorriqueña has been a well-known  center in the Humboldt Park community for nearly 50 years. It reportedly owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes to the city.  There are also ongoing allegations of thousands of missing dollars from community fundraising events. Activists alleged money was lost or stolen from events like the Puerto Rican Day Parade and fundraisers for Hurricane Maria victims. […]

  • Man arrested after plotting 4th of July attack in Cleveland, FBI says

    CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was arrested after allegedly making plans for a terrorist attack on the city’s downtown Fourth of July parade with an undercover agent, authorities said Monday morning. Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, who used the name Abdur Raheem Rafeeq on Facebook, was taken into custody Sunday and has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, Stephen Anthony of the FBI said in a news conference. Pitts came under FBI surveillance in 2017 […]

  • Murders, shootings down in first 6 months of 2018, police say

    CHICAGO — Gun violence continued its downward trend last month, marking it the 16th consecutive month of falling violence in the city. Chicago police said there were a number of factors they attributed to the descent including more police officers on the street and enhanced technology. Newly released crime stats for June shows the city with 79 fewer murders and 270 fewer shootings in the first six months of the year as compared to the same time period last year. […]

  • Excessive Heat Warning continues for Chicago area, parts of Indiana into Sunday evening

    Update 5PM CDT… The Excessive Heat Warning has been extended into Sunday evening for most of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana including the city of Chicago The Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect for essentially all of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana including the city of Chicago into Sunday evening. Daytime heat indices will run 100 to 110-degrees, even higher in a few locations, while nighttime temperatures will drop no lower than the mid 70s (outlying areas) to lower […]

  • 50 new HD cameras installed at CTA Red Line stations

    CHICAGO – Fifty new HD surveillance cameras were installed at CTA Red Line stations, which police hopes will help prevent crime. The Chicago police, in conjunction with the CTA, added the new security cameras at Clark and Division, Chicago and State, and Grand and State.  The camera were put in place in an attempt to prevent high crime areas in the Gold Coast. Police said the new cameras are state of the art and that they’re already installed above turnstiles, along […]

  • Woman charged after 16-year-old hit in face with hammer at Gold Coast McDonald’s

    CHICAGO — A woman has been charged after a teenage girl was hit in the face with a hammer during a verbal altercation at a McDonald’s restaurant, police said. Police charged 36-year-old Hannah Walker after the incident that happened just after 9 p.m. Monday at the McDonald’s at 10 E. Chicago Avenue in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The day started as a shopping trip for 16-year-old Jasmine Ware and three of her girlfriends. Ware and her friends had just left […]

  • Durbin addresses ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

    CHICAGO — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Monday discussed the president’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy. At an event in Little Village, Durbin said President Donald Trump needs to start playing by the rules and that the president doesn’t have a glimmer of knowledge when it comes to due process. The senator spent the morning with kids at the El Valor Carlos Cantu Children & Family Center. The first part of the morning was fun and cheerful for students as they […]