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
  • Chicago Golf Show a treasure trove for golf fans

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — The 36th annual Chicago Golf Show is a treasure trove of merchandise, apparel and clubs. Whether it’s taking a swing at the 3,000-square-foot driving range or trying for an 85-foot putt, there’s something for everyone at the event, which is one of the oldest and largest indoor golf shows in the country. The Chicago Golf Show runs through Sunday. For more information, visit

  • Bikes get top billing at Progressive International Motorcycle Show

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — Nearly 1,000 motorcycles from all over the world were on display at the 38th annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Stephens Convention Center Sunday. Billed as the the world’s largest touring motorcycle show for consumers, the choices were endless, from major brand names and fan favorites to custom concept bikes of all shapes, sizes and colors. It wasn’t just about shopping and browsing, as this year show featured several interactive booths, like the “Wheelie Experience,” which […]

  • Victims identified in Aurora shooting; gunman had prior felony conviction

    AURORA, Ill. — Police have identified the five people gunned down by a co-worker who was being fired in Aurora on Friday. The shooting began at 1:24 p.m. at Henry Pratt Company, a 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse at 641 Archer Ave. in west suburban Aurora, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman. Police said gunman Gary Martin, 45, likely brought his .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to work because he knew he was being fired from his job of 15 years. Martin, who […]

  • Aurora victim, 21, started internship the day he was killed

    AURORA, Ill. — Trevor Wehner was so excited to start his new internship Friday that he showed up to work 45 minutes early. Six hours later, the 21-year-old college student was among five men fatally shot by a fired worker at Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing warehouse in west suburban Aurora. “Reality hasn’t completely hit me that it happened,” younger brother Thomas Wehner said. “You know, it doesn’t seem like it’s real at all.” Trevor Wehner was set to graduate from Northern […]

  • Exhibit celebrates art that brought Chicago to the stage and screen

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cultural Center’s new exhibit “Chicago: the play, the movies, the musical, the murders” showcases memorabilia which brought Chicago to the stage and screen. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and just part of a year-long tribute honoring Chicago theatre productions both big and small. Many of Chicago’s 250 theater companies are taking part of the celebration. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • 2019 Chicago Auto Show kicks off with concept cars, vintage rides

    CHICAGO — The 2019 Chicago Auto Show opened Saturday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting from Gov. JB Pritzker. From bold colors to stunning concept cars, from vintage rides to modern favorites — this year’s auto show doesn’t disappoint. It’s a chance for families to keep traditions going and browse everything the auto industry has to offer for the new year. There are more interactive displays this year and a chance to experience a test ride firsthand. The show runs through […]

  • Once only for men, Chicago Athletic Association now offers fun for everyone

    CHICAGO — Chicago was once filled with exclusive social clubs, and one of the few left is surviving by opening its doors to everyone. The Chicago Athletic Association was once restricted to gentlemen and members only. Today, it’s a popular social club and a hot spot for people of all ages. Its rich history and stunning architecture is still evident, but inside walls made from old basketball and squash courts, a new generation is welcome. The free Game Room includes […]

  • Dia De La Concha celebrates Mexican sweets in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The Dia De La Concha is a festival designed to celebrate pastries and sweets. It’s Chicago’s first pan dulce fest featuring all kinds of Mexican baked goods. Six different bakeries participated Saturday — including Pilsen’s Panaderia Nuevo Leon, which is where WGN’s Andrea Darlas learned how to make the sweet bread that gives the festival its name. All proceeds from the 2019 festival will benefit Mujeres Latinas En Accion.

  • Watch the ‘super blood wolf moon’ at Adler Planetarium

    CHICAGO — Sunday night’s “super blood wolf moon” will be the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. When that happens, the moon will turn a deep shade of red to achieve what scientists call totality. The Adler Planetarium is hosting a viewing party called Lunapalooza, where moon enthusiasts will be able to catch the total eclipse through high-end telescopes. The planetarium is no stranger to the moon’s history — and even has a gallery filled with famous missions, landings and rocks. […]

  • 200 demonstrators gather for Young Women’s March Rally in Chicago

    CHICAGO — About 200 participants rallied in Federal Plaza on Saturday for the Young Women’s March Rally. It was organized to coincide with the national Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The demographic in Chicago was younger, but their message echoed that of generations of women who have come before them. The demonstrators said they will continue fight for the rights of women and other minority groups not just once a year — but each and every day until their voices […]

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