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
  • Rhymefest skydives with Golden Knights at Chicago Air & Water Show

    CHICAGO — Chicago hip hop artist Che Smith, better known as Rhymefest, glided from the sky high above North Avenue Beach on Saturday, landing perfectly in the sand as part of a tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights to kick off the 60th annual Chicago Air & Water Show. He said the experience was a whole new form of living and that he wanted to use the jump as a way to inspire Chicago’s children and young adults. Rhymefest […]

  • Families support resolution to protect undocumented parents

    CHICAGO – A City Council committee heard testimony Monday in support of a resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation protecting undocumented parents from deportation. The resolution sponsored by Alderman Robert Maldonado asks Congress to pass legislation providing visas to undocumented parents with children who are U.S. citizens or are DACA eligible. It would also be offered to parents with temporary protected status. The visa would allow those without criminal convictions and their children to stay and work in the […]

  • Prayer inspires man to hand mini assault-style rifle into church, pastor says

    CHICAGO — The day began with the police arriving at the New Beginnings Church in Park Manor, but for a good reason. According to Pastor Corey Brooks, a man who they’d been praying with decided to hand over a mini M4 assault-style weapon to police. Chicago police later collected the gun, tagging it and logging it before telling Brooks: “you saved lives today.” Brooks says he hopes others in his church will spread the word of repentance and follow suit.

  • Lawmakers, advocates urge Governor to approve Women and Girls legislation

    CHICAGO — Key female leaders from around Illinois came together at the Thompson Center today to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner sign a bill creating the Illinois Council on Women and Girls. It’s a group that will ensure women have a seat at the table as policymakers to help shape the state’s priorities with regard to women, and deal with economic disparity and gender discrimination. Lawmakers stood together in solidarity, showing their support for creating the council and urging Gov. Rauner […]

  • Police issue alert after attempted luring of boy near North Side park

    CHICAGO — Chicago police issued the community alert late last week after a 13-year-old boy was walking northbound in the 4200 block of North Western Avenue and a man sitting in a parked vehicle on the west side of the street motioned for the teen to get into his car. The victim got scared, ran home and told his father, who called 911. The suspect drove away but for residents in the area like Mike Streff who has two children […]

  • 30 shot over 3-hour span in Chicago, including 11-year-old and at least 11 teens

    CHICAGO – A spate of mass shootings in Chicago left at least five people dead and 50 others wounded during a night of catastrophic violence in Chicago. During a Sunday press conference, police officials said there are so many investigations into so many shootings that they could offer few specifics. But everyone from congressmen to community activists agree the shootings mark a crisis point in Chicago’s struggle with violence. Dozens and dozens of families waited for word on shooting victims […]

  • Suburban workshop teaches the art of wood turning to a new generation

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. — Wood turning is no longer a lost art. In fact, it’s making a resurgence at Rockler’s Woodworking in Orland Park. From turning pens and bowls to staining and finishing utensil handles, Rockler’s is a place for would-be craftsmen and women to learn, whittle, and relax. Classes run year-round for woodworkers of every skill level, and some even move on to become apprentices. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Coast Guard raises duck boat from Missouri lake

    BRANSON, Mo. –The duck boat that capsized during a storm in southwestern Missouri last week — a disaster that left 17 people dead — was raised to the surface of Table Rock Lake on Monday in an effort overseen by the Coast Guard. The Ride the Ducks Branson amphibious vessel had 31 people on board when it left the shore Thursday on the lake near Branson, Missouri, as a severe thunderstorm whipped up intense winds and waves. The Coast Guard […]

  • Produce goes from rooftop farm to table at Uncommon Ground

    CHICAGO — Above Uncommon Ground, a 2,500-square-foot rooftop farm allows the restaurant to harvest hundreds of pounds of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. There are also a pair of beehives that produce 40-50 pounds of honey, and other things used to make specialty craft beers. The restaurant plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the rooftop farm with community events and harvesting classes all summer long. WGN’s Andrea Darlas has more.

  • Chicago police officer suffers head injury in crash

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer and another man were injured in a two-car crash in Logan Square overnight. Police say the officer was driving northbound on Kedzie around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when the unmarked vehicle collided with a Pontiac that was driving west on Diversey in the middle of the intersection. The officer was taken to an area hospital with a head injury and is in stable condition, while the driver of the Pontiac was transported to Norwegian American […]