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
  • 16-year-old charged after Akira robbery; Police search for 9 other suspects

    CHICAGO — A 16-year-old boy was charged after a mob of people stormed into a Bucktown clothing store Monday evening and not only robbed the store, but attacked employees with pepper spray. Store owners at the Akira store at 1814 W. North Ave. said their shop was robbed around 9 p.m. Monday. They said a group of about 10 people entered the store just as employees prepared to close. One employee reportedly asked the group to leave, but said some of […]

  • Ald. Burke chairs first committee meeting since FBI raids

    CHICAGO — Ald. Ed Burke,14th Ward, stoically entered the City Council chambers Monday morning to chair the finance committee. It appeared to be business as usual, and there was no mention of the federal raids of Burke’s ward offices two weeks ago. Burke entered the chambers with a quick “Good Morning” to reporters, then brushed past and took his seat, as he has for decades at the head of the finance committee meeting. While aldermen and witnesses wanted to talk […]

  • Holiday pop-up brings local vendors together for one-stop shopping

    CHICAGO — Whether you’re into fashion and style, art and photography, or original board games, the block of pop-up stores at the Chicago Design Market brings vendors from across the city together for one-stop local shopping. Featured artists include photographer Will Byington, who has been shooting the city skyline and the Chicago music scene for decades. There’s also Diandra Lammens, who quit her day job at an advertising agency to open Matty & Lou,  a boutique where she curates high-end looks at affordable […]

  • Chicago birthplace of Walt Disney will open to public after restoration

    CHICAGO —For nearly a century, the pretty but unassuming house on Chicago’s North Side where Walt Disney was born was left to deteriorate. But thanks to some new owners and a generous grant from the Disney Family Foundation, the historic home is being renovated and restored. After about five years of repairs the house was rededicated this week, on what would have been Disney’s 117th birthday (and Mickey Mouse’s 90th). Disney’s descendants have even been visiting the house. The house is […]

  • Irish holiday bazaar combines live music, authentic gifts

    CHICAGO — The annual holiday bazaar at the Irish American Heritage Center is a cultural must for the Irish and Irish-at-heart. For more than 20 years, this holiday bazaar has brought together a great collection of delicious treats and Gaelic gifts. If you’re shopping for someone with a sweet tooth, the treats at the Galway Bakers is a must. Then there are a wide range of unique gifts, ranging from clothes to ornaments to very unique, personalized Guinness glasses. And it […]

  • Rooftop igloos in River North offer cocktails, cookies this holiday season

    CHICAGO — Though they might lack ice and snow, Joy District’s rooftop igloos are an easy way to warm your heart this holiday season. The heat-filled plastic enclosed igloos line the roof of Joy District, a River North bar at 112 W. Hubbard St. Guests can sample holiday cocktails, as well as appetizers that offer new takes on classic comfort foods. And what would winter be without decorating Christmas cookies? The dessert menu lets people customize snacks. Seating in the […]

  • Busy roads, some airport delays as holiday travel gets underway

    CHICAGO — Wednesday is projected to be the busiest travel day of the year, both on the roads and in the skies, as millions head out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Delays on roads in Chicagoland are expected to be double what they’d normally be Wednesday, according to AAA Chicago MotorClub. Across Illinois, more than 2.5 million motorists are expected to hit the road this weekend, an increase of five percent from last year, and some 2 million people are expected […]

  • A look inside Radio Flyer’s Chicago headquarters

    CHICAGO — The history of the Radio Flyer began right here in Chicago in 1917. And from there, the little red wagon was created — making its debut at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. While its style and design may have changed over the decades, its meaning has not. From old standbys like the inchworm and rocking horses, to new favorites like folding wagons and even luxury car models — the Radio Flyer has proven itself to be […]

  • Art museum gives veterans a place to tell their own stories

    CHICAGO — When Mel Lyons returned from his tour in Iraq in 2003, he quickly found a home at the National Veterans Art Museum. The Museum is a special place, with each room featuring works of art by military veterans or stories of war. There’s “The Things They Carried,” featuring a collection of Vietnam War memorabilia. A Native American-inspired “Original Warrior” exhibit explains tribal names for tanks and helicopters, alongside photographs and artwork depicting fallen heroes. And there’s even a […]

  • ‘Modern By Design’ exhibit highlights items invented, designed in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Saturday’s Near North Design Day was an opportunity to teach kids all about historic items that were invented, designed or debuted in Chicago. The Modern By Design exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., features everything from a radio flyer wagon you might have seen growing up, to coffee tables and serving carts in a relative’s home. There’s even a historic Zephyr, which debuted at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. The exhibit runs through December […]