Dean Richards is WGN-TV’s Emmy Award-winning entertainment reporter and critic. His work is seen and heard on several Tribune Media-owned properties and he was cited in a New York Times front-page article as “Tribune Company’s Man of Many Hats.”

Dean joined WGN-TV as a staff announcer in 1991. In 1998, he appeared as a guest reviewer and was brought onboard as a regular contributor soon after. His interviews with national and local celebrities, reports on showbiz and reviews of the latest movies are seen on WGN’s newscasts, including “WGN Morning News” and “WGN Midday News.” He has also hosted and co-produced specials such as the award-winning “Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics,” the Oscar preview special “The Envelope Please,” “Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer,” “Unforgettable: Living with Alzheimer’s” and “Chicago’s Summer Blast.” Dean has also contributed to national cable channel WGN America, classic TV network Antenna TV, the Chicago Tribune and RedEye. In 2016, he was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, and in 2017, he was honored with the Chicago International Television Festival’s Chicago Award.

On WGN Radio (720 AM), “Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning” covers Chicago’s entertainment and lifestyle scene including movies, theater, food and dining, Sundays from 9am-1pm. Dean’s entertainment reports and reviews can also be heard on “The Steve Cochran Show” weekdays at 8:10am and “The Bill & Wendy Show” Thursdays at 11:35am. Since joining WGN Radio in 1994, he has won over 30 local and national awards for programming and production, including the Peter Lisagor Award for Outstanding Journalism, the Associated Press Best Feature of the Year, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, UPI, Chicago A.I.R. Awards, and Promax International Promotion and Marketing Awards. In 2016, Dean was enshrined with a bronze plaque on The WGN Radio Walk of Fame, which honors the station’s legendary talent, outside its Tribune Tower showcase studio on Michigan Avenue.

Dean’s annual radio and television specials on the fight against breast cancer have also garnered many national and local awards and citations from breast cancer organizations, including the “Y-ME” National Breast Cancer Organization’s “Outstanding Media” Award, for their contributions to the fight against the disease.

On and off the air, Dean has been a tireless worker related to HIV/AIDS issues, hosting charitable functions for decades including “AIDS Run & Walk Chicago” and “Dance for Life Chicago.” He has lent support to numerous organizations including Howard Brown Health Center, Horizons Community Services (now Center on Halsted), Open Hand Chicago, and was awarded a citation by Stop AIDS Chicago for his contributions to the fight against AIDS. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago also recognized him in their annual “Faces of AIDS” publication for bringing HIV/AIDS issues to mainstream media and, in 2006, cited him with a special commendation for his work in the field.

For over 25 years, Dean was part of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, many of those years as the telethon’s co-host on WGN-TV. He has also hosted numerous events for hunger, homeless, and domestic violence organizations.

A native of Chicago, Dean worked his way through a string of suburban Chicago radio stations after completing his Broadcast Communications/Marketing degree at Columbia College. A veteran of the Chicago’s broadcasting scene since 1975, he has worked at WNUA, WCLR, WIND, WCFL, WFYR, WPWR and WFLD. He also hosted a nationally-syndicated morning radio program for the ABC Radio Network, while also acting as its Operations Manager.


Recent Articles
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  • 2019 Directors Guild nominations announced

    Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Lee are among the nominees for the Directors Guild Award for outstanding directorial achievement. The DGA announced its five nominees Tuesday in one of the most closely watched guild awards leading up to next month’s Academy Awards. Cuaron is nominated for his personal black-and-white drama “Roma,” Cooper for his “A Star Is Born” remake and Lee for his white supremacist tale “BlacKkKlansman.” The other nominees are Peter Farrelly for the interracial road trip tale […]

  • Golden Globes 2019: The full winners list

    The 76th Golden Globe Awards took place Sunday night. The full list of film and television nominees follows with winners indicated in bold with an asterisk. Movies Best Motion Picture – Drama “Black Panther” “BlackKklansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” *WINNER “If Beale Street Could Talk” “A Star Is Born” Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” “The Favourite” “Green Book” *WINNER “Mary Poppins Returns” “Vice” Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Glenn Close (“The Wife”) *WINNER Lady Gaga […]

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Escape Room’

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards reviews movies opening this weekend.

  • Dean Richards’ 10 worst movies of 2018

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards lists his 10 worst movies of 2018: 10. The Meg 9. Second Act 8. 15:17 to Paris 7. Truth or Dare 6. Red Sparrow 5. Overboard 4. Venom 3. 50 Shades Freed 2. The Spy Who Dumped Me 1. The Happytime Murders

  • Dean’s top 10 movies of 2018

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards picks his top 10 favorite movies from 2018: 10. Mission Impossible: Fallout 9. Mary Poppins Returns 8. Won’t you be my Neighbor 7. A Quiet Place 6. Avengers: Infinity War 5. BlacKKKlansman 4. Roma 3. The Favourite 2. Black Panther 1. A Star Is Born

  • Dean’s top celebrity interviews of 2018

  • Steve Cochran, Dean and friends ready to ring in the new year with 18th annual show

    If you’re looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve but don’t want to stay up until midnight, have we got the show for you. You know Steve Cochran and John Decosse from the Steve Cochran Show on WGN Radio. They, along with WGN’s Dean Richards and comedian Tim Benker, are all part of the 18th annual Steve Cochran New Year’s Eve Show at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove. Info and tickets here.  

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  • Offset interrupted Cardi B on stage and she was not having it

    LOS ANGELES — Atlanta rapper Offset crashed Cardi B’s performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles Saturday night to very publicly ask his estranged wife to take him back. He came onstage with a bouquet of flowers in hand and a cake reading, “TAKE ME BACK CARDI.” “I just want to tell you I’m sorry, bruh,” Offset told her. “In person. In front of the world.” Judging from her reaction onstage, Cardi was not amused. Manuel Frayre was […]