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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  • Emilia Clarke shares emotional goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’

    The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” won’t air until 2019, but some cast members have already finished shooting their scenes for the last six episodes. Among them apparently is Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. Clarke posted an emotional goodbye to “Game of Thrones” on Instagram. Hopped on a boat to an island to say goodbye to the land that has been my home away from home for almost a decade. It’s been a […]

  • MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018 Winners: The Full List

    The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards aired Monday night. The popcorn-trophy awards, which highlight unconventional achievements in film in television like best fight scene and on-screen kiss, featured genderless categories for the second year in a row. Below is the full list of winners: Best Movie “Avengers: Infinity War” “Black Panther” *WINNER “Girls Trip” “IT” “Wonder Woman” Best Show “13 Reasons Why” “Game of Thrones ” “grown-ish” “Riverdale” “Stranger Things” *WINNER Best Performance in a Movie Chadwick Boseman, “Black […]

  • A look inside WGN Radio’s new building

    CHICAGO — It’s a new era for those at WGN Radio. With the sale of the Tribune Tower, the radio studios have jumped across the Chicago River to a new building. WGN’s Dean Richards takes us for a quick tour.

  • WGN Radio leaves historic home at Tribune Tower

    CHICAGO — It’s the end of an era for a Chicago landmark. For most of WGN Radio’s 94 years on the air in Chicago, the station has been at Tribune Tower. With the sale of the building, that ends this weekend. Chicago’s Very Own radio home moves to its own brand new home across the river. WGN’s Dean Richards has more.

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Tag,’ ‘SuperFly,’ ‘Gotti’

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards has this weekend’s movie reviews.

  • Childish Gambino performs ‘This is America’ at Chance the Rapper’s OpenMike

    CHICAGO — Students gathered at the Harold Washington Library Center Monday to see the talents of their peers — but they were in for a treat. Chance the Rapper surprised a crowd of high school students at his OpenMike event with a performance by Grammy-winning artist Childish Gambino. “My next guest needs no introduction,” said Chance right before Gambino performed his hit single, “This is America.” Students cheered and ran to the stage in excitement once they realized who the special […]

  • Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson engaged after only few weeks of dating: reports

    Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are reportedly engaged after just a few weeks of dating. Several publications are reporting the singer and Saturday Night Live comedian are a committed couple, but one is quoted as saying they are not rushing to get married. “They are a perfect fit. They are not rushing to get married,” one insider told Us Weekly. i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈 A post shared by Ariana Grande […]

  • Tony Awards 2018: Full list of winners

    The Tony Awards celebrated the best of Broadway on Sunday night. Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, who co-hosted the awards show, kicked things off with a piano duet in which they poked fun at the fact that neither of them have won Tony or Grammy Awards. “Neither one of us has ever won anything. So this is for the people who lose,” the hosts sang. Both have made their Broadway debuts, Groban in 2016’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet […]

  • John Travolta talks about his dance with Princess Diana

    WGN’s Dean Richards sat down with John Travolta for an interview, where the actor spoke on his dance with Princess Diana.