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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  • Tyler Perry gifts Tiffany Haddish a new Tesla

    Tyler Perry went well beyond the tradition of presenting cast members gifts after shooting a movie together. The famed director gifted Tiffany Haddish a new Tesla Model X SUV following the completion of their upcoming movie,”Nobody’s Fool.” Haddish shared the surprise on Instagram. So I got this message from my friend and Big Brother @tylerperry a week ago. When I tell you I cried so hard. I almost couldn’t believe it. 1st off a man has never bought me a car out […]

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  • The 100 greatest songs of the century – so far, according to Rolling Stone

    After surveying their editors, music critics, artists, producers and industry experts — Rolling Stone magazine has put together a list of the songs they consider to be the best of the 21st century, so far. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST The top five songs are: 1. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z — “Crazy in Love” 2. M.I.A. — “Paper Planes” 3. The White Stripes — “Seven Nation Army” 4. Outkast — “Hey Ya!” 5. Jay-Z — “99 Problems”    

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Uncle Drew,’ ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado,’ ‘The Cher Show’

    WGN Entertainment Critic Dean Richards has this weekend`s movie reviews and shows around town.

  • BET Awards 2018: The complete list of winners

    The 2018 BET Awards took place Sunday night. Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the ceremony by telling viewers he was there to celebrate. Foxx brought “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan to the stage and asked him to recite the powerful line from the film, “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, cause they knew death was better than bondage.” Later, Foxx invited Childish Gambino to join him on stage to thank him for his […]

  • Roseanne Barr breaks down in emotional interview: ‘I’ve lost everything’

    NEW YORK — In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.” Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person . a monkey.” Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation […]

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

    It’s been three years since the last dino-film Jurassic World. Now, five movies later in the franchise, Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom roars onto theaters. Back on the island where the creatures were left on their own, an erupting volcano is threatening to wipe them all out if an attempt to transport them to safety doesn’t happen. It’s a setup for good vs. evil, and a rampant, reptilian rebellion. The creatures are amazing and the story isn’t bad for the fifth Jurassic […]