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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  • Lollapalooza 2019 official lineup revealed

    CHICAGO –Lollapalooza has released the official lineup for this summer’s music festival. Headliners include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin. Other performers announced are Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, Janelle Monae, Meek Mill, Hozier, Tenacious D, 21 Savage — among many others. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LOLLAPALOOZA LINEUP Here it is your 2019 #Lolla Lineup! Grab your 4-Day Tickets and get ready to party with Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty […]

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    NEW YORK — Jay-Z, Dead & Company and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced Tuesday that Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, the Black Keys and Chance the Rapper will also perform at the Woodstock 50 Music and Arts Fair, which will take place Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of […]

  • 4-day Lollapalooza passes on sale Tuesday

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  • Netflix drops Lori Loughlin from ‘Fuller House’

    Lori Loughlin’s character “Aunt Becky” has not been written into the fifth season of “Fuller House.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has dropped the actress in the wake of the college admissions bribery scandal. The Hallmark Channel has already cut ties with Loughlin. She and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are charged with paying $500,000 to help get their daughters into the University of Southern California.  

  • Dean’s Reviews: ‘Gloria Bell’ and ‘Wonder Park’

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  • Ravinia Festival announces 2019 lineup

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. –Ravinia has announced its lineup for the 2019 summer season. The festival will run from May 31 through Sept. 15 this year and will feature more than 140 performers and special events. Some highlights this year include Sting, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Kesha, Queen Latifah, Common, Nickelback, Sugarland, Little Big Town, Tony Bennett — among many more. President and CEO of Ravinia Welz Kaufman joined WGN Morning News Thursday to reveal this season’s performers. CLICK HERE: FULL RAVINIA […]

  • PHOTOS: Chance The Rapper marries longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Chance The Rapper is now a married man. He and his longtime girlfriend Kirsten Corley had their wedding in Newport Beach, Calif., on Saturday. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and and comedian Dave Chappelle were among the guests. Photos shared on social media Monday show Chance in a white tux and his bride in a strapless gown with a long, flowing veil. The Bennetts — Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) March 11, 2019 View this post on […]

  • Marshall Brodien, who played ‘Wizzo the Wizard’ on The Bozo Show, has died

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