Dina Bair

Dina Bair is an Emmy award-winning journalist who is currently the anchor for WGN Midday News. In addition, she is the medical reporter for the “Medical Watch” segments on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. Dina joined WGN-TV as a full-time general assignment reporter in September 1994. She anchored the WGN Weekend Morning News from December 1994 to December 1999.

In 2013, Dina traveled to Italy to cover the election of the new Pope. She reported live from Vatican City.

Dina came to WGN-TV from CLTV in Oak Brook where she was an anchor and reporter. Prior to CLTV, she worked at WHOI-TV in Peoria as an anchor, reporter and producer. Dina also worked at WMAQ-TV in Chicago as a field producer.

Dina is the recipient of numerous awards including nine Emmy awards, a Peter Lisagor award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and multiple Associated Press awards for both anchoring and reporting. Dina was named a Fellow by the National Press Foundation for the “Cancer Issues” seminar in Washington D.C. In perhaps the most rewarding story of her career, Dina spent a month reporting inside the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Her news series and documentary, “Intensive Caring,” detailed the cutting edge medical treatments and life and death decisions won awards for its news and documentary coverage.

Dina is originally from the East Coast and received her B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in Evanston. Dina has four children and is a tri-athlete who enjoys running, boxing, lifting weights, and competitive ballroom dancing.

She is a founding Board member of the breast cancer charity One in a Million: Dancing With Chicago Celebrities. Dina leads a media running team devoted to raising funds for charity. Dina is also involved with The National Italian American Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, LUNGevity, Respiratory Health Association, American Cancer Society, and is an Advisory Board Member for Saleh Freedom, a movement to aid victims of sex trafficking.


Recent Articles
  • Karate helps Parkinson’s patients with mind-body connection – and more

    Parkinson’s patients are finding success by attacking the disease that attacks movement with karate.  It’s a discipline centered on the mind body connection. But it’s the connections the students are making with each other that are just as powerful. A class at Fonseca Martial Arts is part of an ongoing study out of Rush University Medical Center. The idea came to neurologist Dr Jori Fleisher from one of her patients. “I mean, it sounded crazy, but it sounded like so […]

  • Jammed, broken, bent: Chicago’s own 16-inch softball comes with its own badge of honor

    CHICAGO — On any given evening, in any given park, you’ll likely find a game of 16-inch softball and it comes with its own badge of honor. It’s a game that got its start in the City of Chicago. Some have been playing 16-inch softball for more than 60 years. And many of them now share a distinct feature, one that proves their love for a sport that’s hands down a local favorite. Jammed, broken, or bent — crooked fingers […]

  • Giving the gift of dying on their own terms, hospice nurse helps patients and families

    Nurses Week 2019 This week is a special week on Medical Watch. WGN News is honoring the unsung heroes of medicine — nurses. From cancer treatments to rehabilitation, we tackle memory care and end of life. As Nurses Week closes out, WGN News looks at the end of life and perhaps the most challenging task of all — helping loved ones give their sick relatives the gift of dying on their own terms. Hospice nurses hold their hands, realizing their […]

  • Rehab nurse treats physical, mental health and helps patients forge ahead

    Nurses Week 2019 This week is a special week on the Medical Watch WGN News is honoring the unsung heroes of medicine — nurses. From cancer treatment to rehab, we tackle memory care and end of life.   As Nurses Week continues, Dina Bair explores a specialty that requires unique training in multiple areas. Rehab nurses treat patients after a stroke, an accident, a gunshot wound or amputation from injury or diseases like diabetes. All the while they are treating a […]

  • Giant heart, tiny patients: NICU nurse’s soft touch for science, research

    Nurses Week 2019 This week is a special week on the Medical Watch, WGN News is honoring the unsung heroes of medicine — nurses. From cancer treatment to rehab, we tackle memory care and end of life.   WGN News begins the coverage of these caregivers with giant hearts as they handle the tiniest patients in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital — a hospital brought to life by a — Ann Lurie. She knew patients’ needs […]

  • Knowledge, humor, kindness make U of C oncology nurse a friend to patients

    Nurses Week 2019 This week is a special week on the Medical Watch, WGN News is honoring the unsung heroes of medicine — nurses. From cancer treatment to rehab, we tackle memory care and end of life. When a person gets a cancer diagnosis, it can be overwhelming, terrifying and paralyzing. They choose the best doctor, the most effective treatment. Then they begin. And who do they see every time they come into the hospital? Oncology nurses. As WGN News […]

  • Nurse helps patients with memory issues cherish every moment

    Nurses Week 2019 This week is a special week on the Medical Watch, WGN News is honoring the unsung heroes of medicine — nurses. From cancer treatment to rehab, we tackle memory care and end of life.   Every minute of every day, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Still more are living with dementia. For their families, it is sad and confusing as well. As WGN News continues our celebration of nurses, meet a woman who […]

  • Special eye scan could hold key to halting Alzheimer’s disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is growing at a rapid rate with nearly 6 million people living with the disease in the United States. A new effort is underway to spot the disease earlier, simply by looking in the eyes. A special scan, images of blood flow to the eye, and a finding that may help halt Alzheimer’s disease. WGN’s Dina Bair volunteered her eyes for an explanation of how the process works. “What we look for is the change in the capillaries,” […]

  • Students thrive in the community with help from special education teacher

    PALATINE, Ill. — The April Teacher of the Month is a special education instructor whose regular lessons out in the community are helping many of his students discover ways they can serve their community. Erlin Laci teaches at Kirk School in Palatine, a special education school for individuals with multiple disabilities. Laci’s teachings of life skills — and business skills — add up for his students. “After working with them for so long you see them take off and take […]

  • After valve replacement wears out, new procedure can help fix a broken heart

    Most doctors had written off Rosalyn Davenport, 87. Then she found a place willing to learn a cutting-edge technique to save her life. “I could’ve died instantly if somebody didn’t know what they were doing. So, they researched it in my opinion very well,” she said. When dizziness and fatigue got so bad, Davenport could barely leave her house.  She thought she had no options. Years earlier she had a valve replacement. For nearly a decade it gave her energy […]

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