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
  • Veteran shares challenges, pain of PTSD in hope of helping others

    Last month we honored our veterans. But long after the celebrations end, the fight for healing continues. WGN’s Medical Watch team first met marine David Meza when he was seeking treatment for his debilitating anxiety and PTSD. He opened up to us about his struggles, and his honesty was so captivating, there was an opportunity to learn more. “As a young 18-year-old kid, you’re handed this rifle, you think you’re going go do all this cool stuff. And then when […]

  • Don’t kiss the baby: Warning issued to help prevent dangerous illness

    They look so sweet and cuddly. You’ve been waiting to see the precious bundles. But unfortunately, mild adult illness can be a huge hurdle for the tiniest babies. So do not kiss the baby this holiday season. It may seem a harsh warning but it could save lives. Dr Ravi Jhaveri is an infectious disease physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital. “It is possible that one contact is enough to transmit the virus. And babies are incredibly susceptible,” he said. “The […]

  • ‘It was all legal … then I got sick:” Woman warns of vaping dangers after lung illness sends her to ICU

    CHICAGO — As national health officials continue to sort out the e-cigarette health crisis, a survivor speaks to WGN News and shares how the popular habit blew up her life and landed her in intensive care struggling to breathe. Allison Herger thought she was bettering her health. After 28 years of smoking regular cigarettes, a habit she tried to quit four times, Herger made the switch to vaping last year. “I loved the buzz and I loved smoking,” she said. […]

  • Average age of hip replacements drops as parts, procedures improve

    Better parts means younger joint replacement procedures, opening the door for more patients to get pain-free with new joints that last longer. Matt Gray was told he had hip dysplasia, an abnormality he was likely born with, but identified relatively recently. His joint never formed properly, and it was wearing out. “I went through physical therapy, injections. I tried everything under the sun to make this go away without surgery,” Gray said. While he worked out regularly, Gray said due […]

  • New app allows parents to check on baby in NICU from home

    CHICAGO — It’s certainly not what Brianne and Thomas Harper expected — they’ve been in the Prentice Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since July. That’s when their son Waylon arrived more than three months early after Brianne experienced complications from pre-eclampsia … her blood pressure dangerously high. “He was one pound, eight ounces. Really little,” Brianne said. Like many preemies, Waylon struggled with respiratory and feeding problems. Brianne takes the day shift at her son’s side, while her […]

  • ‘The fight has to continue’: ‘Hamilton’ star’s family opens up about tragic loss

    CHICAGO — They arrived in the city to embark on a new chapter, career-changing opportunity in a mega-hit musical. But at home, a life-altering diagnosis took center stage. One month after their daughter Adelaide’s passing, Chicago “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes and his wife Kelly opened up about their daughter’s journey and how they’ll keep fighting for her and all those impacted by epilepsy. Each night, as her husband told the story of Alexander Hamilton on stage, Kelly Cervantes documented her […]

  • ‘Each one stings’: Officer opens up about mental health struggles, suicides within CPD

    CHICAGO — There have been a half-dozen police suicides this year. Recently WGN’s Dina Bair sat down with a Chicago police officer who shared his thoughts on the mental health struggles and stressors he and his fellow comrades face each day on the job. Officers are not allowed to speak out publicly without permission from higher command so he asked that his identity be protected. He did not want WGN to use his voice. But he wanted his words to […]

  • Veterans treatment court provides key to opening up whole new world

    CHICAGO — Veterans fought for our freedom and now others are working to keep them free from prison. With prison doors about to slam shut, the Cook County Veterans Treatment Court provides the key in opening up a whole new world. “Each one wrote a blank check to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their lives,” Judge Mike Hood said. “As a veteran, I understand mission, and I understand duty, and I’m really proud […]

  • Man who survived breast cancer becomes voice for those struggling in secret

    He’s a voice for those struggling in secret. John Falk received a rare diagnosis, one typically associated with women. But he’s made it his mission to share his story and shred the silence. The 61-year-old retired corrections officer, who spent 22 years looking after inmates in the county jail, had swelling in his left breast and was referred to a specialist. “When I arrived at his office, he asked me, ‘Why did your doctor send you to me?’” he said. […]

  • Thief stealing running, parked cars

    CHICAGO–Thieves have been eyeing easy targets on the Near North Side, stealing cars from people who left the keys inside and the engine running. Chicago Police say it’s happened at least four times since Oct. 16. Investigators say the auto thief strikes when the victim parks a car and runs into a store or restaurant. They have a general description of one suspect but no one is in custody. Here’s a list of the incident times and locations: • 500 […]

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