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
  • Local mother, doctors part of study for first postpartum depression drug approved by FDA

    For the first time a medication is approved to help new mothers with relief from postpartum depression. It’s not an easy pill to swallow and the cost is extravagant, but those in need say it’s worth it. Patients commit to three days on an IV in the hospital.  It is a slow drip of a drug that is meant to rapidly wipe away depressive thoughts after pregnancy. It happens to 10 percent of new mothers. Erika Mears was one of […]

  • Stethoscopes merging with modern technology

    It’s a tool physicians learn to use early on in med school. Stethoscopes are standard issue and have been around for more than 200 years. Draped around the neck it’s an iconic symbol of the profession. But what happens when you merge the simple tool with modern technology? Local heart researchers hope it will transform care from the general practitioner’s office to the ER. Dr James Thomas has been a cardiologist for more than 32 years. His ears are highly […]

  • FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug’s cousin

    WASHINGTON — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a chemical cousin of ketamine, which has been used for decades as a powerful anesthetic to prepare patients for surgery. In the 1990s, the medication was adopted as a party drug by the underground rave […]

  • Senate hearing, new study puts spotlight on vaccinations facts

    Vaccines were the topic of a U.S. Senate health committee meeting Tuesday, where lawmakers were deciding whether to force all parents to vaccinate their children. It comes in the wake of a massive spread of measles, more than 200 cases just this year for a disease that was considered wiped out.  That is until many people stopped vaccinating their children. Perhaps the most surprising testimony came from Ethan Lindenberger, 18,. His mother opted not to have him get his shots […]

  • Victims call for universal sex abuse rules, but Catholic officials will write their own

    Bishops from around the world ended their three-day sex abuse summit with a penitential mass, praying for forgiveness of crimes committed — and covered up — for years. After three days and dozens of proposals for change in what Pope Francis calls a concrete plan, victims say only mandatory reporting is acceptable. Pennsylvania State Representative Mark Rozzi, who was sexually abused by a priest as a child, says through his trauma he is devoted to changing the church he still […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist who investigated priest sex abuse skeptical church can change

    VATICAN CITY — Right now 190 bishops from around the world are heading home, bringing with them promises they will implement change to protect children and transform the church’s future when it comes to sexual abuse. But the man who helped touch off the firestorm that prompted a summit of church leaders on the topic expressed skepticism over whether they’ll follow through, in an exclusive interview with WGN. Italian journalist Marco Tosatti says the pope himself should have gotten involved […]

  • Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

    VATICAN CITY — Bishops from around the world ended their three-day sex abuse summit this weekend with a penitential mass, praying for forgiveness for crimes that were committed and covered up for years. Though there have been reform efforts in the past, those gathered in Rome said change is guaranteed this time around. Demonstrators from the U.S., India, Africa, Canada and the Philippines have kept a close eye on the Vatican this week. After three days and dozens of proposals […]

  • Catholic leaders said lay people could be key to success of efforts to end abuse

    VATICAN CITY — The close of the week is not the final day of the Summit on the Protection of Minors in the church. But it was a day filled with intensive dialogue about sex abuse and more importantly, defining a concrete plan of action. And it was a day of firsts as a woman addressed the bishops to talk about working together. Friday morning, as Rome awakened, there was a message from the street artist known as Maupal. Locals […]

  • Survivors of sex abuse march in Rome for zero tolerance

    VATICAN CITY — At the Vatican, survivors of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church were staging a march Saturday as the leaders of the church continue their summit about the abuse scandal. Chicago’s archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich, is among those at the summit calling for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church. He said Friday that bishops and religious leaders who fail to protect children from predator priests should be punished. WGN News coverage of the sex […]

  • Cardinal Cupich outlines prevention proposals with third party involvement at Vatican summit

    ROME – Friday was a day of concrete proposals at the summit on preventing clergy sex abuse initiated by Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich.  There was also some very pointed criticism from those calling for bishop accountability in the Catholic Church. Cupich spoke to Protection of Children in the Church Summit attendees and outlined a plan for a metropolitan church leader to have the power over other bishops when it comes to sex abuse. “It all begins with a third party […]

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