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
  • How a simple count helped one mother save her unborn baby’s life

    Born from grief, a movement nurtured by mothers has grown to help bring life and spread news of a practice so simple, yet life-saving. Now 14-months old, Laura Smith’s daughter Lucy was active inside the womb with movements Smith loved feeling after struggling with infertility. “When I first started feeling her, it was very reassuring,” she said. When Smith reached her third trimester, her doctor shared information about a program called “Count the Kicks” and encouraged her to track her […]

  • From the streets to social media, how law enforcement is targeting sex traffickers

    Nearly 100 people from Illinois have called the National Human Trafficking Hotline looking for help. Nationally, 3,700 have reached out. They all said they were being sex trafficked. As counselors try to give them aid, law enforcement works tirelessly to track down offenders. Local law enforcement is attempting to help survivors thrive and targeting abusers who enslave and then sell boys and girls for sex. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, as a steady flow of cars and trucks rolled along […]

  • ‘I was trafficked by my mom’: Opioid addiction, sex trade collide in one survivor’s story

    Two separate health crises are colliding. For months, WGN has covered the opioid epidemic sweeping the country. WGN has also detailed stories of sex trafficking in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Now there is a revelation: the opioid epidemic is injecting life into the sex trafficking trade and destroying the lives of its victims. One survivor recently spoke with WGN’s Medical Watch team. “My story isn’t about intimidation, it’s about manipulation,” she said. “Traffickers aren’t just strange men. I was […]

  • 5 people, 2 generations, 1 goal and it all happened at Loyola University Medical Center

    CHICAGO — Call it a medical trifecta — three young aspiring doctors with deep connections to a local hospital. In the simulation lab at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, three medical students practice their skills, and they make a pretty good team, probably because they’re triplets. “I bet if you asked any one of us in eighth grade what we wanted to be, we probably would have said doctors,” Martin Walsh, a Loyola medical student, said. It’s what […]

  • First responders more likely to die by suicide than line of duty: report

    CHICAGO — A plague that is killing police officers. Cops face danger every day in the line of duty, but off duty, the danger continues. A report commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation sheds light on an increasingly dark trend—first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Cumulative exposure to trauma, horrific accidents and shootings can lead to mental health struggles that too often go untreated. The report reveals the rate of PTSD and […]

  • Dance class offers Parkinson’s patients meaningful connections

    Dance centers on movement and expression. And, more importantly, for many struggling with a debilitating and progressive disorder, it’s about making powerful human connections. The camaraderie comes easy for this class.  It’s movement that’s a challenge. The class that grew from the heart of Sarah Cullen Fuller, who moves with the grace of a professional dancer. That’s because she was one for nearly 10 years right here at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. “I think the biggest thing you’ll notice is […]

  • Northwestern hospital breaks its own record for successful heart transplants

    CHICAGO — Northwestern Memorial Hospital broke a statewide record for the most heart transplants performed. In 1995, the hospital set a record when it performed 45. A quarter century later, Northwestern’s cardiac surgery team celebrated a new record with  54 transplants and a high survival rate. Despite education and medical intervention, heart disease remains the number one  killer in this country.

  • Search continues for 2 suspects in suburban carjacking

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. — Police continue to search for two carjacking suspects that are believed to be armed. A woman in a mini-van was the victim of an armed carjacking around 2 a.m. Monday on 213th Street near Memorial Park Matteson. The carjacking led to a police pursuit that ended in Orland Park. Authorities searched the area near 153rd Street and Highland Avenue, where the suspects took off on foot. Carl Sandburg High School was placed on lockdown during the […]

  • Like a FitBit for your skin, device works with app to helps track sun exposure

    Technology is helping to prevent cancer and protect the largest organ of the body. It’s a tool you may want to add to your holiday tech gift list. Developed by a dermatologist, the gadget My Skin Track UV Sensor safeguards the skin and alerts users to dangerous conditions. We track time, calories, steps. And now a device, smaller than a coin, can track our sun exposure. The wearable sensor developed in this Northwestern Medicine lab, with the help of a […]

  • Loyola researchers discover Zika antibodies

    CHICAGO —  Researchers from Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center may have come up with a way to fight the Zika virus. Researchers found antibodies to fight the life altering virus. They said the antibodies can be used to both detect and treat the mosquito-borne disease. When pregnant women are infected with Zika it causes birth defects and potentially deadly complications for their unborn child. Currently there is no effective vaccine or drug to treat Zika. More on the research here.