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
  • Through struggle and success, couple continues recovery from opioid addiction

    Survival. Imagine being in the depths of addiction not knowing from one day to the next if you will live. This is a story of the struggle and the success. WGN Medical Watch wanted to share the update of a young couple we first introduced you to in our opioid series, Hijacked. Their brains were hijacked by this drug. Their story today is one of inspiration and caution. Ryan Johnson is recovering from drug addiction. In a recent interview he […]

  • Perinatal hospice care helps parents welcome their baby, then say goodbye

    CHICAGO — Keara and Rory Burke were thrilled to learn their family was expanding with a fifth baby, a boy, to join their four beautiful girls. But Keara’s 20-week ultrasound raised concerns. With more tests it was confirmed that their baby had Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that causes developmental delays in the brain and significant medical problems, most commonly in the heart. Many babies with the condition don’t survive the first year of life. “You are devastated, you […]

  • Pain specialist uses injections to help military personnel with PTSD

    CHICAGO — A local pain medicine specialist says he can inject a sense of calm into patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Critics are waiting for results from a formal study; meanwhile, hundreds of people, including military personnel, say they’ve been saved, including a woman with nightmarish injuries who traveled to Chicago because she says she knows he treatment works. First Lt. Katie Blanchard, a retired U.S. Army nurse, suffered a horrific attack while working at a community hospital […]

  • Citrus juice can cause severe burns in the sun

    CHICAGO — The dangers of a lemonade stand or making margaritas — kids and adults could get burns! WGN’s Medical Watch Team first learned about this bizarre occurrence after a viewer wrote in about her experience and shared the photos to prove it. Phytophotodermatitis is a skin reaction that’s one-part citrus juice, typically lemon or lime, and one-part sun exposure. Mix them together and you could end up with a red, blistering rash. “We really don’t know any way to […]

  • Group pre-natal visits help parents-to-be ‘center’ on pregnancy

    Imagine expecting a baby and going for pre-natal visit with up 10 other moms and their partners in the room? It’s happening at a Chicago hospital, and surprisingly the parents-to-be love the idea. The group pre-natal visit is a concept called “centering pregnancy.” It starts with a quick measure. Then the sound of a healthy heart booms. But at the end of their 35-week ultrasound, Jen and Austin Butler joined five other couples gathered on the other side of a […]

  • CBD is exploding in the marketplace, helping humans, animals with aches and pains

    CHICAGO — It’s creating a buzz in the market place. It’s not the same as medical marijuana, but some people are turning to CBD for relief. The products are spreading like weeds, making promises to ease all kinds of ailments. You don’t need a special medical card to purchase it, and you certainly won’t have any trouble finding it. But does it work? The hum of a high-speed blender is a familiar sound at RealGood Stuff Co. in River North. […]

  • Twins ‘partially’ delivered so one could get emergency surgery

    After an infant in the womb was diagnosed with a tumor nearly as large as its head, the only way doctors thought they could remove it was to half-deliver the child and operate. But there was another complication: the baby is a twin. A tumor growing on baby Jenessa’s neck stemming from her thyroid was blocking her airway. As it grew, doctors monitored her health and her sister’s health. At 29 weeks, the giant mass was causing too much fluid […]

  • Death of Beth Chapman shines light on rise in throat cancers

    The death of Beth Chapman, who starred as a bail bondsman alongside her husband on “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is a tragic reminder of the rise in cases of throat cancer and the difficulty of treating it. Chapman died at age 51 after battling throat cancer, which has three known causes: smoking, drinking alcohol and the human pappiloma virus (HPV), a sexually-transmitted infection. While what caused her cancer is unknown, Chapman was once a smoker herself and expressed concern that […]

  • 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 […]

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