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
  • Woman sold for sex at 13 shares her story of survival

    Thriving after unimaginable trauma. First, a young child was sexually assaulted. They escaped that torture only to find the very person who said they would help, wanted to sell them. The damage is deep, and the healing isn’t immediate when a victim escapes their sex trafficker. Angela Valenti, a sex trafficking survivor, said her sexual abuse started when she was 3 years old. She said she ran away at 12. “Men in their late 30’s I thought were my boyfriends […]

  • Chicago teen was sold into sex trafficking — and escaped

    CHICAGO — The victims of sex trafficking are from every race, religion, neighborhood and zip code. On Wednesday, we begin a multi-part series with the voice of one brave survivor from Chicago. “My mom kicked me out when I was 17,” she said. “I’ve been living on the streets since then.” Because the people who sold the teenager for sex are still at large and a threat to her safety, WGN News is not naming the teen. She’s a South […]

  • Told symptoms ‘all in her head,’ woman raises awareness about group of rare disorders

    It’s often written off as anxiety, particularly in girls. But when the symptoms are thoughtfully pieced together, a puzzling and widely unrecognized disorder is revealed. A quick check of her blood pressure is just one step in Maddie Schubert’s extensive daily routine. “This is on after multiple salt pills this morning and meds to raise my blood pressure, so this is the highest it’s ever going to get,” she said. There are exercises, and pills — lots of them. “That’s […]

  • Treatment offers new option to patients with blood clots in their lungs

    CHICAGO — A new treatment used to clear clots from the lungs is providing a breath of fresh air for many patients. After handling the “very demanding” work of a pipefitter for years, Mike Barr says he found himself struggling to climb even a few steps last year. “It got extremely bad where I could climb maybe five steps and I would be out of breath gasping for air. When you get that way you start wondering, ‘Is this it?’” Barr […]

  • 9 confirmed cases of polio-like illness in Illinois, but cases remain rare

    CHICAGO — We’ve been reporting about the polio-like illness affecting two children here in Chicago, nine in northern Illinois and others across the country, but how concerned should parents be about the spread to their children? Acute Flacid Myelitis or paralysis (AFM) is a rare disorder that is increasing in prevalence. The condition was first described in 2014 and doctors assumed a virus was to blame, but they didn’t know which one. Without a known culprit, there is no vaccine, […]

  • Topical version of breast cancer drug could reduce side effects, risk factor

    Local researchers hope to make an effective and widely-used breast cancer drug even better for patients with a topical version that not only stops the spread of disease, but also may help reduce a major risk factor. It goes on just like hand sanitizer or body lotion, but the gel’s purpose goes far deeper than skin. It’s an alternative form of tamoxifen, an oral drug known to help stop the spread of cancer cells. Commonly prescribed for patients with ductal carcinoma […]

  • Cyclists vs. car doors: How the ‘Dutch reach’ could help

    Cyclist vs. car door. In the bike-friendly city of Chicago, the number of wheels on the road are up but that means the injuries are rolling in. There are 248 miles of bike lanes painted on the pavement of Chicago streets, thanks to Mayor Richard Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Some are quiet, others are crowded with trucks and cars. The lanes are designed to offer those navigating the city on two wheels safe passage. Unless a door suddenly opens […]

  • 11-year-old transplant recipient’s wish after Drake visit: a heart for her friend

    CHICAGO — Sofia and Jessica’s friendship is one few would understand, born of fear but fueled by positivity. At 11 years old, Sofia Sanchez came to Lurie Children’s with cardiomyopathy, her heart too weak to pump blood through her tiny body. It’s a condition that often leads to heart failure. While receiving treatment, she made a new friend in Jessica Venditto, who was also in the hospital with a heart condition. “My favorite part of the day was when Sophia […]

  • These words are critical for helping someone at risk for suicide

    When someone is considering suicide, a conversation can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. For those reaching out to a friend or family member at risk for suicide, a few key phrases and ideas are vital, according to Lurie Children’s Hospital psychiatrist Dr. Alba Pergjika. First, Dr. Pergjika says, it’s important to realize that by reaching out, people are usually signaling that they need and want help. So in responding, the key is making the message “very clear,” […]

  • Discarded organs now saving lives thanks to new curative drugs

    We’ve entered a new era in organ donation. One in which giving a diseased organ can save a life thanks to new medications which can cure hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection passed on through IV drug use and unprotected sex. Not everyone would be willing to take a liver with hepatitis C. But for the groundbreaking surgeons and their patients, it’s a leap of faith that’s paving the way for a longer life. Brad Goodman knows what it’s like to […]