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
  • 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 […]

  • Beer vendor sidelined by massive heart attack returns to Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO —  Their call is familiar from the stands at Wrigley Field, but one beer man’s cry recently was a plea for help after he had a massive heart attack. After nearly losing his life, a former comrade-in-cans helped him get back to work. For 15 years, Eddie Rajczyk has been keeping the fans at Wrigley in good spirits, although the ballpark has been a second home for a lot longer. “Me and my two brothers, we used to live […]

  • Cardinal Cupich responds to scathing letter by former top church official, defends record

    CHICAGO — A firestorm in the Catholic Church – internationally, nationally and now here in Chicago. On Monday, Cardinal Blase Cupich responded to a scathing letter by former top church official in a controversy that has the so-called whistle-blower calling for the pope’s resignation. Carlo Maria Vigano penned a letter leveling substantial accusations against top Catholic leaders. His criticism begins with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – and accusations he sexually abused seminarians for decades. Vigano said Pope Benedict sanctioned McCarrick, Pope Francis knew […]

  • Mass overdose in Connecticut shines spotlight on dangers of synthetic marijuana

    CHICAGO — At least 76 people overdosed in New Haven, Connecticut, using synthetic marijuana. The dangers of the man-made drug are on the rise. Synthetic marijuana is a drug designed to mimic the effects of the naturally occurring psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. To get the effect, dried, shredded plant materials are sprayed with chemicals and drugs. Increasingly it is being laced with stronger drugs including opioids like fentanyl. And it’s having deadly results. It’s billed as a natural form of marijuana, […]

  • Debunking the misconception of inducing labor and cesarean birth

    CHICAGO — With a bit of labor, a local physician helped debunk a commonly held belief. It’s a pleasant surprise for expectant mothers and their doctors. Northwestern Medicine OBGYN Dr William Grobman said the long-held belief that inducing labor often leads to a cesarean birth has been a topic among parents and medical specialist for a long tie. “We’ve really thought and wondered about it for a super long time. Not just years but decades,” he said. Doctors may recommend […]

  • A ‘small-town’ story of how one man’s life was saved

    MORRIS, Ill. — Ken Iverson calls the time the community came together to save his life a “small-town Morris story.” A retired teacher and coach who now runs a basketball program at the local YMCA, Iverson says just about everyone in Morris knows who he is. “I was born here, went away to college for four years and came back. I did the math once; 15,000 to 20,000 kids have been under my supervision as a student or ballplayer,” Iverson […]

  • Mother, daughter who came to US seeking refuge meet with loved ones in Chicago

    As immigrant families were reunited on Thursday, another family – a mother and daughter who stayed together after crossing into the country, got to see their loved ones in Chicago. The joy is infectious, and it comes after great pain and fear. A young mother fled Honduras after gangs threatened to take her daughter away. She escaped in the night and made the harrowing journey to America. WGN met Karla and Maria in Texas where she told us she wasn’t […]

  • ‘Mind Diet’ helps you fight off Alzheimer`s Disease with food

    What you eat may lead you to the fountain of youth and you may be able to fight off Alzheimer’s Disease with food.  Health officials said the “Mind Diet” can take seven-plus years off your brain. Rush University Medical Center researcher Dr Martha Clare Morris said there are “several diet patterns that seem to be protective for the brain” but the “Mind Diet” stands out. “When we followed people for a period of 10 years, we found those who scored […]

  • Boy beats cancer with help from doctor’s creative twist of a knee

    CHICAGO — The creativity of one doctor turned a leg backwards to put a life on the right path and helped an active young boy beat cancer. 11-year-old Jamari Sanders loves sports. “Mostly basketball, but football too. Shooting around and dribbling,” he said. And he does it all on a reconstructed leg and prosthetic. “I pretty much can do everything,” Jamari said. Intense pain was the first sign of trouble and it started when Jamari was 8-years-old. “I couldn’t walk,” […]