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
  • Crossing the border and staying together, shelter helps those awaiting court

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. SAN BENITO, Texas — Many headlines focus on the stories of adults and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. But some families are crossing into America and staying together. WGN’s Dina Bair visited that immigration shelter La Posada Providencia, that gets calls directly from immigration officials asking the staff of nuns to help. People come to the shelter from all over the world. This month alone they arrived from […]

  • Dina Bair talks about her tour of border protection sorting facility

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Texas — WGN’s Dina Bair was able to tour a border protection sorting facility. “The children and adults are in separate cages,” Bair said. “They are cleaned with mylar blankets. The children are not crying. In fact, they are so quiet it is eerie.” When Sister Norma comes they all beg her to get them out.

  • Chicagoans lend a hand at border facility for families seeking asylum

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Tex. — A handful of Chicago priests made the journey to Texas Wednesday to observe how the church is helping immigrants and asylum-seekers along the border. For those who meet the requirements of asylum-seekers, after they’re released from border protection custody, they may move over to Sister Norma Pimentel’s Humanitarian Respite Center. “It might be the mother is pregnant or the infant is fragile,” sister Norma said. “They […]

  • A look inside border immigration facility that runs with help from Chicago

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Tex. — A group from Chicago is working on the border, learning and promising to help understand the immigration crisis. There are legal aspects of immigration that are swirling through the courts. But there are others who are not concerned about the legal process instead just trying to take care of people in need. Most crossing the Texas –Mexico border end up at the border protection facility in […]

  • Worshipping at the border with help from Chicago

    WGN’s Dina Bair has reported from the Texas-Mexico border this week. MCALLEN, Texas — As the desperate attempts are underway to reunite parents and children, there are others working tirelessly to take care of families in need. 150 to 200 families come to the Humantirian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas every day. And just a few miles away, the Sacred Heart of Jesus church is being built with donations from Chicago.  The church will be accessible to those who cross […]

  • Boy born without arms able to ride his bike with help from innovative device

    A boy and a bike. It’s simple. A 13-year-old who wants to spend the summer out riding with his buddies. But for Tim Bannon, 13, it’s a bit more complicated. “I really wanted, since I was about 7, a real bike,” Tim said. “My grandfather actually just gave me a regular, normal bike out of the trash, like a recycled bike, and I was like, ‘Wow this is amazing.’” “My dad likes to go around and collect items that he […]

  • Firework safety tips to help you enjoy July 4th

    CHICAGO — Along with the barbecues, family and fun associated with the Fourth of July, the National Fire Protection Association wants people to remember that fireworks involve many risks, including extreme burns, fires and even death. Nearly 13,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries in 2017. A third of those cases involved children under 15 years old, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. CFD discusses the potential dangers of fireworks and specifically how even a […]

  • Taking kids from parents at the border could affect development, experts say

    The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics getting into the immigration controversy, calling the separation of children from their parents at the border “child abuse.” Children’s mental health experts say the emotional harm kids experience in such situations will have a long-term effect on their brain development. The toxic stress of being torn from stability disrupts brain architecture, which can hamper language, social-emotional bonds and gross motor skills. “If it’s under this level of uncertainly or unpredictability, the potential […]

  • How a local scientist keeps blood supply safe and flowing

    CHICAGO — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a unit of blood. WGN News takes a closer look at how scientists are working to keep the blood supply safe and flowing. John R. Hackett, Jr., is a virus hunter. He’s part of an Abbott global surveillance program that looks for rare strains of known viruses, but also hopes to detect new ones well before they invade the blood supply. “Abbott tests are used to screen more than 60 […]

  • WGN partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation for Miles Drive

    CHICAGO — WGN paired up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for its annual Miles Drive on Thursday. Supporters were able to turn their airline miles into free flights for Make-A-Wish families. From 7 a.m. to  7 p.m., viewers put more than 5 million miles in the bank. Every mile donated helps kids and their families travel to destinations around the world.