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
  • NASA tech gives chiropractors a new tool for treating back pain

    Spine specialists are using technology developed by NASA in space to help people with back and neck pain here on Earth. When most patients think of visiting a chiropractor they think of manual manipulation, a quick crack of the neck or back, an adjustment of the spine that can open up tight spaces and relieve discomfort and pain. “Traumatic events, text neck, computer work, sleeping wrong, all that adds up and the spine can get out of alignment. All these little […]

  • Fierce, deadly flu season has still not peaked: CDC

    This year’s seemingly unyielding flu season continues to ravage the entire continental United States, as health authorities track additional deaths and hospitalizations — and there’s more of the season left. Influenza activity continues to be widespread in all states except Hawaii, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All while, based on the latest data, the flu season has not even peaked yet, said Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the CDC. “Hopefully we’re […]

  • Ketamine treatment could offer new hope to patients with severe depression

    CHICAGO — Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults, and is the leading cause of disability and loss of productivity in the world. It’s absolutely debilitating for some. But when conventional treatments fail, what’s next? Ketamine, a drug usually found in the operating room (and sometimes on the street) may revolutionize the way depression is treated. Ketamine has been in use in humans since the 1970s. You also may find it on the street. It’s a known club drug […]

  • Even healthy children at risk of dying from influenza, experts say

    CHICAGO — Amid an uptick in the number of flu cases in the U.S., 10 children have died of influenza in January alone, leaving many to ask: what’s different this year? “Anyone who gets the flu is at risk from dying from the flu,” said Dr. Tina Tan, an infectious disease specialist at Lurie Children’s Hospital. According to Dr. Tan, there are a wide range of complications that are rare, but can lead to the deaths of even healthy children that […]

  • Mom develops app to help navigate food allergies, connect families

    Imagine every decision you make could have life or death consequences? That’s what it’s like for many people with food allergies. The potential for danger is everywhere. Inspired by her own daughter — a local mom created a tool to ease the burden. Nuts, eggs, milk, wheat and soy – they’re the most common allergens. Consider the numbers – one out of every 13 children has a food allergy. That comes out to about two kids in every classroom. Dr […]

  • It’s not too late to get a flu shot, experts say

    CHICAGO — With an earlier than expected peak in cases, is it too late to get a flu shot? The numbers are spiking but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to protect yourself from the flu. The emergency room at Lurie Children’s Hospital was filled with flu patients on Monday. It was no surprise considering the multiple outbreaks across the state in recent weeks. But the message from infectious disease expert Dr. Tina Tan is clear – get your flu […]

  • Electric cap helps patients with aggressive brain cancer live longer

    A cap with the power to help cancer patients live longer sounds like something out of science fiction, but this very real scientific discovery is doubling the life expectancy of people with an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, a new study finds. WGN first covered the caps years ago when patients began to try them. Now a worldwide study shows they work. Many men this time of year wear skull caps to keep them warm — Mike Cardinale wears an […]

  • Insurance companies, Medicare slow to pick up tab for pricey but potentially life-saving treatment

    WGN News first told you about CAR-T, a new and potentially life-saving cancer treatment, back in October. The cell therapy uses a patient’s own immune cells, and its potential had doctors in awe and patients scrambling for a chance to try it. Now, as we meet one of the first patients here in Chicago, we are learning about a new wrinkle that is keeping the therapy out of reach for many. Mary Zajas is the first patient at University of Chicago- […]

  • Breakthrough drug offers hope for patients with debilitating muscular disease

    All too often we hear the phrases ‘medical breakthrough’ or ‘miracle drug.’ And all too often what follows is disappointment. So far that has not been the case with a drug used to treat one of the most debilitating – and often fatal — diseases in children. Ella Casten was 14 months old when she was officially diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease that robs patients of the ability to walk, eat and swallow. At the time, her […]

  • Bears take time out to cheer on and cheer up patients at children’s hospital

    CHICAGO — Chicago Bears players may have been disappointing fans on the field lately, but in the hospital halls and by the bedside, they are scoring big. Lurie Childrens patients got up close and personal with teammates who say, in the game of life – you have to support those who mean the most. And that’s what they did today. Members of the team came to cheer on young patients, who come for chemotherapy, infusions and other regular treatments. They’ve […]