Andrea Darlas is a Chicago-based award-winning radio and television news anchor and reporter. She's currently a news anchor and reporter for WGN Radio and co-host of the week night talk show, Sports Night. She can also be heard filling in as a weekend talk show host on WGN. Andrea is also a TV reporter and "green correspondent" for the nationally-syndicated show House Smarts, which airs weekly on NBC-5 in Chicago.
At WGN, Andrea has won a number of awards for her news anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage, and investigative series reports. She's contributed news stories and feature reports for WGN-TV, CLTV, Metromix, ABC News, the Chicago Tribune, KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and chicagotribune.com. Andrea is also a staff writer for the Chicago Greek Circle Magazine.
Andrea received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first job was as a DJ for WPGU-FM in Champaign. She went on to work for WDWS-AM and WLRW-FM in Champaign before settling in as News Director and morning news anchor at WJOL-AM, WJTW-FM, and WLLI-FM in Joliet, IL. Andrea started freelancing for WGN Radio in 1997 and was hired as a full time news anchor and reporter in 1998.
Over the years, Andrea has been recognized by her peers with awards from the Associated Press, including "Best Reporter" and "Best News Anchor." Most recently, she's won the Illinois Broadcasters' Association's Silver Dome Award for Anchoring the Best Newscast in Illinois for five consecutive years (2005-2009). She's received two prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association - one for radio for "Best News" reporting, the other for television for "Best Arts Reporting".
Andrea's a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. She is an active member of the Chicago Illini Club, the Greek Women's University Club, the University of Illinois Campus Advisory Alumni Board, and an Honorary Board Member for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. She also donates her time to other charitable organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys golf, traveling, and watching the Cubs in the summer and the Illini in the fall/winter.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times