- Published on Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:02
Next week, WGN-TV will air a special 30-minute documentary, "Chicago Care - A Continent Away." The special, hosted and created by WGN-TV medical reporter and Midday News Anchor Dina Bair, shows the inspirational story of a Chicagoan's efforts to battle AIDS and illness in Africa.
For this very special report, Dina Bair traveled to a remote, primitive village in Africa to take a look at the very technologically advanced healthcare that is being delivered to this impoverished region thanks to the generosity and tenacity of Ann Lurie via the Africa Infectious Disease (AID) Village Clinics. Ann Lurie is the well-known Chicago philanthropist whose name may be familiar to many thanks to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Lurie's AID Village Clinics have brought Midwest medicine thousands of miles away to Africa. Access to health education, prevention and treatment services was nonexistent, prior to this project. By enlisting Chicago doctors to help in the cause, bringing several Kenyans to Chicago to study medicine, and building a full service hospital, Ann Lurie is saving lives and changing a culture.
On October 3rd, when WGN-TV announced
that Medical Watch reporter Dina Bair was now officially the new co-anchor of WGN-TV's midday newscast, she was unable to receive any congratulations in person, as that was when she had left Chicago to travel to Africa in order to record this very special report.
Dina Bair first joined Tribune Broadcasting in 1993, where she began as a reporter and anchor for CLTV. A year later, she came over to WGN-TV, first as a full-time general assignment reporter, then as a weekend morning news anchor. For the last few years, Bair has been WGN-TV's medical reporter and news anchor fill-in, before gaining the anchor position full time last month. Dina Bair is the recipient of numerous awards including five Emmy awards, a Peter Lisagor award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and multiple Associated Press awards for both anchoring and reporting.
Much of "Chicago Care - A Continent Away" was shown on WGN-TV newscasts and online
as a three-part series of reports this month. The upcoming television special collects these three parts and more, making it a cohesive documentary.
WGN-TV will air the special news report "Chicago Care - A Continent Away" on Thursday, November 24th from 9:30pm-10:00pm in HD, cutting the regularly scheduled 9:00pm-10:00pm newscast short by 30 minutes. It will also air simultaneously on WGN-TV's national cable/satellite superstation WGN America. Local cable news station CLTV will air an encore presentation of the program later that same night at 11:30pm.