Patti Vasquez with Andrea Darlas

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Patti Vasquez, Andrea Darlas

Patti Vasquez with Andrea Darlas
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Patti Vasquez was born and raised in Chicago and is an internationally performing stand-up comedian. As a host, Patti quickly claimed the number one spot for late night radio. She has appeared as a commentator for WGN-TV Morning News and Fox Good Day Chicago. She also served as a fill-in host for WCIU’s You & Me in the Morning. Patti was also honored by the National Museum of Mexican Art and the University of Illinois for her contributions to art and advocacy work.

Patti has two boys: Griffin, who is gifted, kind-hearted and the best big brother to Declan. Declan is differently gifted, charming and was born with a neurological abnormality called Corpus Callosum Disorder. Although he is missing a small part of his brain, Declan has made the world a much bigger place for his family and everyone lucky enough to know him.

In 2014, Patti created a company called “With Kind Words” in which she provides consultation for healthcare providers. She urges them to consider the emotional readiness of every member of the team, from the health professional to the caretakers, as they strive to ensure the best possible outcome. She incorporates humor and personal experiences as the mother of a child with special needs to lead her audience on an intellectual and emotional journey. She aims to help audiences recognize how they can incorporate compassionate communication and inspire them to do it well.

While still hosting her eclectic and wildly successful radio show, Patti began working with ABC to develop a sitcom based on her life.

Patti graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in History. She later disappointed her parents by dropping out of Northwestern’s PhD program to become a stand-up comic. It all worked out in the end. Or at least, so far so good.

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Andrea Darlas is an award-winning radio and television News Anchor/Reporter and talk show host at WGN Radio and a News Reporter at WGN-TV. She’s currently the morning news anchor on WGN Radio, hosting the first half hour of the Steve Cochran show, a weekend reporter for WGN-TV and a contributor to the nationally-syndicated TV show “House Smarts”. During her 18-year tenure at WGN, Andrea has won a multitude of awards from the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters’ Association for anchoring, reporting, breaking news coverage and investigative series reports. Andrea has five IBA Silver Dome Awards for “Best Newscast” and two prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards – one for TV and one for radio reporting. Andrea has a ‘BS in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois and currently sits on the U of I College of Media’s National Alumni Board as well as the U of I Campus Alumni Advisory Board. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and is actively involved with the CARA-Chicago program to help fight homelessness. Andrea is an avid Blackhawks and Illini fan and enjoys golfing and traveling in her spare time!

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