Lyle Dean has worked in Chicago radio for almost 40 years. During that time he has reported news alongside some of Chicago's most well known radio announcers: Clark Weber, Larry Lujack, Fred Winston and Bob Collins.
He grew up in Sterling, Colorado, and his first radio job was in Aberdeen, South Dakota. On his way to Chicago he worked at stations in Denver, Nashville and Indianapolis.
He arrived in Chicago to begin reporting for WLS in 1968, the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He worked the prestigious morning drive shift at one of the nation's top rock & roll radio stations and wrote his own news broadcasts, at a time when other news anchors usually read wire copy. During his WLS years he also anchored ABC Network newscasts from Chicago.
He moved to Chicago radio station WFYR in 1977, and landed at WGN radio in 1984. He retired from WGN several times, but can still be heard as an occasional fill-in news anchor.
He also started several syndicated news services, served as president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, and has received numerous awards for his news reporting.