Dan Ponce
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Dan Ponce is the co-anchor of the 4am and 5am newscasts of WGN Morning News alongside co-anchor Erin McElroy.

Dan Ponce joined WGN-TV in September 2010 as a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He moved to co-anchor the WGN Morning News from 4-6am in September of 2013.

Prior to working at WGN-TV, Ponce spent three years as a general assignment reporter at ABC-7 Chicago. He also worked as a weekend morning anchor and general assignment reporter at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan. He most recently toured the country with an a cappella group he founded called “Straight No Chaser”, the group released three albums with Atlantic Records.

A Chicagoland native, Ponce earned his master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Ponce speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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    Police use surveillance video in search for doggie daycare van thieves

    CHICAGO – It’s been two days and police are still searching for the two men who stole a van full of dogs on Wednesday afternoon. The seven dogs are home safe with their owners.  A woman working in a salon in the South Loop spotted a dog in the van yesterday morning and called police.  The dogs were quickly reunited with their families. But now there’s anger over how this incident was handled. Originally, police were told that the driver was forced out of the […]

  • Eliminate bad pet breath during National Pet Dental Health Month

    Dental cleaning and polishing special starts at $99. Honored through March if the appointment is made in February. Locations: Plainfield/Naperville, Hinsdale, Oswego, and Channahon. For hospital info check out: DrTony.com


    Ernie Banks’ family alleges agent trying to take his estate

    CHICAGO — According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death. The statement says the family believes Banks was ill when he signed the new will. Son Jerry Banks said he believed agent Regina Rice, “coerced him to give all his assets to her,” according to the statement. WGN has obtained all documents pertaining to Banks’ […]

  • Schiller Park mother charged with aiding ISIS to appear in court

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A woman from Schiller Park is charged with providing financial support for terrorist groups. Mediha Salkiecevic was arrested last week. She is one of five people charged with funneling money to ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Salkiecevic and her co-defendants are all Bosnian immigrants. Prosecutors say the group raised cash, and bought and shipped military equipment from surplus stores in Missouri. Salkiecevic is expected to be extradited to St. Louis to face the charges; she faces […]

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    Frightening video captures TransAsia plane seconds before deadly crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese rescuers have used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taipei as they search into the night for 20 people missing in a crash that killed at least 23 others. Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after taking off Wednesday from the Taiwanese capital, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River. […]

  • Study on Chicago school closings evaluates where students ended up

    CHICAGO — A University of Chicago study looked at what happened to students affected by Chicago Public School closings. The study says a third of them wound up in another low-performing schools. That’s because their families decided against the welcoming school that was recommended to them. The parents say the welcoming school was too far, and they were concerned about safety. READ FULL REPORT: School Closings in Chicago

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    Preview of tonight’s State of the Union address

    WASHINGTON — Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress. Obama’s calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making community college free for many students and expanding paid leave for workers stand little chance of winning approval from the new Republican majority […]

  • Charlie Hebdo returns to newsstands after terrorist attack

    PARIS — The terrorists who killed 12 political cartoonists at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo did not silence their target; instead, they guaranteed it a much wider audience than it has ever known. Three million copies of the magazine’s new edition sold out immediately this morning; and the publisher expects total sales to reach five million. A typical edition sells 60,000 copies. The magazine defiantly features a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed on the cover, along with the words […]

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo

    Boston bombing trial lawyers fail to reach plea deal

    As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes on trial Monday few doubt the outcome of the first phase of the two-phase trial. It’s the second, the sentencing phase, including a possible death sentence, that has been the subject of behind the scenes discussions. Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for Tsarnaev have held talks on a possible plea agreement but failed to reach one, U.S. officials familiar with the talks say. The discussions in recent months have centered on the […]

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    Owner puts GoPro on dog before leaving, resulting video is heartbreaking and adorable


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