Dan Ponce

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.

Recent Articles
  • Fox Lake Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz

    Detectives to discuss shooting death of Fox Lake officer today

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Authorities who have released little information in the weeks since a suburban Chicago police officer was found shot to death are scheduled to hold a news conference. Lake County officials haven’t said what information they will discuss Thursday about the Sept. 1 death of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. But questions have swirled around the investigation — particularly since the county coroner said he has been unable to rule the 52-year-old Gliniewicz’s death a homicide, […]

  • GOP

    Republicans jockey for position in 2nd GOP debate

    CHICAGO – Thirteen men and one woman were on the main stage, a crowded field where each person tried to stand out and survive in the polls to make it to the next round. Was it substance or smoke and mirrors for the crowd? The second GOP debate wrapped up Wednesday night. It was a crowded field and indeed a crowded stage. They covered experience, the Middle East and launched a few personal attacks. This debate was less fiery than the first […]

  • WGN anchor and Sway Chicago sing news recap song ‘Crazy Trending Times’

    WGN anchor Dan Ponce and Sway Chicago bring you a recap of the trending stories in August made into a catchy song, written by Biossat Custom Productions. Check it out in the video player above LYRICS: Crazy Trending Times Verse Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy say it’s over A frog can only take so much abuse Piggy says, “Oh Kermie what will I do without you?” Kermit says, “They could use a pig like you on The View” O’Hare […]

  • Metra passenger retains attorney after incident involving taser

    CHICAGO — Metra police say he was an unruly passenger who resisted arrest. He claims officers used unnecessary roughness. Cell-phone video was shot early Monday morning on the Milwaukee West Line bound for Elgin captured the incident and a jury may have to decide who is right. Metra says it had a group of apparently drunk riders on the upper level of the train. A spokesman tells WGN News they were yelling and cursing. When a conductor asked them to […]

  • When the city and utility companies have a scheduling conflict, the taxpayers pay

    CHICAGO — Scheduling problems between the city of the Chicago and utility companies are costing taxpayers big money. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Peoples Gas are simultaneously working on important upgrades, but in several examples on the northwest side, the work is being done in the wrong order. The city claims there’s a good system in place to make sure taxpayer money isn’t wasted, but that system is not working as well as it should. For the past […]

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    Chicago girl Emily Beazley dies after 4-year battle with cancer

    CHICAGO — The 12-year-old girl from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood who’s been battling cancer has passed away. Emily Beazley died late Monday night, according to family members. She battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for four years. As her condition worsened over the last few weeks and months, her friends and family started the ‘Light It Up For Emily’ social media campaign, with many of Chicago’s buildings and homes using green and purple lights to show their support. They even arranged a phone […]

  • New bleachers at Wrigley Field open Monday

    CHICAGO — The 2015 Chicago Cubs returned to the bleachers at Wrigley Field for the first time this season Monday night. The bleachers in left field and center field opened in time for the Cubs host the New York Mets. It added more than 3,000 fans. The bleachers in right field won’t open until June.  When that happens, the bleachers will hold about 5,000 people.

  • Germanwings captain heard pleading ‘for God’s sake open the door’ before crash, report says

    MONTABAUR, Germany — There are new reports about the co-pilot of that Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps. The New York Times reports that he sought treatment before the crash for vision problems, and those problems could have been caused by mental or emotional problems. Meanwhile, a German newspaper claims it received the cockpit voice recording from the Germanwings plane that crash into the French Alps. The black box transcript seems to confirm what investigators have said so […]

  • AndreasLubitz

    Germanwings co-pilot tore up doctor’s notes excusing him from work, prosecutors say

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — On the day he flew a passenger jet into a mountain, Andreas Lubitz had been excused from work by a doctor. German prosecutors say they found torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash as they searched Lubitz’s homes in two German cities. They say he appeared to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employer. The prosecutors aren’t saying what the illness was — and whether it was mental or physical. But German […]

  • New approach to health care for adults with Down syndrome

    To mark the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day on Saturday, March 21, there’s a conference called ‘Healthy You, Healthy Me, Healthy Us.’ It’s at Advocate General Hospital in Park Ridge. Check out advocatehealth.com for more info.


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