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.

Recent Articles
  • Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee dies at 93

    Legendary journalist Ben Bradlee has died. Bradlee was the editor at the Washington Post for more than two decades, staring in the late 1960’s; he is credited with transforming it into one of the world’s leading newspapers. Bradlee was at helm during the Watergate investigation; he assigned two young reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, to cover the story that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Bradlee suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years; he began hospice care last […]

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    72-year-old injured in extra-alarm fire on South Side

    Firefighters battled an extra alarm fire on the city’s South Side Thursday morning. Fire crews were called to an apartment building on the 7600 block of South Ingleside. Flames shot through the rear and the roof of the 2-and-a-half story building. All 12 people living in the building survived the fire. A 72-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. No word yet on the cause of the fire.  

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    2nd health care worker tests positive for Ebola in Texas

    (CNN) — A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the state’s health department said Wednesday. The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said. The preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control […]

  • Program helps next generation of mariachi musicians

    If you’ve ever been to a big Mexican celebration or party, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a mariachi band. The show-stopping music gets people dancing and cheering, and can quickly make grandparents tear up as they remember life growing up in Mexico. And thanks to the Chicago Mariachi Project, the next generation of mariachi musicians is thriving. Founded just last year by Álvaro Obregon, the Chicago Mariachi Project already has about 50 students ages 8 to 18. They come […]

  • Ebola patient arrives in U.S. for treatment

    By Ben Brumfield, CNN Another American Ebola patient arrived in the United States on Monday, reminding the nation that the virus killing thousands of people in West Africa, will likely continue crossing U.S. borders. As freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo — who contracted it while covering the outbreak’s carnage — was on his way for treatment in isolation at Nebraska Medical Center, government officials talked of shoring up defenses at airports. “All options are on the table for further strengthening the […]

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    Officials: Fence jumper made it into East Room of White House

    By Dana Bash, Jim Acosta and Deirdre Walsh, CNN The man who jumped the White House fence earlier this month and breached the mansion’s doors actually made it farther than originally thought, officials said Monday. White House fence jumper has PTSD, former stepson says Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq war veteran who had a knife in his pocket, overcame one Secret Service officer and ran into the East Room of the White House, where he was then subdued, a federal […]

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    Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligent killing, one gun charge

    By Richard Allen Greene and Faith Karimi, CNN A judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, the South African term for unintentionally — but unlawfully — killing a person. It’s akin to negligent killing. Friday’s verdict comes a day after Judge Thokozile Masipa cleared Pistorius of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. His sentencing starts on October 13, the judge said after granting him bail. The customary maximum prison sentence for culpable homicide is 15 […]

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    Jackie Robinson West team heads to Disney World

    The celebration for the Jackie Robinson West little league continues Friday, as the team heads to Disney World. The boys and their families are set to fly out of O’Hare Friday morning for a three-night stay in Orlando. A send-off party is happening at O’Hare before they leave. The team will return Sunday and attend school on Monday.

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    Chicago Public School students head back to class today

    Nearly 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students headed back to school Tuesday. CPS officials, community leaders and local celebrities have spent weeks reminding students and their parents about the importance of coming to class on the first day. The Black Star Project also held its annual Million Father March to encourage men to walk their kids to school. Organizers say when fathers are involved, children do better academically. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was out welcoming everyone back from summer break. WGN […]

  • Deportation of illegal immigrants will begin this week

    The Department of Homeland Security says deportations will begin this week for the illegal immigrants, many of them children, pouring over the border. Most of them will eventually be sent home. In the last nine months, more than 57,000 people have crossed the border, and another 30,000 are believed on the way from several central American countries. The government is trying to deal with a looming humanitarian crisis, while sending the message that undocumented aliens are not welcome. The President […]


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