Dan Ponce joined WGN-TV in September 2010 as a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He is now an anchor for WGN Morning News from 4-6a alongside Lourdes Duarte.

Prior to joining WGN, Dan was a general assignment reporter for Chicago’s ABC7 Eyewitness News. His broadcast career began in Lansing, Michigan at WILX.

TV runs in the family. Dan’s father is Phil Ponce, host of Chicago Tonight on WTTW. His brother is Anthony Ponce, anchor/reporter for Chicago’s NBC5. Dan earned his Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Dan is also the founder of the world-renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser on Atlantic Records. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and miniature dachshund.


Recent Articles
  • Chicago files suit against DOJ over sanctuary city funding

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is filing a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s Justice Department claiming it’s illegal for the government to withhold public safety grant money from sanctuary cities. The mayor is taking a stand against the president’s immigration policies, specifically the requirement that ties federal funding to cooperation with immigration enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that federal grants for local police would now be tied to compliance in three areas: The […]

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Galewood

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official Community Areas.  Which neighborhood should he visit next?  Send a message to Dan on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Belmont Cragin

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official Community Areas. Which neighborhood should he visit next? Send a message to Dan on Facebook or Twitter!  

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Garfield Park

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official Community Areas.  Which neighborhood should he visit next?  Send a message to Dan on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Edgewater

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official Community Areas.  Which neighborhood should he visit next?  Send a message to Dan on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Brighton Park

    WGN anchor/reporter Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next stop: Brighton Park. See where he’s been so far at wgntv.com/Chicago77.

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Rogers Park

    WGN anchor/reporter Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next stop: Rogers Park. See where he’s been so far at wgntv.com/Chicago77.

  • Cubs single-game tickets on sale at Wrigley Field today

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs single-game tickets go on sale at Wrigley Field at 8 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be sold at the Box Office, located at Waveland and Sheffield, until 6 p.m. There is a four-ticket limit for Diamond, Marquee and Platinum games. There a 14-ticket limit for all other games. There is a maximum of 40 total tickets per order. For years, this day generated lines that stretched around the ballpark, with fans camping overnight, sometimes in bitter temperatures. But single-game seats […]

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Dunning

    WGN anchor/reporter Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next stop: Dunning. See where he’s been so far at wgntv.com/Chicago77.

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Pullman

    WGN anchor/reporter Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next up: Pullman. See where he’s been so far at wgntv.com/Chicago77.