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
  • 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


    Police choir’s creative parody of Auld Lang Syne a must-see

  • Dan’s Duets: Dan Ponce, Ald. Burke perform ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’

  • Dan Ponce, Ald. Ed Burke perform duet of ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’

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    Death toll in Pakistan school killings rises to more than 140

    “‘God is great,'” the Taliban militants exclaimed, as they roared through the hallways of a Peshawar, Pakistan, school. Then, 14-year-old student Ahmed Faraz recalled, one of them changed the narrative. ” ‘A lot of the children are under the benches,’ ” a Pakistani Taliban member said, according to Ahmed. ” ‘Kill them.’ ” By the time the hours-long siege at Army Public School and Degree College ended early Tuesday evening, at least 141 people — 132 children plus nine staffers […]

  • School board lambastes member for comments on gays, lesbians

    Calling her comments a “stain on the community,” Warren Township school board members and the mayor of Gurnee want board member Liz Biondi gone, after inflammatory statements she made at a public meeting. Biondi’s comments at a Warren Township school board meeting discussing what qualities board members want to see in the new superintendent outraged everyone at the meeting. “I have very good friends who are gay and lesbian and I’m concerned that we … if we hired someone, and we […]


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