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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    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 […]

  • Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at age 70

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has passed away at the age of 70, officials confirmed Wednesday. Topinka passed away early Wednesday morning from complications related to a stroke she suffered less than 24 hours before, a spokesman said in a statement. Topinka was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn Tuesday morning after feeling discomfort. She was undergoing testing and observation when she lost consciousness early Wednesday morning. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead shortly after […]

  • The Ponce Brothers B-Roll Emporium: We got that b-roll

    In the TV business “b-roll” is the term we use for the video the runs while a reporter or anchor is talking. A few years ago, the comedian Sergio made a funny fake b-roll commercial on YouTube. Some local guys (AKA brothersDan and Anthony Ponce) completely ripped off his idea and they’re trying to launch a new business. Check out their new commercial in the player above.

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    Republicans gain control of the U.S. Senate

    A Republican tide ripped the Senate away from Democrats on Tuesday, according to CNN projections, giving the GOP full control of Congress and the power to pin down President Barack Obama during his last two years in office. The thumping upends the balance of power between the White House and Capitol Hill only six years after Obama’s Democrats swept to power and marginalized Republicans in a rush to reform health care, Wall Street and pass a huge stimulus package. Now, […]

  • Tribune poll: Quinn & Rauner in dead heat

    A new poll by the Chicago Tribune says the Illinois Governor’s race is closer than ever. The poll involves 800 registered voters who were surveyed October 16 through October 21. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner was behind in the polls in September. But this latest poll gives him 45 percent of the vote. Governor Pat Quinn has 43 percent. That two percent gap is within the poll’s margin of error. The race could get decided by voters looking elsewhere. Libertarian candidate […]

  • 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 […]


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