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.

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    Trump news conference today takes on new significance

    President-elect Donald Trump’s long-awaited news conference is taking on new significance Wednesday. The news conference, Trump’s first since winning the election, was already looming as a significant rite of passage for someone who is undergoing a transformation from rabble-rousing candidate to the next American President. But new allegations involving Russia are sure to inject an extra charge. The news conference, expected to begin at 11 am ET in midtown Manhattan, follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents […]

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    Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Hermosa

    WGN’s Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods, one week at a time. In each neighborhood, he’ll have a local resident be his tour guide. First up, Dan explore’s the northwest side neighborhood of Hermosa.

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    Ohio State suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted Facebook rant before attack

    Investigators are searching for a motive behind an Ohio State University student’s knife attack on campus Monday morning that wounded 11 people. Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student who recently transferred there, had written in a Facebook post he had grown “sick and tired” of seeing fellow Muslims “killed and tortured,” according to federal law enforcement officials. Authorities are now looking into whether the attack was terrorism but said it would take time to determine a motive. In a Facebook […]

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    City Council unanimously passes $8.2 billion budget, including new taxes and fees

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council voted unanimously to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion 2017 budget Wednesday. It was expected to pass because City Council has already made tough decisions to cover the city’s pension crisis, including increasing property taxes and adding another charge to your water bill. “Yes it was kind of quick and quiet but what preceded it was a lot of what you would want out of a public debate over five years,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. New fee […]

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    Donald Trump sits down for first interview as President-elect

    WASHINGTON– Donald Trump on Sunday told his supporters to stop harassing minorities, in his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect. “I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'” Trump directed his comments to his own supporters whom Stahl […]

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    National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates 30 years

    CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s most popular museums is coming up on a big anniversary. It is perhaps the crown jewel of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.  The National Museum of Mexican Art is approaching 30 years of showcasing the beauty and richness of Mexican art and culture.    It’s one of the biggest collections in the world of work created by Mexican-American artists. For almost three decades, the National Museum of Mexican Art has been bridging cultures and showing off some of […]

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    After NY, NJ bombing suspect’s capture, a search for clues into his past

    NEW YORK — A notebook found on New York and New Jersey bombings suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami contained ramblings about terrorists and also mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was a spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a law enforcement official. The notebook, which also referred to the Boston Marathon bombers, had a bullet hole; it’s not clear whether that occurred during Monday’s shootout between police and Rahami. The reference to Awlaki, who was killed in […]

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    Chicago-area teacher Dwayne Reed on his back-to-school viral rap video

    CHICAGO — Earlier this week, we introduced you to teacher Dwayne Reed, from Chicago, who welcomed students with a rap song and made going back to school actually cool. Mr. Reed is a fourth-grade teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie. His  back-to-school rap video has gone viral,  generating over a half a million views. The principal of the school is a big fan of Mr. Reed’s work and is looking forward to seeing more hit videos that feature the children and their […]

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    Chicago police pair up for safety, show solidarity after Dallas shootings

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are working in pairs to increase their safety following the fatal shooting of Dallas officers during a protest of police shooting deaths of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to reach out to Dallas police to offer condolences and assistance. In a statement Friday, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says officers have been told they must pair up “to increase visibility and strengthen officer safety.” He adds that the week’s events are […]

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    Monee mayor allegedly punches youth baseball ump in on-field altercation, claims self-defense

    MONEE, Ill. – Monee’s mayor versus an umpire: A baseball game gets out of hand. The umpire’s name is Tim, he’s 56 years old and says the mayor broke his jaw in two places. But in the mayor’s words’ he was just acting in self-defense. It was Saturday morning at a baseball field located on school property and directly across the street from Village Hall where Monee, Illinois mayor Jay Farquhar allegedly got into an altercation with the umpire. An official […]