Dan Ponce

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
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    Need a soundtrack for your Cinco de Mayo festivities? Dan Ponce has you covered

    Cinco de Mayo is coming up this Thursday. To honor the day, and the festivities that come along with it, WGN’s Dan Ponce created a Cinco de Mayo soundtrack filled with original songs to help you celebrate. You’re welcome.  

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    Local group helps bilingual nurses reach full potential

    CHICAGO — Given the high demand for nurses overall, one might assume that RNs from other countries could easily transition to nursing in the United States.  Not so.  The journey requires years of hard work, a lot of red tape and money. But thanks to the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium, hundreds of nurses have been able to do it. Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium is completely grant and donation funded. More information at www.chicagobilingualnurse.org

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    Knight Rider goes “Hoff the Record”

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    The Sixth bar in Chicago’s Lincoln Square

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    5 takeaways from the Republican debate

    MIAMI — This was Donald Trump’s moment of Zen. A chastened Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got back to basics. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz focused on his pitch to become the sole Trump alternative. And Ohio Gov. John Kasich kept up his routine of staying above the fray. All of which allowed Trump to drop his usual insults and try on a new hat: party unifier. It was the final debate before Tuesday’s winner-take-all elections in Florida and Ohio and delegate-rich contests […]

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    Super Tuesday 2 election results

    Bernie Sanders has won the Michigan Democratic primary, CNN projects, in an upset that delivers a sharp blow to Hillary Clinton’s hopes of quickly securing her party’s nomination. Sanders’ victory, on the eve of the next Democratic debate that will be simulcast on CNN, will send a jolt of new excitement through his campaign and raise fresh questions about Clinton’s operation. The former secretary of state easily beat Sanders in the Mississippi primary — a victory that further extends her […]

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    Restaurant with unique, charitable business model celebrates 10 years

    CHICAGO — A North Side restaurant and catering business is celebrating 10 years serving wonderful American cuisine. First Slice Café is a huge hit not just because of the quality of the food, but also because of the company’s mission. When restaurants or businesses donate food to the needy, most of the time it’s the food that is leftover.  That is not the case with First Slice Café. A highly successful business that started in a church basement, they make […]

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    7 takeaways from the Republican debate

    Republicans began their debate Thursday night with insults and ended with three candidates pledging to back Donald Trump should he win the nomination. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took more shots at Trump in Fox News’ debate — and through it all, the billionaire businessman seemed to relish standing center stage, defending himself against foes and moderators while showing his mettle to supporters. All three were happy to deflect efforts to drag them into sustained policy […]

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    Opponents pounce on Trump on eve of Super Tuesday

    As Republican candidates and top GOP officials spent a second day condemning — and sitting in disbelief — of Donald Trump’s decision Sunday to decline repeated invitations to disavow the Ku Klux Klan, there are more than a few that think it’s a bald strategic play by the billionaire businessman. Trump’s comments coming so close to Super Tuesday, a primary day littered with contests across the deep South, rang alarm bells for some Republicans who saw them as an intentional […]

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    6 new things we know about Uber driver’s Kalamazoo shooting spree

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Jason Brian Dalton, the man suspected in the weekend shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, now faces six counts of murder. But even his arraignment hearing shed no light on his motive. As the investigation proceeds, bits and pieces of information are clearing the murky picture — but not by much. Here’s the latest on what we know about the rampage that left six people dead and two injured. The suspect may have switched cars Dalton was a […]


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