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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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    Oscar Pistorius guilty of negligent killing, one gun charge

    By Richard Allen Greene and Faith Karimi, CNN A judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, the South African term for unintentionally — but unlawfully — killing a person. It’s akin to negligent killing. Friday’s verdict comes a day after Judge Thokozile Masipa cleared Pistorius of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. His sentencing starts on October 13, the judge said after granting him bail. The customary maximum prison sentence for culpable homicide is 15 […]

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    Jackie Robinson West team heads to Disney World

    The celebration for the Jackie Robinson West little league continues Friday, as the team heads to Disney World. The boys and their families are set to fly out of O’Hare Friday morning for a three-night stay in Orlando. A send-off party is happening at O’Hare before they leave. The team will return Sunday and attend school on Monday.

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    Chicago Public School students head back to class today

    Nearly 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students headed back to school Tuesday. CPS officials, community leaders and local celebrities have spent weeks reminding students and their parents about the importance of coming to class on the first day. The Black Star Project also held its annual Million Father March to encourage men to walk their kids to school. Organizers say when fathers are involved, children do better academically. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was out welcoming everyone back from summer break. WGN […]

  • Deportation of illegal immigrants will begin this week

    The Department of Homeland Security says deportations will begin this week for the illegal immigrants, many of them children, pouring over the border. Most of them will eventually be sent home. In the last nine months, more than 57,000 people have crossed the border, and another 30,000 are believed on the way from several central American countries. The government is trying to deal with a looming humanitarian crisis, while sending the message that undocumented aliens are not welcome. The President […]

  • Cubs to take revised renovation plan to landmarks commission

    The Cubs will take another swing at approval of renovation plans for Wrigley Field today before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. The revised plan includes five smaller advertising signs on the outfield walls, a tweak made at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request. A video scoreboard above the left field bleachers and a see-through sign in right remain part of the 575 million dollar plan. The Mayor has also asked the team to continue negotiating with the rooftop owners. Cubs Chairman Tom […]

  • Note to consumer: Learn more about third party electricity suppliers

    A growing number of electric customers in Illinois are filing complaints with the government because their bill skyrockets with no warning. Turns out many are being signed up for service by third party suppliers who aren`t doing a good job educating their customers. Third party energy suppliers are signing people up for deals without making sure the customer knows what he or she is signing up for. David Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, a consumer watch dog […]

  • Dan’s Duets: You won’t believe the age of this singer from Melrose Park

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    Eric Cantor defeated in Virginia primary, CNN reports

    In what was described as a political “earthquake,” the No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, lost his primary on Tuesday to a college professor and political neophyte, CNN projects. With 97% of precincts reporting from the Richmond-area district, Cantor trailed Dave Brat 56% to 44%, according to the Virginia Secretary of State’s website. Turnout was low. “This came out of nowhere,” said Mark Preston, CNN’s executive political editor, who said a defeat for Cantor would have national implications […]

  • Kicking off book tour, Hillary Clinton talks Monica, Benghazi and her record

    By Dan Merica, CNN Hillary Clinton kicked off her “Hard Choices” book tour on Monday by doing what most high-profile politicians considering a presidential run do: Sit down for a sweeping interview to talk about well known issues — tenure, past achievements, presidential aspirations — and some issues that haven’t been addressed in years. Clinton honed what is likely to be her book tour message in the interview with ABC, one of a thoughtful diplomat who is prepared to re-introduce […]

  • Obama defends prisoner exchange for Bergdahl

    President Obama is defending the decision to exchange five prisoners for Sgt. Bergdahl despite some saying Bergdahl was a ‘deserter’.


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