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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    Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Pullman

    WGN anchor/reporter Dan Ponce is visiting all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next up: Pullman. See where he’s been so far at wgntv.com/Chicago77.

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    4 BMWs stolen from warehouse in Goose Island

    CHICAGO — Several brand new BMW’s were stolen for the second time in about a week. The thieves broke into a warehouse at Goose Island Perillo BMW after midnight Thursday. They went through a window and drove away with four cars. Those cars were found about a mile away by Milwaukee and Augusta. There was no major damage. No arrests have been made. Last week, six cars were stolen from a dealership in Evanston. Police are not saying if the […]

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    Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Washington Park

    WGN Morning News anchor Dan Ponce is visiting ALL of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Next up, Washington Park.

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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 […]