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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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    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’.

  • Red light cameras challenged in IL Supreme Court

    A case before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday is challenging Chicago’s red light camera system. This lawsuit has been years in the making. Since 2003, the city has made hundreds of millions of dollars by ticketing drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections. Then the drivers get tickets in the mail. After the wife of  local attorney, Patrick Keating, received a ticket in the mail, he started looking into the program a little more. He says there is no […]

  • U.S. to help Nigeria search for kidnapped girls

    The U.S. is now helping in the search for hundreds of kidnapped girls in Nigeria. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, took over 270 girls from their school last month. Another eight girls were taken last weekend. In a video, the group’s leader said that God commanded him to sell the girls into slavery. The U.S. is now offering help with intelligence, but no ground troops. The Nigerian government says it’s doing all it can, but some parents doubt that. Boko […]


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