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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    EgyptAir flight crashed in Mediterranean Sea, French president says

    EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished from radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, the airline said Thursday. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it lost contact overnight above the Mediterranean Sea, the airline tweeted. French President Francois Hollande said he was told the flight crashed, but Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Sharif Fathi said he preferred to classify the flight as missing. “We do not deny there is a possibility of terrorism or deny the […]

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    TSA promises shorter lines at Chicago airports

    CHICAGO — The Transportation Security Administration is taking steps to shorten the long security lines at O’Hare and Midway airports. Nearly 60 additional screeners and four more bomb-sniffing dogs will be sent to O’Hare Airport immediately. In a few days, 100 TSA employees will go from part-time to full-time at the airports. By mid-August, the TSA will assign even more officers to both airports. But for now, Chicago’s airports are still advising fliers to arrive three hours before their departure […]

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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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