Dan Ponce
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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.

Recent Articles
  • Germanwings captain heard pleading ‘for God’s sake open the door’ before crash, report says

    MONTABAUR, Germany — There are new reports about the co-pilot of that Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps. The New York Times reports that he sought treatment before the crash for vision problems, and those problems could have been caused by mental or emotional problems. Meanwhile, a German newspaper claims it received the cockpit voice recording from the Germanwings plane that crash into the French Alps. The black box transcript seems to confirm what investigators have said so […]

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    Germanwings co-pilot tore up doctor’s notes excusing him from work, prosecutors say

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — On the day he flew a passenger jet into a mountain, Andreas Lubitz had been excused from work by a doctor. German prosecutors say they found torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash as they searched Lubitz’s homes in two German cities. They say he appeared to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employer. The prosecutors aren’t saying what the illness was — and whether it was mental or physical. But German […]

  • New approach to health care for adults with Down syndrome

    To mark the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day on Saturday, March 21, there’s a conference called ‘Healthy You, Healthy Me, Healthy Us.’ It’s at Advocate General Hospital in Park Ridge. Check out advocatehealth.com for more info.

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    New ISIS-related arrest confirmed in Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — Homeland Security is confirming that agents arrested a man near the Indianapolis airport three weeks ago in an alleged ISIS plot. The man has been identified as Nihad Rosic. In all, six people — including a mother of four from Schiller Park — have been rounded up in Indiana, Chicago and St. Louis. The arrest in Plainfield, Indiana was made on February 6, the same day President Obama visited the city. The six Bosnian nationals are charged with […]

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    Police use surveillance video in search for doggie daycare van thieves

    CHICAGO – It’s been two days and police are still searching for the two men who stole a van full of dogs on Wednesday afternoon. The seven dogs are home safe with their owners.  A woman working in a salon in the South Loop spotted a dog in the van yesterday morning and called police.  The dogs were quickly reunited with their families. But now there’s anger over how this incident was handled. Originally, police were told that the driver was forced out of the […]

  • Eliminate bad pet breath during National Pet Dental Health Month

    Dental cleaning and polishing special starts at $99. Honored through March if the appointment is made in February. Locations: Plainfield/Naperville, Hinsdale, Oswego, and Channahon. For hospital info check out: DrTony.com


    Ernie Banks’ family alleges agent trying to take his estate

    CHICAGO — According to a statement by the family attorney for Ernie Banks, the agent for the Cubs legend had Banks sign a new will giving all his assets to her three months before his death. The statement says the family believes Banks was ill when he signed the new will. Son Jerry Banks said he believed agent Regina Rice, “coerced him to give all his assets to her,” according to the statement. WGN has obtained all documents pertaining to Banks’ […]

  • Schiller Park mother charged with aiding ISIS to appear in court

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A woman from Schiller Park is charged with providing financial support for terrorist groups. Mediha Salkiecevic was arrested last week. She is one of five people charged with funneling money to ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Salkiecevic and her co-defendants are all Bosnian immigrants. Prosecutors say the group raised cash, and bought and shipped military equipment from surplus stores in Missouri. Salkiecevic is expected to be extradited to St. Louis to face the charges; she faces […]

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    Frightening video captures TransAsia plane seconds before deadly crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese rescuers have used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taipei as they search into the night for 20 people missing in a crash that killed at least 23 others. Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after taking off Wednesday from the Taiwanese capital, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River. […]

  • Study on Chicago school closings evaluates where students ended up

    CHICAGO — A University of Chicago study looked at what happened to students affected by Chicago Public School closings. The study says a third of them wound up in another low-performing schools. That’s because their families decided against the welcoming school that was recommended to them. The parents say the welcoming school was too far, and they were concerned about safety. READ FULL REPORT: School Closings in Chicago


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