Dan Ponce

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
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    North Korea says it conducts successful powerful H-bomb test

    SEOUL, South Korea —North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongyang’s quest to improve its still-limited nuclear arsenal. South Korea’s spy agency and outside nuclear experts cast strong doubt, however, saying the estimated explosive yield from North Korea’s fourth nuclear explosion was much smaller than what even a failed H-bomb detonation would produce. The doubts didn’t stop jubilation and pride in Pyongyang. A North Korean […]

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    Episode 3 of WGN’s telenovela ‘Noticias de mi Corazon: The Missing Emmy’

    More salacious drama unfolds as the cast of “Noticias de mi Corazon” accuses the competition of stealing their beloved Emmy award. Look out, Telemundo, they’re coming after your audience.

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    City’s rising rents to only get worse after tax increase

    CHICAGO – For many families in Chicago, the price of rent is reaching an unbearable high. Mayor Emanuel’s massive property tax hike might just be enough to force many renters out as landlords pass the increase onto their tenants. One and a half million people rent in the city of Chicago.  That’s slightly more than those who own.  The average price to rent a one bedroom apartment in Chicago is about $2000 dollars a month, but usually you see those […]

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    Chicago man making a difference one backpack at a time

    A brief encounter with a young boy in Haiti inspired a Chicago man to help thousands of kids in need. After the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, the island nation of was literally shaken to its core.  Hundreds of volunteers flew into help.  And among them, Jose Perez, who was so moved by what he had witnessed, he decided to return with something most American school kids take for granted. As part of WGN News’s ongoing tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, […]

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    Detectives to discuss shooting death of Fox Lake officer today

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Authorities who have released little information in the weeks since a suburban Chicago police officer was found shot to death are scheduled to hold a news conference. Lake County officials haven’t said what information they will discuss Thursday about the Sept. 1 death of Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. But questions have swirled around the investigation — particularly since the county coroner said he has been unable to rule the 52-year-old Gliniewicz’s death a homicide, […]

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    Republicans jockey for position in 2nd GOP debate

    CHICAGO – Thirteen men and one woman were on the main stage, a crowded field where each person tried to stand out and survive in the polls to make it to the next round. Was it substance or smoke and mirrors for the crowd? The second GOP debate wrapped up Wednesday night. It was a crowded field and indeed a crowded stage. They covered experience, the Middle East and launched a few personal attacks. This debate was less fiery than the first […]

  • WGN anchor and Sway Chicago sing news recap song ‘Crazy Trending Times’

    WGN anchor Dan Ponce and Sway Chicago bring you a recap of the trending stories in August made into a catchy song, written by Biossat Custom Productions. Check it out in the video player above LYRICS: Crazy Trending Times Verse Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy say it’s over A frog can only take so much abuse Piggy says, “Oh Kermie what will I do without you?” Kermit says, “They could use a pig like you on The View” O’Hare […]

  • Metra passenger retains attorney after incident involving taser

    CHICAGO — Metra police say he was an unruly passenger who resisted arrest. He claims officers used unnecessary roughness. Cell-phone video was shot early Monday morning on the Milwaukee West Line bound for Elgin captured the incident and a jury may have to decide who is right. Metra says it had a group of apparently drunk riders on the upper level of the train. A spokesman tells WGN News they were yelling and cursing. When a conductor asked them to […]

  • When the city and utility companies have a scheduling conflict, the taxpayers pay

    CHICAGO — Scheduling problems between the city of the Chicago and utility companies are costing taxpayers big money. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Peoples Gas are simultaneously working on important upgrades, but in several examples on the northwest side, the work is being done in the wrong order. The city claims there’s a good system in place to make sure taxpayer money isn’t wasted, but that system is not working as well as it should. For the past […]

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    Chicago girl Emily Beazley dies after 4-year battle with cancer

    CHICAGO — The 12-year-old girl from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood who’s been battling cancer has passed away. Emily Beazley died late Monday night, according to family members. She battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for four years. As her condition worsened over the last few weeks and months, her friends and family started the ‘Light It Up For Emily’ social media campaign, with many of Chicago’s buildings and homes using green and purple lights to show their support. They even arranged a phone […]


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