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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    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 […]

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    Chicago-area teacher Dwayne Reed on his back-to-school viral rap video

    CHICAGO — Earlier this week, we introduced you to teacher Dwayne Reed, from Chicago, who welcomed students with a rap song and made going back to school actually cool. Mr. Reed is a fourth-grade teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie. His  back-to-school rap video has gone viral,  generating over a half a million views. The principal of the school is a big fan of Mr. Reed’s work and is looking forward to seeing more hit videos that feature the children and their […]

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    Chicago police pair up for safety, show solidarity after Dallas shootings

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are working in pairs to increase their safety following the fatal shooting of Dallas officers during a protest of police shooting deaths of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to reach out to Dallas police to offer condolences and assistance. In a statement Friday, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says officers have been told they must pair up “to increase visibility and strengthen officer safety.” He adds that the week’s events are […]

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    Monee mayor allegedly punches youth baseball ump in on-field altercation, claims self-defense

    MONEE, Ill. – Monee’s mayor versus an umpire: A baseball game gets out of hand. The umpire’s name is Tim, he’s 56 years old and says the mayor broke his jaw in two places. But in the mayor’s words’ he was just acting in self-defense. It was Saturday morning at a baseball field located on school property and directly across the street from Village Hall where Monee, Illinois mayor Jay Farquhar allegedly got into an altercation with the umpire. An official […]

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    Clinton is close, but Sanders not ready to give up

    LOS ANGELES  — Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of declaring victory as the Democratic nominee after a long and protracted battle with Bernie Sanders. But she has one very serious problem: The Vermont senator isn’t giving up. Clinton and her husband have barnstormed across California at a furious pace in recent days — seeking to avoid yet another humiliating defeat by Sanders on the same night she should easily win the delegates needed to go past the 2,383 mark […]

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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