Dan Roan is currently the weekday sports anchor on WGN News at Nine. He also hosts Instant Replay, WGN’s expanded look at weekend sports on Sundays at 9:40 pm. Dan joined the WGN-TV sports staff in February 1984.
Dan began his career in 1977 at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois, where he was a sports director for seven years.
Dan has worn many hats at WGN. He has hosted and co-produced pregame and halftime shows for WGN’s NBA and Major League Baseball telecasts. He is also a substitute play-by-play announcer for WGN’s Bulls, Cubs and White Sox games. In addition, he was the lead announcer for the station’s telecasts of DePaul University basketball. Dan also worked play-by-play on the station’s Notre Dame football telecasts in 1988, when the fighting Irish won a national championship. With the addition of the Chicago Blackhawks to WGN’s programming schedule, Dan is also hosting between-periods segments during hockey telecasts.
Dan has been recognized during his time at WGN, winning multiple Emmy Awards for his work as host, producer, reporter and play-by-play announcer. In 1994, he won three Emmy Awards for sports-related programming.
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Dan graduated from Illinois State University in 1976.