Dan Roan

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.

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    Cubs ’embracing the target’ as spring training begins

    MESA, Ariz. – After last year’s dream season, the Cubs have a giant target on their back heading into 2016. But in typical Joe Maddon fashion, the team’s developed a motto for dealing with the increased attention: “embrace the target.” The message appears to have trickled down to the players with around 50 making it to camp ahead of schedule. But Maddon’s not a fan of all the early reporting, noting “I just don’t want anybody to tell me spring […]

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    Bulls sign brave teen to special 1-day contract

    CHICAGO – The new Chicago Bulls signee won’t be able to help the Bulls against the Cavs tomorrow night, but he did produce a lot of smiles at the Advocate Center today. 13-year-old Parker Stevens signed a one-day contract with the Bulls thanks to the Make-A Wish foundation. Parker lives in Florida and is battling renal disease.  His mom is from Chicago and he has many relatives here. Parker put his John Hancock on that new Bulls contract and got to […]

  • Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs misses a catch hit by Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets in the first inning during game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Season ends for Cubs with 8-3 loss to Mets in Game 4

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs ended their magical playoff run tonight at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets jumped out to a fast and early lead and never looked back in their 8-3 victory over the Cubs. Below is our recap of tonight’s Game 4.

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    BLOG: Blackhawks take Game 4

    CHICAGO —  The Chicago Blackhawks bounced back with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4. Final score Blackhawks 2, Lightning 1. The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is set for Tampa Bay on Saturday. Below is a recap of tonight’s game including tweets, photos, scoring updates and more.  

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    Lightning take Game 3, Blackhawks lose 3-2

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. The Lightning now lead the series 2-1. The Blackhawks won it all in 2010 and 2013, and are 26-5 in their last 31 home playoff games. But the Lightning are coming off a rousing 4-3 victory on Saturday that tied the series at a game apiece. Below is a recap of tonight’s game.

  • Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died at 83

    CHICAGO — Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died at the age of 83. ‘Mr. Cub’ passed away Friday night at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Details of his death have not been released but the City of Chicago is joining the Chicago Cubs in remembering the man who made history on the North Side and earned just about every honor and award but a World Series. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts released the following statement Friday night: “Words cannot express how […]

  • Chicago Bears introduce John Fox as head coach

    The Chicago Bears and their fans got their first formal look at the team’s new head coach Monday morning, as John Fox was introduced during a press conference at Halas Hall. Fox, 59, had previous stints with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. He led each team to a Super Bowl appearance, but lost both games. During his press conference, Fox spoke of his coaching and motivating tactics, implying his leadership style extends beyond the field. “Just like your own children, […]

  • Chicago bank exec using personal battles to help others

    She’s buddies with the Bulls’ Joakim Noah and his Mom, and is a wildly successful Chicago bank executive. Justine Fedak used to have a secret about her personal battles.  But as WGN Sports Director Dan Roan reports, she’s now very vocal about that secret in the hopes of helping others. “I’m good at feeling sorry for myself very badly for about 5 minutes.” You may not know her face or name, but you’re probably seen Justine Fedak’s work, like these […]

  • Changes Coming to Illinois Open

  • Dan Roan Talks with Bulls #1 Pick Doug McDermott

    Dan Roan Talks with Bulls #1 Pick Doug McDermott  


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