Dan Roan

Dan Roan is currently the weekday sports anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and 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.


Recent Articles
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    CHICAGO – Blackhawks players and fans should hoist a glass tonight. It was ten years ago to the day that Rocky Wirtz took control of this end of the family business and stole John McDonough from the Cubs. “I had no intention to leave the Cubs. I knew that it was going through the sale process. Sam Zell was in the mix. This was prior to the Ricketts. But, I felt strongly enough that I would have a very good […]

  • Fighting Illini gear up for Brad Underwood era

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The college basketball season begins for real Friday night. In Champaign, it’s a whole new ballgame for the Fighting Illini. They open against Southern University at State Farm Center in game number one for new coach Brad Underwood. Underwood’s style is definitely fan friendly. But for the players, it’ll take some getting used to.

  • Lexus Long Drive: Sand Valley

    Chicagoan Mike Keiser is the owner of two of North America’s must-play golf destinations – Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Links in Nova Scotia. Each property fits his formula for success – oceanfront land with a sandy soil base. The Keiser Family is staying closer to home for their current project which could become golf’s newest Mecca.

  • Cubs championship parade sweeps though Chicago

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs players waved at fans as their open-roof buses move down Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, which was shut down for the team’s World Series championship parade Friday. Tens of thousands of fans lined city streets Friday, waving Cubs “W” victory flags and shouting, “Let’s go Cubs,” as the buses went past. Players hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy as a large replica of the trophy went past on the back of a pickup truck. And as Cubs President Theo […]

  • Vince Vaughn to sing 7th Inning Stretch; ‘This is exciting’

    CHICAGO — Actor Vince Vaughn is keeping the faith with his beloved Chicago Cubs. Vaughn is the guest conductor for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch for Game 4 of the World Series. The Cleveland Indians have ace Corey Kluber on the mound and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but Vaughn is hoping for a comeback for his favorite team. “I’m just focused on tonight. I think we’re going to let loose and […]

  • Cubs ’embracing the target’ as spring training begins

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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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.