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Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 4pm. Prior to her role on the evening news, Lourdes was co-anchor of the WGN Morning News and a reporter for WGN News at Nine. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September of 2007 as a general assignment reporter for the WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Lourdes worked for three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV, the Fox affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. She also spent two years as a reporter for WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. While there, she launched and hosted the station’s public affairs program, “Hoy en Dia,” and anchored daily news cut-ins in Spanish for radio station WEDJ-FM. Lourdes was a reporter in Peoria at WHOI-TV and at Metro Networks in Miami, Florida for radio stations WLRN-FM and WTMI-FM. She got her start here in Chicago, working as a freelance reporter for Telemundo.

Lourdes is a four time Emmy Award winner. She also received an Emmy nomination for a story on deportation. Lourdes and a WGN photographer where aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.

Lourdes also hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN. In 2009, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40 and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Communication.
Lourdes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from DePaul University.

Recent Articles
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    CHICAGO — Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has won the Democratic primary in the race to succeed longtime Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who is retiring after 26 years. Garcia defeated two competitors on Tuesday’s ballot. He will face Republican financial adviser and first-time candidate Mark Lorch of Riverside in November. Garcia led community activist Sol Flores and longtime Chicago police officer Richard Gonzalez in name recognition, endorsements and fundraising. In 2015, he forced incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into an unprecedented […]

  • World’s smallest mechanical heart valve approved for use in infants

    It’s a game of millimeters. Working inside an infant’s tiny heart is complex. Now, access to a newly FDA-approved device is changing the outcome for some of the tiniest patients with abnormal heart valves. Before Avery Molina was born in December 2016, she was diagnosed with several heart defects – one was a malformed mitral valve. Dr Carl Backer, Lurie Children’s heart surgeon: “She was born with insufficient valve tissue.” With each squeeze of the heart muscle, the mitral valve […]

  • Woman assaulted by man posing as rideshare driver speaks out, warns others

    CHICAGO — A Chicago native is at the center of a national story over rideshare safety. She’s one of seven victims linked to a man accused of posing as a rideshare driver in Los Angeles and assaulting them. Police fear there may be others who have not come forward yet. The man currently faces 27 felony counts for the attacks. She’s hoping her story serves as a warning to others. It’s been a tough year for 29-year-old Carla Westland, and a tough month. […]

  • Report finds race relations in US are almost unchanged after 50 years

    WGN Investigates CHICAGO — Fifty years after Chicago’s race riots, a new report indicates that African-Americans aren’t any better now than back then. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson commissioned a panel led by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner to study what led to the race riots and make recommendations on racism in America. Now a new report is highlighting some of the failures in dealing with racism. The new report titled “Healing a Divided Society” says there has been no […]

  • Veteran turns to sled hockey after losing his legs, now plays for Team U.S.A.

    CHICAGO — A squad of American Paralympians took over the ice at the Blackhawks training facility this past weekend, as the team members — several of them military veterans — prepared to represent the U.S.A. at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. When Team U.S.A.’s sled hockey squad competes in the games Saturday, among them will be Marine Corps veteran Josh Misiewicz, who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan. The La Grange native turned to sled hockey as […]

  • WGN Investigates: Background checks with bogus results

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates takes a look at criminal background checks after a story in October uncovered a case where a background check failed to find important information about a Chicago Lyft driver. On Wednesday, Lyft announced that it has now replaced the screening company and has been re-screening drivers. The case led WGN Investigates to look into complaints about criminal background checks. The Federal Trade Commission released the numbers and we found that from 2011 to 2017 there were […]

  • Will DACA be put on hold to avoid government shutdown?

    As battles over immigration and government spending advance with no solution in sight, Senate Democrats are being forced to decide whether they’d support a short-term measure to avert a government shutdown — even if it doesn’t include protections for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children. A contingency of 2020 prospects — including California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — want to play hardball, […]

  • Trump fires back, says Durbin ‘misrepresented’ remarks

    President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin “totally misrepresented” comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa. “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military,” Trump tweeted. Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t […]

  • Rauner vows not to close Quincy veterans home after Legionnaires’ outbreak

    QUINCY, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner emerged from a six-day stay at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, where several residents died of Legionnaires’ disease. The Legionnaires’ outbreak has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015 and sickened dozens more. A report of a lawsuit by 11 families against the state last month increased pressure on Rauner for a response. At a news conference Wednesday, Rauner defended his administration’s actions during the initial outbreak, and touted new protocols in […]

  • WGN’s Top 10 Chicago-area stories of 2017

    What are the Chicago-area stories that you’ll remember? WGNs Lourdes Duarte has a look at the biggest stories of 2017.