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Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of the top-rated WGN Morning News from 4-6am and one of our lead investigative reporters. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September of 2007 as a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Lourdes spent three years as a general assignment reporter at WJBK in Detroit, Michigan. She was also a reporter at WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. While there, she launched, produced and hosted the station’s public affairs program, “Hoy en Dia.” The program won an Emmy under her leadership. Lourdes also spent some time as a reporter at WHOI-TV in Peoria, IL after getting her start as a freelance reporter for Telemundo in Chicago.

Lourdes has won several awards including four Emmys for general assignment and investigative reporting. Most recently, she won an Emmy award for her story titled “Unlicensed and Serving.” She also received an Emmy nomination for a story on deportation. Lourdes and a WGN photographer were aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.

Currently, Lourdes hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN which highlights the city’s growing Latino community. Lourdes has been recognized several times for her community work in Chicago. She was picked as one of DePaul University’s “14 Under 40.” In 2010, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus awarded her with a Service Award.

Lourdes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from DePaul University.


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    CHICAGO — Chicago chef Rick Bayless says he will shut down some of his restaurants for a day on Thursday. Bayless announced in a tweet that Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Xoco, and Fonda Frontera would not open Thursday after staffers voted to participate in “Day Without Immigrants” protests happening across the country. Out of respect for r staff's vote to support Thurs's immigrant civil action, we r closing Frontera Grill, Topolobampo,Xoco & Fonda Frontera — Rick Bayless (@Rick_Bayless) February 16, 2017 Bayless’ two […]

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    Chicago’s memorable moments of 2016

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    Pet groomer facing lawsuit for operating as school without a license

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against an Arlington Heights pet grooming shop. The business, owned by Sharon Panther, had been operating as a grooming academy. Cristina Vais attended the program for nine months and paid $4,500 in tuition. Weeks before she was expected to wrap up the program she called the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Vais says, “I was informed by them that they weren’t supposed to be operating as a school.” […]

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    Family’s insurance claim denied after paying premiums for decades

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    Chicagoland’s own Latino film studio making its mark in cinema

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    A shopping destination straight out of Mexico – in Chicago

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    Hispanic Heritage Month: Brighton Park School beating the odds

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    Residents face off against city in increasing number of development lawsuits

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