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Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 4pm. Prior to WGN Evening News, Lourdes spent three years as co-anchor of WGN Morning News from 4-6am. She also spent several years as co-anchor of WGN Evening News and as a reporter for WGN News at Nine. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September 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. 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,” which won an Emmy Award under her leadership. Lourdes also spent some time as a reporter at WHOI-TV in Peoria, Illinois, after getting her start as a freelance reporter for Telemundo in Chicago.

Lourdes has won several awards including four Emmy Awards 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-TV, 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 in Communication from DePaul University.


Recent Articles
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital patients experience summer camp inside the hospital

    Arts and crafts, exploring, sounds like a summer camp. But for sick kids, it’s not an option. So one local hospital came up with a solution — bringing the outdoors in and making inpatients happy campers. “I’ve mostly been watching movies. Most of the time I didn’t want to walk around too much because it made me tired,” said Manuela, a Lurie Children’s patient. Not today. Manuela is at Bug Camp but she hasn’t left the hospital yet. “Today I […]

  • Complaints piled high on suburban home warranty company

    A suburban home warranty company is hit with more than a thousand complaints from consumers who say they are not honoring the warranties they sell. Home Warranty of America is one of the most recommended home warranty companies by area real estate agencies. But the complaints to the Better Business Bureau include failing to honor the warranty and poor customer service. The BBB has now placed the company on a 90 day probation period to make adjustments to their business […]

  • Drug-sniffing K9 officers saved by antidote made for humans

    The fentanyl epidemic is raising some concerns for K9 units. The drug, which is 100 times more powerful than morphine or heroine, is putting the K9 officers at risk.  It’s often mixed with other drugs like cocaine. In Florida, three dogs overdosed but survived after sniffing the drug during a police search.  Those stories are leading many departments to take precautions. In Lake County, they are now training K9 handlers to administer the antidote Naloxone, or Narcan, to their dogs […]

  • Builder sues Zillow over the site’s home estimates

    A Schaumburg home builder has filed a class action lawsuit against the real estate giant Zillow.   This is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind against the website.  If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you’ve likely looked at the site to get an idea of the home’s value.  Vip Patel, President of Castle Builders, says people are relying on these estimates to decide how much a home is worth and ultimately impacting the real estate industry […]

  • A look into the drug that’s saving people from opioid overdoses

    The opioid epidemic has a string of non-profit organizations looking for ways to save lives.  Some are giving local law enforcement the tools needed to help people survive this epidemic. The antidote Naloxone is one of the drugs that has pulled people out of an overdose.  It’s what the Jordan Filler Foundation wants in the hands of first responders.  They say thousands of lives have been saved because of it. The demand is so high that organizations fear that a […]

  • Chicago students cook for a cause

    Students at Amundsen High School are cooking for a cause. The Taste the Difference event helps benefit refugees. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte was at the high school on Chicago’s North Side during the event and has more.

  • Lourdes takes Ben to try ‘Chapulines’ – aka grasshoppers

    It’s Cinco de Mayo and many of us use the day as an excuse to have a margarita.  But it’s also a day to learn a little more about the Mexican culture. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte took co-anchor Ben Bradley to lunch at Mezcalina in Streeterville and introduced him to a popular Mexican delicacy – Chapulines.  Also known as or grasshoppers.

  • Feds investigate after a local woman hacked in cyber scam and airlines threatened

    A local woman recent became the target of a cyber-scam that had the FBI visiting her place of business. Carmen Rivera has the Twitter handle @Carmen with about 10,000 followers.  It has helped her promote her business Bliss Fashion Lounge in Forest Park as well as other projects. Last month, the account was hacked.  It led the FBI to visit her business, asking questions about threatening messages that were tweeted out.  Rivera says the tweets included messages to airlines. “All […]

  • 10 years later, many questions remain in the mysterious disappearance of Lisa Stebic

    It’s been ten years since the disappearance of Lisa Stebic.  The suburban mother of two vanished April 30,,2007 and the case quickly made national headlines as hundreds of people searched for her. Police have always maintained that her husband, Craig Stebic, is their main person of interest.  After initial interviews, he retained an attorney and stopped cooperating with police.  The couple was going through a bitter divorce when she disappeared. Now ten years later, Lisa’s family has practically lost hope […]

  • A coffee shop changes lives of those in need

    EVANSTON, Ill. — At a time when Chicago is dealing with trouble in some of our neighborhoods, many are looking for ways to help. Curt’s Cafe in Evanston employs and teaches life skills to teens and young adults who have had a rough start. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte takes you inside a coffee shop that’s hoping to make helping a lot simpler.