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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.

Recent Articles
  • Residents face off against city in increasing number of development lawsuits

    CHICAGO — A group of West Loop residents has filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago over the approval of a development to be built next to their condominium building Monroe Manor.  The development located at 111 S. Peoria will be 10-stories tall and house 79 units.  The lawsuit alleges that the city did not follow protocol in approving the development calling it, “arbitrary and capricious.” The West Loop battle is one of many around the city as development […]

  • Watching the Warranty: When a third party company goes out of business, where’s the protection?

    CHICAGO — A Chicago woman feels scammed out of hundreds of dollars after the company she used to purchase a vehicle warranty went out of business. NaShanta Fletcher, who works at WGN’s Art Department, reached out to WGN Investigates after she couldn’t contact the company when she needed a repair. Wanted Auto Protect which is based in New Jersey went out of business but issued on apology on its website.  The Better Business Bureau says 79 complaints are registered against […]

  • Long lines reported at Chicago Midway Airport’s TSA checkpoint

    CHICAGO — The long lines were back at Chicago’s Midway International Airport Wednesday morning. The TSA estimated a wait time of up to two-hours at Midway Airport’s main security checkpoint. It is unknown what caused the long lines this morning, but it is reported that the wait times are improving. WGN viewer Mark Ratay sent us these pictures showing the TSA line backed up to the CTA trains earlier Wednesday: There are no reported issues at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. This is a developing […]

  • Mayor Emanuel offering favor to Friends of Parks to end Lucas Museum fight

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s next attempt to keep the George Lucas museum in Chicago involves another massive lakefront project. Friends of the Parks filed a lawsuit to block the museum from being built near Soldier Field. The Sun-Times reports the mayor is offering a favor to get that lawsuit dropped. He’s willing to support adding 525 acres of lakefront parkland in a project known as the Last Four Miles.” The cost was $450-million when it was first proposed in […]

  • Couple denied wedding at suburban venue ; ACLU files discrimination charges

    The American Civil Liberties Union calls it a clear case of discrimination unlike any they’ve seen before in Illinois.  They’ve started a legal fight after a couple is left scrambling to find a new wedding venue. Alexandra Katzman and Jonathan Webber say they were refused a wedding ceremony at a Galena Bed & Breakfast because of their mixed-faiths.  Alexandra is Jewish and Jonathan is Christian but they wanted a non-denominational ceremony. The couple had already mailed a deposit to the […]

  • The costly and deadly mistake of ignoring bus stop arm

    CHICAGO — A Southwest Side mother is using her cell phone video camera to bring attention to a rule of the road that’s broken every day. Tracieann Graham remembers how her 8-year-old son was nearly hit when he got out of their car on the wrong side. The second grader was waiting for his school bus when it happened. At that moment Tracieann realized how many drivers were ignoring the school bus stop arms. She’s been recording drivers ever since […]

  • These 9 items will force Chicago to dump your recycling into a landfill

    CHICAGO — A change in guidelines by Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation is causing some confusion for hundreds of residents who are trying to recycle.  The city is no longer allowing plastic bags to be dumped into the recycling carts.  The bags damage the machines at the recycling center and slow down the process. One resident on the Northwest Side recorded video of his recycling being dumped into a Waste Management truck along with the rest of his garbage.  […]

  • U.S. gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is telling public schools that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The directive is in formal guidance being sent to school districts Friday by the departments of Education and Justice. The letter does not impose any new legal requirements, but federal officials say the guidance is meant to clarify school districts’ obligations to provide students with nondiscriminatory environments. It comes amid a legal fight between […]

  • Donald Trump, Paul Ryan tout unity in wake of meeting

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan concluded their highly anticipated meeting Thursday amid signals that the Republican Party will work to piece itself together after a fractious primary. “While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground,” Trump and Ryan said in a joint statement. “We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and […]

  • New strategy to rescue George Lucas museum in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Advocates for a George Lucas museum in Chicago took their case to the streets Wednesday. They staged a protest march outside the headquarters of Friends of the Parks, the group that is suing to prevent the use of lakefront property for the proposed museum. The parks group says an open lakefront is vital to Chicago’s appeal, and a new museum would erase some of that valuable lakefront. Mayor Emanuel says Chicago stands to lose a fortune in tourist […]