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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 — 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.

  • Vote for the top Chicago-area stories of 2017

    CHICAGO — As 2017 comes to a close, WGN is looking back at the year’s top local stories. Evening News anchor/reporter Lourdes Duarte has identified 10 major stories — please tell us which ones YOU think were most important. You can choose up to 3. Your votes will be tabulated and revealed in a story by Lourdes that will air on WGN’s newscasts at the end of the year.

  • City council to look at way to improve background checks for ride-share drivers

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council is taking up ways to improve background checks for ride-share drivers. They received a proposal Friday that includes requiring ride shares to search multiple criminal databases when making their decision to allow someone to drive.  The companies will have to search databases like the National Sex Offenders Registry and National Watch Lists. Lyft is also currently re-running background checks on all their drivers.  It is a process that could take weeks. This week WGN Investigates […]

  • Man allowed to drive for Lyft despite terrorism aide conviction

    CHICAGO — A criminal background check for a popular ride share company misses a federal conviction. Raja L. Khan was recently released after serving seven years for aiding an individual with ties to terrorism. He spent 30 years as a Chicago cab driver and attempted to reinstate his license. He was denied by the city and by ride share company Uber. A different ride share company, Lyft, accepted his request when he passed their background check. WGN Investigates tracked down […]

  • VAMOS mentors students to help them envision a better future

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