Lourdes Duarte
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Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Morning News from 4-6am. Prior to the early shift, Lourdes was co-anchor of WGN Evening News and 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 worked for three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV, the Fox affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. She also worked for 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 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 has won several awards including an Emmy award for her work on “Hoy en Dia” and Society of Professional Journalists awards for Minority Issues 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 where aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.

Currently, Lourdes hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN and sits on the board of Arden Shore Child and Family Services. In the winter of 2010, Lourdes began contributing video pieces to Hoy, Chicago’s largest Hispanic newspaper.” Last year, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40.

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

Recent Articles
  • What the pending gaming bill means for Illinois horse racing industry

    The state’s horse racing industry says it’s in trouble unless a pending gaming bill is approved.  The bill calls for a Chicago casino and four other locations along with adding slots at racetracks.  Breeders and trainers say the slots would generate revenue that could boost purses at places like Arlington and Hawthorne, making horse racing more competitive with the rest of the country. Right now, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association says neighboring states are offering larger purses.  In Iowa, purses […]

  • First Job Detours: How new grads cope with debt, internships, moving home

    For the past five years or more, landing that first job has been complicated by the economy, mountains of student load debt, unpaid internships, older workers not retiring, and kids moving back home. WGN-TV’s Lourdes Duarte reports on the first job detours many 20-somethings and their families are taking, and how they’re adapting. “It’s not hard, you’ll understand it,” an instructor at Harper College tells 24 year old Andrew Castro.  Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012, and was eager […]

  • What’s slowing the savings on ‘Smart Meters?’

    CHICAGO — The installation of smart meters is going as planned for ComEd.  The company has installed more than a million meters as part of the multi-billion dollar smart grid upgrade. One of the concerns right now is over  the data collected by those meters.  Some fear their privacy will be compromised.  The meter can track up to the minute energy use.  Critics argue it could potentially help someone figure out when a person is home, how many people live […]

  • CTU sells building but where did the $50M go?

    CHICAGO — It’s a building few know much about.  The Chicago Teachers Union has owned a 30 story high-rise for five decades at 55 W. Chestnut.  The residential building, in the heart of the Gold Coast, was built in 1966 as discounted housing for retired teachers. Now almost 50 years later, only 7 teachers are living there.  About six months ago CTU sold the building at just under $50 million. WGN Investigates went looking for answers on how that money […]

  • Mindful meditation leads to reduced stress, increased success

    CHICAGO — More than 10 million Americans are practicing a daily habit of meditation. And as deeper research rolls out, more are joining in. The popularity of meditation is rising with a lot of places offering workshops.  Some companies are encouraging it at work. Some schools are giving it a try with some pretty good results. There are critics though, that say introducing it in schools is a little too much like prayer. Russell Simmons, the founder of DEF Jam record […]

  • The dangers of drowsy driving: Limit rules not always followed by truck, bus drivers

    CHICAGO – On any given day the nation’s roads are loaded with buses and semi-tractor trailers.  The heavy vehicles have been linked to some of the deadliest accidents on the road.  To keep roads safe, the federal government has put in place time limits on drivers.  Critics argue that the federal rules are not always followed. Randy Marcus, a former driver, says he was let go after he complained about working beyond the 10-hour limit.  Marcus secretly recorded his manager […]

  • The Angel of Lower Wacker returns

    We introduced you to Dr. Patrick Angelo last year.  The suburban dentist had been feeding the homeless on Lower Wacker for 13 years.  He used his own money to buy food and clothing.  He delivered the goods at least once a week.  His efforts made such an impact that now the homeless on that hidden stretch of road know him by name. After our WGN story aired a year ago, people started to reach out and help.  Many traveled to […]

  • Capture

    What were the big stories in 2014?

    WGN’s Lourdes Duarte takes a look back at the big stories in the world, the nation and in Chicago in 2014.

  • Couple says charity event honoring their lost newborn taken away

    A Chicago couple is looking for ways to keep their not-for-profit organization alive. Ted and Annette Stenstrom started The Peapod Project after losing their newborn daughter back in 2007.  They wanted to help other families dealing with the same loss by offering counseling and ways to create keepsakes. To help raise funds they started a 5K run.  After a couple of years, the group partnered with the mortgage company Guaranteed Rate which offered to become the exclusive sponsor.  The mortgage […]

  • JaneByrne

    Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne dies

    Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday. Byrne had been in failing health for years and grew weaker the last few days, according to her daughter, Kathy Byrne. She died shortly after 10 a.m. while in hospice care in a high-rise near the Water Tower downtown, she said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement Friday afternoon: “With the passing of Mayor Jane Byrne, the City of Chicago has lost a great trailblazer.   Mayor Byrne was a Chicago icon […]


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