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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
  • 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.

  • Thousands rally in the Loop as businesses close for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Thousands of protesters flooded the Loop late Thursday afternoon in the culmination of a pro-immigrant march and rally that began in the morning at Union Park on Ashland and Washington. Businesses in Chicago and across the country shut down for the day in observance of “A Day Without Immigrants.” The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in […]

  • Rick Bayless to close some restaurants today to support immigrants

    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 […]

  • Why is your cell phone bill skyrocketing?

    As cell phone data usage continues to rise customers are questioning how data fees are calculated by wireless companies. In September, a single story by the Cleveland Plain Dealer generated inquiries and complaints from more than 4,000 customers pointing to the same problem. Former Chicago firefighter Mark Pallister says since January, his data usage has nearly doubled.  He doesn’t understand why since he hasn’t changed the way he uses his phone.  Pallister says, “It’s very frustrating and now I have […]

  • Chicago’s memorable moments of 2016

    As we get ready to wrap up the year, we’re taking a look back at the stories that defined 2016. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte shows us the highs and the lows in Chicago.    

  • 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.” […]