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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.


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