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
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    How will Latinos shape the outcome of the presidential election?

    CHICAGO — As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month Thursday night, WGN takes a look at Latinos in the world of politics. The recent Chicago mayoral race put the spotlight on the influence of the Latino vote. WGN’S Lourdes Duarte has more on what that race will mean for the upcoming presidential election.

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    Why did Arlington Heights opt out of anti-puppy mill ordinance?

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — It’s the fight that keeps on going. In Cook County, it’s been going on for well over a year. The county wants to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs. The thinking is that the animals are mistreated and survive under horrible conditions in those mills packed with dogs. By keeping pet shops from purchasing those dogs, the puppy mills would have no choice but to go out of business. It’s an ordinance that’s gotten a lot of […]

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    Say hello to the state’s youngest Hispanic CEO, 10-year-old Felix Castillo

    Meet the state’s youngest Hispanic CEO. Felix Castillo, 10, is responsible for launching Felix’s Famous Cookies.  The 5th grader came up with the idea to make a splash at his school’s craft fair.  The business has taken off. The cookie recipe comes from his grandmother who passed away before she could see how popular they would become.  The family estimates that they make anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 cookies a day. Felix will soon be traveling to New York to compete […]

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    Growth comes with a price for Logan Square

    CHICAGO — As the economy improves you may notice changes in many of Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Some of those neighborhoods include Logan Square and Pilsen.  Both have had a few years of tremendous growth but that comes with a price.  Many of the residents say they feel like they’re being pushed out. Now the fight over development is intensifying.  The group “We Are Logan Square” has ignited the community to fight for more affordable housing. Justine Bayod Espoz says, “The affordable housing […]

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    Woman gets long overdue refund from ComEd

    An update to a WGN Investigation: A few months ago, WGN’s Lourdes Duarte brought you the story of Jane Byerwalter, a woman in her 80s who overpaid her ComEd bill for 18 years. There was a mix-up with her meter  and she had been receiving the wrong bill. A state statute only required ComEd to refund two years’ worth of over payments. After the WGN story aired, ComEd started to work with the family. It’s now refunded her $7500. The […]

  • Police dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest expected to be released today

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — Any minute now we could learn a little more about what led to the arrest of Sandra Bland. The local district attorney has promised her death will be investigated as thoroughly as a murder.   And police dashcam video is expected to be released today. Authorities in Waller County, Texas have released a short video taken inside the jail after her death. Bland was pulled out of her cell on a stretcher. The 28-year-old Naperville woman was found […]

  • Meter mixup results in woman paying wrong bill for 18 years

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. — It has happened again.  An Orland Park woman says she overpaid her ComEd bill for nearly 18 years.  It turns out her power meter was switched with her neighbors. Back in March we told you about another case where a man from Huntley overpaid by nearly $10,000.  Tom Duble’s meter was switched with his neighbors for nearly 11 years.  He continues to work with ComEd to recover that cash but it’s not that simple.  A state […]

  • 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 […]


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