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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 highlight’s 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. Currently, she’s hitting the books, finishing up a Master’s degree in Journalism.

Recent Articles
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    Wen hair products under fire after reports of hair loss

    WGN Investigates looks at a popular hair product that’s made headlines lately.  A few weeks ago we told you about Wen– the celebrity hair care product that’s under fire for causing hair loss. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte got her hands on the lawsuit and looks at the issue that’s at the center of this story. Hair products are an $83 billion industry.  That’s a big number but nobody seems to be regulating that industry.  Even when complaints come in, there’s not […]

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    How is CTU spending millions made on sale of Gold Coast high rise?

    CHICAGO — We told you about the Fewkes Tower in April 2015.  The Chicago Teachers Union, which owned the building for five decades, sold it for $48.5 million. Nine months ago,  WGN Investigates tried to get some clear answers on how the money would be spent but CTU canceled a scheduled interview. Now tax documents reveal how that money is being spent.  The Chicago Sun-Times also reported on the findings.  A string of community groups linked to demonstrations in favor […]

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    Year in Review: Chicago-style

    As we wrap up the year, we reflect on all that has happened. Chicago landed on the national stage again and again in the last 12 months. From protests to politics, Wrigley to the United Center, WGN’s Lourdes Duarte takes a look back at the ups and downs of 20-15.

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    Chicago cracking down on Airbnb

    CHICAGO — WGN Investigates looks into the popular trend of online vacation rentals.  The city has found that thousands of people are breaking the law by running unlicensed Airbnbs.  Right now, Airbnb estimates that there are 4,500 hosts in the Chicago area.  The city believes that only about 200 of them are licensed to operate. A team of three inspectors took WGN along as they hunted for unlicensed locations.  There are requirements to obtain the $250 license, like owning the […]

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    Episode 3 of WGN’s telenovela ‘Noticias de mi Corazon: The Missing Emmy’

    More salacious drama unfolds as the cast of “Noticias de mi Corazon” accuses the competition of stealing their beloved Emmy award. Look out, Telemundo, they’re coming after your audience.

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    As ride sharing apps become more popular, questions of insurance coverage grow

    As ride sharing becomes more popular, traffic accidents involving those vehicles have also increased. There have been questions over insurance coverage and how much liability insurance the ride sharing apps have available. Uber has a one million dollar policy as long as Uber drivers have enabled the app or are in the process of picking up a fare.  Critics say this creates a sticky situation because a driver’s individual insurance, which is much lower, covers any accident that occurs when […]

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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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