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
  • Winter Farming: How the cold can help crops

    Winter Farming in Illinois: How the cold can help crops

    Trying to grow anything in the ground this time of year in Illinois seems like mission impossible- especially this winter. Not only are some Illinois farmers harvesting winter crops, as WGN’s Lourdes Duarte reports, one Illinois farm couple is hoping what plays near Peoria, will catch on all over the Midwest. “See all the lettuce, it’s pretty huh?”  Lyndon and Kimberli Hartz are newlyweds who farm      ten-and-a-half acres in Wyoming, Illinois, about a 40 minute drive Northwest of Peoria. You […]

  • 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 […]

  • Chicago high school creates one-of-a-kind audio yearbook

    Curie High School’s Audio Yearbook

    It’s deadline time for school yearbooks, snapping those last few candid photos and sending them off to the printer. At Curie High School on Chicago’s Southwest side, teachers and students create two yearbooks. And as our Lourdes Duarte reports, one is traditional, the other, one-of-a-kind. “It’s really a time capsule, says Curie English teacher and audio yearbook club adviser Sam Geraci. “That’s really the purpose of a yearbook.” Mr. Geraci calls high school yearbooks “lifelong treasures.” He remembers the day […]

  • One on one with the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency

    In the last couple of years Chicago has made headlines with an uptick in its murder rate.  A lot has been said about how to tackle the issue. Jack Riley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency sat down with WGN to talk about how the cartels are being dismantled.  The DEA was the agency partly responsible for the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  He is the notorious drug dealer who had been wanted for years. Riley’s strategy is […]

  • Climate change and crops: Food insecurity a growing concern

    A new national report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights the effects of climate change on food insecurity. Former Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman leads the report and wants Washington to pay attention.  He says the recent report on climate change did not address how that would impact food insecurity in the United States and the developing world. Glickman says, “The big thing that worries me is the rate of production of agriculture commodities has flattened and climate […]

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    Pension Problems: State worker’s payout 7 times larger than expected

    As if the state’s pension debt isn’t enough there are now more problems.  This time it has to do with the pension payouts.  An error causes a former state employee to collect a pension nearly 7 times what was supposed to be paid out. Bill Zettler wrote “Illinois Pension Scam”, a 300 page book on the state’s pension issue.  He’s also the Director of Research for the Family Taxpayers Foundation.  For a decade he’s poured over the benefits of thousands […]

  • Man’s motorized wheelchair stolen outside South Side home

    A South Side man’s motorized wheelchair was stolen over the weekend leaving his family unsure of what to do next. 19-year-old Ondelee Perteet’s $20,000 dollar motorized wheelchair was stolen outside his family’s home. Perteet was shot five years ago and since then, the quadriplegic has helped raise awareness about violence in Chicago through public speaking.  He’s also a college student, but all of that is on hold now. He is now forced to use a manual chair.  That means, with […]

  • Counterfeit air bags: What you need to know

    Counterfeit items make their way into the U.S. every day, but a new item has law enforcement worried about your driving. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte has the exclusive story behind the bust of counterfeit air bags. For more information, go to Safercar.gov  

  • Conflict in Venezuela hits home for Chicago community

    While Ukraine demonstrations have captivated international headlines, closer to the U.S. four weeks of protests have gone virtually unnoticed in the South American country of Venezuela where politics reaching a boiling point. Some Chicago residents with family in Venezuela are watching the developments closely, as part of the country fights to oust the president and his socialist government. 23-year-old Venezuelan David Nunez is feeling the effects of whats happening back home.  The Colombia College student says his country’s government sent […]

  • 4 injured when SUV crashes into home in Oak Lawn

    Four people were taken to the hospital, after an SUV crashed into a home in the south suburbs. The SUV crashed into the home at 87th and New England Avenue, at the border of Burbank and Oak Lawn. Two people inside the home weren’t hurt. A woman and baby were inside the SUV. Both are in stable condition. Police say the SUV may have been involved in two other hit-and-run crashes in Burbank before it hit the house. The drivers […]


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