Dan Ponce joined WGN-TV in September 2010 as a general assignment reporter for WGN News. He is now an anchor for WGN Morning News from 4-6a alongside Lauren Jiggetts.

Prior to joining WGN, Dan was a general assignment reporter for Chicago’s ABC7 Eyewitness News. His broadcast career began in Lansing, Michigan at WILX.

TV runs in the family. Dan’s father is Phil Ponce, host of Chicago Tonight on WTTW. His brother is Anthony Ponce, anchor/reporter for Chicago’s NBC5. Dan earned his Master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

Dan is also the founder of the world-renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser on Atlantic Records. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and miniature dachshund.


Recent Articles
  • Cicero soccer club celebrates 10 years of helping young girls succeed on the field, in school

    CICERO, Ill. — With the U.S. Women’s soccer team winning another World Cup this year, girls are more inspired than ever to take up soccer at a young age.  A soccer club in Cicero has had international success, while teaching their players to thrive on the field and in school. The Cicero Jaguars were founded 10 years ago by coach Jose Montenegro Marmolejo.  Marmolejo chose to help lead young women in part to honor the life of his mother, and […]

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Chatham

    CHICAGO — Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official community areas. His latest stop — Chatham

  • US targets $300B of Chinese goods for new tariff hikes

    BEIJING — U.S. officials listed $300 billion more of Chinese goods for possible tariff hikes while Beijing vowed Tuesday to “fight to the finish” in an escalating trade battle that is fueling fears about damage to global economic growth. The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office issued its target list after Beijing announced tariff hikes Monday on $60 billion of American goods in their spiraling dispute over Chinese technology ambitions and other irritants. Chinese authorities were reacting to President Donald Trump’s surprise […]

  • Congress plunges into Mueller report, subpoena upcoming

    WASHINGTON — It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings about President Donald Trump. While the special counsel declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him, all but leaving the question to Congress. Mueller’s report provides fresh evidence of Trump’s interference in the Russia probe, challenging lawmakers to respond. The risks for both parties are clear if they duck the responsibility or prolong an inquiry that, rather […]

  • Getting To Know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Back of the Yards

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official Community Areas. His latest stop — Back of the Yards.

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: Norwood Park

    Dan Ponce continues his journey to visit all 77 of Chicago’s official community areas. His latest stop ― Norwood Park.

  • Kidnapping suspect targeted Jayme Closs after seeing her get on bus; bail set at $5M

    BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” and he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he fatally […]

  • Suspect in custody in kidnapping of Jayme Closs, murdering her parents

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: A Wisconsin man has been charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wis, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He is currently in custody at Barron County Jail. ORIGINAL STORY: BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive barely an hour’s drive away, by a […]

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: North Lawndale

    Dan Ponce is on a quest to visit all 77 of Chicago`s official community areas. His latest stop — North Lawndale!

  • Getting to know Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods: West Town

    Dan Ponce continues his quest to visit all of Chicago’s 77 official community areas by making his latest stop in West Town.

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