Dan Roan is currently the weekday sports anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and WGN News at Nine. He also hosts Instant Replay, WGN’s expanded look at weekend sports on Sundays at 9:40 pm. Dan joined the WGN-TV sports staff in February 1984.
Dan began his career in 1977 at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois, where he was a sports director for seven years.
Dan has worn many hats at WGN. He has hosted and co-produced pregame and halftime shows for WGN’s NBA and Major League Baseball telecasts. He is also a substitute play-by-play announcer for WGN’s Bulls, Cubs and White Sox games. In addition, he was the lead announcer for the station’s telecasts of DePaul University basketball. Dan also worked play-by-play on the station’s Notre Dame football telecasts in 1988, when the fighting Irish won a national championship. With the addition of the Chicago Blackhawks to WGN’s programming schedule, Dan is also hosting between-periods segments during hockey telecasts.
Dan has been recognized during his time at WGN, winning multiple Emmy Awards for his work as host, producer, reporter and play-by-play announcer. In 1994, he won three Emmy Awards for sports-related programming.
A native of Keokuk, Iowa, Dan graduated from Illinois State University in 1976.