Dan Roan

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.


Recent Articles
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    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Smiling from beginning to end, Lee Smith congratulated his new classmates before crediting his family and hometown of Castor, Louisiana, for much of his success. “It’s been my family. They’re the main reason I’m standing here today,” Smith said. “To my mom and dad — your support has meant everything to me.” Smith pitched 18 seasons for the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds and Expos and retired as MLB’s career saves leader with 478, […]

  • Cubs, local Muslim groups to work together to fight Islamophobia

    MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team’s players and coaching staff at spring training for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father. Tom Ricketts said he was surprised by the emails because “our family was never raised that way. I’ve never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” Joe Ricketts’ emails were published by Splinter News and included Islamophobic comments, such as “Islam is a cult and not a religion.” Other […]

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    CHICAGO — After a stellar college career at Northwestern University and a short run in professional basketball, Karen Stack-Umlauf came home to a dream job with the Chicago Bulls. She started in the team’s marketing department but then was stolen away by general manager Jerry Krause for a coveted spot in basketball administration. “He really valued having a sounding board,” Stack-Umlauf said. Stack-Umlauf was an integral part of the franchise during the Bulls championship run and has remained so since. […]

  • Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita dies at 78

    CHICAGO – He’s one of the icons of the franchise, a player that lives on for generations after he stopped playing. The memories of Stan Mikita are being shared by the Blackhawks and the fans of the organization after his passing at the age of 78. "Stan Mikita will be always remembered as a champion, an innovator and a master of the game. He embodied the Chicago Blackhawks." #ForeverABlackhawk pic.twitter.com/K2fLgNHf4z — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) August 7, 2018 The team announced […]

  • Cubs’ Kerry Wood on his legendary 20-strikeout game: ‘I’m very thankful’

    CHICAGO — Twenty years ago this weekend, Kerry Wood was on the mound at Wrigley Field for what very well could be the greatest game ever pitched. On May 6, 1998, Wood threw 20 strikeouts against a Houston Astros team that went on to win 102 games in the regular season. Wood had been with the Cubs for less than a month, up from AAA.  At age 20, in his fifth big-league start, Wood put together a performance for the ages […]

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  • Fighting Illini gear up for Brad Underwood era

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  • Cubs championship parade sweeps though Chicago

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs players waved at fans as their open-roof buses move down Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, which was shut down for the team’s World Series championship parade Friday. Tens of thousands of fans lined city streets Friday, waving Cubs “W” victory flags and shouting, “Let’s go Cubs,” as the buses went past. Players hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy as a large replica of the trophy went past on the back of a pickup truck. And as Cubs President Theo […]

  • Vince Vaughn to sing 7th Inning Stretch; ‘This is exciting’

    CHICAGO — Actor Vince Vaughn is keeping the faith with his beloved Chicago Cubs. Vaughn is the guest conductor for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch for Game 4 of the World Series. The Cleveland Indians have ace Corey Kluber on the mound and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, but Vaughn is hoping for a comeback for his favorite team. “I’m just focused on tonight. I think we’re going to let loose and […]

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