Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Evening News at 4pm. Prior to her role on the evening news, Lourdes was co-anchor of the WGN Morning News and a reporter for WGN News at Nine. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September of 2007 as a general assignment reporter for the 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 spent 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 in Spanish 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 is a four time Emmy Award winner. 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.
Lourdes also hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN. In 2009, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40 and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Communication.
Lourdes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from DePaul University.
CHICAGO – Over the last few decades, within every level of government, latino representation has certainly increased. In Chicago, the Latino Caucus has become one of the most dynamic, but leaders said they still have a long way to go. Following the election this year, the city council has many new faces. A lot of them represent Chicago’s growing latino neighborhoods, enabling more political action for those communities. “The latino community is certainly increasing its muscle when it comes to […]
CHICAGO — A group of high school students are teaming up with a local organization to raise awareness about the importance of being counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. For nearly 120 years, the census has tallied the number of people living in the U.S. every 10 years. This time, political debates have many Latinos wondering if they should fill out the questionnaire at all. A group of high school students have combined brain power and tech skills to make […]
CHICAGO — More than 400 million people in the world speak Spanish. Many schools nationwide are capitalizing on that and investing in dual-language programs. In Chicago, kids are starting as early as pre-K and by the time they graduate high school, hundreds are earning the seal of biliteracy. That seal was first kicked off in California in 2012. Jorge Macias, who runs the CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education, said it can get students early college credit. “We have […]
CHICAGO — While breast cancer is the leading type of cancer affecting Latinas, there aren’t a lot of programs out there addressing the issue. So a few years ago, a group of women decided to do something about it. So began ELLAS (“En La Lucha a Sobrevevir”), which translated means, “in the fight to survive.” “We provide Breast Cancer workshops and we are also offering free referrals for mammograms and pap smears,” explains Founder and Health Organizer Araceli Lucio. To […]
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Power in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office has been too centralized and its environment has fostered an atmosphere that condones bullying, intimidation, hazing and long work hours with inconsistent direction, according to an investigative report released Tuesday. The review by Maggie Hickey, a former state executive inspector general, said Madigan’s former chief of staff, Timothy Mapes, had too much authority, serving also as clerk of the House and executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Therefore, […]
CHICAGO — Attorneys general in 13 states have filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that’ll allow immigration officials to deny green cards to migrants who use public assistance, including food stamps or housing vouchers. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Richland, Washington, follows a similar one Tuesday by two California counties. Under new rules unveiled this week, Citizenship and Immigration Services will consider whether applicants have received public assistance among other factors such as education to determine whether […]
CHICAGO — The Department of Children and Family Services has released information on the number of children they think may have been forced to sleep in their offices overnight. DCFS admitted they don’t have a system in place to track how many children have had to sleep on office floors while they’re being processed. Documents obtained by WGN Investigates seem to indicate the priority at DCFS is paperwork, rather than placement. WGN Investigates obtained information for May and June 2019 […]
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The demonstration appeared to be the biggest protest on the island in nearly two decades. “Finally, the government’s mask has fallen,” said Jannice Rivera, a 43-year-old mechanical engineer who lives in Houston […]
Puerto Rico — Tear gas filled the streets of Puerto Rico as police try to break up protests. People demanded Governor Ricardo Rossello’s resignation after his crude messages were leaked. As the governor vows to stay in power, protesters plan to demonstrate again Friday night. Protesters beat drums, waved the Puerto Rican flag and chanted. For nearly a week, thousands of people have taken to the streets with the same message: the governor must go. Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative […]
This is the first of a series of stories by WGN-TV taking a look at DCFS, issues facing the agency, and plans for reform. CHICAGO — As cases of children facing abuse and losing their lives continue to stun the public, lawmakers are looking for answers from the government agency tasked with keeping them safe: the Department of Children and Family Services. The deaths of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, 2-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons and 5-year-old AJ Freund brought issues at the agency […]