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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.


Recent Articles
  • County’s first couple married in 2019 ties the knot after dating for nearly a decade

    CHICAGO — Cook County’s first couple to tie the knot in 2019 said their vows before TV cameras and staff in the Daley Center Wednesday morning. When government offices opened for the first time in the new year, Kristina Skare and David Lakoskey were the first in line in the offices of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sign a marriage license. The Lincoln Park couple said they first met at a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field over nine years ago. […]

  • What were the biggest stories in Chicago in 2018?

    What were some of the biggest stories in Chicago in 2018? They included moments of jubilation, sadness, and awe. WGN’s Lourdes Duarte takes a look back.

  • Group who grew up in Little Village makes it their mission to give back

    CHICAGO —  A group of men who grew up in the Little Village community are making it their mission to give back.  For nearly two decades, they’ve been operating the non-profit organization Orange Crush.  They award scholarships and opportunities to students with an interest in sports.  They say they were lucky to sidestep the problems that plagued that community back then and want to help students do the same today.     “The biggest thing is trying to get the kids motivate cause there […]

  • Mom reunited with nurse who helped save her baby’s life

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — At Westlake Hospital, a nurse and a grateful mother came together Monday for a reunion years in the making. Vicelis Negron gave birth to her son Jacob at the hospital in February of 2015, and at first he seemed like a normal, healthy baby. But a couple hours later, labor and delivery nurse Claudia Lopez started her shift – and immediately noticed something was wrong. “Something about the baby I just wasn’t easy with,” Claudia said. Claudia heard […]

  • Vote for the top Chicago-area stories of 2018

    As 2018 comes to a close, WGN is looking back at the top local stories of the year. Evening News anchor/reporter Lourdes Duarte has identified 15 major stories of 2018, and now it’s YOUR turn to determine which were the most important. Cast your vote by selecting up to five stories from the list below. Votes must be submitted by December 24. Final results will be revealed on WGN’s newscasts and here on the website at the end of the year.

  • Funeral service held for Tamara O’Neal, slain Chicago emergency room doctor

    LAPORTE, Ind. — Family and friends of an emergency room doctor killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital gathered at an Indiana church Friday to remember the woman as a caring, loving and thoughtful person. Funeral services for Dr. Tamara O’Neal were held at the First Church of God in LaPorte. O’Neal was shot to death by her former fiance after he confronted her outside Mercy Hospital on Nov. 19. “I’m going to miss her enthusiasm. I’m going to […]

  • Pharmacy resident killed at Mercy Hospital lived to help others, father says

    ST. JOHN, Ind. — The father of the first-year pharmacy resident who was killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital shared his emotional thoughts about his only child Tuesday. Dayna Less, 25, grew up in St. John, Indiana, and graduated from Lake Central High School. She was planning to marry her high school sweetheart in June. Her mother, a seamstress, has been busy making Less’ wedding dress. Less’ parents and fiancé are heartbroken, but her father, Brian Less, doesn’t want […]

  • Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation. Arriving on the Mexican side of a border bridge, they were met by a phalanx of police with riot shields. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated. The […]

  • US surgeon general says opioid crisis is top priority

    CHICAGO — There are 50,000 people who will die in the opioid crisis this year alone. It’s a public health epidemic that has consumed the country, making it a top priority for the U.S. surgeon general, who came to Chicago Thursday to educate and stop the stigma. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, whose 6th District includes parts of DuPage County—an area at the center of the opioid addiction epidemic, sat shoulder to shoulder talking strategy […]

  • Why some people are using the word ‘Latinx’ instead of Latina or Latino

    Six letters make up a word that’s been the source of a lot of debate recently. The word is Latinx, and this year it was added to Merriam Webster’s dictionary. The adjective is defined as: of, relating to, or marked by Latin American heritage —used as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina. Gabriela Garcia runs Modern Brown Girl and says the word first came up in 2006, “and then around 2014 it started making its way online and on social media.” There are […]