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 — 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 […]
WGN Investigates The iconic postal truck may have outlived its time, as videos of the trucks bursting into flames continue to surface across the country. There are dozens of media reports about engines exploding as letter carriers are out making their deliveries. Witnesses said the same thing happened in a Chicago suburb of Sauk Village. “By the time I looked out the window it was engulfed in flames,” Quinta Echols, a witness, said. Luckily, fire crews in Sauk Village were […]
CHICAGO — Chicago firefighters helped deliver a baby just outside a fire station on the city’s North Side Tuesday morning. According to fire officials, a car pulled up with a woman in labor in front of Engine 14 in the 1100 block of West Chicago Avenue. Captain Barb Ohse said with the help of the fire crew, the woman delivered a healthy baby boy in the back seat of the car within five minutes of her arriving to the station. […]
CHICAGO — When it comes to kindergarten, the lessons are little gems — they are simple but significant. The May Teacher of the Month embraces the opportunity and makes sure her students are off to a good start academically and emotionally. Diana Rocuant teaches at Reilly Elementary on Chicago’s Northwest Side. There’s story time and learning exercises, but just as important is the time she spends with her students simply sharing thoughts and emotions in “the peace circle.” “I want […]