Lourdes Duarte

Co-Anchor, Reporter, WGN-TV News


Emmy Award-winning and ratings-topping WGN-TV anchor, Lourdes Duarte launched her career as a freelance reporter for Spanish television network Telemundo in Chicago, before joining the teams Metro Networks radio stations WLRN-FM and WTMI-FM in Miami. Duarte moved up to TV news rolesat WHOI-TV in Peoria, WXIN-TV in Indianapolis and WJBK-TV in Detroit, and while in Indianapolis, even launched and hosted the station’s public affairs program, Hoy en Dia, which aired monthly on WTTV. The program, which covered community issues, events and local standouts, was at the time the only local Spanish programming.

Duarte joined the ratings juggernaut of WGN-TV in 2007, beginning as an assignment reporter. In 2009, she began anchoring WGN-TV’s weekday newscast WGN News at Five alongside Mark Suppelsa, as well as the station’s biweekly public affairs show Adelante Chicago. In 2012, in addition to her main job as anchor of WGN News at Five, Duarte began delivering news briefs in Spanish on weekday afternoons on WLEY-FM, a Spanish station with midday show host Martin Omar Novela. In addition to providing viewers with credible, hard-hitting news, Duarte has established herself as a bit of an actress. In 2014, as a celebration of their Latin roots, Duarte teamed up with her other on-air colleagues including Dan Ponce, and reporter Ana Beleval for a hilarious (and viral) telenovela parody series Noticias de mi Corazon, with short episodes featured on WGN.

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