Dan Ponce is returning to the Chicago broadcast journalism fold as a general assignment reporter for Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9, effective Sept. 1.
His return to Chicago effectively ends Ponce's stab at becoming a star in the music industry. Some 18 months ago, Ponce quit his job as a general assignment reporter at top-ranked WLS-Channel 7 to pursue a concert and recording career with an a cappella singing group called "Straight No Chaser" that he founded while in college. The singing group has released three albums and toured the country, including an extended gig this summer at a casino resort in Atlantic City.
In announcing his return to Chicago and the new job at WGN, Ponce said: "I've had a blast performing with 'Straight No Chaser,' but it's time for me to come home and get back to reporting in the country's best news town." WGN news director Greg Caputo called Ponce an "excellent writer and storyteller" with "a unique ability to highlight the people inside the stories."
Dan Ponce's father Phil, is a host of "Chicago Tonight" on public television station WTTW-Channel 11, and his brother Anthony is a reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.