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Elliott Francis

Local Host, All Things Considered

Francis has worked alongside some of the most influential media executives in the U.S. during his 25 years as a news anchor, including FOX News President and chairman, Roger Ailes, former CNN Executive Vice President Ed Turner, and the founder and former CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, John H. Johnson. In 2002, shortly after joining the ABC news affiliate in Washington DC (WJLA-TV) as the morning co-anchor, Francis was thrust into the rigors of live, non-stop coverage of the DC sniper shootings and investigation, sometimes speaking 8-9 hours unscripted. A skilled interviewer, Francis once convinced singer John Denver to go "on-camera" with details of his upcoming DUI trial.

Francis is also a 'Rescue' level PADI certified SCUBA diver, a private pilot (student) and a lifelong aviation enthusiast.


Articles Written by Elliott Francis

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Glenn Ivey, a former state's attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland, discusses the charges filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, and what shape their trials might take....
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Highways officials in Maryland say that in 2014 the state recorded it's lowest number of traffic fatalities in 66 years. Officials with the state's Department of Transportation report the number of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads was 442, the lowest figure since 1948. The highest number of traffic fatalities was 872 in 1968. They credit the improved numbers to...
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Washington Post reporter Michael Fletcher, a longtime Baltimore resident, talks with WAMU 88.5 News about his recent essay arguing that "It was only a matter of time before Baltimore exploded."...
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says it's a tense time for the city, which is experiencing what she calls "a great deal of trauma" after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Gray's spine was nearly severed while in police custody, and he died a week later, just this past Sunday. So far there's no word on what caused the injury — the police report says he was arr...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released her budget Thursday, and one item that wasn't included was more money for the office of the attorney general. The District's first elected Attorney General, Karl Racine, joined us to discuss his plans to take his funding request to the D.C. Council, as well as budget autonomy in D.C., his thoughts on the city's ...
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After five years in a Cuban prison, USAID contractor Alan Gross is back home in Maryland. Today we spoke to someone who was instrumental in gaining his release: Maryland's 8th District representative in Congress, Rep. Chris Van Hollen. In Van Hollen's conversation with WAMU, we discussed why the congressman got involved in Gross' case, how Gross became a central figure in U....
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Managers of both the Orioles and the Nats have won manager of the year in their respective leagues. This week the Nationals' Matt Williams won the National League Manager of the Year Award in his first season after guiding the team to the National League East Division title. Meanwhile Orioles' skipper Buck Showalter won his third American League Manager of the Year...
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New details are emerging about a local rabbi accused of voyeurism. A search warrant claims Rabbi Barry Freundel hid the camera he used to spy on female congregants inside a clock and set it up adjacent to the mikvah in his synagogue at Kesher Israel. The mikvah is an area set aside for ritual bathing, where women would undress before getting in and out of a shower. ...
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Suzanne Pollak of Washington Jewish Week, who has been covering the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel on voyeurism charges, spoke Wednesday evening with WAMU 88.5 about the case. The leader of Georgetown's Kesher Israel congregation ...
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A new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll reveals Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is leading Republican Larry Hogan by 9 percentage points in the race for Maryland governor. Th...
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Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is apologizing for his latest brush with the law. On his Twitter account, the 18-time gold medalist writes that he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down,'' referring to his arrest early yesterday morning on a DUI charge. (1/3) Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged wit...
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The injury to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might not be as serious as some once thought, and the head coach is optimistic he'll return this season. Head coach Jay Gruden says RG3 isn't out for the season, but he adds it's unclear when he'll be returning. Griffin injured ...
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Nearly two-dozen people are safe this morning after being caught on a stalled roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland. Fire and rescue personnel from Prince George's County were called to The Joker's Jinx roller coaster at the park just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday after the coaster suddenly became stuck mid-ride. Officials at the park say six or seven cars involved we...
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D.C. Council member Marion Barry's (D-Ward 8) car is sitting in a city tow yard after being impounded by police. As first reported by The Washington Post, city records reveal Barry has racked up $2,800 in unpaid parking and speeding tickets on his Jaguar since 2012. The news comes two days after Barry was cited following a collision with another car on Pennsylvania...
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State officials in Maryland are testing the state's ability to respond to the deadly Ebola virus. Gov. Martin O'Malley held the drill with members of his cabinet this week. The governor's press office says there have been no cases of Ebola in Maryland, and the likelihood of an outbreak in the state is low. A spokeswoman says O'Malley typically convenes four of thes...
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Anwan Glover, an actor known for playing a gang member in the TV series "The Wire,'' is recovering after being stabbed at a D.C. nightclub over the weekend. Glover says he was at Cafe Asia Saturday night when an unknown pair of assailants punched and hit him on the back of the head. Glover told police shortly after he was kicked repeatedly then stabbed in his side. ...
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Health officials in Maryland are warning residents to exercise caution in and around a popular lake in Rockville. Lake Needwood is a 75-acre reservoir just east of Redland Road. in Rockville. Earlier, this month, testing revealed elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by a species of blue-green algae. The toxin can cause harm to the liver of humans and pe...
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Two Montgomery County Police officers are under investigation following a fatal shooting in Silver Spring. The officer involved shooting began when witnesses called Montgomery County police to report a man trespassing in Silver Spring. Police say when they arrived at the Capitol One Bank in the 8700 block of Arlis Street just before noon yesterday, the suspect was ...
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In Maryland, an officer-involved shooting has left one man dead following a bank disturbance in Silver Spring. Witnesses called Montgomery County police to report a man acting erratically inside the Capital One bank in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring. Police say when they arrived just before noon, the unidentified man was in a back office of the ba...
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In Maryland, the plan for a $925 million MGM casino and hotel in Prince George's County has been approved. The county's district council voted 8-1 in favor of the casino at National Harbor. Officials at MGM say they're now ready to begin construction of the resort and hotel as early as next month. The vote comes one week after a final hearing on the proposal in which some re...