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Elliott Francis

Weekend News Anchor

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 currently a weekend anchor/reporter for WAMU.

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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Memorial services for former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry are set to begin later today. Curry's body will lay in state in the first floor lobby of the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro later today. Public viewing hours are from 9:20 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Chur...
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There are very few clues surrounding the murder of a woman found dead in her home in Alexandria, Virginia during the holiday weekend — the third killing in the city this year. Asabech Abayneh lived with her sister in an apartment in the 5600 block of Derby Court in Alexandria. It was her sister who reportedly found the 43-year old dead in bed early on the morning of July 4...
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An annual report has given Maryland's Assateague State Park's beach a "superstar'" rating for water quality. The Natural Resources Defense Council reports Assateague was among 35 popular beaches across the country that reached the group's standard for meeting federal safe-swimming guidelines in at least 98 percent of water samples since 2009. The survey ranked Mary...
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A cadet has been charged with stealing drugs and money from the Baltimore County Police department's evidence room. Twenty-year-old Nicholas Ishmael of Parkville was arrested at headquarters. Officers say he was carrying $40,000 in cash in a backpack when he was taken into custody. Ishmael is charged with 10 offenses, including theft and possession with intent to ...
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A man from Virginia's Fairfax County has been cited by police after trying to bring a loaded gun through security at Dulles International. A spokesperson with the TSA says officers detected the handgun with five rounds of ammunition in the man's carry-on bag. Airport police confiscated the weapon and he was cited on a state weapons charge. The agency says passenge...
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Some patrons of the National Zoo have stiffened their spines after officials closed the popular Invertebrate Exhibit during the weekend. Dennis Kelly, the zoo's director, says the 27-year-old exhibit was closed permanently Saturday due to mounting costs. The exhibit, which was housed in the basement of the reptile exhibit, needs $5 million dollars in upgrades that the zoo c...
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In Maryland, a new report is shedding light on why some Montgomery County residents may be getting particularly high water bills. Montgomery county resident John Ashdam’s quarterly residential water bill can average around $250. Ashdam says in the first quarter of this year he received a bill higher than he'd ever seen before. "$681.05 — I said, 'Wow!'" Ashdam ...
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Montgomery County’s nearly $5 billion budget goes into effect July 1 with a spending plan that was both hailed and criticized for its creative approach. Among other things, the county’s new budget increases funding for road repair, education and even libraries. The school system was fully funded $51 million over the state mandated minimum with the help of what some consi...
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A man has confessed to setting off a series of "bottle bombs" at five movie theaters in Virginia and Maryland. The series of explosions began on the weekend of May 17 when two of the caustic devices went off inside the lobby of the Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. A week later, police were called for a similar explosion at the same location just hours after a bottle bomb deto...
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Virginia is letting anglers fish without a license for free next weekend. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are allowing sportsmen and women to fish between June 6 and June 8, no holds barred. No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational saltwater rod and reel fishing during free fishing da...
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Officials say that for the second time in a week someone set off a bottle bomb at a movie theater complex in Fairfax County, leading to the evacuation of the theater but no injuries. Fairfax County fire officials say the latest incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the AMC Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. The device exploded near theater number one toward the end of a sho...
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President Obama has signed a bill that makes a slight change to a century-old law banning skyscrapers in the District. Although the measure won't raise the overall height limit of buildings in D.C., the bill allows human occupancy of penthouses. Up until now, structures that high were only permitted to contain mechanical equipment. Congress had explored the possibi...
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An effort by two mothers in Prince George's County to urge the school system to offer Spanish immersion classes for elementary students is starting to show results. Delores Millhouse of Bowie and Gina Bowler of Upper Marlboro have spent months pressing county leaders to add a Spanish immersion program to its offerings. On their own time, the pair visited schools, made dozens...
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Maryland officials say the state's four casinos brought in nearly $78 million in revenue last month. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency claims Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with nearly $62 million from slot machines and table games. That's a 38.5 percent increase since March 2013. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated nearly ...
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A five-day search of a park in Northeast DC is yielding no clues to what might have happened to 8-year old Relisha Rudd. Now police say the search there is winding down. Yesterday's discovery of the body of accused killer and abductor Khalil Tatum has put police no closer to discovering the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says in the past several da...
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The foot search of a northeast D.C. park for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd is expected to resume today. Although the foot search was suspended Sunday, teams of divers continued to search the ponds in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens during the weekend for Rudd, who was last seen March 1 with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the city homeless shelter where she lived. ...
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Navy Academy football player Will McKamey lapsed into a coma and died three days after collapsing at practice last weekend. Two years ago, he had suffered a severe head injury that nearly ended his career. As a senior at Knoxville, Tenn., school Grace Christian Academy in 2012, McKamey rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Late that season McKamey took a hit and complained that ...
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Investigators are telling more about the capture of a man suspected of causing this weekend's bus crash on I-95 that left one person dead. Virginia State Police say 31-year-old Raphael Manuel Barrientos was driving at a high rate of speed when he cut in front of the American Transportation shuttle bus just south of exit 163 in Lorton early Sunday morning. The bus turned shar...
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Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years. A salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. Meanwhile a Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere. Legislators currently make $43,500 a year for their part-time jobs. The increase will bring their salaries to $50,330. House M...