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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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University of Maryland leaders are encouraging students and faculty to make use of the school's threat assessment program following last week's fatal off-campus shooting. The program is called Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment, or BETA for short. The BETA...
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Lottery revenue in Washington, D.C. is on the rise again after a five-year slump in sales. Published reports claim lottery revenue within the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 totaled nearly $250 million. That falls below the all-time sales high of $266 million from 2006, but still represents an 8 percent jump from last year. Lottery sales had been slumping in the last few year...
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A former high school English teacher in Maryland is expanding the vocabulary of disadvantaged children by combining the characteristics of a new president with an old game. Eugene Williams' father and mother never made it past third grade, and yet they learned and loved to read. One of nine children raised in Orange, Va., Williams' parents encouraged that passion for words ...
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Students, faculty, and religious leaders attended a vigil last night for the three University of Maryland students involved in an early morning, off-campus shooting Tuesday. More than 300 people came together inside the University's Memorial Chapel to gri...
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Latinos from around the region and across the U.S. are gathering in the District to discuss comprehensive immigration reform as part of a national forum. One of those attendees will also be attending tonight's State of the Union address as a special guest of the President and First Lady. The timing of the immigrant advocates' visit to Washington this week is no accident, sa...
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The Boy Scouts of America have delayed a decision on whether to drop its policy to exclude gay members. One family from Maryland whose gay sons are both active in scouts are remaining cautiously optimistic, even as they wished BSA had finalized a decision.  ...
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The National Athletic Trainers Association is hosting a summit in the District designed to reduce the rate of concussion-related and even fatal injuries in high school athletes. More than 200 health care professionals, parent advocates and school administrators huddled at the Omni Shoreham in an effort to change the culture of high school sports. A recent study of high schools...
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Baltimore residents turned out in force to welcome home their Super Bowl champion Ravens, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 on Sunday night. The parade began outside Baltimore City Hall at 10:45 a.m. with a formal welcome from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. From the...
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Prince George's County school officials are proposing that work created by staff and students should be copyrighted. Copyrighting school material might mean lesson plans created by teachers, or even pictures drawn by first graders, would belong to the school system. Critics of the plan say they're concerned that copyrighting will stifle creativity. University of Missouri law ...
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D.C. police say they've arrested nine people as part of a drug investigation in the District's Shaw neighborhood. Police say they seized crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and other evidence from the group following an extensive investigation. The nine arrested, whose names weren't immediately released, face charges including robbery, drug distribution and firearms possessio...
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Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is donating personal items to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Virginia Beach, Va., native is giving the museum the leotard she wore during her first competitive season in 2003. She's also giving the wrist tape and uneven bar grips she used in the 2012 Olympics, as well as her mother's ticket to th...
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As President Barack Obama outlined his plan for comprehensive immigration reform today, a group of local immigrants and advocates for reform gathered to hear what the president had to say. Approximately 100 people showed up to watch the president at the Langley Park headquarters of Casa de Maryland. When Mr. Obama ca...
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Opponents of Maryland's death penalty law rallied outside the state house Monday.  Many on Lawyer's Mall outside the state capital were members of Maryland Citizens Against State Executions supporting a bill urging state legislators to repeal the death penalty during this session of the General Assembly. The measure, co-sponsored by Gov. Martin O'Malley, also includes a p...
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Montgomery County police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection with this weekend's robbery of multiple guests at a hotel in Silver Spring. Investigators say Jackson Julius robbed eight guests at gunpoint with a sawed-off shotgun during a party in a room at the Homewood Suites Hotel early Saturday morning. Investigators say Julius simply knocked on the door of the room in ...
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Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Marcus Antonio Jones, 16, of Fort Washington, Md. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Police Chief Mark Magaw announce the arrests of Akil Darnell Ings, 17, and Kquantae Markies Fisher, 19, for first-degree murder in connection with the death of Marcus Antonio Jones. Police are asking for the public's...
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March Antonio Jones, 16, was shot over the weekend. Grief counselors were on hand Tuesday at a Prince George's County high school following the weekend death of a Fort Washington teen. Sixteen-year-old Marcus Antonio Jones was leav...
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Crowds line the streets of Pennsylvania Avenue, as they try to land plum positions for this afternoon's inaugural parade. The parade follows the President and Vice President towards the White House starting at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. The inaugural parade is expected to be a wonderful spectacle, with eight official floats and as many as 60 groups perfuming, including marching...
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Recently, officials at White House say the president agreed to replace the plates on his limousine so that they display the "Taxation Without Representation" design used in the District. On Saturday, the lead vehicle of the president's motorcade was seen sporting the plate with the number "800 002." The numbers are issued by D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelsohn who tra...
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The judge in the case of Bradley Manning has issued a ruling that could affect one of the most serious charges against the army private. The charge of aiding the enemy is just one of 22 charges against the former intelligence analyst, but it is the most egregious. Judge Col. Denise Lind ruled During Wednesday's pretrial hearing that in order for Manning to be convicted of...
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As next week's presidential inauguration draws closer, local health professionals are assessing the potential impact of the large crowds of people from around the country descending on Washington in the midst of flu season. D.C. health officials say the flu problem in the region has not yet reached epidemic proportions, but with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected in to...