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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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A military judge has reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. Col. Denise Lind ruled Tuesday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning. Lind took a full hour and 50 minutes to read a multipage decision detailing the history of private Manning's confinement. Lind...
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Maryland police are warning residents about a series of mail thefts from homes in Montgomery County. The thieves are taking mail from street-side mailboxes in residential areas. Police say they target mailboxes that appear to contain outgoing mail, which means residents who use the red metal flag to signal their postal carrier that they have outgoing mail are, literally, raisi...
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Some months ago, Virginia Beach city officials announced they planned to partner with Comcast Spectacor to try and lure an NBA team to the town with an 18,000-seat arena near the oceanfront. Mayor Will Sessoms says the city can't ask the General Assembly to provide $150 million, nearly half the money needed for the project, if there's no lease agreement. Right no...
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Organizers for this month's presidential inauguration say they're trying to prevent the kind of overload of the wireless system caused by the huge crowd four years ago. Representatives at AT&T, which only had a couple of towers in the area back in 2009, reports the company will have nine temporary cell towers running the length of the mall and others along the parade route....
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Prince George's County officials today announced what they say is a historic reduction of crime in the county. In January 2011, Prince George s County recorded 14 homicides in the first 19 days of the year. Soon after, newly-installed county executive Rushern Baker along with local, state and federal officials created the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative hoping to reduce ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will introduce bills in 2013 designed to prevent mass shootings like the one that happened last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. The details of the legislation have yet to be worked out, O'Malley told reporters Tuesday. He also said it's clear the shooting in Newtown, Conn. is moving the state and the country in a different direc...
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As funeral services begin this week for the 20 children and 6 adults killed in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, local counselors are suggesting ways to avoid the ill effects of such devastating news. The shooting, which left 20 children and 8 adults dead including the shooter, has left its mark on the minds of many across the country, says D.C.-based psychiatric counselor K...
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Schools in the Washington area are dispatching counselors and some extra police patrols as students return to class following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Fairfax County police has increased patrols and visibility this week around all schools in the Fairfax County school district. Superintendent Jack Dale says the move is not a response to any threat, but ra...
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The case against Bradley Manning — the Army private at the center of the Wikileaks controversy — is being compared by some to that of former government analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who released the top-secret Pentagon Papers in 1971. The relea...
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The pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, ended Tuesday. Defense attorney David Coombs was the first to offer closing summations. During his two-hour argument, Coombs painted a portrait of a military system of confinement gone wrong. He argued that commanding officers in charge of overseeing operations at the ...
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The Arlington County Board is expected to decide today whether the county will approve the nation's first all-electric taxi fleet, according to the Associated Press. The board is expected to vote after putting off a decision on the proposal from Electric Vehicle Taxicab Co. The company wants to launch a fleet of 40 electric cars with WiFi-enabled tablet computers so riders can...
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A former Marine Corps brig commander says her decision to have underwear removed from an Army private charged in the WikiLeaks case prompted a request that she run future orders involving Pfc. Bradley Manning up the chain of command before executing them. Chief Warrant Officer Denise Barnes testified Monday on the 10th day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade. The hearing is to...
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Virginia Del. Charniele Herring has been selected as the new chairwoman of the state's Democratic Party, and the first African American to lead the party, reports the Associated Press. Herring was unanimously elected Saturday in Williamsburg by the state party's ruling central committee. The three-term delegate from Alexandria succeeds Brian Moran. Moran announced he wouldn't ...
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There are many holiday toy drives underway around the region, and at least one effort is explicitly targeted to benefit the children of America's servicemen and women. Operation Homefront provides programs and services to help low-income military families. This holiday season, the non-profit is collecting new toys from more than 60 locations around the region, which will end u...
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The Marine Corps' top correctional administrator says brig officials at Quantico, Va., used improper procedures to recommend that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, be held in maximum custody. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Abel Galaviz testified Wednesday at a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade. The hearing is to determine whether the nine months t...
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Pepco, a utility company serving the Washington suburbs, has asked Maryland regulators for a rate increase. The rate hike would add about $7 to residential customers' average monthly bill. Utility officials also asked to impose a surcharge of about $1 a month starting in 2014. In a statement, Pepco claims it's been working on upgrades for more than two years. Regional...
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A 20-year-old man from the District is under arrest in connection with the shooting of a football player from Morgan State University. Baltimore police say Keith Robertson confessed to the shooting, which happened late Friday on campus. The victim, Tyrell Okoro, 20, is a sophomore offensive lineman on the football team. Detectives say they believe there was a previous...
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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to appear in a pretrial hearing this afternoon in Ft. Meade. He is being tried for releasing more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks. Manning is expected to testify that he has been punished enough after being forced to sleep naked, locked in a cell in the Marine Corps. brig in Quantico, Va. between 2010 and 2011. Atto...
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Today is "Cyber Monday," a day in which online retailers try to mirror some of the same deals offered by brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday. But a seldom-used law in Maryland could mean some area residents are breaking the law everytime they purchase online. The issue involves a rarely enforced tax called a 'use tax.' The law requires online shoppers who live in Maryl...
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D.C. fire officials say three people were seriously injured after a fire broke out at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. A spokesperson says the fire broke out late Saturday morning in the ductwork on the 7th floor as crews were working on the building. Workers were able to put the fire out before firefighters arrived, but not before three people suffered bu...