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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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Officials with Metro say a failed computer module is what caused the glitch over the weekend that resulted in delays exceeding 30 minutes across the system. Officials say the failed module was in an information management network device. Once the computer module, which is said to be about the size ...
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The first ever federal safety standards for Metro could go into effect within the next year, after local lawmakers proposed a set of regulations on this week Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced the bill in response to the 2009 Metro crash on the Red Line in Fort Totten, which killed 9 people. The proposed standards, which will include guidelines for crashworthiness and im...
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A new schedule for the MARC Brunswick Line begins this morning. The first train to depart Brunswick now leaves at 4:50 a.m., while the first train out of Frederick departs at 5 a.m. Both of the adjusted times are 10 minutes earlier than previous schedules. In addition, severa...
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Regional officials from Verizon say the failure of a backup generator was just one of many events that caused more than 2 million Northern Virginia residents to lose 911 services during the June 29 derecho storm. During a meeting of the Washington Council of Governments, Kyle Milady Senior V.P. of global engineering for Verizon tried to explain why the system in Northe...
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A plan to build the first Whole Foods Market in Prince George's County is moving forward, despite lingering controversy. On Monday, the county's district council voted 7 to 2 in favor of a rezoning request that would allow the market to be built as part of a mixed use development in Riverdale Park. The 36-acre parcel adjacent to route one is currently zoned for residential use...
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The worldwide spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is visiting Washington D.C. this week. He made his first trip to Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak with Congress and urge legislators and world leaders to seek global peace. Legislators, including Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), hosted the bipartisan event to honor Mi...
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With the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London just weeks away, one locally-trained athlete is preparing for his second try at Olympic gold for a nation that has never medalled in the games.  Daba Modibo Keita is a world class Taekwondo athlete. The 6' 8" native of Mali won the world championship in the heavyweight division back in 2007, and he competed for his home...
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A Virginia teenager is under arrest, charged in connection with a series of animal attacks in a Herndon animal park. Fairfax County police say the unidentified 17-year-old was arrested late Saturday after investigators received a tip on his location. The teen faces  four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts for cruelty to animals and  two count...
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Authorities in Virginia say more arrests are pending after aerial drug busts led to the confiscation of more than 700 marijuana plants. The busts, in Westmoreland County by the Tri-County Task Force were conducted using a National Guard helicopter. Investigators say the street value of all the plants seized, amounts to nearly $2 million. In one case, about 365 ma...
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Sea levels along the Mid-Atlantic and much of the East Coast are rising much faster than other areas around the globe, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey tell the Associated Press. A 600-mile stretch of coastline between Cape Hatteras, N.C. and Massachusetts is a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming, the scientists say. Citing a recent study...
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A weekend rally is set in support of ousted University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan. The so-called "Rally for Honor" is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday on the lawn adjacent to the Rotunda on UVA's campus. It comes two days before the school's Board o...
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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is opening a three-day film festival featuring Clint Eastwood's westerns. Saturday at 1 p.m., the festival features a public discussion about the movie, "The Outlaw Josey Wales," followed by a 2 p.m. screening. In the film, Eastwood plays a Missouri farmer who joins a Confederate guerrilla unit in the Civil War and winds...
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Montgomery County transportation officials are extending a pilot program to make parking meters easier to use and pay for. The meters, located in downtown Bethesda, will remain in place an extra month so the county can gather more information about the devices. The added features include detecting when a car is in a space and the option of paying for parking by cell phone....
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A former revenue technician and former police officer are heading to prison for stealing approximately $500,000 in cash and coins from Metro stations. John Vincent Hail, of Woodbridge, Va., and Horace Dexter McDade, of Bowie, Md., pleaded guilty to the theft and money laundering. According to court records, after collecting funds from various Metro stations the two...
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Ten years ago, Jonathan Neal was in his mid-teens and headed in the wrong direction. Neal had just relocated to Gaithersburg, Md. to help his father who was homeless and living out of his car. Soon after, Neal drifted into dark side of local gang activity. He hit bottom when he was arrested.  "I was sentenced from three to 10 years for distribution of cocaine, and control...
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Maryland's law to provide in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants living in the state will go to the voters for a referendum in November. The Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed the earlier judgment of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court that the law is subject to a referendum. Attorneys for an immigrant advocacy group tried to convince Maryland's highest court that ...
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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue units responded to a near drowning incident at River Falls Community Center in the 7900 block of Horseshoe Lane in Potomac, Md. Personnel say they found a 7-year-old girl at the pool, who they describe as the victim of near drowning. The child was transported to a local hospital, where her condition remains unknown at this time. Few de...
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The driver of a stolen vehicle that drove into a downtown D.C. office building late Friday night has been charged with arson, along with other counts, according to the Associated Press. The Metropolitan Police Department released more disturbing details of the accident Sunday.  When police arrived on the scene of that wreck Friday, they found the driver was apparentl...
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Police in Ocean City are urging visitors to be cautious after two pedestrians were struck and killed while crossing Coastal Highway this season. A police department spokesperson says Ocean City visitors tend to be in a hurry to cross that busy road on their way to beach. Last May, a 22-year-old man was killed while trying to cross Coastal Highway. This week, a 15-year-...
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Maggie Margaret Montague James, the oldest woman in Virginia, died at the age of 112, Friday, according to the Cedell Brooks Funeral Home in Port Royal. James was the oldest person in Virginia, the 12th oldest person in the United States and the 30th oldest person in the world as of May 27, according to the Gerontology Research Group. James was born March 10, 1900 in W...