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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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Family, friends and fellow officers are gathering at a public viewing to honor Prince George's County Police Officer Adrian A. Morris. Morris was only 23 when he was killed in a crash during a highway chase last week. It's not just family, friends and fellow officers of Adrian M...
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Time is running out for state and local officials and nonprofit groups in Virginia to request federal disaster funds to help with recovery from this summer's severe storms. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency say the deadline to submit the requests for public assistance is Monday for localities included in the original disaster declaration. Areas in the ame...
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The District's water and sewer authority is asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration. The authority's general manager George Hawkins wrote to New York Sen. Charles Schumer in an effort to justify the request. Hawkins says District tap water is a penny a gallon while bottled water costs 100 times more and is environmentally h...
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A Maryland task force is at work studying access to guns for people who are mentally disabled, according to the Associated Press. The panel is trying to decide whether current state laws are adequate or need to be changed. Right now, most private psychiatric information is not available to gun regulators in the state. The group is also is looking at policies relating to t...
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Maryland's secretary of state John McDonough has certified ballot language for seven statewide questions voters will decide in November. This includes three constitutional amendments, three referendum petitions and a referendum on the expansion of gambling. Voters will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants under certain cir...
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Some students at the University of Maryland College Park are demanding Chick-fil-A close its campus location, according to the Associated Press. Those students started an online petition over the weekend to get the campus-based Chick-fil-A location shut down in response to c...
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Maryland police say a passenger set a taxicab on fire during a robbery attempt, and died in the blaze. In a published report, a spokesperson for Bowie police says the driver of the cab picked up the man at the Largo Metro station late Friday. He drove the passenger to Bowie on a trip that lasted about 20 minutes. Once they arrived, the passenger demanded money from th...
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The Federal Reserve reports industrial production in the U.S. rose slightly in July, and that's reflected in the locally based Volvo manufacturer, which is bringing production and jobs back to the area. The Volvo powertrain plant in Hagerstown, Md. already employs approximately 1,500 workers who develop and manufacture diesel truck engines and transmissions. Soon they'll add m...
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Nellie Gray, the founder of an annual anti-abortion march held in Washington and a key figure in efforts to overturn the Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion, has died, the Associated Press reports. She was 88. Gray was found dead in her Washington home late Monday by Gene Ruane, an administrator with the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Gray, a lawye...
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A man from Frederick, Md. is admitting that he posed as a diplomat from the Dominican Republic in a fundraising scam in New York, according to the Associated Press. Francisco Alberto Gautreaux Calcano pretended to be a former Dominican Ambassador to the U.S., prosecutors say. He then solicited donations — including some from a New York state senator — to transport utility ...
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Terry Hedgepeth filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Whitman Walker Clinic five years after a clinic worker reported Hedgepeth had tested positive for HIV. The test later turned out to be negative. Published reports claim terms of Hedgepeth's settlement with the Clinic weren't disclosed, but the agreement was reached as both sides prepared for trial. Although the t...
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As preseason high school sports practices begin in Montgomery County this weekend, administrators want parents to be aware of new safety guidelines for student athletes.   In July 2009, 16-year old Edwin Miller collapsed and died during a preseason football training session at Northwestern...
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As police in Oak Creek, Wisc., search for a motive in Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple, local Sikh leaders are offering support and answers to the question of why. Jasjit Singh is the executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund or SALDEF, the ...
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Preservationists in D.C. are worried proposed upgrades to Union Station could jeopardize its standing as an architectural icon. Amtrak intends to spend $7 billion to double the number of trains the station can accommodate in order to turn the depot into a high-speed rail h...
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The trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been rescheduled. The date was reset late this week and the trial, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 4,will now begin Jan. 16. Earlier this week, Leopold's attorney asked that the trial be postponed, citing the large volume of information gathered in the case by prosecutors and the complexity of the case as rea...
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Prosecutors in Maryland have only charged a man with a misdemeanor after he was accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace. Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says Neil Prescott can only be charged with misdemeanor telephone misuse. As it turns out, the state has no felony statute that makes it a crime to communicate a threat. Prescott allegedly to...
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Zoos and wildlife facilities can often be the source of praise or criticism for the way in which animals are housed and treated. The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Maryland has been the recipient of both.    The preserve sits on 25 rustic acres just north of Frederick. To some, the animal enclosures appear open and accessible, but when Maryland resident Edna J...
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Montgomery County Council members are squaring off over a bill that would protect low wage service workers in the county, although it likely won't be addressed during the council's current legislative session. The bill would guarantee job protection for low-wage service workers, such as office cleaners and security guards, when an employer's service contract is terminated.&nbs...
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A new Chick-fil-A food truck making its rounds in the District is causing controversy due to the company's anti-gay stance. Mayor Vincent Gray tweeted Friday that given his "longstanding support for LGBT rights and marriage equality," he would not support what he called "hate chicken." S...
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Federal prosecutors are objecting to a request for a psychiatric evaluation for the man who fired shots at the Pentagon and other military buildings, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors say Yonathan Melaku, who pleaded guilty in January to the overnight shootings in no...