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Elliott Francis

Local Host, All Things Considered

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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Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says conservative former U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode can stay on the state's presidential ballot from the Constitution Party. The State Board of Elections asked for the review after the state GOP alleged irregularities in Goode's qualifying petitions. Cuccinelli said Goode had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. ...
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Virginia is getting more than $74 million for a high-speed rail project designed to improve service between the state and the nation's capital, according to the Associated Press. The project, recently approved and funded Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, is part of the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Washington.  Up to 11 miles o...
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The birth of a panda cub this week at National Zoo was cause for celebration, but now nail-biting has begun. Panda cubs are born hairless and helpless, about the size of a stick of butter. The tiny cubs are at risk for infections and so small that it's not unheard of for panda moms to accidentally crush their young, according to the Associated Press. For the National Z...
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Virginia's Commercial Space Flight Authority has reached an agreement with a local company on plans to launch rockets from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the agreement this week with Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation. Back in 2008, the commonwealth partnered with that company to make improvements to the spaceport located on V...
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The Virginia State Board of Elections is preparing to mail about 4.7 million voter registration cards. State election officials say the cards should arrive in mailboxes late this week through early October. Last May, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a measure into law that requires voters without proper ID at the polls to cast a provisional ballot. The voter would have until noon ...
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A seventh victim in Maryland has died as a result of a superbug outbreak at the National Institutes of Health. The victim, an unidentified boy from Minnesota, contracted the strain of bacteria at NIH while being treated for complications from a bone marrow transplant. Doctors say the patient also had a severe immune disorder, which increased his risk of getting the so-called s...
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Virginia will lose some federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects this year, the Virginian-Pilot reports.  The Environme...
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Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to expand two energy conservation programs. Officials with the Richmond-based energy provider say they've asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to extend their Smart Cooling Rewards program. The program reduces electricity usage at peak times by turning customers' air conditioning units off an...
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Virginia is issuing a growing number of concealed-carry gun permits to people who live in other states. Many of the permits are being issued to people who take an online gun class. Users are required to correctly answer 15 out of 20 true false questions. Pass the test, and a certificate is issued that's mailed to Virginia state police who then run a background check on the app...
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Travelers at Reagan National Airport will now find a new automated parking system with more choices to pay for parking, according to the Associated Press.  The airport has started offering automated pre-payment machines for parking as travelers leave the airport terminal, officials say. The machines help get cars out of parking lots faster by replacing staffed ticket boot...
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As Hurricane Isaac slowly grinds across the Gulf Coast region, two native Washingtonians who have been working to rebuild homes in the region are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. In 2005, Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenberg were among the legions of volunteers in the gulf helping rebuild, following Hurricane Katrina. After spending a month in New Orleans with loca...
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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...