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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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D.C. residents and workers are increasingly opting out of traveling by car. Both city government and businesses are facilitating helping to this transition. Car registration rates in D.C. have barely increased in the last decade, despite a population boom. That's according to Ron Kirby, Director of Transportation Planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. ...
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The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least nine tornadoes touched down in Maryland during last week's storm. Five tornadoes, including three in Montgomery County, one in Prince George's County and one in Carroll County were originally recorded last Friday afterno...
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Two Maryland companies have submitted proposals to bring a carousel back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Baltimore has been without a carousel since earlier this year when the city pulled the plug on its antique carousel operator. It's reported the operator, which ran the carousel for three decades, ran into financial difficulties. City officials encouraged proposals to bring ...
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This week's accident at a Metro rail yard that injured one worker is once again raising questions about worker safety on the transit line, and drawing focus on the dangers of the job. Little is known about the unidentified mechanic who remains in critical condition, after being struck by a slo...
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As Maryland's newest casino prepares to open in Anne Arundel County, mixed feelings remain among residents and businesses in the area.  Sitting on 12 acres of land next to the Arundel Mills Mall, the Maryland Live! casino is easily the state's largest gaming facility, and it's the third-largest in the U.S. With a buffet and approximately 4,000 humming slot machines c...
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Four people are facing charges after the seizure of synthetic drugs and paraphernalia from two Boardwalk businesses, according to Ocean City police. The warrants were served at 'Cool Topics' and 'New York, New York' over the weekend after detectives made undercover purchases from both stores. The investigators say employees in both shops explained to the detectives how to ge...
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Fairfax County police say four barnyard animals are recovering this morning after being attacked over the weekend at a farm park not far from a similar attack last month. Police say two goats, a calf, and a chicken were cut with an unknown object sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at Kidwell Barn in Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon. Veterinarians ...
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The Department of Parks and Recreation opened the city's 19 swimming pools, 11 spray parks and five children's pools this weekend. The outdoor aquatic facilities will remain open through the Memorial Day weekend from noon to 6 p.m. Indoor pools, recreation facilities and community centers will be closed Monday. After the Memorial Day weekend, outdoor pools will be...
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This Memorial Day weekend, nearly half of all travelers in the Washington region will be traveling with family, including children. Even though the average family in the region isn't expected to travel far form home, some will drive up to 500 miles round trip with anxious kids who might often ask, 'are we there yet?' AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend has a few tips to allow ...
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This Memorial Day weekend, Ocean City is welcoming the unofficial start of summer with a program called the Summer of Thanks. Donna Abbot, tourism director for Ocean City, says it's the town's way of showing appreciation for everyone who has supported the beach resort throughout the years. "We have expanded our sunset park party nights to Thursday night," said Abbot...
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This Memorial Day weekend, more than 350,000 motorists are expected to travel across the Bay Bridge to and from the Eastern Shore. Officials with the Maryland Transportation Authority have some suggestion to make the trip easier. Most are expected to cross the bridge sometime beginning this Friday through Monday the 28th. Major Michael Kundrat, with the Maryland Transportation...
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The Joint Base Andrews air show will not return to the Washington region next year. Officials at Andrews Air Base say budget cuts are forcing them to make the yearly air show into a biennial event. Approximately 200,000 people attended last weekend's free show, but the region will have to wait until 2014 for the next one. A spokesperson for the base says the air show, ...
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While average gas prices have dropped 32 cents in the past month, more than 700,000 residents in the D.C. metro region are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Memorial Day Weekend. With the increase of holiday travelers, traffic authorities urge safety while on the road. "Unfortunately when the gas prices decline, we tend to see an increase in speeds," said Lt. Dwayne...
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The recent resolution by the NAACP in support of marriage equality in Maryland seeks to change the opinion of many in the African American community who still oppose the initiative. The resolution, passed over the weekend, echoed support for President Obama's r...
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District leaders, including the mayor and council chairman, are in Las Vegas for a convention where they hope to drum up new business for the city. Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and several councilmembers left late Saturday for the ...
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Federal law enforcement officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) yesterday honored the first African-American federal agent killed in the line of duty after Reconstruction.   William Henderson Foote was a deputy collector with the U.S. Treasury in Mississippi in 1883. A forerunner of today's ATF special agents, Foote enforced liquor laws and ...
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The District is brightening up the city's alleys with new lights that are expected to last longer and cut emissions.  Engineers with the D.C. Department of Transportation are finishing work on  an effort to replace more than 1,000 incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures along alleys the department maintains throughout the city. The department...
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A Virginia judge has tossed out drunken driving charges against the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration. Randy Babbitt, 65, resigned his post in December after news of his arrest became public. At his trial yesterday, General District Judge Ian O'Flaherty tossed the case ou...
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The D.C. region's first responders, along with their families a friends, joined the Archbishop of Washington — Cardinal Donald Wuerl — to celebrate the 18th annual "Blue Mass." The mass began with a procession up 10th Street NW to St Patrick's church. Members of law enforcement, and fire and rescue slowly marched into the church to begin the yearly mass to honor the contri...
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Passengers might not be able to fly on it until 2014, but a new and environmentally-efficient commercial airliner went on display at Reagan National Airport this week. At first glance, the 787 Dreamliner resembles many other planes in its class, such as the popular 767. Inside the cabin of the aircraft, however, something is different. Composite materials such as carbo...