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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 bald eagle found one week ago by Metro tracks near the Van Dorn station on the Blue line has been euthanized, according to the rescue group that had tried to save the bird. The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia had hoped to rehabilitate the bird, but its injuries were too extensive, according to a spokesperson for th...
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Some say a proposal making its way through the Maryland General Assembly to cap income tax deductions couldn't come at a worse time. Despite a downpour, as many as 200 realtors from across Maryland gathered outside the statehouse in Annapolis Wednesday to draw attention to a bill sponsored by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). They were concerned about part of the so-called Budget...
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A group of Maryland student activists, some as young as 9 years old, are took their crusade for healthier schools in front of Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For months now, the Young Activists Club from Piney Branch Elementary School and Takoma Park Middle School have been trying to encourage the school system to discontinue the use of polystyren...
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Fairfax County supervisors are considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals to raise money for transportation projects. County administrators say they need approximately $3 billion to meet transportation demands over the next decade. The proposed tax would apply to any meals sold in commercial eateries from upscale restaurants to fast-food vendors. The county'...
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An investigation addressing complaints about possible racial discrimination in hiring by police and fire departments in Baltimore County is underway. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division sent the county a letter asking for more information about its hiring of African Americans. Although county officials declined to comment on the investigation, County Executive Kevin...
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In Virginia, the jury continues deliberating in the murder trial of George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player from Chevy Chase accused of killing his ex-girlfriend.Early into this first full day of deliberation, the jury...
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A bill which would legalize gay marriage in Maryland is one step away from full passage, after being approved 7 to 4 by the Judicial Proceedings committee. This means the measure can now pass to the full senate for a final vote. The bill was approved by senate committee this week, retained two key amendments. One would delay the effective date of the measure until January ...
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Speed cameras installed in road construction zones throughout Maryland are coming under scrutiny by motorists and state legislators alike. Engineers with the Maryland State Highway Administration say the work zone speed cameras have issued more than 1 million tickets in the first two years of operation, generating $30 million over that period. Certainly, few would appreciate t...
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Jurors are set to begin deliberations this week in the murder trial of George Huguely V, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.  Following this weekend's closing arguments, jurors insisted they were too tired to ...
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Some streets in Alexandria will be blocked and others closed today to make way for the funeral procession of a fallen paramedic. The Alexandria Fire Department has shut its doors today to mourn Joshua Weissman, who was responding to a car fire on Interstate-395 wh...
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Firefighters and the command staff of the Alexandria Fire Department will be "out of service" for two days as the department prepares to honor a fallen paramedic. The stand-down will give everyone in the department an opportunity to attend memorial services for paramedic Joshua Weissman, ...
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The first full day of testimony in the trial of the man accused of killing a Maryland State trooper has just wrapped up. Prosecutors say Cyril Cornelius Williams shot and killed Trooper 1st class Wesley Brown outside a popular restaurant back in June of 2010. In opening statements Monday, Deputy State's attorney Tara Hamilton told jurors that a vengeful Williams shot Trooper B...
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Public records claim Metro is paying nearly $52 million to hire outside contractors for work some believe should be made available to union workers. The Washington Examiner reports that the money is spread out among 18 consulting firms. In a ...
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Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, is criticizing plans to strip off a disputed inscription from the monument. He says that new plan will "threaten the design, structure and integrity" of the monument. Critics had complained the abbreviated quote engraved on the memorial didn't accurately reflect King's words...
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Update Feb. 8, 9:45 a.m.: Police say a faulty natural gas furnace was the source of a carbon monoxide gas leak which put six family members from Fort Washington in the hospital this week. Health authorities say they found approximately 450 parts per million of carbon monoxide in the home where the two adults and four children were overcome. That’s extra...
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Update, 4:30 p.m.: A bill that would raise the question of slot machines in Prince George's County is being introduced in Maryland's General Assembly. If it passes, the November referendum would give residents a chance to decide whether gaming would be allowed in the county. Some of the financial incentives include 2.5 percent of slot revenues set aside for th...
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Today is the last day for D.C. Public Library's "Check It In" amnesty program, which began in December. The program encourages library users to turn in lost, overdue or damaged library materials including books and CDs. The library will forgive all fines and fees. Library spokesman George Williams says from now on, no late fees are assessed until a book is 30 days late. Aft...
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With temperatures in the region rising to the mid-60s for the third day in a row, you might find that your backyard perennials are confusing the mild weather with an early spring. About this time back in 2010 we were just 48-hours away the 20 to 35 inches of blizzard conditions dubbed  "Snowmageddon." Two years later, it almost feels like spring, and that's causin...
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As the price of gas rises once again across the region, some thieves have begun to take a new and unusual approach to stealing fuel from cars. The crimes began late in December in Takoma Park, Md. That's when a handful of car owners in and around the 7400 block of New Hampshire Ave discovered their gas tanks were near empty and leaking, police say. How the gas tanks ended up t...
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A proposed electricity rate hike in the district by Pepco is troubling many in the District, including some elderly residents who are living on a fixed income. Dozens of residents gathered outside the office of the D.C. Public Service Commission Monday to rally against a proposed rate increase by Pepco. Pepco officials want a $42.5 million hike in service distribution rat...