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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 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 Maryland task force is expected to recommend that Montgomery County must raise property taxes to help pay for expanded bus transit, according to a Washington Post report. Th...
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The launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast is being rescheduled again. NASA engineers have had to cancel the launch several days in a row due to bad weather. On the most recent try late this week, cloudy skies at three viewing sites in Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina forced the agency to postpone again. The rockets are part of a jet stream...
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Six former and current teachers at Kemp Mill Elementary School in Montgomery County are suing over allegations of bullying by the school's principal. The suit claims Principal Floyd Starnes bullied and harassed teachers who sought to improve classroom conditions. The teachers also allege that the county board of education was aware of Starnes' behavior and did nothing to stop ...
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The Washington Animal Rescue League is welcoming 39 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky to its Northwest D.C. facility, and all of them are looking for a good home. The puppies -- miniature pinschers, schnauzers, westies and other mostly small breeds -- are part of a larger group of 136 canines that were removed  earli...
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Metro's new transit line map is being unveiled with a few slightly changed station names, and a service upgrade for the Blue line.  Riders won't notice a big change in the look of the map and that's by design. Riders insist they relate to the iconic display and suggested that the design stay pretty much the same.  Metro riders will see subtle ...
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The District's inspector general says the city's water utility "intentionally misled" the Environmental Protection Agency about how it tested for lead in the city's drinking water between 2001 and 2003. High levels of lead turned up in 2001, and remained elevated for about two years. In that time the city's inspector general claims the ...
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Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is set to be honored this week after serving more than 35 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, according to Associated Press. That stretch on Capitol Hill means Mikulski has become the longest serving woman in the history of Congress.  Mikulski began her  career in the House of Representatives back in 1976, af...
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Traffic patterns around the Tidal Basin are changing to accommodate the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival. Beginning this weekend, all four lanes of Ohio Drive along the Potomac will be redirected to flow northbound only. There will be no access to West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue and 23rd Street SW. Park Service officials warn parking is very limited in the area. The...
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In Maryland, students at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville are trying to resolve a conflict which left 3-students suspended for trying to organize a demonstration. The students about 400 in all were set to protest conditions at the school and certain policy they feel is unfair. The complaints ranged from unclean bathrooms with broken fixtures to the lack of teacher p...
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The District's St. Patrick's Day 8K race and parade will close a number of streets from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.. People who are planning to travel downtown should expect the closures and plan accordingly. The race will form on Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th Street and 14th Street, NW, while the parade route will begin on the National Mall. It'll head west on Constitution Avenue,...
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As police in Loudon County continue to investigate a hate crime involving death threats against a family who practices the Sikh religious faith, one member of the family is speaking out This man, who wants to remain unnamed because he fears for the safety of his family, is not unlike any other member of his faith. He wears full beard and wears a turban proudly. But a quiet sad...
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A federal judge has ruled that Maryland's handgun permit law is unconstitutional. In the ruling filed early Monday in Baltimore, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote, a requirement that residents show a "good and substantial reason'' to carry a handgun infringes on the rights of residents in Maryland. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Raymond Woollard, was granted a hand...
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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...