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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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Montgomery County’s nearly $5 billion budget goes into effect July 1 with a spending plan that was both hailed and criticized for its creative approach. Among other things, the county’s new budget increases funding for road repair, education and even libraries. The school system was fully funded $51 million over the state mandated minimum with the help of what some consi...
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A man has confessed to setting off a series of "bottle bombs" at five movie theaters in Virginia and Maryland. The series of explosions began on the weekend of May 17 when two of the caustic devices went off inside the lobby of the Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. A week later, police were called for a similar explosion at the same location just hours after a bottle bomb deto...
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Virginia is letting anglers fish without a license for free next weekend. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are allowing sportsmen and women to fish between June 6 and June 8, no holds barred. No fishing license of any kind will be required for recreational saltwater rod and reel fishing during free fishing da...
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Officials say that for the second time in a week someone set off a bottle bomb at a movie theater complex in Fairfax County, leading to the evacuation of the theater but no injuries. Fairfax County fire officials say the latest incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at the AMC Tysons Corner 16 movie theater. The device exploded near theater number one toward the end of a sho...
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President Obama has signed a bill that makes a slight change to a century-old law banning skyscrapers in the District. Although the measure won't raise the overall height limit of buildings in D.C., the bill allows human occupancy of penthouses. Up until now, structures that high were only permitted to contain mechanical equipment. Congress had explored the possibi...
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An effort by two mothers in Prince George's County to urge the school system to offer Spanish immersion classes for elementary students is starting to show results. Delores Millhouse of Bowie and Gina Bowler of Upper Marlboro have spent months pressing county leaders to add a Spanish immersion program to its offerings. On their own time, the pair visited schools, made dozens...
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Maryland officials say the state's four casinos brought in nearly $78 million in revenue last month. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency claims Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with nearly $62 million from slot machines and table games. That's a 38.5 percent increase since March 2013. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated nearly ...
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A five-day search of a park in Northeast DC is yielding no clues to what might have happened to 8-year old Relisha Rudd. Now police say the search there is winding down. Yesterday's discovery of the body of accused killer and abductor Khalil Tatum has put police no closer to discovering the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says in the past several da...
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The foot search of a northeast D.C. park for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd is expected to resume today. Although the foot search was suspended Sunday, teams of divers continued to search the ponds in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens during the weekend for Rudd, who was last seen March 1 with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the city homeless shelter where she lived. ...
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Navy Academy football player Will McKamey lapsed into a coma and died three days after collapsing at practice last weekend. Two years ago, he had suffered a severe head injury that nearly ended his career. As a senior at Knoxville, Tenn., school Grace Christian Academy in 2012, McKamey rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Late that season McKamey took a hit and complained that ...
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Investigators are telling more about the capture of a man suspected of causing this weekend's bus crash on I-95 that left one person dead. Virginia State Police say 31-year-old Raphael Manuel Barrientos was driving at a high rate of speed when he cut in front of the American Transportation shuttle bus just south of exit 163 in Lorton early Sunday morning. The bus turned shar...
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Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years. A salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. Meanwhile a Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere. Legislators currently make $43,500 a year for their part-time jobs. The increase will bring their salaries to $50,330. House M...
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Judge Bohdan Futey President Barack Obama is leveling sanctions on 11 Russian officials said to be at the center of that country's military incursion in Crimea, and one local advocate for Uk...
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Montgomery County Public Schools have applied for a waiver to avoid extending the school year by a full week due to this year's extra snow days. Superintendent Joshua Starr appealed to Lillian Lowery, state superintendent of schools, for permission to cut the 2013-2014 school year four days short. The state requires 180 days of instruction. Instead, the County wou...
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Administrators for public school sports programs in Virginia's Fairfax County are applauding the National Athletic Trainers' Association's new guidelines for concussion injuries. The guideline statement issued during meetings held this week updates the original concussion guidelines released in 2004. One of the most critical amendments, according to NATA officials, is a reco...
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Charlie Savin, 8, was the winner of the "golden skillet." For those who celebrate Mardi Gras, today marks Fat Tuesday. Among many Christian denomi...
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If you plan to return to the roads in Maryland this morning, state highway officials have some advice for you. State highway crews continued working through the night to clear the roads, but wet surfaces combined with overnight temperatures that dropped into the single digits in some areas means many highways are likely covered with patches of ice. If you're venturin...
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Two bills that could decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Maryland were the focus of a state senate hearing in Annapolis on Tuesday. One bill authored by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. The second measure would legalize the possession of pot for any resident 21 years or older an...
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One of the region's most notorious murder suspects is dead after a gunfight with guards inside an Israeli prison. In 1997, Samuel Sheinbein left Montgomery County and fled to Israel after murdering 19-year old Alfredo Tello, Jr. then burning and dismembering the body. Sheinbein, 34, successfully sought asylum under a law which prevented Israeli citizens from being ext...
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A bill under consideration in Maryland would close a loophole in existing law prohibiting sexual contact between certain people of authority and minors. But lawmakers say it may have a loophole of its own. If a part-time teacher or coach at a public or private school has sex with student aged 16 years or older, they might be fired, but they couldn't be charged with a crime und...