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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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Advocates for the disabled in Montgomery County are urging drivers to stop parking in spaces reserved for those with disabilities. A new initiative called 'Respect The Space' is intended to help curb that behavior over the holidays, when parking is at a premium in retail spaces across the county.County Executive Ike Leggett tells residents that before using a space designa...
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D.C. schools officials are offering to create three new middle schools with different specialties in northeast Washington. According to published reports, the plan was offered last week to parents who've complained about the lack of education options in Ward 5. It involves closing three pre-school through 8th grade campuses created in 2008 by former school Chancellor Michell...
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Residents in the Beacon Heights section of Riverdale, Md. are speaking out about the proposed Purple Line light rail system. Tuesday night's gathering on the project was the first in a series of open house meetings sponsored by Montgomery County to gather input from residents about the transit line. The 16-mile double track rail will stretch east to west from Bethesda to New Carr...
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A new pilot program launched in Silver Spring, Maryland that installs the state's first curb markings -- part of an effort to reduce pedestrian-related collisions. The focus and function of the program is simple, according to Jeff Dunkel, safety coordinator for Montgomery County. "What we've done here is come up with an idea of putting markers on the curb, that tell the pedest...
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An arrest warrant has been issued for a man U.S. Park Police believe was involved in gunfire near the White House this weekend, according to the Associated Press. The warrant charges 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega with carrying a dangerous weapon, in connection with...
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According to a new study, Metrorail employees are overworked and subject to fatigue, which could lead to accidents and mistakes. The results of the study will be presented to Metro's board of directors next week. The report is the result of a five-month partnership between the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority and the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which is responsible...
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As troops return home to the D.C. region from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they face the same thing as many of their fellow soldiers around the country: difficulty finding a job.  Cris McRae, 23, is one veteran in Prince George's County on a mission to apply lessons learned in battle to launch his post-military career. McRae served as a scout sniper in the army'...
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In Maryland, business leaders from across the region met Tuesday to testify on the economic climate in the state. Opinions on the state of the economy varied. The forum was organized by the state’s ‘Board of Revenue Estimates’ and designed to put Maryland’s top financial managers face to face with regional business leaders. The businesses represented a diverse selectio...
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A bill that would require large retails stories to help support the Montgomery County communities in which they operate is running into opposition from at least one county council member. The so-called community benefits agreement would require retail stores more tha...
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Watermen are blaming heavy rainfall and Tropical storms Lee and Irene for the dead oysters washing up on beds just above Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Larry Simns, president of Maryland's Watermen's Association, says he suspects the heavy rain diluted the Bay's brackish water in some areas making it too fresh for the oysters to survive. Simns adds the storms may have also led to l...
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Richard Wayne Crowder was convicted this weekend for sending blood-smeared letters threatening President Obama, local judges and a federal agent, reports the Roanoke Times. The Virginia prison inmate pleaded not guilty, but offered no defense during a two-day trial. Crowder was an inmate at Red Onion State Prison when he mailed the letters to the Roanoke and Roanoke County Cir...
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In an emailed statement, Department of Public Works spokesperson Linda Grant says the department was required to reduce their overall workforce by 25 positions to meet their budget mark for fiscal year 2012.Of those 25, 11 were so-called "boot staff" -- the people in parking enforcement charged with the responsibility of putting a boot on your car if your parking tickets g...
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  The Mayor of Baltimore says she is concerned about reports of illegal activity in that city's Occupy Baltimore protest encampment near Inner Harbor, according to Associated Press.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is worried some of the protesters who've been camping at McKeldin Square for four weeks may be discouraging other protestors from reporting crime t...
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Two local members of congress are using the power of the legislature to create a so-called "Hotels for Heros" program to help military families. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Senator. Ben Cardin and Representative. Dutch Ruppersberger would expand a program which already enables travelers to donate frequent-flier miles to military families.The expansion would extend the program to h...
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The main hall at Union Station is closed to repair damages caused by the earthquake that rattled the region last August. A spokesperson for Union Station says much of the damage is in the ceiling of the Main Hall. While temporary repairs were made after the quake, a small piece of plaster fell from the ceiling last week. No one was injured, and the hall was closed. ...
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After more than 42 years of guiding millions of visitors around the District's monuments and historic attractions, Tourmobile is ending its operations. The sightseeing tour bus will make its final run today.  It’s estimated millions of visitors have taken one of Tourmobile’s guided tours around the monuments on the National Mall or at Arlington National Cemetery....
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Students, alumni and faculty from Howard University say they're planning a march Friday to support the Occupy Wall Street protests. The event scheduled for this afternoon is expected to include a march from the Howard campus to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Organizers say they've coordinated with, and will be joined by pro...
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A Fairfax County firefighter was found dead in his firehouse Saturday morning. Horace Pendergrass, 49, was found in the bunkroom of the Crosspointe station around 8:30 a.m., reports Fairfax County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Captain Willie Bailey. Pendergrass' colleagues tried to administer CPR but they were not able to resuscitate him. Bailey says there were no ...
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Police have made an arrest in the murder of Jessica Nguyen, the 12-year-old Gaithersburg girl found dead in the basement of her home in May. Montgomery County police on Tuesday arrested her stepfather, 43-year-old David Rich Hang of Gaithersburg, on a warrant for first-degree murder, according to a statement from police. Jessica's body was discovered May 31 after police respon...
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Police in Montgomery County have suspended their search for 11-year-old William McQuain after the discovery of a body fitting his description. Now, investigators are focused on a critical surveillance video, as residents and schoolmates try to make sense of what happened.  ...