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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.


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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...
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William Shelton, former chairman of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Ward 5, pleaded guilty to a single count of access device fraud late this week. A court document charging Shelton says he used an ATM card for personal expenditures from the neighborhood commission's account. Shelton's sentencing is scheduled for May 4. Under federal sentencing guidelines,...
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As work continues on the first phase of the Dulles Rail Metro project, some lawmakers in Loudoun County are reportedly considering dropping out of the second phase of the Silver Line project. Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, have publically expressed concern over the future operating costs of the 23-mile commuter rail. Loudoun is slated to split some the $2....
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Update, 5:30 p.m.: Today prosecutor Jonathan Church called four witnesses to the stand including a convicted felon with ties to illegal guns sales and a state police officer from the task force that confirmed that much of the paperwork generated in the seizure of the weapons was approved by detective Carter. Later there was speculation that one juror had read ...
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Published reports indicate Harford County sheriff's deputies are investigating complaints made at an adult bookstore in Abingdon, Md. on Jan. 16. That's when customers report finding Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, nude from the waist down in the store's movie theater. In a letter to parishioners at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson, Rev. Joseph Barr wro...
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D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has been released from the hospital following a minor surgery. Barry's chief of staff, Joyce Clements Smith says the former mayor was released, as expected, late Saturday afternoon from Sibley Memorial Hospital. His office had earlier said he was undergoing a procedure involving the urinary tract. Barry, 75, has survived prostate c...
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About 20 percent of taxpayers will see smaller state income tax refunds, under a budget proposal released by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The plan, revealed earlier today, is designed to close the state's $1 billion budget gap. Some of the tough choices include requiring counties to ...
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The daylong Occupy protest aimed at addressing members of Congress Tuesday produced some success and failure. The timing of protest was no accident. As house members returned from winter break, many of the hundreds who gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol hoped to meet with their representatives. Malachi Vincent was one of them.  "It's kind of depressing but soon...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley has decided to shift some teacher pension costs to Maryland counties, according to Maryland Senate President Mike Miller. Miller says O'Malley has settled on an amount, but adds he'll wait for the governor to announce the details. O'Malley is expect to submit a budget that, among other things, proposes an ...
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Update, 6:30 p.m.: Hundreds of Occupy protesters gathered on Capitol Hill today -- rallying against the influence of corporate money in politics. Many were hoping to speak with members of congress, and some came close. Earlier in the day demonstrators thought they would be denied entrance to the house office buildings on Capitol Hill. As it turns out, a small ...
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Authorities are warning motorists about a pair of thieves masquerading as cops. Metro police say the two men impersonating police officers robbed a motorist early Sunday morning in Southeast Washington.  The driver was robbed about 3 a.m. in the 4800 block of Texas Ave SE, according to a police spokesperson. The driver was ordered out of his car by two men carrying h...
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Johnny Pimentel, 40, was arrested late this week in a shopping mall in Lima. Authorities in Peru say they're holding him at the request of police in Fairfax County. Pimental is the suspect in a collection of assaults between February and July of last year, in which nine women reported being slashed at malls and retail outlets in Fairfax County. None of the women suffered ser...
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New findings from the American Psychological Association reveal a decrease in stress levels among Americans for the first time in five years, and a tendency for D.C. residents to embrace a stressful lifestyle. The results suggest the overall stress average is down, and they also s...
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Montgomery County's new bag tax is almost two weeks old. Although many residents appear to have adjusted to the new law, some scientists are urging them to take precautions when using reusable bags. How well residents are adjusting to the county's new bag law depends on which people you ask...
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The United States Congress has awarded a Montgomery County police officer for his bravery during the Discovery building hostage crisis last year.  On an otherwise quiet afternoon in September 2010, a suicide bomber walked into the Discovery Communications building in downtown Silver Spring, took three hostages, and terrorized dozens of others for hours. Officer Edward Pad...