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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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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...
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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 ...