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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 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.


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A Montgomery County police officer will receive an award from Congress for his bravery during a hostage situation at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring. Officer Edward Paden Jr. is scheduled to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award in a ceremony Monday. The Washington Examiner reports that 20 other law e...
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The protesters who've pitched tents in Washington's Freedom Plaza since October have been issued a permit to extend their stay into the new year.National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson says the group originally known as Stop the Machine filed an application for a new permit which runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28...
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This month, abortion rights opponents staged a demonstration in Germantown, Md. to mark the one-year anniversary of the arrival of Dr. Leroy Carhart, a physician who provides late term abortions. The clinic, as well as the owner of the building where Carhart provides the procedure, has been the focus of protests in the past year. Now, that building's owner says he's found a way to fig...
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Shortly after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he conducted a series of experiments with recorded sound. Those recordings, made in the early 1880s, were eventually stored away, and considered unplayable until now. The recordings were created in Washington D.C. around 1884 by Bell, his cousin Chichester Bell, and Charles Sumner Tainter. Now, some of them -- in...
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A proposed bill in Maryland aimed at so-called "flash mob thefts" could increase penalties for participants.Legislators say the measure is in response to a pair of suspected flash mob thefts in Germantown, Md. this past summer, as well as last month's 50-person robbery spree at a convenience store in Silver Spring.  The bill is authored by Maryland Del. Jeffery Walds...
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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is set to receive a $100 million makeover. The Maryland State Board of Public Works unanimously approved funds this week to renovate the oldest part of the terminal. Published reports claim the project will be funded with revenue from gate leases, fees and rent. BWI recorded its busiest season ever last year, with vi...
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A winter weather advisory is in effect for areas north and west of the District, and forecasters say the rain will turn to snow this evening. Forecasters say expect about 1 to 2 inches max in area such as Loudon County, Virginia and upper Montgomery County in Maryland, with maybe a dusting in the District. At a home improvement store in Frederick, Maryland, C...
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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has been ordered to spend more than seven years behind bars after following sentencing on charges of corruption, but he doesn't have to report to prison until Feb. 3. During sentencing, U.S. Dis...
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Opinions are mixed about Tuesday's sentencing of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson. A judge sentenced him to a full 7 years in prison on federal corruption charges for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from developers. Soon afte...
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A movement called "Take Back the Capitol" brings thousands of activists from around the U.S. to the National Mall this week. This movement, not affiliated with Occupy DC, is part of a nationwide effort to send a message to Congress.  The idea, according to org...
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One day after dozens of Occupy DC protestors were arrested following a 10-hour standoff, other demonstrators were treated to a concert by a well-known celebrity activist. Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne appeared at an impromptu concert at the Stop the Machine protesters' Freedom P...
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When 16-year old Hunter Gardner died in a 2007 car crash, his parents channeled their grief into the launch of Project Yellow Light, a safe driving campaign in Spotsylvania County. Now the campaign is going national, thanks to a partnership with the Ad Council and the National Organizations for Youth Safety. Starting Dec. 1, high school seniors can produce and submit videos ...
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A group D.C. high school students who are learning about evolution are looking at the issue in a non-traditional way, by conducting an AIDS awareness campaign as a part of their biology class. The course unit was developed by science teacher and Knowles Science Teaching Fellow, Alexandra Fuentes. Students learn how the virus a...
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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'...