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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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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.  ...
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Police believe they have found the body of William McQuain, the 11-year-old Germantown boy that had been missing since Sept. 30. With the help of a search dog, Montgomery County Police officers discovered the remains of a young, African-American boy in a wooded area of the county near Route 355 and Clarksburg Road shortly after 9 a.m. today, according to Police Chief Thomas Manger....
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Investigators moved their search for the body of an 11-year-old boy whose mother was found dead last week to an area just south of route 121 in Clarksburg, Maryland. Police in Montgomery County came up empty-handed Sunday night, saying they had found "nothing significant" in their combing of the area. On Monday, about 20 officers and volunteers searched the area of the Ma...
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The family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed, the man who died outside of DC9 last October, filed a $15 million lawsuit this week against the owners of the nightclub. After Mohammed was denied entry into the U Street club one evening, he allegedly threw a brick through the establishment's window. Authorities say club employees kicked and beat him after the incident. Several ...
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The sentencing of former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson in a federal corruption probe has been rescheduled. Johnson's attorney, Shawn Wright, requested today's planned sentencing be delayed due to scheduling conflicts. The judge granted the request after lead prosecutor assistant U.S. attorney James Crowell offered no objection. Johnson entered a gu...
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A funding watchdog based in the District claims private philanthropy for the arts isn’t doing enough to support poor and ethnically diverse patrons of the arts. In a new report released this week, the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy claims billions of dollars in private arts fund...
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The wife of a D.C. sanitation worker fatally shot last year at a Department of Public Works facility is suing the city, according to the Washington Post. Larry Hutchins, 51, was killed in October 2010 as he prepare...
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Protestors with Occupy DC marched to the Newseum Wednesday night in order to speak to some of the 60 politicians, policy makers, and business leaders, attending the 'Washington ...
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Adam Riess, a professor of astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University, is the co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Riess will share the award with fellow American Saul Perlmutter and Australian Brian Schmidt. The trio was part of two teams of scientists who discov...
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A small crowd of Occupy DC protestors began to gather over the weekend in McPherson Square. As the chilly weather and ranshowers continued Monday, their numbers continued to grow, guided by social media and motivated by the expanding Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New Yo...
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Published reports indicate almost half of public high schools in Montgomery County failed to make the grade on statewide tests this year. The federal government's No Child Left Behind law requires schools to meet annually increasing education performance targets each year. Officials with the Maryland State Department of Education say 12 of 25 high schools in Montgomery Cou...
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A new cage-less, no-kill cat shelter is open for business in Maryland. That’s right -- cage less. Instead, cats of all stripes are free to roam around this newly renovated 2,000-square foot, two-story townhouse in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. The rooms are filled with cat toys, trees, and furniture for the cats and for the folks who might adopt them.  "We actually have...
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The sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in a bedroom of an Oxon Hill apartment has left her family and neighbors shaken and looking for answers.  Family members say the intruder entered through a window of her grandmother’s street-level apartment in the Carlyle at Harbor Pointe complex. The grandmother won’t give her name in order to protect her granddaughter’s pri...
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As investigators continue to search for a suspect in the Monday morning sexual assault of a ten year old girl in Oxon Hill, Maryland, the girl’s grandmother continues to speak out about the inadequate security in the apartment complex. The girl was sleeping in the bedroom of her grandmother’s apartment when the intruder broke in. The grandmother, who we will not name, says...
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When D.C.'s children in foster care reach age 18, many begin to leave the system in a process called emancipation. Without continued support, some of these so-called 'foster kids' will fail as they become adults; but one local group is helping provide them with a leg up. Shumeka Moore is one such young woman, who grew up in a series of foster homes in and around D.C. Some were...