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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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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...
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Roughly 100 million years ago, a stretch of land perpendicular to Route 1 in Laurel, Md. was a lot like southern Louisiana, and its waterways were teaming with life. These days, the area is known as Dinosaur Alley. "Back in those times, the rivers would overflow their banks and dump things that float into the abandon stream channel which include dead animals and at that time i...
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Prince William County has the highest rate of foreclosures in Virginia, and residents of one neighborhood who blame the foreclosure rate on the practice of 'robo-signing,' are demanding accountability from the banks and an investigation by state officials.  At the height of the foreclosure crunch, approximately 25 percent of homes in the Georgetown South development in Manassas w...
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Two Maryland county executives are at odds over the relocation by the state's Department of Housing and Community Development from Anne Arundel County to Prince George’s County. When Governor Martin O’Malley announced DHCD would move from its current location in Crownsville,...
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Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is announcing the relocation of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development to a ‘soon-to-be-built’ facility in New Carrolton. The move makes good on a campaign promise O’Malley made to residents of Prince George’s county five years ago to place the headquarters of a state agency in the county. The DHCD is currently...
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Despite a crackdown on fare evaders, Virginia Railway Express says it is still seeing repeat offenders. Customers are expected to validate their tickets at kiosks, and can anticipate conductors to spot-check passengers on trains. The agency averaged about eight citations a month when Amtrak provided the service. But the new operator, Keolis, has handed out an average of 109 ci...
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The Maryland Coalition for Life is leading the effort to stop the work of Dr. Leroy Carhart, a physician who performs late-term abortions at the Reproductive Health Services clinic in Germantown.Last week, the coalition published on their website, the name, address, email and phone number of the owner of the building where t...
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The rate of poverty in the U.S has climbed to its highest level in more than 20 years, according to numbers released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday. According to the report, the poverty rate in the country rose to 15.1 percent. That’s 46 million people in the U.S. livi...
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At least three bridges and a half dozen roads in Fairfax remain closed as crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to assess damage from last week’s storms. The bridges include spans on Lorton Road over Giles Run, Beach Mill Road over Nichols Branch and a third on Towlston Road. Officials from VDOT say all three were destroyed in the storm and will be re...
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 Organizers have rescheduled the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the mall for Oct. 16, after Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the previously scheduled ceremony in Augus...
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An alert has been issued by federal counter-terrorism officials urging pilots and workers to keep an eye out for suspicious activity at smaller private airports during this weekend’s observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  There are more than two dozen smaller airports and airfields in Maryland, including Freeway Airport in Bowie. Matt Lindquist, a chief instructor ...
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In Prince George’s County,  animal rights advocates are urging county officials to adopt new procedures to lower the high kill rate in the county’s animal shelters.In 2009, the  director of environmental management, Charles Wilson set a goal to save more stray animals immediately. Animal rights advocates with the ...
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The new public school superintendent of Montgomery County, Md. is holding a series of "Listen and Learn" events, the first taking place 7 p.m. Tuesday night.New superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr is heading out to meet parents, students and staff at a series of 10 sessions he says are designed for him to learn from the community. The first town-hall style meeting will be held Tues...