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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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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...
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The executive architect of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington says an inscription on the monument won't be changed, according to the Washington Post. The decis...
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A worker has been electrocuted while trimming branches at a home in Takoma Park, Md.The man has been identified by NBC Washington as Orlando Hernandez, 48. Hernandez died from the shock.The worker was apparently trimming branches near power lines in ...
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By now, utilities have restored power to most residents in Maryland. But some who remain without say they don't fully understand why.Baltimore Gas and Electric serves upwards of 1.2 million residents in Maryland. Only 13,000 are in Montgomery County, and just under 1,000 of those folks are still without power."I'm stuck with nothing. It's an all-electric house and I cant...
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Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with a paraphrased quotation by Martin Luther King Jr. etched in the recently opened memorial for Dr. King near the mall.The paraphrase reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."The exact words, taken from a sermon Dr. King delivered in 1968 are: "Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that...
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Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews is speaking out about his opposition to a county wide youth curfew.A recent gang fight in downtown Silver Spring and this month's mob robbery of a convenience store in Germantown has intensified the debate over the possibility of a ...
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In Montgomery County, Md., the mass robbery of a convenience store by 25 teens earlier this month is prompting some councilmembers to call for new laws to address the crime.County councilmember Craig Rice has suggested that a new law implemented by the state or the county could help mitigate crimes committed by groups of people such as the so-called ...
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Many homeowners in Prince George's County are still without electricity late Monday, but the work to restore power to one of the hardest hit counties in Maryland is having an impact.Nearly 50,000 residents in the county started Monday morning in homes with no electricity. By mid-afternoon, work crews had made a significant dent in the number of residents in the dark.“C...