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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 family of seven is described by neighbors as immigrants from Ethiopia living in a rented brownstone on Florida Avenue NW.Earlier this week, marshals arrived unexpectedly, evicted the family, and padlocked the door. Jessica Kutch witnessed the eviction and says her neighbors had difficulty understanding why they were put out."The fact that they were renters and they w...
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The non-profit, non-partisan Virginia Public Access Project keep tabs on the donations. The group reports 57 checks totaling $10,000 or more were donated to McDonnell's political action committee (PAC), Opportunity Virginia.That accounts for approximately $1.4 million of the $1.53 million in contributions accepted between April and June.Most of the money is expected to b...
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By mid-September approximately 2,500 workers will relocate from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District to the National Navel Medical Center in Bethesda. Senator Cardin says this move under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program is good for the state."BRAC for most communities is a loss of jobs," Cardin says. "For Maryland it was a plus for jobs but it also had...
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Cardin's remarks came following a tour of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. The senator met with wounded vets and military personnel, most of whom will be affected by the BRAC or Base Realignment and Closure efforts designed to relocate hundreds of workers and patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. to the Bethesda naval hospital.Cardin says he was co...
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Mark Chase is a spray-paint artist. He used to perform daily near North Division Street in Ocean City making and selling his paintings on the boardwalk. But recently, the City Council voted to ban activities that draw crowds in that area.The council also cites concern from fire department officials who say there are potential safety issues.Chase claims he's been harassed...
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The space shuttle isn't the only launch that's had problems. The lift-off of experimental rockets from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore has been delayed twice this week -- by bad weather.NASA hopes to get the rockets up today --sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. But if not, they already have backup launch days set through July 23.The rockets...
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A security officer stands guard beside the drive-thru ATMs here at the Germantown branch of Bank of America. Police say this is where a suspect with a Taser threatened and robbed a man as he sat in his car using the ATM.County police officer Amy Daum say the unidentified victim drove away immediately avoiding injury and leaving behind the cash and his card."He really did...
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The robbery took place at the Germantown branch of the Bank of America late one night last week. Montgomery County police officer Amy Daum says a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt approached the victim as he sat in his car at the ATM."He walked up to the driver's side and threatened the victim with a stun gun. The victim drove away and the suspect got away with the cash and ...
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The WSSC says the trail, on the grounds of the Rocky Gorge Reservoir near Laurel, Md., is sending horse waste and sediment into the drinking water supply, according to the Associated Press. The utility provides water to nearly 2 million people in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.The 18-mile trail is on land owned by the WSSC surrounding the Patuxent River's Rocky Gorge R...
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According to investigators, the first incident involved a 17-year-old at the headquarters of the District's Department of Employment Services.The unidentified teen reports a man – employed at that department as a file clerk – made graphic remarks and inappropriate contact.Police have arrested and charged Thomas Nelson, 54, with second-degree touching of a minor by a ...
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"Operation Blue Tide" was conceived last year as an anti-terrorism initiative designed to discourage potential attacks on Metro. "TIDE" is an acronym for Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort.But after a rash of crimes this year at P.G. County Metro stations, Wednesday night's sweep covering 14 stations in the are was expanded to help riders avoid local crime.Lt...
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MetroAccess drivers are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to undergo a physical, but Wayne Baker, head of Local 1764, the union that represents the driver, says he's not aware of what type of testing is done.U.S. DOT spokesperson Brian Farber says it depends on the class of driver. Metro and MV Transportation declined to discuss the matter because of the active ...
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Of the 10 Metro stations with the highest rates of crime, six are in Prince George's County. That group includes New Carrolton and Largo Center stations, where in May four suspects robbed and carjacked three people at parking lots in each station on two separate days.County ...
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The lawsuit indicates the unidentified driver had the disease while transporting MetroAccess riders for several months in 2008. When the problem was discovered, Metro officials sent a notice to all riders who had come in contact with the driver between April and October of that year.Attorn...
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The complaint affidavit filed in U.S. District Court indicates the relationship between the 52-year old AU accounting professor and 41-year old Jorge Landeros began approximately six years ago.Computer records from Marcum's home show the pair became jointly involve...
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In the complaint affidavit obtained by WAMU, investigators say 41-year-old Jorge Landeros is currently living in Juarez, Mexico, to avoid prosecution as a suspect in the murder of American University accounting professor Sue Marcum. Marcum was found murdered in her Glen Echo home in October.According to the complaint, detectives gathered DNA evidence from that crime scene, incl...
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Five of the cases were in western Virginia and 13 of the cases were reported in northeast Tennessee.Virginia Department of Health spokesman Robert Parker says the agency has found what he described as "similarities" between the strains which have sickened residents in the two states. But Parker says they have not identified a common source.Earlier this month, a 2-year-ol...
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The board is still weighing its options in the disagreement over the third grade social studies textbook, which some parents say is promoting a liberal agenda. They did agree to form a task force at their June 22 board meeting to look into the issue.The Frederick County school board discussed the matter Wednesday evening with a small group of parents who want the book Socia...
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The textbook is titled Social Studies Alive. Parents who want the book removed from the curriculum say portions of the text are not objective, teaching instead in an ideological manner on subjects such as public education and health care.The issue first surfaced back in May when Frederick County resident Cindy Rose filed a formal complaint with the board after her 9-ye...
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The report, released June 21, found that levels of certain compounds were "extraordinarily low," but also noted that water quality can vary throughout the city.The quality of D.C. tap water begins in a treatment plant in Georgetown. There, it undergoes a multi-step process...