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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.


Articles Written by Elliott Francis

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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...
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More than 30 schools in Prince George's County will remain closed today because of ongoing structural tests to gauge damage from Tuesday's earthquake.In a statement released late Wednesday, school superintendent Dr. William Hite said officials are working as quickly as possible to get the necessary building...
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In Prince George's County, a school spokesperson says some schools will remain closed Thursday as crews assess the damage from Tuesday's earthquake.Out of 199 schools in the county, 37 were thought to have suffered some type of damage from the quake. The number continued to change throughout the day as building crews made detailed checks of each facility.Superintendent W...
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A 50-year old comic book is receiving renewed interest in the D.C. area, thanks to the upcoming dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, and recent events in the Middle East.Zainab Al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress says the book,...
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Thousands of people are lining up to view the new memorial to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the display and sculpture of the civil rights leader is evoking many memories.The memorial to the murdered civil rights leader cost $120 million and was 25 years in the makin...
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Washingtonians are getting their first close-up look at the new memorial dedicated to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. today.This memorial opened at 11 a.m. this morning, and since then dozens of tourists and local residents have come to visit the park, which sits right between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials on the Tidal Basin, and within walking distance of the Washington ...
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Prince George's County police have identified a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a toddler.Investigators say they're searching for 18-year-old Deven Matos. Matos is not a suspect, they add, but detectives want to question him about the shooting.Police say the boy, ...
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Tourists and area resident got their first preview today of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the national mall.There is a lot to see in this $120 million tribute, but as the first group of people began to flow into the memorial, most gathered in front of the 30-foot statue of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., looked up and stared."It's just awesome," says Lorrai...
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Montgomery County's new schools superintendent is inviting parents to get to know him at a series of upcoming town halls and public meetings.Dr. Joshua Starr says he's eager to answer questions about his plans for the school system beginning with a so-called 'Listen and Learn' event. It's the first of two upcoming town halls and 10 public meetings scheduled to introduce the new...
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Officials in District are encouraging residents wanted for nonviolent felonies to voluntarily surrender this weekend.The D.C. Safe Surrender program began Saturday. The initiative allows anyone wanted on a bench warrant, probation, parole violation or a traffic offense to resolve his or her outstanding warrants and avoid arrest.Anyone charged with a violent crime, or act...
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White tail deer are a growing problem in the city of Rockville, Md., and now city officials are asking for residents' input on how to control them.In July, the city's 16-member White Tail Deer Management Task Force offered seven recommendations to the mayor and city council on how to handle the growing deer population.Among the suggestions: a change in existing law to a...
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As authorities in Aruba continue to search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, more questions are being raised about the man who police say is a suspect in her disappearance.When Gardner traveled to Aruba with Gary Giordano, she didn't tell her boyfriend Richard Forrester. Gardner, who lived in Frederick, occasionally stayed with Forrester at his home in Bethes...
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Aruban Authorities ended the active search for missing Frederick County resident Robyn Gardner, but continue to question Gary Giordano of Gaithersburg.Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein says investigators are suspending the search for Gardner because they have no more leads to pursue. Stein added they planned to continue questioning Giordano.According to investigators G...
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A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.Gardner, 35, was last seen a week ago in the same resort area of Aruba where Natalie Hollaway vanished six years ago. Authorities say Gardner had traveled to the Caribbean island with a man from Gaithersburg named Gary Giordano....
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This week's installation of Maryland's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger might not have been possible without the encouragement of a group of teen siblings.Trip Aubinoe is a commercial real estate developer with properties throughout the D.C. metro area. ...
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Montgomery County is now home to the state's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger. State officials and alternative energy advocates gathered in Bethesda this morning to show off the latest advancement in Maryland's march toward clean renewable energy."This electric vehicle charging station, powered by the sun, is helping us to create jobs and power our way into a bette...