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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Police in Prince William County are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died after being shocked with a Taser by police.Police say 29-year old Debro Wilkerson of Manassas was being helped by paramedics late Saturday when he became disorderly, prompting police to use a Taser to subdue him.Wilkerson was reportedly staying with relative, who says the incid...
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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...
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The proposed new dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir has taken a step forward.The Virginia Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management issued three permits allowing construction of the earthen dam, a project that's been the center of a controversy over central Virginia's 50-year water plan.Published reports indicated the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority still needs pe...
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Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.Nearly a dozen officers from Prince George's and Montgomery County police forces were commended Aug. 2 for their enforcement in conjunction with Project Exile.The national initiative allows local police and prosecutors to team with federal Bure...
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The Prince George's County Council is planning a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Leslie Johnson.Four of the five candidates who challenged Johnson back in September appear interested in making another run at that council seat, which opened when Johnson's resignation took effect Sunday.The four are Arthur Turner, Venus Bethea, Mark Polk, an...
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Authorities in Calvert County, Md. are looking for a man who apparently installed a skimming device on an ATM last week.The unknown white male police are searching for in the thefts is shown on a surveillance camera fitting the skimming device on the ATM machine outside the Sun Trust bank on Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk, Md.The device, which is well known to law en...
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There are reports that the District mayor's office is forcing staffers to sign limited nondisclosure agreements.The agreements would ban city employees from discussing potential cost-saving and revenue-raising measures.Published reports indicate that former chief technology officer Suzanne Peck gave nearly 100 employees the confidentiality agreements. Peck, who was recen...