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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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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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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...
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Two groups are engaged in a tug-of-war of sorts outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on 16th and L streets in Northwest D.C. It boils down to this: anti-abortion activists on the sidewalk, and volunteers with the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force by the facility's gate.Olivia Harrison is the volunteer coordinator. "As patients are coming up, we approach them and let th...
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Last week's extreme heat triggered the first "emergency event" in four years for BG&E's energy-saving program, dubbed "PeakRewards." The measure allows the utility to turn off participating customer's air conditioning units when the power demand is the highest. In exchange, participants save $50 to $100 per year.Over the weekend, a six-hour power cycling event Friday reduce...
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The bill sponsored by Council member Karen Toles will amend current laws regulating the operation of clubs and so called 'adult and teen dance halls' some of which have been magnets for violence in the county, according to police.Among other provisions, the bill would establish new noise regulations for the clubs, and the licensing fee for the venues will increase from $200 to ...
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The museum, which re-opened Monday in a new $5 million space, tells the story of African Americans who fought to end slavery and unite a nation. Among those speaking at the re-dedication was D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who seized the moment of historic reflection to illuminate the districts ongoing struggle for self rule."Why is it that a city that's balanced its budget for 14 con...
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The original African American Civil War Museum opened on U Street NW back in 1999 not far from the African American Civil War Memorial. The museum's new location at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW provides about 5,000 square feet, thanks to a $5 million renovation."What people are going to see is the largest collection of African American Civil Wat memorabilia in the country, dedicated ...
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The museum was originally opened back in 1998. Back then its artifacts and memorabilia were crammed into 700 square feet of space. Thirteen years and $5 million later, the new 5,000 square foot repository honoring the 209,000 145 black soldiers and sailors who fought for the union is opening once again.D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says the timing to the anniversary is meaningful....
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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 ...