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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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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...
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The report, based on 30,000 water quality tests conducted in 2010, details levels of regulated and unregulated contaminants and how the drinking water matches up to federal standards."We do additional monitoring as well, and the good news is that the drinking water in Washington, D.C., satisfies, by a good margin, all of the safety standards that have been established for drin...
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Cara Lee, 18, lives in Mount Airy, Md., and has a chronic form of Lyme disease. Although it's not exactly rare for people in states such as Maryland and Virginia to suffer from the condition, what is unusual, according to Cara's mother, is how the teen got Lyme disease."Well we can't be absolutely certain, but the doctor does thing that it's probably that I could have given it ...
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Spread mostly by deer ticks, health officials suggest you check for the bugs after walking in areas where they hide.Those areas shouldn't be limited to tall grass and woods, says Katherine Feldman from the Maryland Department of Public Health."Most Lyme disease is acquired around a person’s home," says Feldman. "So it's incredibly important that people protect themselv...
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His attorneys say Snyder is asking for $1 million in damages from the paper. They claim a November 19 cover story, called "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder,'' libeled Snyder by implying he committed a crime.Snyder has said he pursued the lawsuit because the...
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Although she's been a harsh critic of the system, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) admits the system is beginning to show signs of improvement. This echoes a recent assessment by the National Transportation Safety Board, which reports the system has incorporated more than 100 ...
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Members of the region's congressional delegation are meeting with top Metro officials to discuss the agency's progress. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) heads the delegation seeking answers from Metro General Manager Richard Sarles and Chief Safety Officer James Dougherty.Overall Sarles reports more than 100 corrective measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Boa...
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At the height of its service, Nutrition Inc. handed out more than 13,000 meals a day in D.C., Alexandria, and Montgomery and Prince George's counties. It had served the region since 1976.This week, the vendor notified the D.C. Office on Aging and said it would stop providing the meals on June 6, citing financial difficulties.The vendor's chief executive says the company'...