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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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As he awaits prosecution on multiple felony charges some of his former classmates are speaking out.Restrictions ordered by Judge William Simmons allow Coffay to leave his house only for legal purposes. He was forced to relinquish his passport, will undergo substance abuse treatment and is prohibited from contacting the crash victims' families and friends.Alex Cole and Sa...
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The funeral mass for Magruder High School senior Hayley McGuire was filled with many more people than you might imagine would know or be acquainted with someone only 18 years old. But it seems like most everyone in upper Montgomery County knew her.Brittany Ryan graduated from Magruder in 2010.“…She was a grade below me, but we were all friends, just a big group of fr...
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Bail has been set at $500,000 for 20-year old Kevin Coffey, the alleged driver of the car that crashed early Sunday morning, killing 18-year-old Spencer Datt, 18-year-old Haeley McGuire, and 20-year-old John Hoover.Michael McAuliffe, defense attorney for Kevin Coffey, says the weekend tragedy has touched many in the region."It's a breathtaking tragedy. It's just heart w...
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Many of the projects are on major commuter routes heading into the District.A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation calls it "one of the busiest construction seasons we've had in a long time."Leading the list is the completion of the Intercounty Connector interchanges over heavily traveled Route 29 and Briggs Chaney Road in Montgomery County.T...
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In his first appearance in Montgomery County district court Monday, 20-year-old Kevin Coffey was ordered held for a variety of charges, including: failure to remain at the scene of an accident, not assisting an injured person, and attempting to elude police on foot.Arresting officers noted Coffey carried a strong odor of alcohol at the time of his arrest, and county State's Att...
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Marc Bashoor is the pick to permanently lead the fire department, where he was serving as interim chief.At the same time, Baker also issued nominations for several other agencies, including Eric Brown as the Department of Housing and Community Development and Gail Francis as the director for the office of finance.The next step in the process is a series of public hearing...
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"One of the worst jobs in our career is the time when we have to knock on that door and tell your parent the news that no one wants to hear," says Captain Thomas Didone, director of the county's traffic division.He knows that knock all too well. Two years ago, Didone's 15-year-old son, Ryan, died in a car wreck. He was a passenger in the vehicle with five other teens."Th...
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The federal government is appealing a successful suit brought last year by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinnelli, who argued against the provision in the Affordable Care Act mandating that all Americans purchase insurance.In December, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson agreed with Cucinnelli and struck down the provision, declaring it unconstitutional. The challenge agai...
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Warner is co-opting the power of modern technology setting up a portion of his website to collect messages of appreciation for the Virginia-based Navy SEALs.A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner says although the highly classified Navy commandos can never be celebrated with parades or press conferences, he believes many Virginians, want to say thank you.A...
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His brother, Jonathan Candia, is currently a junior at Northwest, and his cousin Rodolfo Louis Nogales were both injured in the crash and are being treated at a local hospital.In an email, principal Lance Dempsey, has asked that donations be made payable by check or money order to Northwest High School. The check should also carry a note, indicating the donation is for the Cand...
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McDonnell's veto cuts $424,000 from government-subsidized radio and television stations which present artistic, cultural and public affairs, and news programs such as Ken Burns' "Civil War" series.The governor had targeted PBS stations for an eventual phase-out in the budget he submitted in December. The Virginia General Assembly disagreed, however, and restored some funding, b...
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 11 bicycle accident deaths in Maryland alone in 2009. Many bike mishaps are not just the fault of bicycle vs. car -- but rather, bicycle vs. road.The risks associated with riding a bicycle on roads crowded with cars and pedestrians might sometime seem to grow out of a conflict between different forms of transportation ...
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In a release letter, Principal Alisha Trusty said last week she learned some college admissions materials required from the all-girls public school, including transcripts, school profiles, and recommendations were not received by all the colleges students applied.Trusty said she immediately contacted the parents of 24 students who had not been accepted to any college. A spokesp...
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The small group of county firefighters is part of local union 1664, the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Association. The group was in negotiations to keep flat funding for firefighters in the 2012 budget earlier this year, but those talks broke down. An arbitrator was called in and recommended the flat funding plan, but Leggett disagr...
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The firefighters who gathered at the corner of routes 29 and 198 are part of countywide employee union which is at odds with the county executive over his decision on how they fit into his proposed 2012 budget.Brock Cline, a spokesperson for the firefighters' union, says earlier in 2...
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Starr was chosen from a pool of 30 candidates from 15 states. The 41-year-old educator is currently the superintendent of Stamford public schools, a post he has held for the past six years.Following the announcement of Starr's appointment, current superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast spoke about the man who will replace him. Weast has served as chief of the county's schools for the p...
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The search for a new head of schools began soon after current superintendent, Jerry Weast, announced his retirement in August. Weast, one of the nation's longest-serving superintendents, will end 12 years of service when his contract expires June 30.With the help of a search firm, board members reviewed the applications of 30 candidates from 15 states -- at least 18 are current...
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The legislators will have to figure out who will divvy up the state's voting districts: the General Assembly or the courts.Governor Bob McDonnell rejected the plan the Assembly sent earlier this month, saying the proposal -- which was endorsed by the Democratically controlled Senate -- produced rambling, serpentine configurations and sliced up too many communities.At fir...
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The company has also issued a statement condemning the incident.McPherson says the employee who took the video is no longer employed with his organization, and other workers will be disciplined as warranted.The video posted online shows the woman being attacked repeatedly by two people while an employee tries to intervene.Baltimore County police say a 14-year-old ...
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A lawsuit filed by the union demands County Executive Ike Leggett rewrite his budget because the proposed spending plan failed to include the results of binding arbitration.Leggett responded saying he has the authority under collective bargaining law to propose whatever budget he sees fit. You recall back in February, members of that union stormed Leggett's office to protest ch...