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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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Gas sales have declined for the past five weeks, suggesting some motorists have reached their tipping point and are slowly changing their habits. David Peterson lives in the District."I walk. I'm walking to the Capitol. It's a beautiful day, so why take the car?" he says.Of course, days aren't always beautiful and destinations not always in walking distance.At thi...
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For five consecutive weeks, American commuters have bought less gasoline than they did last year this time, according to metrics-watcher SpendingPulse. SpendingPulse typically tracks the volume of gas sold at 140,000 services stations nationwide.At this gas station in the District where the price of premium unleaded is pushing $4.70 a gallon, the pumps are silent. It was nearly...
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Each year, county firefighters hold their "Fill the Boot" campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in Maryland. They hit the streets on medians and in major intersections with firefighters' boots asking for donations.They typically raise about $200,000 dollars. But Bill 12-11, which was introduced Tuesday by several Montgomery County Council members,...
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The allegations against Richard J. Delabrer, of Laurel, Md., are part of the wide ranging corruption investigation of Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, County Council Member Leslie Johnson.Federal authorities say Delabrer was paid by a prominent local liquor store owner to assure the transportation of untaxed alcohol in Maryland and Virginia. He was ar...
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The hearing was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but by 6 p.m. the crowd of demonstrators had grown so large, police blocked traffic on the two adjoining streets for safety.At issue is a $82 million increase in funding, proposed by the county school board. Administrators say the system has seen a dramatic rise in enrollment making the increase necessary. Executive Ike Leggett reje...
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School officials have asked for a $100 million increase in funding for the next fiscal year. County Executive Ike Leggett flatly rejected that request, reminding school board members of the county's looming $300 million budget shortfall.This set off a heated exchange between the school board and County Council members, who are in the process of reviewing the county executive's ...
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King was in Memphis to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers when he was murdered in 1968. Although his strident support for workers' rights surfaced some year after his civil rights victories, many believe King saw both as one in the same.Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, says with public employee unions under a growing threat in states such as Maine and Wiscons...
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The residents in this neighborhood just south of Congress Heights have not forgotten what happened here one year ago. To hear the Rev. Parker Jones tell it, most here are still looking for answers."We have to have long-term commitment. Commitment not only to do something today, but to have some sustained programs in place to make sure that this never happens again," Jones says....
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That shooting just one year ago happened not far from the corner of Brandywine and South capitol streets Southeast. Seventeen-year-old Tavon Nelson, 19-year-old William Jones III, 16-year-old Brishell Jones and 18-year-old Devaughn Boyd were shot and killed in what some have described as the worst example of violence in the District in more than 16 years.Friends and family memb...
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Baker gave a full assessment of the county's economic health and expectations for the future in his first state of the economy address."This is a difficult time in our nation's economy," he said in his speech, given on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. "But ladies and gentlemen, I'm hear to tell you that in Prince George's County the state of the economy is good!...
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House Bill 235 seeks to ban gender-identity discrimination based on employment, housing and credit.Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of Equality Maryland -- a state-based lobbying group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community -- says although she is pleased by the support in the House, she's ...
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The folks from the 'Kick The Bottles Out' campaign say clever marketing designed to discourage you from drinking tap water, in favor of bottled water, is why we pay for a resource readily available in every home.They have a taste test to prove their point.Emma Devries sets up four cups of water. Tap water in two, bottled in the rest. The subject has to sample each to see...
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Montgomery county states attorney, John McCarthy says on the night of the murder, at Lululemon, the store manager asked Jayna Murray to check Brittany Norwood's purse before closing. Murray did, and called the manager to say she found stolen merchandise in Norwood's bag. According to McCarthy, the manager told Murray she would handle it in the morning. When Murray and Norwood returned...
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With the aid of crime scene photos, the Montgomery County state's attorney, John McCarthy, illustrated the murder against 30-year-old Jayna Murray. He talked about fractures to her skull, a severed spine, and a 20-minute attack yielding wounds too numerous to count.Although the presentation was unusual for a first court appearance, McCarthy says it was necessary to make sure th...
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In 2007 officials of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Lusby, Md., filed an application to add a third reactor to the facility. Since then, plans for the expansion have stalled due to economic concerns, and some expect the crisis in Japan could cast more doubt on those plans and the future of nuclear energy.Mike Rencheck is the COO of Ariva Inc., the company slated to b...
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Federal investigators worked for more than six years gathering evidence against the former county executive. Much of that evidence according to prosecutors is contained in recordings from federal wiretaps, such as the one agents recorded on November 12, 2010 of Johnson allegedly receiving a bribe from a developer.Johnson says he’s not guilty and will aggressively contest the ...
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Baker wants to close a projected $77 million gap by eliminating 145 vacant positions in county government.Under his budget plan, pay for county employees remains frozen for the 3rd year in a row. Baker is also proposing the creation of a $50 million economic development fund that would be paid for with $64 million of left over surplus from 2010.The executive says the mon...
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Mizeur (D) is one of six openly gay delegates in the Maryland House. She married her wife, Deborah, in California."We deserve our relationship to be protected, and it's time for Maryland to reconcile that," she says. "Families like mine and Deborah's deserve to have a marriage license that protects that commitment to forever that we've made to each other."Deborah Mizeur ...
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House members advanced the bill Wednesday on a voice vote, and rejected four attempts to amend the measure, which would grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples in Maryland.Del. Aisha Braveboy, a Prince George's County Democrat who does not support gay marriage, offered an amendment which would have put the issue to a vote in 2012."I was surprised about the number ...
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The Senate approved the amendment Wednesday morning by a vote of 26-20.Sen. Paul Pinsky of Prince George's County says the amendment was needed to clarify the legislation. But Sen. E.J. Pipkin insists the change was made to address a court case pending against Montgomery College for its long-standing policy of providing county tuition rates to all recent county public school gr...