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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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Charlie Savin, 8, was the winner of the "golden skillet." For those who celebrate Mardi Gras, today marks Fat Tuesday. Among many Christian denomi...
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If you plan to return to the roads in Maryland this morning, state highway officials have some advice for you. State highway crews continued working through the night to clear the roads, but wet surfaces combined with overnight temperatures that dropped into the single digits in some areas means many highways are likely covered with patches of ice. If you're venturin...
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Two bills that could decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Maryland were the focus of a state senate hearing in Annapolis on Tuesday. One bill authored by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. The second measure would legalize the possession of pot for any resident 21 years or older an...
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One of the region's most notorious murder suspects is dead after a gunfight with guards inside an Israeli prison. In 1997, Samuel Sheinbein left Montgomery County and fled to Israel after murdering 19-year old Alfredo Tello, Jr. then burning and dismembering the body. Sheinbein, 34, successfully sought asylum under a law which prevented Israeli citizens from being ext...
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A bill under consideration in Maryland would close a loophole in existing law prohibiting sexual contact between certain people of authority and minors. But lawmakers say it may have a loophole of its own. If a part-time teacher or coach at a public or private school has sex with student aged 16 years or older, they might be fired, but they couldn't be charged with a crime und...
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In Maryland, lawmakers are considering legislation that would guarantee sick leave to some of the state's low-wage earners. Right now, more than 700,000 workers in Maryland don't have access to sick leave. To remedy that, Del. John Olszewski Jr. introduced a bill requiring employers to give one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The number of sick days would be cap...
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As outrage grows over Maryland speed cameras issuing citations when they shouldn't, legislators are debating the merits of a bill that would turn the tables on the operators of those camera systems. State legislators became concerned earlier this year after a confidential audit revealed certain speed cameras in Baltimore were issuing inaccurate citations 40 times more often th...
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In Annapolis, debate continues over the future of Maryland's proposed minimum wage bill. A hearing before the Senate Finance committee yesterday included testimony from state leaders and low-wage workers who support the measure, as well as business leaders and economists who oppose it. The bill seeks to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and would hike...
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In Maryland, rescue teams used extraordinary measures this weekend to remove a morbidly obese man from his home. Emergency officials say it took three technical rescue teams to remove the body of a nearly 500-pound man from the basement of a Silver Spring group home where he died. Investigators say roommate called police after he returned to the home in the 12000 ...
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As police in Montgomery County search for more information that could connect Lloyd Lee Welch to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, some residents are recalling the fear that paralyzed the community where the sisters lived. It's been 39 y...
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Maryland state health officials say the danger posed by the discovery of a case of tuberculosis at one Montgomery County high school is not as critical as some might think. A letter sent late last week to parents of students attending Watkins Mill High School confirmed an unidentified student carrying the disease is being treated and there is no risk of additional exposure to ...
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Teachers at Woodson High School in Fairfax County are dressing down as part of a demonstration for better pay. About half of the faculty have been dressing in jeans and T-shirts as part of the protest. Teachers say they're frustrated that the average salary in Fairfax lags behind other school systems in the region. According to the 2014 Washington Area Boards of ...
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Republican Larry Hogan says he'll use public campaign financing in the GOP primary race for governor of Maryland. Hogan made the announcement as he formally filed to run for office with his running mate, Boyd Rutherford, in Annapolis. To qualify for public funding for his campaign, Hogan will need to raise about $258,000 in contributions of $250 or less from individu...
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Maryland legislators are comparing two bills that would make it a crime to take revenge on an ex-lover by posting their nude photos on the Internet. For now, victims have no legal recourse, unless they find a way to sue for something like invasion of privacy, Del. Luiz Simmons told a House committee Tuesday. And without money to pay up front, it can be hard getting an attorn...
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Darion Marcus Aguilar As the investigation continues in this weekend's deadly shooting in the Mall at Columbia, officials report that the shopping facility in Howard County has been re-open...
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The recent murders of two children in Germantown, allegedly by their mother and a family friend, is focusing attention on areas of social services designed to safeguard children at risk. If someone had called Child Protective Services in the weeks before the police were called to the home shared by Zakieya Latrice Avery and Monifa Denise Sanford last Friday morning, a tragedy ...
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The two Maryland women accused of killing two children in a bizarre ritual are being ordered to undergo psychological evaluation. Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, and Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, made their first appearance in court Tuesday for a bond hearing. Court records claim the pair believed evil spirits moved successively between the bodies of Avery's four children, provoking ...
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Maryland officials say commuters are encountering especially unusually hazardous conditions on the roads. With more than a day's notice, highway crews had ample time to prepare, spreading de-icing chemical onroads and warning drivers to stay home. Despite the prep, Thomas Fountain, Assistant District Engineer with the Maryland Highway Administration says highway off and on ram...
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Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) says he will not seek re-election this fall. Moran has served in the House of Representatives since 1991. He's been a leader in budget appropriations, and today made it clear that the recent focus on austerity has made it difficult to advance his prior...
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Crack: The Drug That Consumed D.C. Monday: Crack’s Rapid Rise Brought Chaos To D.C. Wednesday: Crac...