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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

Metro is altering its schedule for the Christmas holiday.Metrorail hours began at 7 a.m. Friday and will extend to 3 a.m. Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule beginning Friday and ending Sunday.Meanwhile, D.C.'s Department of Public Works has an early Christmas gift for motorists: free parking. Spokeswoman Linda Grant confirms...
Health officials in Virginia say an abandoned well in Louisa is contaminated with a potentially harmful chemical. Field tests of the town-owned Louisa Acme well reportedly uncovered high levels of the chemical tetra-chloro-ethylene.The Daily Progress reports contamination prompted health officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Heal...
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A recent study reveals more poor residents now live in the Washington suburbs than in the District. One such community sits in the heart of Potomac, Md.Established by former slaves in 1875, Tobytown is right off River Road, near Travilla Road. Years ago residents worked and prospered as laborers on surrounding farms, but as mansions replaced farms, work vanished.Wesley W...
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In Maryland, the American Dance Institute is mounting a performance of "The Nutcracker" for a group of very special children.The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda is a residential, home aw...
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Dr. LeRoy Carhart is one of few doctors in the country willing to perform late-term abortions. Carhart began working at the Germantown Reproductive Health Center Monday. Before this, he was working out of a clinic in Kansas run by Dr. George Tiller. Tiller, also an abortion provider, was shot and killed by an alleged anti-abortion advocate in 2009.When Tiller's family decided n...
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Police are on the look-out for three suspects in the alleged theft of a puppy from a local shelter. A spokesperson says the pup was stolen from the organization's shelter Monday afternoon.Authorities say at first the thieves expressed interest in adopting the dog. Later it's suspected the trio took the pit bull mix dog, named Ivan, from his cage and escaped by breaking through ...
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UPDATE: The jury ended deliberations for the day after more than five hours of discussion. The only hint of what they may be thinking or talking about was a request for a defense exhibit -– a picture of Ingmar Guandique taken by his girlfriend near the time of Chandra Levy's disappearance. Jury deliberations will resume tomorrow morning.Jurors began deliberations Wednesday mo...
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Attorneys presented final arguments today in the case against the man accused of killing Chandra Levy.Prosecutor Amanda Haines began by telling jurors they "will always see his face," referring to defendant Ingmar Guandique and testimony from two women he was convicted of assaulting back in 2001.In their hour of closing arguments, the government focused on visual aids to...
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Click HERE for an update on this story.Closing arguments began at 11 a.m. in the Chandra Levy murder trial.The 16 jurors have heard three weeks of testimony in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killing the 24-year-old intern.The prosecution began with testimony from Halle Schilling, who describe...
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Final testimony was presented today in D.C. Superior Court.The day began with defendant Ingmar Guandique telling Judge Gerald Fisher he would not testify in his own defense. Fisher instructed jury members not to draw conclusions on the defendant's refusal to testify.Later, an inmate who shared a cell with Guandique in...
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In the district, the Chandra Levy murder trial will resume on Monday with the defense taking the lead, after prosecutors rested their case.Recent testimony followed a six-day break in the trial of accused killer Ingmar Guandique. Under direct questioning from prosecutors, an FBI forensic analyst testified that he found DNA belonging to former Rep. Gary Condit in underclothes wh...
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Prosecutors dropped two charges against defendant, Ingmar Guandique, and the conclusion of the case may come soon.The dismissed charges include one count of aggravated murder and one count of attempted sexual assault. This happened after Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines announced the prosecution would not call two long anticipated witnesses: two former prison inmates who w...
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In the District, there were two major developments today in the trial of the man accused of killing Chandra Levy.Early this afternoon, attorneys for the prosecution told Judge Gerald Fisher they were ready to rest their case against accused killer Ingmar Guandique.As a result, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines also said they would drop two charges against Guandique, ...
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Click HERE for an updated version of this story.This afternoon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines told the judge, prosecutors intend to rest their case against Ingmar Guandique. Prosecutors indicated they will drop one charge of sexual assault against the defendant. The government was expected to call a former prison inmate who was schedul...
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With Thanksgiving turkey dinners just two weeks away, some consumer advocates are raising awareness about a popular additive used in poultry feed.Roxarsone is approved by the FDA as a common drug supplement for animal feed. It's used to reduce the spread of a parasitic disease among chickens and other poultry. Problem is, Roxarsone's chief ingredient is arsenic."Of all t...
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Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy organization in Maryland, is joining forces with community leaders and local farmers to raise awareness about the potential danger associated with arsenic in poultry.The Journal of Poultry Science reports, since 1995, 70 percent of the chickens produced in this country have been...
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Friends and family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed staged a demonstration today to protest the U.S. Attorney's decision to drop charges against the five men suspected in his death.Nearly 100 people, most of Ethiopian descent, gathered at Judiciary Square this morning to demand justice.Many in this crowd are concerned the charge...
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Friends and family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed staged a demonstration today to protest the U.S. Attorney's decision to drop charges against the five men suspected in his death.Nearly 100 people, most of Ethiopian descent, gathered at Judiciary Square this morning to demand justice.Many in this crowd are concerned the charge...
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In the District, attorneys presented physical evidence during day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial.Prosecutors have not definitively linked that evidence to the suspect, Ingmar Guandique.The evidence, which includes clothing, a tape player, and other personal items, were found not far from where Levy's remains were discovered in Rock Creek Park back in May 2002....