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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.


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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...
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Final debate over proposed amendments was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but by mid-morning it was clear members were inclined to "lay over" the bill for at least a day.Earlier six openly gay delegates made a written appeal to their colleagues to pass the high-profile legislation.The letter, dated Tuesday, read in part: "Vote yes because every family in Maryland needs the p...
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The daylong conference was sponsored by the National Organization of Black County Officials. The idea is to give the students an opportunity to interact with local and national government administrators in order to learn more about critical issues and the legislative process.Andrea Harrison is a member of the Prince George's County Council."What we're doing is engaging t...
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According to a preliminary report from Metro police, witnesses say the man purposely put himself on the tracks.Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Red Line, but delays continue....
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Del. Jill Carter spent most of Wednesday afternoon huddled with Maryland house speaker Michael Busch. Earlier in the day Busch said he would not trade budget requests for gay-marriage votes, but by the end of the day, Carter emerged saying her concerns over funding for Baltimore City schools and joint child custody for divorced parents were heard, and she was ready to vote in favor of...
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Some delegates in Annapolis now say Tuesday's vote "no-show" by Del. Jill Carter of Baltimore and Delegate Tiffany Alston of Prince George's County is just the "tip," suggesting other members may have second thoughts about passing the bill.Meanwhile, Alston, who returned to the Judicial Committee Wednesday, says she is prepared to vote on the bill but didn't say how she'll vote...
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UPDATE: Some delegates now say other members, beyond two delegates who did not show for Tuesday's vote, may be reassessing their support for the bill.ORIGINAL POST: Wednesday Del. Tiffany Alston of Prince George's County, one of two delegates who delayed Tuesday's vote by refusing to appear in com...
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Tuesday's critical vote was postponed when Del. Jill Carter of Baltimore and Del. Tiffany Alston of Prince George's county -- both supporters of the bill -- failed to show up for the tally.As members mulled about in absence of the vote, Republican members of the committee began to heckle legislative supporters.Del. Michael Smigiel, an opponent of the bill remarked, "Lou,...
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Barry Considine suffers from a number of chronic motion restricting illnesses. He claims prescription drugs no longer relieve his pain, but marijuana does.At a recent hearing in Annapolis he explained why he uses it and the ironic circumstance it creates in his life."I've spent 10 years of my life living on vicodin and flexeril and the latest, greatest arthritis drug to ...
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The bill would replace Maryland's current law, which limits sentencing to a $100 fine for anyone caught using marijuana with a medical excuse. It would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for patients with chronic pain or illness and would set up a network of state-registered growers and dispensaries.Barry Considine suffers from a number of chronic motion restricting illnesses...
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Montgomery County Council staff members are at the county Fire Rescue Training Academy in Rockville. Fully suited, with self-contained breathing gear, they enter a smoke-filled room to get a taste of the skills and equipment firefighters need to preserve property and save lives.Lisa Mandel-Trupp is chief of staff for Council Member Phil Andrews. With county budgets under strict...
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A new independent survey claims hundreds of residential cancer cases in Frederick Maryland can be directly linked to Fort Detrick.The study commissioned by the Kristen Renee Foundation surveyed an area within a 6-mile radius of the Army base. Of those tested, scientists found residents whose bodies contained toxins which matched the footprint of chemicals found in the soil, aro...
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When doctors told Randy White his daughter's cancer was most likely caused by environmental factors, he began to question the area where she lived -- not far from Fort Detrick. That's where ground water chemical contamination, and the testing of Agent Orange back in the '60s led many to suspect the facility was the source of high rates of cancer in the area.In the past four yea...
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The easement on the property located in Silver Spring prohibits the owners of four homes from digging, erecting fences, mowing grass, or even pulling weeds in portions of their backyards.Michael and Linda Sandler own one of the homes. Although Michael Sandler admits they overlooked documentation of the easement in their closing docs, he believes it should have been formerly dis...
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Ruth Getz is in Annapolis with other members of 'Help Save Maryland'. She's part of a public hearing on the so-called 'Maryland Dream Act'.The measure would allow students without legal resident status to pay lower in-state college tuition so long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years."Why should we have to fund and subsidiz...
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The so-called Maryland Dream Act would allow students without legal resident status to pay in-state or in-county tuition as long as they graduate from a Maryland high school they've attended for at least two years.The measure is sponsored by Sen. Victor Ramirez (D), who hopes to have Maryland join 11 other states which currently allow undocumented students to pay the reduced co...
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Irving Nathan says the city is now using urine analysis instead, which takes longer to complete and is 10 times as expensive."We are moving very quickly to bring back the breathalyzer test, which are better, more efficient and certainly less expensive than the urine testing," he says.Nathan says he plans to re-file many of the cases that were dropped.This post...
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The legislation would require new subdivisions of five homes or more to install a shared waste system with new technology designed to reduce nitrogen pollution, or connect to a public sewer system. Existing septic systems leech nitrogen pollution into waterways causing dead zone in the bay."Currently septic systems are responsible for 8 percent of Maryland's nitrogen pollution ...
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O'Malley first suggested the proposal during this year's State of the State address. The legislation, co-sponsored by Delegate Stephen Lafferty and Sen. Paul Pinsky, would require major new subdivisions to include technology to treat sewage waste before it's discharged or ties in to a public sewer system.The problem, according to O'Malley and others who support the proposal, is...
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Pepco is apologizing to its customers for widespread power outages and pledges to make improvements in a full-page newspaper advertisement Monday. Meanwhile, in Maryland, top representatives from the utility presented a reliability update to members of the Montgomery County Council Monday.The hearing was called by Council Member Roger Berliner -- a vocal critic of the utility. ...