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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 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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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. ...
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This week, friends and family of Metro employees killed on the job dedicated a new memorial honoring their loved ones.The 12-foot-tall black granite pylon stands in the center of the upper platform of the Metro Center station. The names of 26 employees are engraved on the tower in tribute, including Janice McMillan -- the train operator killed the ...
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As crews work to repair that water main break in Prince George's County, area residents are being urged to continue boiling their water until at least Thursday.The advisory is a necessary precaution since water is easily contaminated when the system loses pressure as it did Monday, when this 54-inch water main ruptured just ...
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In Prince George's County, Md., a settlement has been reached in the case brought against the county's police department by the mayor of Berwyn Heights.Mayor Cheye Calvo says the settlement in the case, involving a mistaken raid on his home back in 2008, includes meaningful reform in county law enforcement and practices which he claim led to the accident.Police raided th...
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As legend has it, sometime in the 1940s an anonymous man began an annual visit to the Edgar Allan Poe's grave, which is located in Baltimore. It was first reported back in 1949 by The Evening Sun. The mysterious visitor to writer's grave has failed to show up for the second year in a row.The unknown person would leave three roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac at Poe's grave...
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In Prince George's County, Md., elected officials and police gathered to talk about the progress they've made in response to the 13 homicides recorded in the county since the start of 2011.On Tuesday, interim Police Chief Mark Magaw stood with state's attorney, Angela Alsobrooks, and County Executive Rushern Baker, who set the tone of the meeting with this statement: "Violence ...
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In Northeast, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was the setting for a Mass of Remembrance to honor the victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti one year later.American-Haitians and many others all gathered Wednesday at the national shrine to remember the victims and pray for the survivors.Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, was chief c...
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In Northeast Washington, many people from across the region are gathering at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.The shrine nearly filled to capacity with members from the local American-Haitian community, average citizens and government officials.Although many recall the devastation one year ago wh...
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The overall goal of the "Muslims for Loyalty" ad campaign is to create a trend which discourages homegrown terrorism. The faith-based initiative, being launched in the District and eventually nationwide, is sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.The group's national vice president, Naseem Mahdi, says this notion is one of the basic teachings of Islam."A terrorist ca...
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In the District, a national Muslim advocacy organization is launching an ad campaign which urges the American Muslim community to pledge loyalty to the U.S.Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community say they've had it with the negative forces which encourage young Muslims to engage in homegrown terrorism. Tuesday the group distributed approximately 100,000 flyers in support of t...
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There have been nine homicides in Prince George's County, Md., in the first nine days of the New Year. County Executive Rushern Baker says he's working with local police to end the violence.But first, you might ask why so many murders in such a short space of time. Baker says he put the same question to interim Police Ch...
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She believes in ghosts, he couldn't care less -- until they took a candlelight ghost tour in historic Willamsburg, Va. Husband and wife Elliott and Arnetia Francis recall his creepy conversion in this restored colonial setting, where it's sometimes hard to tell if actors are real or imagined, and photos of ghosts seem to appear and disappear.[Music: "Karaoke – Spooky" from Ka...
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Marilynn Bland was accused of attacking a county employee back when she was a county council member. The person making the complaint, council employee W. Randy Short, alleged Bland grabbed him and started screaming and cursing at him on Nov. 17, when he started a meeting without her.Short, director of the Youth Commission, says the confrontation took place in a hallway at the C...
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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...