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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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On day seven in the Chandra Levy murder trial, potentially damaging evidence was presented from a woman described as former prison pen pal to defendant, Ingmar Guandique.Miami resident Maria Mendez told jurors that she writes to prison inmates who run ads for pen pals in magazines. On direct questioning, Mendez says Guandique got her mailing address from another inmate whom she...
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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....
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The sixth day of testimony is set to begin in the murder trial of Chandra Levy. It follows a day which included testimony from a high profile witness.Prosecutors are expected to question jailhouse informants this week. Attorneys for the District say the prison inmates who spent time in jail with accused murderer, Ingmar Guandique, will testify he told them he murdered the forme...
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The sixth day of testimony is set to begin in the murder trial of Chandra Levy. It follows a day which included testimony from a high profile witness.Prosecutors are expected to question jailhouse informants this week. Attorneys for the District say the prison inmates who spent time in jail with accused murderer, Ingmar Guandique, will testify he told them he murdered the forme...
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In Prince William County, Va., this afternoon, police continue to search for clues in a shooting incident involving another military facility.By Tuesday afternoon no one knew when the shot, or shots had been fired at the Coast Guard Recruiting Center in the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge. No one was injured. The recruiting staff noticed the damage when they arrived that morni...
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In Prince William County, Va., this afternoon, police continue to search for clues in a shooting incident involving another military facility.By Tuesday afternoon no one knew when the shot, or shots had been fired at the Coast Guard Recruiting Center in the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge. No one was injured. The recruiting staff noticed the damage when they arrived that morni...
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Click here for an updated version of this story.Police in Northern Virginia say at least one shot was fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting station on Potomac Mills Circle near Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Va.No one has been injured. This is the fifth time that a shot or shots have been reported at military...
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Click here for an updated version of this story.Police in Northern Virginia say at least one shot was fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting station on Potomac Mills Circle near Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Va.No one has been injured. This is the fifth time that a shot or shots have been reported at military...
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This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the rally headlined by faux news comedians John Stewart and Steven Colbert.Metro officia...
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Former California Congressman Gary Condit took the witness stand today in the Chandra Levy murder trial.It was Condit's relationship with the former intern which helped elevate the national discussion around her murder. Today, the defense attorney for Ingmar Guandique--the man accused of killing Levy--tried to define that relationship.During direct questioning from prose...
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Former California Congressman Gary Condit took the witness stand today in the Chandra Levy murder trial.It was Condit's relationship with the former intern which helped elevate the national discussion around her murder. Today, the defense attorney for Ingmar Guandique--the man accused of killing Levy--tried to define that relationship.During direct questioning from prose...
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This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the rally headlined by faux news comedians John Stewart and Steven Colbert.Metro officia...
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This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the rally headlined by faux news comedians John Stewart and Steven Colbert.Metro officia...
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Registered nurses from D.C.'s Washington Hospital Center are still at odds with hospital management over wages and what they say is inadequate staffing for quality patient care.Earlier this month, the hospital center's corporate manager, MedStar, imposed a plan to increases nurses' base pay, but cut shift pay for evening, night and weekend work. Some nurses say this will actual...
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Registered nurses from D.C.'s Washington Hospital Center are still at odds with hospital management over wages and what they say is inadequate staffing for quality patient care.Earlier this month, the hospital center's corporate manager, MedStar, imposed a plan to increases nurses' base pay, but cut shift pay for evening, night and weekend work. Some nurses say this will actual...
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Authorities say the recent theft of signal wire along the Amtrak train route from D.C. to Baltimore was not malicious. They say the wire is being pilfered for profit.In the most recent incident earlier this week, thieves cut approximately 100 feet of signal wire above the tracks on that Amtrak commuter route. Amtrak spokesperson Barbara Petito says it's because the wire is made...
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Authorities say the recent theft of signal wire along the Amtrak train route from D.C. to Baltimore was not malicious. They say the wire is being pilfered for profit.In the most recent incident earlier this week, thieves cut approximately 100 feet of signal wire above the tracks on that Amtrak commuter route. Amtrak spokesperson Barbara Petito says it's because the wire is made...
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Authorities say the recent theft of signal wire along the Amtrak train route from D.C. to Baltimore was not malicious. They say the wire is being pilfered for profit.In the most recent incident earlier this week, thieves cut approximately 100 feet of signal wire above the tracks on that Amtrak commuter route. Amtrak spokesperson Barbara Petito says it's because the wire is made...
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Court documents released Monday show one of two roommates living in room 926 at Harbin Hall answered the door when police arrived to investigate. Officers say they observed two other individuals inside the room, later identified as 18-year-old Charles Smith, and 18-year-old John Perrone.Both men remain in custody without bond, charged with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled...
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The service slowdown Monday morning affected approximately 24 Amtrak trains and eight MARC trains traveling between Baltimore and Washington.Although published reports originally listed the cause as some type of sabotage, Amtrak spokesperson Barbara Petito says that's untrue since rail police have an entirely different theory: "...an alleged wire theft. It's suspected that appr...