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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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The suspects under arrest and accused of setting up a suspected drug lab on the campus of Georgetown University made their first appearance in court today.Charles Smith, an 18-year-old student at Georgetown University, and the man described as a visitor, 18-year-old John Perrone, were both ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing Wednesday. Charges were dropped aga...
Police in the District have identified the three men suspected of setting up a drug lab on the campus of Georgetown University.Investigators say two of the men, Charles Smith and John Romano, are students at Georgetown University. The third man, John Perrone, is described by police as a visitor.A D.C. Police spokesperson says investigators found a dimethyl tryptamine (DM...
The author of a school textbook that claims thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War says published reports about the controversy don't tell the whole story.Published reports about the textbook, most quoting an original story from the Washington Post, claim author Joy Masoff gathered her research about blacks fighting for the South primaril...
In Virginia, a new history textbook for fourth-graders claims thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It's a controversial notion that has irritated the school system--and the author.The book is called Our Virginia, Past and Present. The disputed passage also claims two black battalions, who fought for the South, did so under the...
In Virginia, a new history textbook for fourth-graders claims thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. It's a controversial notion that has irritated the school system--and the author.The book is called Our Virginia, Past and Present. The disputed passage also claims two black battalions, who fought for the South, did so under the...
Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich received a key endorsement today from one of the state's largest unions: the Maryland Fraternal Oder of Police. The union claims just under 20,000 members.Both candidates for governor have actively courted union members and although the vote was close at the end of the day, it was the former governor's strong ties...
A man has been charged in the death of an off-duty Baltimore police detective who was killed this weekend.Police say 25-year-old Sian James was charged late Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Baltimore Detective Brian Stevenson.Investigators say Stevenson was out with a friend Saturday night celebrating his birthday when he got into a dispute with James over...
Chile's Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Fermandois, followed the rescue of the 33 miners from his office in Northwest D.C. Now he hopes to hear answers about the cause of the mine collapse.For 69 days, the miners waited deep underground. Their two-day rescue was a dramatic achievement. The ordeal began with the collapse of a mine with a history of problems.Fermandois says...
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In the District, officials and staff of the Chilean embassy in Northwest, like much of the world, are celebrating the rescue of the 33 miners from Chile's San Jose Mine.A jumbotron parked outside the embassy on Massachusetts Avenue just south of Dupont Circle has displayed every moment of the operation. More than half of the nearly three dozen miners trapped deep in the earth f...
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Although health officials in Montgomery County, Maryland acknowledge bedbug infestation in the county is not as bad as other regions, they say residents should still be informed, and vigilant.It's hard to believe, but some folks in Montgomery County are still unaware of bedbugs."What? Bedbugs!" shouts one person.Dr. Ulder Tillman health officer for Montgomery Coun...
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Health officials in Maryland are educating residents to help prevent a widespread infestation of bedbugs in Montgomery County.Dr. Ulder Tillman, the county's health officer, met with members of the county council this morning to let them know what's going on with bedbugs."…[W]e've only had sporadic complaints that have come into our department about bedbugs, but they h...
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Last night's first debate between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Republican rival former Gov. Bob Ehrlich displayed the candidates contrasting message, and set the tone for the next three weeks.O'Malley, a Democrat, set out to convince voters that he made the decisions in difficult times designed to move Maryland forward.Ehrlich says O'Malley is guilty of telling ...
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Federal Drug authorities are working to learn more about a synthetic drug known as K2, or Spice. It's showing up in novelty stores in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and it's legal in all three states.Essentially K2 is just crushed green leaves infused with a chemical which can produce a marijuana like high when smoked. The chemical is a synthetic compound similar to the a...
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Federal Drug authorities are working to learn more about a synthetic drug known as K2, or Spice. It's showing up in novelty stores in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and it's legal in all three states.Essentially K2 is just crushed green leaves infused with a chemical which can produce a marijuana like high when smoked. The chemical is a synthetic compound similar to the a...