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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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With the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, the potential impact to one of the largest counties in the region will happen right away. Like many counties in the region, Montgomery County has close ties to the federal government. Of the estimated 90,000 federal workers who live in Maryland, 70,000 live in Montgomery County. County Executive...
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Two casinos in Maryland are being fined for more than two dozen incidents of underage gambling. Maryland Live! Casino agreed to pay $20,000 for four incidents of underage gambling. Soon Hollywood Casino in Perryville will pay $10,000 for two similar incidents. The fines are the result of a consent agreement signed last week by gambling regulators and earlier by Ma...
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In D.C., a leading provider of broadband service is expanding a program to help narrow the region’s digital divide. Recent figures from Pew Research show that one in five adults in this country lacks access to the Internet. In D.C., the broadband adoption rate for neighborhoods such as Kenilworth in Northeast is no higher than 15 or 20 percent. In Georgetown, by comparison...
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Muslim community leaders in Montgomery County Maryland are asking parents in the county to keep children home from school on an important religious holiday. Eid ul-Adha, which is celebrated around October 15, is not recognized as a “day-off” holiday in Montgomery County public schools. County officials say students who observe the holiday can take an excused absence and ...
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Federal investigators are learning more about the man who shot and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard and his state of mind just weeks before Monday's shooting. A month before he entered Building 197, Aaron Alexis told police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms, according to the Associated Press. He also...
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A trash collector on strike in Montgomery County has been struck by a garbage truck driven by a temporary worker. Montgomery County police say the driver was beginning his daily runs this morning, when he drove up onto a curb and hit the striking worker. The worker was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was charged with failing to control speed ...
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Thousands of homes in Maryland's Montgomery County were facing the prospect of trash piling up, as workers at a trash disposal company went on strike for a second day. The 50 workers, part of Laborer's International Local 657, are in the middle of contract negotiations seeking better health care benefits and higher wages. The strike was triggered last week, when many of the wo...
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Text 'share' to 80077 to contribute $5 to the Community Foundation for Montgomery County a non-profit, non-government organization that will distribute the proceeds to grassroots efforts to help people in need. As community leaders in Montgomery County roll out a new program to redu...
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In Maryland, state employees from other agencies are helping to process a record number of applications for the purchase of firearms. State Police say they've been overwhelmed with applications before the start of a gun control measure which will give the state some of the nation's toughest gun laws. Right now, the state's Licensing Division has received more tha...
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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon. Manning's attorney David Coombs says the possible pardon is based upon the thousands of classified documents that he claims did not merit protection. In her petition for pardon and commutation of sentence filed this week with U.S. Department of Justice, Manning writes: "The decisions I made in 2010 were mad...
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As the U.S. Senate starts debate over the possible authorization of military force against the Assad regime of Syria, local Syrian-Americans are speaking out. A recent Reuters poll shows a majority of Americans still oppose U.S. military intervention into the ...
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A witness in the hearing of three former U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen accused sexual assault says the victim appeared drunk on the night of the alleged assault. Midshipman Christa Kamon, a friend of the victim, testified Monday at a hearing to help determine whether the three students will be court-martialed in the sexual assault case. Kamon claimed she saw the woamn fall d...
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An attorney for a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman in a sexual assault case says a defense lawyer made what she considered to be an odd request. Susan Burke, attorney for the plantiff, says the defense attorney asked if her client would withdraw from further testimony due to fatigue. Burke made the comments in open court Sunday at a hearing to determine whether three accu...
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Maryland officials and civil rights activists unveiled the first memorial dedicated to the "foot soldiers" of 1963 March on Washington Wednesday. The foot soldiers were ordinary citizens who marched and organized their friends, family, and neighbors in support of civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today many surviving local foot soldiers from that...
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Federal officials say they know what's killing hundreds of bottlenose dolphins that have washed ashore along the coast of Virginia. More than 300 dolphins, most dead or near death, have been found on the shore between New York and North Carolina since July. One-hundred seventy-four of those off the coast of Virginia alone—nine times the historic average for this region durin...
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The family of a Maryland college football player is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the NCAA and two school coaches. Two years ago, Frostburg State University senior fullback Derek Sheely collapsed and died following a series of preseason drills. The 63-page complaint filed last week by Sheely's family claims Sheely died after suffering a fatal concussion sust...
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Another dying dolphin has been found in Virginia waters. The dolphin was found during the weekend in a creek near downtown Portsmouth. State vetenarians confirm that the ailing animal had to be euthanized. In a typical year, about 60 sick and dead dolphins wash up on Virginia's coastline. So far this year, 170 dead dolphins have been recorded in the Chesapeake Ba...
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Another dying dolphin has been found in Virginia waters. The dolphin was found Saturday morning in a creek near downtown Portsmouth. State veterinarians confirm that the ailing animal had to be euthanized. In a typical year, about 60 sick and dead dolphins wash up on Virginia's coastline. So far this year, 170 dead dolphins have been recorded in the Chesapeake Bay or along ...
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U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for his role in leaking thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks. He was also demoted to private and dishonorably discharged. A military judge convicted Manning last month of 20 offenses, including six violatio...
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Closing arguments have ended in the sentencing phase of the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, and a judge says the earliest one can expect a sentencing is Wednesday morning. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow only asked the judge to sentence him to 60 years. Morrow did not say during closing arguments of the court-martial's se...