Elliott Francis | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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

WAMU 88.5
Virginia has deactivated nearly 4,000 state-issued electronic benefits cards due to the recent security breach at Target stores. The EPPICards are used by people receiving benefits such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child support. The Virginia Department of Social Services claims that nearly 4,000 EPPICards were used at Target stores during the ...
WAMU 88.5
A tug of war between the White House and the Catholic Church over a provision in the federal government's Affordable Care Act is playing out in D.C. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has extended an emergency stay for Catholic institutions challenging the portion of the health law that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. ...
WAMU 88.5
Gary Maynard, head of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, is leaving the job after serving as head of the department since 2007. Gov. Martin O'Malley has tapped Gregg Hershberger to take over. Hershberger is the deputy secretary of operations for the department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and has more than 31 years of experience....
WAMU 88.5
It's been nearly three months since the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and last night one of Hollywood's most beloved actors brought music to Washington to lift the spirits of Navy Yard employees and their families. In 1994, actor Gary Sinise's portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump formed an immediate and enduring bond w...
WAMU 88.5
Hollywood actor and musician Gary Sinise is headlining a concert tonight to support employees of the Washington Navy Yard. The USO concert, at DAR Constitution Hall, comes more than two months after a former Navy reservist killed 12 people inside a Navy Yard building before...
WAMU 88.5
Officials with the Salvation Army want to know who broke into one of their community centers in D.C. over the weekend and stole at least $10,000 in donations collected through the charity's Red Kettle Program. $10,000 in small bills and coins — that's what administrators say was stolen from a Salvation Army center in southeast D.C. during the weekend. It's the collective eff...
WAMU 88.5
A reward is being offered for information in the weekend murder of a postal worker killed while delivering mail in Prince George's County. Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, of Upper Marlboro was found shot multiple times near the intersection of Reed Street and Jutewood Avenue, just south of the Cheverly Metro station late Saturday. He died at the scene. Today, the U.S. P...
WAMU 88.5
Justin Slaby, lost his left hand when a defective flash bang grenade he was holding exploded prematurely during training. Slaby's attorney's argued that the FBI wrongly kicked him out of its academy in 2011 because of the prosthetic hand his was given. FBI officials say Slaby was unqualified not only because they concluded he could not safely fire a gun with the prosthetic ...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland the American Civil Liberties Union is leading an effort to limit local police involvement in federal immigration enforcement. Federal immigration detainer requests ask any state or local law agency to hold suspected undocumented immigrants for possible deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In a nee report, attorneys with the ACLU say this undermi...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland, Montgomery County school officials have adopted a calendar for the next school year without granting a day off for students on a major Muslim holiday. In recent months, many in the county's Muslim community have demanded to have schools closed for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Muslim leaders point out Montgomery schools routinely close for Christian and Je...
WAMU 88.5
Many in our region with ties to the typhoon stricken island of the Philippines continue to wait for word about missing family and friends. Meanwhile, a church in Oxon Hill, Md. is planning a fundraiser for victims of typhoon Haiyan. Mitz Tampil, a registered nurse, has lived in Maryland since 2003. Originally from the Philippines, most of Tampil's family still lives on the we...
WAMU 88.5
As recovery and relief efforts continue for the millions impacted by Friday's typhoon in the Philippines, one local community with ties to that nation is doing what it can to help. The area around West Springfield, Va., just south of the 495/95 split is home to one of the area's largest Filipino communities. When news broke late last week that a typhoon was headed for that is...
WAMU 88.5
Virginia attorney general's race remains unresolved, but recent findings have done nothing but make the race closer.  The Fairfax County Electoral Board completed a canvass of absentee votes in one of its districts, and Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring gained more than twice as many votes as Republican state Sen. Mark Obsenshain. The canvass ...
WAMU 88.5
As lawmakers in Montgomery County consider possible modifications to the area's bag tax, the county's executive is speaking out against the measure. The bill under consideration would exempt stores that don't draw at least two percent of gross receipts from the sale of food. If pass...
WAMU 88.5
Lawmakers in Montgomery County are considering the possibility of modifying the county's nearly two-year-old bag tax. The five-cent excise tax on plastic bags given out at stores in the county is designed to reduce the volume of plastic bag litter found in area waterways. Department store owners argue that their customers rarely throw bags in the trash, and almost never bring ...
WAMU 88.5
The candidates for lieutenant governor in Tuesday's general election are offering Virginia voters a dramatic choice. E.W. Jackson is a socially conservative Republican opposed to abortion, while his opponent, Democratic state Sen. Ralph S. Northam is a physician best known for his defense of women's reproductive rights. The two also part ways on a number of other issue...
WAMU 88.5
In Maryland, College Park voters have a contested race for mayor for the first time in 24 years. Mayor Andrew Fellows is being opposed by Robert McCeney, a middle school science teacher and doctoral candidate at George Washington University. In addition to the mayor's race, Tuesday's nonpartisan city election includes contests for two City Council districts. ...
WAMU 88.5
The death of a Maryland man with Down syndrome while in sheriff's custody is prompting a new effort to improve interaction with developmentally disabled people. Gov. Martin O'Malley created the new Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities after the death of Robert Ethan Saylor. Back in January...
WAMU 88.5
The FDA is set to propose regulations on electronic cigaretts later this month. A bill that would prohibit the use of the devices is being considered by the Prince George's County Council. An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that looks like a cigarette and delivers a vaporized dose of nicotine to users who inhale the vapor like a cigarette. ...
WAMU 88.5
A strike by longshoremen at the port of Baltimore is shutting down operations at one of the nation's busiest shipping ports. Millions of dollars of cargo sits idle as longshoreman walk the picket line in a contract dispute with shipping officials. The dispute between the Steamship Trade Association and the 1,200 dock workers has been festering for the three years the l...