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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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Republican Larry Hogan says he'll use public campaign financing in the GOP primary race for governor of Maryland. Hogan made the announcement as he formally filed to run for office with his running mate, Boyd Rutherford, in Annapolis. To qualify for public funding for his campaign, Hogan will need to raise about $258,000 in contributions of $250 or less from individu...
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Maryland legislators are comparing two bills that would make it a crime to take revenge on an ex-lover by posting their nude photos on the Internet. For now, victims have no legal recourse, unless they find a way to sue for something like invasion of privacy, Del. Luiz Simmons told a House committee Tuesday. And without money to pay up front, it can be hard getting an attorn...
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Darion Marcus Aguilar As the investigation continues in this weekend's deadly shooting in the Mall at Columbia, officials report that the shopping facility in Howard County has been re-open...
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The recent murders of two children in Germantown, allegedly by their mother and a family friend, is focusing attention on areas of social services designed to safeguard children at risk. If someone had called Child Protective Services in the weeks before the police were called to the home shared by Zakieya Latrice Avery and Monifa Denise Sanford last Friday morning, a tragedy ...
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The two Maryland women accused of killing two children in a bizarre ritual are being ordered to undergo psychological evaluation. Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, and Monifa Denise Sanford, 21, made their first appearance in court Tuesday for a bond hearing. Court records claim the pair believed evil spirits moved successively between the bodies of Avery's four children, provoking ...
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Maryland officials say commuters are encountering especially unusually hazardous conditions on the roads. With more than a day's notice, highway crews had ample time to prepare, spreading de-icing chemical onroads and warning drivers to stay home. Despite the prep, Thomas Fountain, Assistant District Engineer with the Maryland Highway Administration says highway off and on ram...
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Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) says he will not seek re-election this fall. Moran has served in the House of Representatives since 1991. He's been a leader in budget appropriations, and today made it clear that the recent focus on austerity has made it difficult to advance his prior...
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Crack: The Drug That Consumed D.C. Monday: Crack’s Rapid Rise Brought Chaos To D.C. Wednesday: Crac...
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In Maryland, Attorney General Doug Gansler is demanding that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown explain the recent failure of the state's health exchange website. Brown is scheduled to testify later today before two legislative committees in Annapolis. They're seeking to enact an emergency measure to provide retroactive health care for residents unable to navigate the state's troubled ...
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Lawmakers in Maryland will consider emergency legislation this week that will provide health insurance for residents left uninsured by the state's troubled health care exchange. The state's attorney general is putting the blame for the website's failure at the feet of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Shortly before the launch of the state's health care exchange, Gov. Martin O'Malley an...
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As frigid temperatures drove the homeless off the streets and into shelters, one facility in Maryland took extra measures to provide a warm place to stay for certain homeless people who are reluctant to seek shelter. When temperatures took a nose dive Monday evening, 160 homeless men sought shelter at Rockville's Home Builders Care Assessment Center. But as more homeless fill...
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Homeless shelters in Montgomery County are opening their doors round the clock during the deep freeze. One major facility overcame more than its share of challenges today. On a typical day, the men's homeless shelter at Rockville's Home Builders Care Assessment Center can house about 135 individuals. As temperatures dropped, an expected influx of people entered the facility ov...
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Local authorities are urging pet owners to bring their animals inside during this freezing weather, saying that leaving a pet in the frigid cold is a crime. Officials with the Washington Humane Society say when the temperature drops, too many cats and dogs are left outside with no food or shelter. Daniel Duremo, a senior law enforcement officer with the group, says that many o...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...