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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.


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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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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. ...
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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...
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Muslim community leaders in Montgomery County are urging families to keep their children home from school Tuesday in observance of a Muslim holiday. This year, 'Eid ul-Adha,' an important Islamic holiday, falls on Oct. 15. The holiday isn't recognized by Montgomery County Public Schools, so about this time each year, Muslim children and staff in the system are forced to choose...
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As the federal government shutdown limps into its 10th day, some furloughed workers are using the time off to consider what it means to be a government worker, and also to prepare for the unexpected. John Healey, 39, is a senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office. He says that, as an employee of the U.S. government, being furloughed is not what one would expect....
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Following an immigration reform rally on the Mall today, approximately 200 people marched to the Capitol building and were arrested for civil disobedience after staging a sit-in. Immigration reform activists were gathered in the District to urge Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Among the estimated 20,000 activists were nearly 300 faith leaders representing 1...
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As unemployment claims from furloughed federal employees climb, officials are reminding workers about the process of filing. The D.C. Department of Employment Services is reporting a spike of nearly 10,000 applications since last week. Under the current unemployment rate, the department normally sees approximately 600 filings in a week. For this reason, Employment Ser...
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As the federal government remains closed for a fourth day, some furloughed workers in the region are balancing unexpected time off with the anxiety of not knowing when they’ll return to work. Nancy Proctor is the head of mobile strategy and initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution. As a federal worker, one of the 800,000 that have been sidelined by the shutdown, Proctor...
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Maryland health officials say they believe the state is ready to open its new health insurance marketplace. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's health secretary, says the marketplace is set to open online today. Health officials also expressed confidence the state is prepared to address bumps in the road relating to any technology problems...
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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...