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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 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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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...
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In the first day of the sentencing phase in the court martial of Army Private Bradley Manning, defense attorneys are trying to reduce their client's potential prison time by advocating for a merger of his convictions. The motions filed this morning by defense attorney David Coombs seeks to merge two of the six espionage counts and two of the five counts of theft Manning was ...
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In the trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, a military judge has acquitted the former intelligence officer of the most serious charge he faced for the largest leak of classified material in the history of the U.S. Army Col. Denise Lind found Manning not-guilty of the aiding the enemy charge, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison without parole. Outside t...
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A military judge says she expects to announce a verdict 1 p.m. Tuesday in the court-martial of an Army private charged with aiding the enemy for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks. Col. Denise Lind gave the heads-up notice at noon on Monday, her third day of deliberations in the trial of former intelligence analyst Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade. Manning faces a possible li...
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In the District a patient being transported by an ambulance this weekend is under arrest for stealing another ambulance. Police say 31-year-old Darren Ethedge of Northeast was on the drug PCP and was being transported by an ambulance around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle got into a minor crash. Police say a second ambulance was called to take Ethedge to the hospital....
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A patient being transported by an ambulance in the District this weekend is under arrest for stealing another ambulance. Police say 31-year-old Darren Ethedge of northeast D.C. was on the drug PCP and was being transported by an ambulance around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the vehicle got into a minor crash. Police say a second ambulance was called to take Ethedge to the hospita...
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The closing arguments in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning have finished and the judge says she will start deliberating Friday night. Judge Col. Denise Lind said she will give the public one day's notice before she decides on the 21 charges the former intelligence analyst faces. The most serious of them is aiding the enemy, which carries a potential life senten...
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Closing arguments are set to begin on Thursday in the court martial of Army Private Bradley Manning. Next week, the judge is expected to render a verdict, and the implications of that decision could be far reaching. Manning is charged with 22 crimes, including espionage and theft of government property. He's already pleaded guilty to 10 charges under an unusual agreement, ac...