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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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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...
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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants a Silver Spring concert venue to cancel next month's show by the Mexican band Molotov. The rap-metal band is scheduled to play at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 26. Last week leggett wrote a letter to the general manager at the Fillmore claiming he has serious concerns about the booking and is "personally offended' because ...
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Judge Denise Lind has rejected a request to dismiss a critical charge against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. The defense motion to drop the charge of aiding the enemy was rejected, according to the judge, because of Manning's extensive training. In her ruling, Lind said that training would give Bradley Manning the ability to recognize that the Internet was being used by te...
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Attorneys for the defense in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning asked the judge to dismiss certain charges against their client. The motion to dismiss was filed over the weekend by lead defense attorney David Coombs. It charges that the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence to support the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, along with six other off...
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A Fairfax County police officer has been charged with falesifying a hit and run report on his cruiser. Officer Carl Biggs reported his cruiser was struck by a hit-and-run driver during a crash in Annandale back in May. Investigators say Biggs cruiser was the only vehicle involved in the crash of his car which hit a utility pole on Gallows Road. Police say Biggs in...
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A Fairfax County police officer has been charged with falsifying a hit-and-run report on his cruiser. Officer Carl Biggs reported that his cruiser was struck by a hit-and-run driver during a crash in Annandale last May. Investigators say Biggs' cruiser was the only vehicle involved in the crash of his car, which hit a utility pole on Gallows Road," according to the Associate...
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The defense has rested its case in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who leaked loads of classified information to the website WikiLeaks. Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler was the final witness for the defense. Benkler says Wikileaks represents a new and legitimate type of journalism in a recently-expanded field of news reporting. Benkler claims that Wikileaks was ...
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A former Guantanamo Bay prosecutor says secret detainee assessments that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gave to WikiLeaks did not threaten national security. Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis testified as a defense witness Tuesday at the soldier's court-martial. Manning has acknowledged sending nearly 800 Gitmo detainee assessments to the anti-secrecy group in March 201...
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Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave classified information to WikiLeaks, have opened their defense at his court-martial in Maryland. Attorneys for Manning began presenting evidence Monday as the trial entered its sixth week at Fort Meade. They opened with video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Baghdad that Manning leaked. That ...
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Relatives of a man who died while waiting for an ambulance in the District are suing the city. The $12 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city's Fire and EMS Department was filed this week in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Durand Ford Sr. Ford died on Jan. 1. The lawsuit claims an ambulance from neighboring Prince George's County arrived 30 to 40 minutes aft...
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The search resumes this morning for a man who turned up missing after attempting to swim in the Potomac River over the weekend. Rescue teams from Montgomery and Fairfax counties launched an initial search Saturday for the unidentified swimmer who jumped into the Potomac, and disappeared shortly before 6 p.m. Authorities say the person was last seen in the area of ...
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D.C. is looking for a suspect in a string of recent attacks against transgender women. The latest attacks happened early Saturday around 3 a.m. A transgender woman was sexually assaulted in the district by a man who offered her a ride. Then shortly after 4 a.m., another transgender woman was shot during a robbery attempt in the area of 5th and K Streets NW. That woman was tr...
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Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday morning on gun-related charges after fleeing police during a traffic stop in Washington, D.C., according to authorities. Lefeged, 25, and another passenger face multiple charges, including carrying a handgun without a license and possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition. Investigators say...
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In Maryland, wildlife managers in Montgomery County say they've received phone calls this week from residents who've seen bears in their neighborhoods. The black bears were spotted in a few up-county neighborhoods, including the area around Quince Orchard and Darnestown Roads in Gaithersburg, as well as the Kentlands and Germantown. Wildlife officials say that seeing bears ...
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In Ft. Meade, Md., social media website Twitter is now a point of discussion in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning. Government prosecutors say tweets allegedly sent to Manning suggest the former intelligence analyst conspired with Wikileaks administrators to release secret government documents. The messages sent by Wikileaks in May of 2010 asked for the military's...