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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

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A team of sleep specialists is collaborating with the Fairfax County public school system to develop a plan to delay the start time for high schools. The Children's National Medical Center's sleep medicine division is being contracted by the county school board. The doctors will brainstorm with parents and school officials about how best to move the high school start time to...
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A witness in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning claimed that a leaked video of an Apache helicopter attack in Iraq revealed information that could injure U.S. forces. On Wednesday, Chief Warrant Officer Jon LaRue's statement was read into the record in open court, supporting government claims about the damage incurred by the release of the so-called "...
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Testimony in the court martial of the army private charged with giving secret documents to Wikileaks now includes statements from the aunt of Pfc. Bradley Manning. On Tuesday, prosecutors presented Debra Van Alstyne's statement about an interview she had with Army investigators at her Maryland home in 2010, shortly after Manning's arrest. At that time, Van Alstyne claims, inv...
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With the second week of testimony in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning underway, supporters outside the courtroom are comparing the 25-year old former army intelligence analyst to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. During most of the trial and pre-trial hearings for the army private accused of spilling government secrets to wikileaks, Manning's supporters compared him t...
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The vice charwoman of the board of trustees of Howard University is issuing a warning about the historically black university which she says is in trouble. In a letter published on the website of the Chronicle of Education Renee Higginbotham-Brooks wrote, "Howard University will not be here in thre...
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Fairfax County school officials have voted to change the district's discipline system, allowing for lighter punishments for certain infractions. Published reports claim school board members voted 9-2 to approve a new handbook on student rights. One change could result in softer punishments for students caught with a small amount of marijuana at school. Students would ...
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The first week of testimony has ended in the court martial of the Afrmy Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of giving secret government documents to Wikileaks. Defense attorney David Coombs managed to get at least two witnesses to suggest under oath that Manning and other analysts in his Iraq unit worked in an unusually casual manner. Army Specialist Jihrleah Showman, Mannin...
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The computer hacker who alerted authorities about Bradley Manning's involvement in the leak of secret government documents testified at the soldier's court martial today. Prosecution witness Adrian Lamo was on the stand for about half an hour, answering questions about his involvement with Manning, which began in 2010.  That's when the two began chatting online after Priv...
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On Capitol Hill, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today on sexual assault in the military. And as lawmakers take a closer look at that issue, one local Army captain says he's the victim of another form of harassment from fellow service members. In 2008, shortly after the election of President Barack Obama, Capt. Gary Mason was sent to Iraq ...
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The long-awaited trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's accused of leaking classified material, began today at Fort Meade in Maryland. In his hour-long opening statement on Monday, prosecutor Capt. John Morrow said this case is an example of what happens when arrogance meets access to sensitive information. Morrow opened his hour long statement with a slide containing a mes...
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Arlington County sheriff's deputy Craig Patterson was arraigned this weekend on first-degree murder charges and ordered held without bond. Patterson is charged in the shooting of Julian Dawkins, a driver for PBS NewsHour, on May 22, following a confrontation in Alexandria. Patterson was off-duty at the time. Prosecutors say following the confrontation, Patterson w...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has appointed a new chairman of the county's Board of Education. Dr. Segun Eubanks was sworn in Saturday under a new state law, which allows the county executive to choose the county school board chair. The controversial law, which went into effect yesterday, also allows Baker to choose the school's superintendent and three members of the...
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Maryland's new secretary of transportation says he'll make bridge maintenance a priority in the state. The state's new Transportation Secretary Jim Smith is no stranger to the state's infrastructure challenges. At the announcement of his appointment, Governor Martin O'Malley explained why. "Public service has been the calling of Jim's professional life. As a member ...
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Fire officials in Maryland say the blaze at the derailed chemical-carrying train that derailed outside of Baltimore is under control. Rail service in the state is not being affected this morning. Residents a mile away from the accident in Rosedale just north of Baltimore described a loud boom similar to an earthquake when the derailment occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Investiga...
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Montgomery County police have released the name of the construction worker killed when a parking garage partially collapsed last Thursday. Carroll Dexter Wills, 57, of Prince Frederick, died Thursday afternoon when the 50,000-pound concrete slab gave way and...
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As rescue and recovery efforts press on in the area of Oklahoma devastated by a massive tornado, the local Red Cross is offering ways to help victims and locate friends and family. Rescue personnel say it's still unclear how many residents in and around Oklahoma City have been displaced by this week's tornados. Many may have made their way to shelters in other neighboring comm...
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Sen. Ben Cardin met with community leaders to discuss the status of immigration reform and offered assurance that a comprehensive bipartisan plan is possible. The meeting, which took place on Monday and was hosted by CASA de Maryland, included area residents, immigration reform advocates and other legislators. Cardin's discussion comes on the heels of the first week of deli...
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Health officials in Maryland's Allegany County are seeking to update their regulations governing tattoo shops, including allowing kids to get tattoos with the permission of their parents. Published reports claim county health officials have pushed for the changes, which would have to be adopted by county commissioners. The current problem is that kids in the area sometimes get...
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About 60 people are recovering from injuries after a car drove into a group of hikers on Saturday during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival in Virginia. The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. in Damascus, a town in Washington County, Va. Authorities say the injuries ranged from critical to superficial. Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hosp...
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Developers of a planned $800 million casino in a Fort Washington neighborhood hope to expand the economic development created by nearby National Harbor. The 22-acre parcel on the corner of Old Fort Road and Indian Head Highway is being developed by Parx Casino, owner of one of the largest gaming centers in Pennsylvania. Much like MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gam...