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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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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...
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The U.S. Department of Justice's secret seizure of telephone records from The Associated Press news service is sending a chilling message to local journalists. Published reports claim the U.S. government seized the records of more than 20 separat...
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Some members of the Prince George's County House delegation are meeting to try and reach a consensus on Sunday sales of hard liquor in the county. The county delegation voted down the most recent attempt to permit the sale of hard liquor on Sunday back in March. Soon after, members who supported the measure began to organize a legislative work group designed to find common gro...
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As school officials in Montgomery County, Md., try to understand why nearly two-thirds of high school students failed their math final, attention is being focused on the state's adoption of Common Core Standards. The county's roll out three years ago of Curricu...
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Montgomery County school officials are trying to figure out why more than half of students in the system flunked some of their math finals. Figures released by the school system show 61 percent of high school algebra students failed their final exam last semester, while 62 percent failed the Geometry final. Meanwhile, 57 percent failed Algebra 2, 48 percent flunked precalculu...
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Maryland's largest health care provider wants to raise insurance premiums for individual policies by an average of 25 percent. Maryland is one of 31 states where regulators can accept or reject such proposals, so much of this is far from being set in stone, according to Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a healthcare consumer advocate. The proposal...
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Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is announcing a new Development Partnership between his state and Israel. The governor announced the partnership this past weekend as he wraps up an eight-day trade mission to the countries of Israel and Jordan, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson with the governor's office says the partnership will fund joint developmen...
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One local Muslim community is condemning last week's attack in Boston and planning a gesture of support for the lives lost. When he heard about the bombing, Dr. Nasim Mahdi, national Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, feared a wave of hate mail and calls, but he says this time was different. "People have realized that you can't paint everybody with the s...
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Award-winning chefs and advocates for locally grown food are putting pressure on Capitol Hill to support legislation that would provide incentives for food stamp recipients to buy fresh produce. Studies show that many families on government assistance are likely to have a diet lacking in adequate fruits and vegetables. Many are simply too expensive. The result is a population ...