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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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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 ...
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The rise of an imitated online dare called "the Cinnamon Challenge" is causing local health officials to warn that the stunt is more dangerous than it appears. To some, the dare seen on dozens of YouTube videos might seem amusing at first, but as many teens are discovering, trying to swallow a mouthful of powered cinnamon is no joke. High school sophomore Dejah Reed, 16, disco...
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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is using social media to help lead a national online safety campaign. The public education campaign, co-sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General and Facebook, is designed to help teens, their parents, and other adult Internet users manage their digital privacy, and maintain personal safety while using social media. "W...
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The U.S. military's highest court says that venue isn't the right place for a dispute over public access to documents in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights had sued seeking access to documents in the ongoing case. The center was seeking timely access to transcripts, motions, court orders and other documents in the cas...
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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is working with social media to help lead a national online safety campaign. The public education campaign, co-sponsored by the National Association of Attorneys General and Facebook, is designed to help teens, their parents and other adult internet users manage their digital privacy, and maintain personal safety while using social media....
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Emancipation Day Events 8 a.m.: Emancipation Day Prayer Breakfast 11 a.m.: Emancipation Day Parade...
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Special precautions will be taken when a witness for the prosecution testifies in the trial of Army Private Bradley Manning in Ft. Meade, Md. The witness, presumed to be a Navy SEAL, is believed to have evidence gathered during the May 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound. Prosecutors say that evidence will show the al-Qaida leader had copies of documents Manning admitted h...
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Maryland House lawmakers have given final approval to a bill giving Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker more control over the county's school system. The House voted 81-45 late Saturday approving changes to the bill made by the Senate. Under the bill, Baker will choose the schools superintendent instead of the school board. Meanwhile Alvin Crawley and H...
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A Pennsylvania man charged in Virginia with throwing away completed voter registration forms no longer faces felony counts. A Rockingham County district Court judge has dismissed eight felony charges against Colin Small. Small was conductin...
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Maryland lawmakers approved a measure that will allow County Executive Rushern Baker to select the county's new schools superintendent and choose the chairman and vice chairman of an expanded Board of Education. However, the school board would remain in ...
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A fatal fire this past weekend that took the life of woman is drawing more attention to the behavior commonly known as hoarding. The woman who perished in the Sunday morning blaze on 59th place in Cheverly, Md., died alone in a home so cluttered with accum...
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Eighteen Frederick County schools will have wireless Internet access installed for the next school year. The effort is part of a program that is eventually intended to allow students to bring their own mobile devices. Three schools are currently taking part in the 'Bring Your Own Device' pilot program. Administrators will assess the program throughout this year. The ...
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Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fan out across Rock Creek Park today for the second day of a managed deer hunt. The trained marksmen will work mostly at night, setting up bait stations to attract the deer, and shooting and killing them in an effort to reduce the density of the herd. The goal of the controversial program is to cull the herd from it...
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The scheduled closing of six airport control towers in Maryland and Virginia due to forced federal spending cuts threatens to put many air traffic controllers on the unemployment line. Todd Kirkpatrick is an air traffic controller at the Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md. The control tower he works in, which just opened in May of last year, is one of 149 control towers schedu...
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Six airport control towers in the Washington region are shutting down due to federal budget cuts. The six are among 149 closures announced by the Federal Aviation Administration this week. The towers will close starting early next month as the federal agency trims millions of dollars from its budget because of the ongoing battle in Congress. The airports include Lynch...
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Marriott Corporation is cutting information technology jobs at its headquarters in Bethesda. Published reports claim formal notices have not yet been sent out to workers. So far, company officials aren't saying how many of their 1,200 IT employees in Bethesda would be affected. Marriott employees have about 15,000 workers in the area, making it one of the biggest empl...
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The suspect arrested in last week's mass drive-by shooting on North Capitol Street has been ordered held without bond. Authorities say 19-year-old Craig Steven Wilson of southeast Washington appeared in court this weekend on a charge of assault with intent to kill. ...
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Officials with the Montgomery County Board of Elections say the problems that plagued some of the voting procedures during last November's general election have been identified and addressed. It began when some absentee voters in Montgomery and Prince George's County reported that the second page of their mail-in ballot was missing. Then, a number of Latino voters complained t...