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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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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...
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Officials with the Virginia Zoo say they recently dropped their Keeper Aide program, which allowed volunteers to help prepare meals and feed tigers, bears and other exotic animals. The volunteers also helped clean cages and move large animals between exhibits. A spokesperson for the zoo says the change is made out of concern for safety and liability. Last week, a lion mauled...
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Pepco is seeking a $52 million rate hike for customers in the District. The proposed increase would add almost $6 to the average monthly residential bill. Pepco president, Thomas Graham, says the increase is necessary to improve customer service and reliability. The utility is facing strong criticism for its response to some storms in the past year, including the fast-moving ...
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A coalition of students is demanding that Congress reject legislation that promotes the use of police or armed guards in public schools. Following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., some political leaders and lawmakers began to call for more armed police in public schools. Whitney Kalethias, a Los Angeles high school student, says that is a bad id...
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One man is dead after his gun accidentally discharged at a shooting range In Waldorf, Md. The accident took place this weekend at the St. Charles Sportsman's Club, where the sheriff's deputies say they found Patrick Allen Richards, 61, of Hughesville suffering from a gunshot wound. Richards' gun apparently discharged unexpectedly, striking him once in the upper b...
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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning addressed the court during his pre-trial hearing Thursday in Fort Meade, Md. to try and explain why he passed classified government documents to Wikileaks. Manning spoke for over an hour describing the timeline and reasons why he disclosed what he claims are some of the most significant documents of our time. Manning is pleading guilty to 10 of the le...
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The military has released some court documents in the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of giving classified material to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. A total of 84 documents on the case requested under the Freedom of Information Act are now public. The collection includes details of rulings handed down in court and routine court orders. The releas...
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A military judge refused to dismiss all charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst accused of leaking classified government documents to Wikileaks, ruling on Tuesday that most of the pretrial delays in the case were justified. Lawyers for Manning argued the charges should be dismissed because he was denied a speedy trial. He has been detained for two...
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Prince George's County police are giving more detail into the investigation that led to an arrest in the murder of Central High school student Marckel Ross. When the 18-year old honor student from Capitol Heights was found dead from a single gunshot wound back on...