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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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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...
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License plates in the nation's capital will soon say "District of Columbia" instead of "Washington, D.C." Mayor Vincent Gray ordered the change over the weekend. The switch won't be in effect right away for tags in general circulation. A spokesperson for the mayor says the change follows legal and historical precedent. The District of Columbia is the legal name of the ...
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Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw announced the arrest five suspects charged in connection with the murder of Suitland High School freshman Charles Walker Jr. The teenager was shot and killed on Feb. 18, in Hillcrest Heights. Magaw was upbeat late Wednesday when he identified the suspects at a press conference, who stand accused of shooting the 15-year-old for h...
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Police say an 18-year-old freshman at Suitland High School was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Forestville, Md., according to the Associated Press. This came on the same day that police confirmed that Charles Walker Jr., another Suitland student, was killed for his shoes. The unidentified victim was one of two 18-year-olds shot late Tuesday aftern...
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A 15-year-old Suitland High School student found dead Monday afternoon was shot by an unknown attacker, said Prince George's County Police. Investigators found Charles Walker Jr. on the ground just blocks from his home in the 4100 block of 28th Avenue in Hillcrest Heights. Walker was taken to a local hospital where he died of a gunshot wound. Walker's death is the fift...
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University of Maryland leaders are encouraging students and faculty to make use of the school's threat assessment program following last week's fatal off-campus shooting. The program is called Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment, or BETA for short. The BETA...
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Lottery revenue in Washington, D.C. is on the rise again after a five-year slump in sales. Published reports claim lottery revenue within the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 totaled nearly $250 million. That falls below the all-time sales high of $266 million from 2006, but still represents an 8 percent jump from last year. Lottery sales had been slumping in the last few year...
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A former high school English teacher in Maryland is expanding the vocabulary of disadvantaged children by combining the characteristics of a new president with an old game. Eugene Williams' father and mother never made it past third grade, and yet they learned and loved to read. One of nine children raised in Orange, Va., Williams' parents encouraged that passion for words ...
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Students, faculty, and religious leaders attended a vigil last night for the three University of Maryland students involved in an early morning, off-campus shooting Tuesday. More than 300 people came together inside the University's Memorial Chapel to gri...
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Latinos from around the region and across the U.S. are gathering in the District to discuss comprehensive immigration reform as part of a national forum. One of those attendees will also be attending tonight's State of the Union address as a special guest of the President and First Lady. The timing of the immigrant advocates' visit to Washington this week is no accident, sa...
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The Boy Scouts of America have delayed a decision on whether to drop its policy to exclude gay members. One family from Maryland whose gay sons are both active in scouts are remaining cautiously optimistic, even as they wished BSA had finalized a decision.  ...
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The National Athletic Trainers Association is hosting a summit in the District designed to reduce the rate of concussion-related and even fatal injuries in high school athletes. More than 200 health care professionals, parent advocates and school administrators huddled at the Omni Shoreham in an effort to change the culture of high school sports. A recent study of high schools...
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Baltimore residents turned out in force to welcome home their Super Bowl champion Ravens, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 on Sunday night. The parade began outside Baltimore City Hall at 10:45 a.m. with a formal welcome from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. From the...