Gaynor Hall is an Emmy-award winning general assignment reporter for the WGN Evening News and the WGN News at Nine. She first joined WGN-TV as a freelance reporter in April 2008.

A native Chicagoan, Gaynor is a proud alum of Whitney Young Magnet High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University, with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and African American Studies.

Gaynor got her start in television as the morning anchor and producer at WMGT in Macon, Georgia. She returned to Chicago in April 2006 as an anchor and reporter for WGN-TV’s sister station, CLTV. She lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with her husband and son.

Recent Articles
  • 2 dead after I-57 crash in Matteson

    MATTESON, Ill. — Two people were killed after a crash on I-57 on Friday, according to police. The crash happened in Matteson, Ill., around 8:53 p.m. on I-57 on Flossmoor Road. Police said a Lamborghini was speeding southbound on I-57 when it left the roadway, rolled over and slammed into trees on the west side of I-57. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the car, police said. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims […]

  • Several displaced by Bronzeville apartment fire

    CHICAGO — Chicago Fire crews braved frigid conditions as they battled an apartment fire in Bronzeville Saturday night. Flames were first reported shortly before 10 in the 45 hundred block of South Champlain. Chicago Fire officials say the aggressive blaze was in a three story apartment building. They had to fight the fire from the outside because the flames were so intense. One woman suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a nearby hospital. A number of families were left […]

  • Nazi-themed cartoon assignment upsets suburban parents

    GURNEE, Illinois – Parents are raising questions about a controversial homework assignment about Hitler at a suburban school. “Everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the directions and requirements,” said Michael Masterton, an 8th grader at Woodland Middle School in Gurnee. He said students in his language arts class were given the assignment this week called “If You Give Hitler a Country,” with instructions to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies […]

  • 3 shot at Chicago Subway restaurant

    CHICAGO — Three teenagers were shot in a drive-by shooting at a Subway restaurant Saturday night. The shooting occurred in the 5900 block of W. Madison about 6:30 p.m. Police say the three teenagers were standing on the sidewalk when a car drove by, and someone inside opened fire. Witnesses at the scene say that two of the teenagers may have run inside the Subway restaurant after the shooting. Police say a 16-year-old boy was shot in the stomach. A 14-year-old […]

  • University of Chicago marks Manhattan Project experiment anniversary with mushroom cloud

    CHICAGO — A multi-colored mushroom cloud briefly appeared over the University of Chicago Saturday. The pyrotechnic display—commemorating the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction—was the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. That happened here at 3:25 p.m., 75 years ago today. The Chicago Pile-1 experiment was led by physicist Enrico Fermi as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project during World War II. “It is humans who invented power to bring massive destruction, so when someone uses the same power to […]

  • Family holds memorial at site of fatal police shooting

    CHICAGO — Relatives and friends gathered to remember Aquoness Cathery after the 24-year-old was shot by Chicago police Wednesday, and later died at the hospital early Thursday morning. At a memorial near the scene at 61st and King Drive, relatives said he was a father who wanted to make it as a rapper. “I’m grieving and see what really happened,” said Cathery’s mother, Lashundia Key. Police say officers were responding to a call of shots fired Wednesday afternoon when they […]

  • Uber driver says he was nearly carjacked at gunpoint in Lincoln Park

    CHICAGO – Police are investigating after a man believes he was targeted in an attempted carjacking this afternoon. Right before noon today, 45-year-old Uber driver Samuel Wright says he had just made a flower delivery and was driving his 2016 Ford Fusion on Bissell near Armitage when a young man flagged him down. When Wright slowed down to talk to him, the suspect pulled out a gun and approached him. Wright says at the same time the driver of a […]

  • Part-time faculty at Columbia College goes on strike

    CHICAGO — Hundreds of part-time staff at Columbia College Chicago hit the picket line on Wednesday. Wednesday was the first of a two-day walk-out over wages and job security. The union said Columbia has seen programs eliminated, faculty leaving and the students suffering. “This is not the Columbia that I met 30 years ago,” Prexy Nesbitt, a faculty member, said. Members of the Part-Time Faculty Association of Columbia College (PFAC) hit the picket line on Michigan Avenue. PFAC represents 650 […]

  • Two north side businesses robbed within hours

    CHICAGO- Two north side businesses were held up within a couple of hours of each other. The description of the suspect is strikingly similar in each case. Chicago Police aren’t confirming whether it’s the same man in both instances. One hold-up happened at a Vitamin Shoppe in the 32- hundred block of North Ashland Avenue in Lakeview at about 11:20 this morning. A man threatened a female employee with a knife and demanded money. Less than an hour earlier, a […]

  • 2 North Side businesses robbed, police say

    CHICAGO — Two North Side businesses were robbed on Saturday, according to officials. At 11:20 Saturday morning, a man walked into a Vitamin Shoppe in the 3200 block of North Ashland in Lakeview.  He held a knife to a female employee, demanded money, and got away with cash from the register and safe. He was wearing a tan knit cap, black jacket, and carrying a large black backpack. The description was similar to the man who hit a dry cleaners […]