Gaynor Hall

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
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    1-year-old dies at North Side day care

    CHICAGO – Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy at a North Side day care. Emmanuel Noibi was found unresponsive earlier this week at a house in Rogers Park. The Dept of Children and Family services is investigating the day care over allegations of neglect. “The home daycare provider has  voluntarily suspended caring for children pending the outcome of this investigation,” DCFS said in a statement to WGN News. This is a developing story.  Check back for details.

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    Sergeant sued for teen’s fatal shooting faced similar suit before

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police sergeant who shot and killed a teen on the city’s South Side last week was involved in two deadly shootings of African-American men in three years. No gun has been recovered in either case. Chicago Police Sergeant John Poulos has been named in a lawsuit filed by the family of 28-year old Rickey Rozelle. In August 2013, Poulos was off-duty, heading home from his family’s bar when he said he saw a suspected burglar on the […]

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    Would-be thieves try to drive off in FedEx van full of packages

    CHICAGO — Right in the middle of the busy holiday shipping season, a FedEx van full of packages was stolen — and then ditched a couple blocks away. Police say they still haven’t determined if any packages are missing. Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, thieves somehow stole the FedEx home delivery van as it made its way through the Park Manor neighborhood. Officers flooded the area and searched for suspects, witnesses said. Police aren’t saying how the van was stolen, but […]

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    A school in the forest helps kids unleash their imagination in nature

    It`s a different type of school environment, encouraging small children to unleash their imaginations in the forest, even in the cold of winter. In this Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall visits the Forest Playschool, the first of its kind in Chicago.  

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    ‘The family is just looking for justice’: 19-year-old shot, killed by police mourned at vigil

    CHICAGO — A vigil was held Friday for a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police sergeant this week. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide. The autopsy found Kajuan Raye died from a gunshot wound to the back. Relatives gathered for a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting at 65th and Marshfield shortly after they officially identified the body. “The family is just looking for justice,” said Tiffany White, […]

  • National security analyst KT McFarland will join President-elect Donald Trump's administration, Trump's choice for National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced Friday on Twitter.

    President-elect Trump names 2 new top staffers

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team made two staff announcements on Friday as he continues to build his administration. Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland was tapped for deputy national security adviser. McFarland is currently a national security analyst for FOX News. She served as an aide in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. Donald McGahn will serve as an assistant to the president and White House counsel, advising Trump on legal issues concerning his administration including any possible conflicts of […]

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    Holiday shopping madness already underway

    CHICAGO —  Anger and confusion burst through the doors at the JC Penney at North Riverside Mall when it opened its doors at 3 p.m. Thursday. Dozens of people had been waiting outside for hours to get their hands on Thanksgiving Day specials including a $500 dollar super savings coupon. But a surge of people bypassed the line, crowding the doors right before they opened. Workers eventually got some people back outside and Police responded to help manage the crowd. The scene […]

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    Lights Festival parade brightens up chilly Michigan Ave.

    CHICAGO — A few days ago many thought this year’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade might be blessed with mild or even warm temperatures. But, the large crowd along Michigan Avenue was bundled up as usual for the event. WGN’s Gaynor Hall checked out the festivities from somewhere along the Mag Mile.    

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    Indiana pastors sued over teen’s death

    MUNSTER, Ind. — The family of an 18-year-old woman is suing an Indiana church and its pastors in connection with her suspicious death last year. In May 2015, Domonique “Nikki” Smith was babysitting the 5-year-old granddaughter of Steve and Melodye Munsey. They’re the pastors of Family Christian Center, a mega church in Munster, Indiana. According to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Smith’s mother Vicki Walker, Smith was discovered floating face down and unresponsive in the swimming pool of the Munseys […]

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    Inequality in Chicago: A Three Part Series

    The crime statistics are staggering. More than 3,000 people have been shot in Chicago, this year. But numbers alone do not paint the full picture of what is happening in our city. In this 3-part WGN News Special Report, Gaynor Hall looks at the root causes of violence from housing segregation to employment and education. Part 1: “If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, Chicago is only as strong as its most under-resourced community,” said Jahmal […]