Gaynor Hall
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Gaynor Hall is a general assignment reporter for the WGN Evening News and the WGN News at Nine. She is also a weekend anchor for CLTV. She first joined WGN-TV as a freelance reporter in April 2008. She joined CLTV in April 2006.

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 has received an Emmy nomination for her reporting. She got her start in television as the morning anchor and producer at WMGT in Macon, Georgia.

Recent Articles
  • Teen killed in city’s fourth police-involved shooting since Friday

    Chicago Police fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in the Gresham neighborhood this evening, the fourth person shot by Chicago officers since early Friday morning. The shooting took place a little before 7 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Morgan Street, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. The teen, whose family said was days from turning 17, was dead on the scene in an alley. A man was killed in a police-involved shooting on Chicago’s northwest side. Officers […]

  • Beautiful weather brings out the crowds for Fourth celebrations

    Across Chicagoland, sunny skies and mild temps made celebrating the Fourth of July all the better. WGN’s Gaynor Hall was in Evanston for the suburb’s annual Independence Day parade.

  • Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    For the past several years, WGN-TV has been giving you an inside look at efforts to turn around Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. School officials are celebrating several milestones in 2014, as the fight continues to keep Chicago Public Schools from turning around more schools.  The privately-operated, Academy for Urban School Leadership or AUSL is now in charge of 29 schools, with three more turnarounds recently approved.  As reporter Gaynor Hall learned, some progress has been made at […]

  • Stuck in Cook County Jail

    Stuck in Cook County Jail: Prison population strains system, tax payer wallets

    Nearly 9,400 people are sitting in Cook County jail tonight. It’s one of the largest jail systems in the world, and taxpayers are paying the price. The Illinois Supreme Court and county elected officials agree they need to reduce the jail population. But, as WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports, there’s no consensus on how to do that. “I was 19 when I first went to jail. But I was 14 when I started drinking and getting high,” says ex-offender Patrick Covington […]

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    Thousands cram into Grant Park for World Cup game

    A capacity crowd crammed into at Grant Park Sunday to witness a World Cup game with a shocking finish. Fans showed up hours before game time, clad in red, white, and blue and waved American flags. After yesterday’s rain, the viewing party was moved from Hutchinson Field to Balbo Ave at the last minute. It meant booze sales, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of 20,000 soccer fans who showed up. There were so many people, officials closed the gates […]

  • Blackhawks fans hopeful ahead of Game 7

    The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 tonight at the United Center, and fans are hopeful that the Hawks will win and head to the Stanley Cup Final. Gaynor Hall has the story.

  • Repeat offenders key source of many Chicago homicides

    We have become very familiar with the faces and stories of some of the city’s murder victims, but who are the alleged perpetrators? In tonight’s Cover Story, Gaynor Hall takes a closer look at those believed to be responsible for deadly violence in Chicago. A WGN-TV analysis of police records found the overwhelming majority of those arrested for homicide in Chicago in 2012 have something in common. They are repeat offenders. Jerry Austin, 36,  grew up in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. […]

  • Media and Violence in Chicago

    It’s a rare day in Chicago we don’t have at least one, usually multiple shootings and deaths.  As journalists, our goal is to inform, not frighten.  And yet as we tell these stories we wonder, what are people taking away from the news coverage?  WGN reporter Gaynor Hall has been looking at how the media covers violence. There are few bigger issues in Chicago right now than violence on the city’s streets.  And there is no shortage of complaints on […]

  • Hagel: U.S. acted fast to save Bowe Bergdahl’s life

    (CNN) — The United States found “an opening” and acted quickly to save U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s life, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. “We believed that the information we had, the intelligence we had, was such that Sgt. Bergdahl’s safety and health were both in jeopardy and in particular his health deteriorating,” Hagel said. “It was our judgment that if we could find an opening and move very quickly with that opening, that we needed to get him […]

  • Sizing up the Race for Mayor: Political newcomer plans to challenge Emanuel

    Challengers have been slow to jump in the mayoral race against Rahm Emanuel, but WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a political newcomer who thinks she can take on the current mayor. Amara Enyia’s list of academic credentials is impressive. She has a master’s degree in education, a law degree, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies. She worked briefly in former Mayor Richard Daley’s office. She has worked as a community activist, and now at age 31, she says she is running for mayor […]


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