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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    Four wounded, including pregnant woman, in South Side shooting

    CHICAGO — Four people were wounded late Saturday  morning in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. The shooting happened around 11:50 a.m. on the 1400 block of W. 114th Place in the Morgan Park neighborhood. According to police the four victims — two men and two women — were sitting on a porch when witnesses say someone ran out from a gangway and started firing. Police say the men were transported to Stroger Hospital with injuries. One, a 23-year-old, is in critical condition […]

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    Teen dies in apparent drowning in Lake Michigan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Emergency crews  located the body of a teenage boy who went missing in Lake Michigan Friday afternoon. The body was recovered from the Waukegan Channel, police and fire officials said. Crews responded to an emergency call at 3:20 p.m. T he Waukegan Fire Dept. led the search effort that later turned into a recovery effort with assistance from divers, several surrounding agencies, and a sidescan sonar team. Authorities believe the teen went missing in the water after trying […]

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    Chicago preps for annual Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — With a heavy police presence , Chicago’s Pride Parade organizers are preparing for a record crowd Sunday. Following the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, Chicago police are adding hundreds more officers to line the route. And parade organizers are also increasing up private security. WGN’s Gaynor Hall has more.

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    Cleanup begins after state hit hard; 8 tornadoes confirmed so far

    The National Weather Service says it’s determined at least eight tornadoes hit Illinois amid powerful storms that swept across the Upper Midwest. The service says EF2 tornadoes with estimated top wind speeds of 115-125 mph hit Pontiac and Seneca on Wednesday night. Survey teams determined that EF1 tornadoes with maximum winds up to 110 mph hit Cissna Park, West Brooklyn, Ottawa, Troy Grove and an area 5 mile northwest of Ottawa. An EF0 tornado with top wind speeds of 85 […]

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    Seneca begins cleanup after town hit hard by EF-2 tornado

    SENECA, Ill. — The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado barreled Seneca, a town about 80 miles southwest of Chicago. Winds were measured at 116 miles per hour. Thursday, the community began to cleanup. Construction crews, insurance adjusters, volunteers and neighbors filled the streets to help out. A livestock barn on a family farm was severely damaged. Fortunately no animals were inside. But equipment was destroyed. A brand new pickup truck was tossed on its side and a piece […]

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    Former finalist on Mexico’s ‘The Voice’ dies after after being shot on his birthday

    CHICAGO — His friends and students were praying for a miracle, but 45-year-old Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes died Saturday afternoon at Mount Sinai hospital in Chicago. The former finalist on the Mexican version of “The Voice” owned a performing arts studio and school in the Brighton Park neighborhood. After leaving a celebration of his birthday there Thursday night,  Fuentes was sitting in his red convertible when he was approached by a gunman who ordered him out of the car. He refused, and witnesses say he was shot […]

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    Haymarket Center’s Fatherhood program; reconnecting fathers and their children

    Sunday is Father’s Day, and while many dads will be celebrating, some wonder if they will ever re-connect with their kids. The Haymarket Center is treating addiction as a disease, not a choice. Part of the program is focused on fathers. Because the heroin epidemic is not only ravaging the lives of users, it’s ripping apart families. WGN’s Gaynor Hall takes a look at the Fatherhood program this Father’s Day weekend; a program that aims to heal families wounded by […]

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    Chicago panel OKs Uber and Lyft rules requiring fingerprints

    CHICAGO — A Chicago City Council committee has advanced plans to increase regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The proposal requires similar regulations on Uber and Lyft drivers as taxi drivers, including fingerprinting as part of a criminal background check. Drug tests and city debt checks would also be required. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Uber and Lyft officials have opposed the proposed regulations. The companies argue it’ll cut into the number of drivers available. There are approximately 90,000 […]

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    Palatine police shoot man who drove at officers during drug investigation

    PALATINE, Ill. –An investigation is ongoing after a possible police-involved shooting in the northwest suburbs. The shooting took place around 8 p.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in Palatine. Palatine police were conducting a drug investigation in the parking lot of the complex Thursday night. Police say a 26-year-old man in a car tried to escape and tried to hit two officers. One fired at him. The suspect got away, but was arrested later with a gunshot wound to his leg. […]

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    Chicago police increase security at Chicago Pride Fest after Orlando attack

    CHICAGO — Huge crowds are expected at Pride Fest is this weekend, and organizers are stepping up security after the massacre in Orlando. “The Orlando incident is of great concern to us,” said Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. “But [there’s] nothing to suggest there is going to be issues.” At a press conference this afternoon city officials said they’re adjusting resources and increasing security measures, especially around the 47th Annual Pride Parade, which is expected to attract over a million […]