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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    2 women injured in hit-and-run in busy North Side intersection

    CHICAGO – Witnesses say a car hit two women as they tried to cross the street at a busy North Side intersection Friday night, dragging one of them for hundreds of feet . According to police, the car then made an illegal u-turn and hit the women a second time before driving from the scene. A witness said the car was going about 50 mph when it hit the women as they  crossed Clybourn around the 1800 block in Lincoln Park. A 24-year-old […]

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    Suspicious fires may be linked to homicides, activists say

    CHICAGO — Community leaders say they are concerned about what appears to be a recent increase in suspicious fires, possibly started to conceal homicides. On Friday night crews responding to a burning vehicle near 21st and Jefferson made a horrific discovery inside: a body burned beyond recognition. This comes after seven arsons happened in Pilsen in the early hours of September 16, leaving one person dead and dozens homeless. On September 2 in Little Village, two people were found dead […]

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    Mayor puts focus on mentoring programs one day after anti-violence speech

    CHICAGO — One day after delivering a speech on new anti-violence initiatives in the city of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was showcasing parts of his new plan today. Emanuel joined a “circle of brotherhood” today at Morgan Park High School. It was part of “Becoming A Man” Youth Guidance, a key component of the mayor’s new anti-violence plan he outlined in a speech at Malcolm X College. Emanuel is promising 36 million dollars in public and private funds to expand mentoring […]

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    Mayor Emanuel outlines new anti-violence plans

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel went for a three-mile run this morning with some Chicago police recruits a day after he delivered a major policy speech with his plan to combat Chicago’s growing problem with street violence. Emanuel delivered his vision for fighting crime in the nation’s third-largest city that includes new efforts to mentor youths in violent neighborhoods, legislation and police reforms. He spoke for about 40 minutes Thursday in front of an invitation-only crowd at Malcolm X College on the city’s […]

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    Emanuel to unveil anti-violence vision, including more police and social programs

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel is promising to reveal a “comprehensive vision to reduce and prevent crime” Thursday night at Malcolm X College. The speech was scheduled for earlier this week, but Emanuel pushed it back, he said, to make sure he gets things right. Chicago is facing alarming crime statistics: more than 3,000 shootings and 500 killings so far this year.  Key among Emanuel’s strategies for turning this trend around are mentoring, after school activities, and job creation programs aimed at helping young people and communities in need. Another major part of […]

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    Suburban family seeks information on woman missing from Key West

    AURORA, Ill. —  A woman originally from Aurora, who has been living in Florida for the past ten years, has not been seen in over a month. Family members in the suburbs are pleading for anyone to come forward with information about Robin Ford. 50-year-old Ford was living on a sailboat with her boyfriend in the Florida Keys. There are conflicting stories about her disappearance and her Illinois family is seeking answers. It’s believed she was last seen in the […]

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    Chicago priest charged with possession of child porn

    CHICAGO — Bond was set at $50,000 for a Chicago priest charged with one felony count of possession of child pornography. Father Octavio Munoz, 40, was extradited from Maryland, where he had been relocated by the archdiocese, said prosecutors. Munoz previously served as the director of Casa Jesus, a recruiting program for the Archdiocese of Chicago that was suspended in April. Munoz was moving to Saint Pancratius Church in Brighton Park when prosecutors say archdiocese employees saw his laptop displaying a […]

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    Mother, daughter shot on South Side

    CHICAGO – Two women were taken to the hospital after they were wounded in a shooting on the South Side. Police say a 41-year-old woman and her 19-year-old daughter were shot in the 600 block of East 92nd Place in the city’s Chatham neighborhood around 6 p.m. Relatives identify the victims as Nichole Modacure and her  Eliza Wood. Family members say the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute that started several months ago when Modacure’s two teenage sons were robbed […]

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    Wrongfully convicted man sues Chicago police

    CHICAGO —  Ben Baker, freed from prison back in January with all charges dropped against him, is suing the city of Chicago. He claims former Police Sergeant Ronald Watts and several other officers framed him on false drug charges during an arrest in 2005. After he refused to pay a bribe, Baker says, police planted drugs on him. Baker’s attorneys say FBI documents show authorities at the time were aware of allegations that Watts and his tactical team were involved […]

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    The business of heroin recovery

    The heroin crisis has created exponential growth in the for profit-treatment industry. But, the greater need has opened the door to greed.  Drug overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. Families are desperate and recovery has become big business. “People need to know that there are so many different ways to get well, and that it doesn’t need to cost 50-thousand dollars,” said Kathie Kane-Willis, director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy […]