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.

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    Driver going 100 mph in crash that killed 3 members of suburban family: police

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Police say a driver going 100 mph caused a deadly crash that killed three members of a suburban family and the driver. Police say the speeding vehicle collided head-on with a car Thursday night near Mount Prospect Rd. and the Northwest Highway in Des Plaines. Police say three family members who were riding in the car died. The Cook County medical examiner identified them as 20-year-old Kirsten M. Crawford, 50-year-old Anita Crawford and 52-year-old Kevin Crawford, […]

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    Girl, 12, shot in head over weekend has died

    CHICAGO — A 12-year-old girl who was shot in the head Saturday has died, her family confirms. Kanari Gentry-Bowers had been on life support at Stroger Hospital. “I just want justice for my daughter. That’s all I’m asking,” said her father Justin Bowers outside the hospital after Kanari passed. Police say she was at Henderson Elementary’s playground in West Englewood when someone started shooting around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. She was shot in the neck, according to family, and the bullet severed her […]

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    ‘Marquette Park 4’ exonerated of 1995 double murder by new evidence

    CHICAGO — It has been a long road to get here, but 3 of the 4 men known as the “Marquette Park Four” said they feel like they are finally free. At the Leighton Criminal Court Building Wednesday, cheers broke out after charges were dropped against the men dubbed the “Marquette Park 4.” They signed false confessions after a 1995 double murder and armed robbery at a used car dealership. Charles Johnson and Larod Styles were given life sentences as teenagers, […]

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    Family: Minneapolis man shot by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

    CHICAGO — Relatives of a Minneapolis man shot in Chicago by an Amtrak police officer say he is paralyzed and clinging to life. Chad Robertson’s sister, Nina Robertson, said Friday the 25-year-old father of two has a bullet lodged near his spine and has been in and out of consciousness. Robertson was shot late Wednesday by one of two Amtrak officers patrolling outside Union Station. Nina Robertson said officers confronted her brother and his friends and said they had received […]

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    Civil Rights seminar causing controversy at suburban school

    WINNETKA, Ill. — School officials say they want New Trier students to learn different perspectives, but critics are saying the civil rights seminar is biased. The website from a group called “Parents of New Trier” says the school’s seminar day should be balanced or suspended because it’s biased, divisive, and costly. “Understanding Today’s Struggle For Racial Civil Rights” is the theme of The All Day seminar set for February 28th. Students at the school’s Northfield and Winnetka campuses will hear […]

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    Amtrak police officer shoots man near Chicago’s Union Station

    CHICAGO, Ill. — An Amtrak police officer shot and seriously wounded a man near Union Station in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department says the man is an apparent drug suspect. Authorities say cash and narcotics were found on the 25 year-old man. The shooting happened around 8:45pm on Wednesday. The man was hit in the left shoulder and is recovering at Stroger Hospital. The officer wasn’t injured. The shooting is under investigation.

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    Chicago family reconnects with man 23 years after he disappeared

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Moriah Mays was only a child the last time she saw her brother, Sharrieff. The family says at some point he was in college in Alabama. He left home from Chicago and they never heard from him again. He was 23. They say, at the time, they reached out to police and got nowhere. In recent years, Moriah stepped up her efforts online, posting about her brother. She started a Facebook page, hoping to drum up information […]

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    Businessman Chris Kennedy announces bid for Illinois governor

    CHICAGO —The 2018 race for governor is starting to take shape, and Chris Kennedy said Wednesday that governor Rauner “doesn’t have the heart” to do the job. Kennedy announced he was running for governor in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday. Back in July, he awkwardly tried to dodge the question from reporters who pressed him into an elevator, but now it’s official. After floating his name several times in the past for political office, Kennedy is making his first run for […]

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    U of C terrorism research raises questions about executive order

    A new study suggests that President Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries,misses the real terror threat. The University of Chicago just released a report called “The American face of Isis.” It says the biggest threat is homegrown terrorism. The study analyzed 112 cases of people indicted for ISIS-related offenses.  83 percent were U.S. citizens and only three of the individuals were refugees. The White House argues the travel ban makes America safer, but the study suggests otherwise.

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    Chicago officer’s act of kindness goes viral, inspires coat drive

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer’s act of kindness warmed hearts on social media and inspired more giving. Chicago Police Officer Bob Osborne secretly recorded cell phone video of his partner Officer Peter White delivering on a promise he made three weeks ago. They saw the man panhandling near the Eisenhower Express at Central. “We saw him blocking traffic from the Eisenhower off ramp,” Officer White said. “We ended up approaching him because we felt he was going to harm […]