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
  • Vigil held for missing U of I student from China

    CHICAGO — Members of Chicago’s Chinese community gathered with the family of Ying Ying Zhang tonight trying to do everything they can to get the word out and find her. It was an emotional prayer vigil in Bridgeport, tonight. Relatives of  Zhang  speaking through a translator, pleading for her safe return. They say, Every day gets more difficult. No one has seen or heard from the 26-year old since June 9th. Surveillance video showed her getting into a black Saturn in […]

  • Bicyclist killed by Red Line train after falling onto tracks

    CHICAGO — A 19-year-old bicyclist was killed after he fell onto the tracks and was hit by a Red Line train at the Sox-35th St. stop Saturday. A CTA spokesperson says the man was riding his bike on the platform when he lost his balance and fell just as a northbound train was pulling in to the station around 1:30 p.m. The station was closed for about 2.5 hours as police started a death investigation, causing major delays on the […]

  • Father of missing U of I scholar: ‘Give my daughter back’

    URBANA, Ill.  — The father of a visiting Chinese scholar missing from the University of Illinois made an emotional appeal on Thursday for his 26-year-old child’s safe return, saying in an interview: “Give my daughter back.” Yingying Zhang was last seen on a surveillance video getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana on the afternoon of June 9. Police have labeled the case a kidnapping but haven’t ruled out other scenarios. Ronggao Zhang, who arrived in central Illinois from […]

  • Man suffers heart attack at pool, claims lifeguards failed to notice, sues suburban YMCA

    An Evanston man has filed a lawsuit claiming lifeguards at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles failed to notice him unconscious at the bottom of the pool last month. 61-year-old Yosef Bornstein suffered a heart attack in the pool on May 28th and slid underwater. His attorneys say surveillance video from the pool shows Bornstein was underwater for more than five minutes before another swimmer spotted him, even though there were two lifeguards on duty. Bornstein had triple bypass surgery […]

  • Longtime Cook County Clerk David Orr won’t seek re-election

    CHICAGO — Longtime Cook County Clerk David Orr says he won’t seek re-election next year. Orr said Wednesday “it’s certainly not an easy decision” to step away after a nearly 40-year political career that included a brief time as Chicago’s mayor. The progressive Democrat was elected to the Chicago City Council in 1979. He served as mayor for eight days after the unexpected death of Harold Washington, Orr’s ally and the city’s first black mayor. Orr became Cook County clerk […]

  • 15-year-old shot in the head, over 10 wounded by gun violence over a few hours

    CHICAGO — In just a matter of hours more than 10 people were injured in a rash of shootings Saturday evening, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition. According to police, two teens were standing outside on the 5500 block of S. Shields Ave. around 4:15 p.m. Saturday when offenders on foot approached and fired shots before fleeing in a silver sedan. The 15-year-old suffered wounds to the head […]

  • Annual march for peace held on South Side

    CHICAGO —  Cardinal Cupich and Father Michael Pfleger led a march for peace, deriding gang violence, Friday night. Dozens of people marched on the South Side in the annual end-of- the-school-year peace march at St. Sabina Shurch. The rally and march are meant to bring attention of the unacceptable levels of violence but also to highlight positive efforts within the community. St. Sabina will hold these marches throughout the summer.

  • Man found shot to death in Woodstock parking lot

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Police in northwest suburban Woodstock are investigating after a man was found shot to death in a parking lot. Police responded to a call of shots fired near East Calhoun and South Jefferson streets early Friday morning. Police have not identified the victim. The medical examiner has ruled the shooting a homicide. Authorties are asking anyone with any information to contact police.

  • 78 year-old man shot, killed on South Side

    CHICAGO – An elderly man was shot and killed on the South Side on Thursday afternoon. Gene Gordon, 78, was walking near 68th and Hermitage around 4:45 p.m. when a car drove by and gunfire rang-out. Gordon was hit in the head. He died at the hospital. Police say the intended target was a 19 year-old sitting on a porch nearby. Gordon lived in West England for more than 50 years. He was married, had four kids, and had great-grandchildren. […]

  • YouTube star Austin Jones charged with child porn released, ordered to stay offline

    CHICAGO  — A Chicago federal judge has freed a YouTube singer with millions of teenage followers as he awaits trial on two counts of producing child pornography for allegedly asking underage fans via social media to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves. The judge at Thursday’s hearing also ordered 24-year-old Austin Jones to stay off the internet and to remain in his mother’s suburban Chicago home.  Jones was released on bond. Fans know Jones for his coiffed blond hair […]