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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    Protestors march through the rain in Fight for 15 demonstration

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — Demonstrators descended on Oak Brook Wednesday to call for a higher minimum wage in fast-food restaurants. Dozens of tents have taken over McDonald’s Drive.  Protesters say this weather won’t dampen their message. Melinda Robinson works at a Burger King.   She and her two children were bussed in from KansasCcity for the Fight for 15 protest. They’re planning to sleep in a tent tonight outside McDonald’s plaza in Oak Brook. “We’re out here doing whatever it takes,” she […]

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    Search for shooter in fatal incident outside Starbucks

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Yvonne Nelson, 49, became another innocent victim of gun violence in Chicago on Friday. Stephen Lewis was Nelson’s neighbor in Bronzeville.  He’s taking care of her dog, Max, while her family deals with the unthinkable. Friday afternoon, after work, Nelson, a 311 dispatcher stopped at the Starbucks at 35th and State, just blocks away from Chicago Police Headquarters. She was walking out of the coffee shop when she was fatally shot in the chest. A man –who police […]

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    Elgin officials relocate controversial lynching mural

    ELGIN, Ill. — A controversial mural in suburban Elgin is moving to a new home. The mural was there for about 10 years before someone realized it was based on a photo of a lynching. That sparked an outcry on social media, and Elgin city officials responded by relocating it. At Spring and Grove in Elgin, workers took down down the mural called “American Nocturne,” moving it to the Hemmens Cultural Center. The controversial artwork was based on a photo taken […]

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    Chicago’s heroin crisis; old problem, new approach

    Caught with a small amount of heroin for the first time?  You have a choice: Face charges or enter treatment. Chicago Police just launched the Narcotics Arrest Diversion program for people who do not have violent criminal records and are not in gangs. Law enforcement agencies across the country are making similar changes to address what The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled a “heroin epidemic.” “We’ve had a significant heroin problem in Chicago for many decades,” said […]

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    Chicago man added to FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list

    CHICAGO – The FBI has added a Chicago man to its list of ten most wanted fugitives. They say Luis Macedo ordered the killing and burning of a 15- year- old Chicago boy. Authorities say in 2009, Macedo was the ringleader of several alleged gang members who brutally beat and shot Alex Arellano. Then they set him on fire, after he refused to flash a gang sign. Four others have been convicted but Macedo, whose last known address was in […]

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    12-year-old boy shot outside restaurant on near West Side

    CHICAGO — A 12-year-old boy spent the night in the hospital after a shooting on Chicago’s near West Side. Police say someone fired shots outside a fast food restaurant in the 200 block of S. Western around 7 p.m. Wednesday. A man who was walking down the street and headed to the restaurant, says a red SUV pulled up and someone in the back seat started shooting. Witnesses say they heard about 10 gunshots. The boy sustained a graze wound to […]

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    Suburban mother sentenced to 4 years in prison in death of disabled daughter

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The woman who admitted to giving her disabled daughter a fatal overdose of medication was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Both the prosecution and the defense recommended probation. Last week, Bonnie Liltz, 56, gave emotional testimony about her adopted daughter. She said when her health began to fail, she worried her 28-year-old Courtney, who had cerebral palsy, would end up in an institution, and not get the care she needed. So, she wanted to commit […]

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    Emanuel plans to abolish IPRA, replace it with civilian group

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to propose abolishing the city’s Independent Police Review Authority. In an editorial publish in the Chicago Sun-Times, Emanuel says the city would replace the agency with a civilian group that has “more independence and more resources to do its work.” The editorial begins: Today I can announce that in the coming weeks, we will have the final details worked out on a comprehensive plan to fundamentally reshape our system of police accountability and it […]

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    Frost Advisory kicks in overnight for parts of Chicagoland

    CHICAGO — A Frost Advisory is in effect for most of the northern half of the Chicago area early Sunday morning. Near-record low temperatures early Sunday morning will lead to possible widespread patchy frost across at least the portion of the Chicago area north of Interstate-80 early Sunday morning (note blue-shaded area on headlined map above). While not included in the Frost Advisory, patchy frost could also occur in frost-prone locations in Chicago/Cook County and the remainder of the Chicago area […]

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    Reward offered for arrest of suspect in two suburban assaults, robbery

    DOLTON, Ill. — Dolton Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for two criminal sexual assaults and an armed robbery. The most recent incident happened on Sunday just after 9 o’clock in the morning, near 151st and Dorchester. Police say the man grabbed a 21-year old woman at gunpoint, forced her to the back of a vacant home and sexually assaulted her. Shortly afterwards and a few blocks away, police believe […]


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