Gaynor Hall

Gaynor Hall is a general assignment reporter for the WGN Evening News and the WGN News at Nine. She is also a weekend anchor for CLTV. She first joined WGN-TV as a freelance reporter in April 2008. She joined CLTV in April 2006.

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 has received an Emmy nomination for her reporting. She got her start in television as the morning anchor and producer at WMGT in Macon, Georgia.

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    Laquan McDonald protests, demonstrations continue Saturday

    CHICAGO — Protests continued Saturday over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke. Protesters gathered at 63rd and Cottage Grove beginning at around 3 p.m. Saturday for a protest and march. It’s the latest in a series of demonstrations held by multiple groups over the teen’s shooting since a video was released Tuesday that showed Van Dyke firing at McDonald 16 times. On Friday a protest march was held in Chicago’s shopping district, with the […]

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    Man charged in slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, warrant issued for another suspect

    CHICAGO — A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee is being held without bail. While the fourth grader was playing on the swings at Dawes Park near 80th and Damen, three men watched and plotted. Prosecutors say one of the men picked up the child’s basketball, dribbled it, talked with him, and lured him into the alley where the other two men pulled up in a black SUV. The fourth grader was shot multiple […]

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    Groups call for changes to the way police are policed

    CHICAGO —  Following the release of dashcam video of a police officer shooting a teenager 16 times, groups are calling for sweeping changes to the way police are policed. At a press conference Wednesday,  members of local chapters of the NAACP called for widespread reform. Among their recommendations: they want an elected police review board and an independent review into the Independent Police Review Authority or IPRA. IPRA has found most officer involved shootings in Chicago justified,even while the city paid out millions of […]

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    More than a foot of snow in the NW Suburbs

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — The far Northwest Suburbs were among the hardest hit areas by our November snow storm. In Woodstock, some residents got as many as 16 inches of snow, which lead  to numerous rounds with the shovel on Saturday morning and afternoon. The heavy snowfall also lead to dangerous conditions on the roads, where a number of cars were seen spinning out on area highways.

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    5 injured in fire at John Hancock Center

    CHICAGO– Chicago firefighters have put out a large fire that broke out on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. They called in extra personnel to do a top to bottom search of the building which is now complete. Five people, including a Chicago Police officer, suffered minor injuries. Firefighters did not order a mandatory evacuation of the building, but some people did evacuate their units on their own. Fire officials say the unit’s owner told them the fire […]

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    Laquan McDonald’s family does not want police shooting video released

    CHICAGO — The family of 17-year old Laquan McDonald is speaking out while the city prepares to make police dashcam video of his shooting death public. “My nephew is shot in the back and all of those other places 16 times. Even when he was on the ground, the officer was still shooting him,” said McDonald’s uncle, Shyrell Johnson. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, a judge ordered the city to release the video by Wednesday, Nov. […]

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    Suspected mastermind of Paris attacks killed; Investigation continues

    PARIS — The Paris prosecutor’s office says the eight people detained Wednesday in a police raid that killed the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks will stay in custody for at least another day. Police searching for Belgian extremist Abdelhamid Abaaoud stormed an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday, killing Abaaoud. A woman there also was killed when she blew herself up with a suicide belt, investigators said. Authorities said five men in the apartment building were taken […]

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    France hunts for mastermind as investigation into attacks continues

    PARIS — The hunt for the mastermind of last week’s attacks in Paris is continuing. A fierce gun battle took place on Wednesday in a Paris suburb. Officials say a SWAT team “neutralized” a “new team of terrorists” that appeared ready to attack. At least two people were killed and eight others arrested. But the alleged mastermind was not taken alive and authorities are trying to determine if he died in the raid. Meanwhile, both France and Russia are pursuing U.N. […]

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    Preventing suicides in the black community

    CHICAGO — Shame, isolation, embarrassment. These are just some of the emotions facing families who have lost loved ones to suicide.  It’s tough to talk about. But in tonight’s Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a mother who says it’s a conversation that has to happen, especially in the Black community. On Elm Street in south suburban Flossmoor, behind the picture, there is pain. Elizabeth Gerald lost a child to suicide this summer. “When my daughter died, my […]

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    129 dead, 352 injured in Paris terror attacks

    PARIS — Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says 129 people were killed in the Paris terror attacks and 352 people were injured. He says 99 of the injured are in critical condition. Molins says three teams of attackers seem to have coordinated the attacks. He added the attackers in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died, metioned Syria and Iraq during the attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb rampage that also targeted restaurants and a soccer stadium. […]


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