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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    Storms cause widespread flooding in the Northern suburbs

    Saturday’s storms brought traffic to a standstill on the Edens Expressway near Winnetka Road. It happened twice, once earlier in the evening and then again when the second round of storms came through. The flash flooding stranded drivers forcing them onto the roofs of their cars as they waited for rescue crews with boats. Traffic at a standstill on I-94 at Winnetka Road @WGNNews — Gaynor Hall (@gaynor_hall) July 24, 2016 In addition to flooding roads, storms also downed […]

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    Chicagoans seek relief from extreme heat

    CHICAGO — This weekend is bringing with it a hazy Chicago skyline. After an extremely hot day, many people are finding relief by Lake Michigan. It’s popsicle-licking, lake-jumping, easy-cruising kind of weather on Saturday. The steam continues to settle over the Chicago area this weekend. We’ve had several days with potentially dangerous heat and humidity. But at Montrose Beach, today, across Chicago’s lakefront there were plenty of people with few complaints. Important reminders: slow down, drink lots of water. Take it easy. Don’t […]

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    Pregnant woman among 3 shot in Calumet City

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. —  Police are investigating a triple shooting in south suburban Calumet City that wounded three people including a woman who is seven months pregnant. 21-year-old Glenisha Owens was shot 13 times in the legs and hands. A bullet also grazed her stomach. Relatives say Owens is seven months pregnant. Owens’ mother, Ruth Dorsey says she and the baby are expected to survive. “It needs to stop.  It happens every day.  I’m standing in another parent’s shoes.  It’s […]

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    Chicago copes with heat wave

    CHICAGO — Much of the Chicago area continues to be under a heat advisory. Residents have found ways of staying cool and coping with this latest string of 90 degrees or above. The Excess Heat Advisories will likely continue a good portion of the Chicago area Saturday and Sunday with heat Indexes generally in the 100-110-degree range, although there may be some slight relief right along and just inland of the Lake Michigan shoreline Saturday. The American Red Cross on […]

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    Officer sustains non-life threatening injuries in shooting; Suspect dead

    CHICAGO — A Chicago Police officer was wounded in a shooting Thursday night on Chicago’s Near South Side. The suspect was fatally shot by police. The shooting place around 8 p.m. near 18th and Calumet. Officers were believed to have spotted a man in or near Battle of Fort Dearborn Park and approached him because they suspected he was drinking, and when he was asked to show identification, he instead took out a gun and shot the officer, a source said, citing […]

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    Girl wounded in shooting recovering; Vigil held at scene of the crime

    CHICAGO — A vigil and rally were held in West Englewood Wednesday night calling for unity and action after a young girl was wounded in a shooting Wednesday. 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan was shot yesterday afternoon. Investigators are looking into whether feuding gang factions are to blame for at least 40 gunshots fired.  Tacarra was on the porch with her mother and grandmother. “We didn’t know she was shot until we got in the house and she told her mama, ‘My […]

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    6-year-old girl recovering after being shot in West Englewood

    CHICAGO — A 6-year-old girl is recovering after being shot outside her home in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood. Tacarra Morgan was with her family on her front porch near 60th and Paulina, when a white SUV and two other vehicles passed by and someone in the SUV fired shots at a group of people on the sidewalk. One of the bullets hit Tacarra in the abdomen. Cell phone video recorded moments after the shooting captured Tacarra’s uncle cradling her in his arms […]

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    Storms cut across Chicago area, damage reported

    CHICAGO –Severe storms blew through the Chicago area Wednesday night hitting the south suburbs extra hard. High winds knocked down trees and power lines in Kankakee. Residents say it passed through pretty quickly. In South Holland, the storm brought down part of this building. The collapse left debris scattered outside in the 1500 block of South LaSalle. No one was injured in the collapse. More than 20,000 ComEd customers lost power during the storm. That number is down to about 5,000 this […]

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    Coyote or dog? What’s attacking people in suburban park?

    WORTH, Ill. —   A series of reported coyote attacks have shut down a south suburban park. The question remains though, is a coyote responsible or a dog? County officials say that’s not confirmed. For now, the park is closed, again. Back in April, 16-year-old Christopher Rumoro  believes he was attacked by a coyote near the Worth Waterfalls. He was the first of a series of reported coyote encounters in the area. In the most recent incident, a man reportedly scared […]

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    Protesters descend on Taste of Chicago, Grant Park

    CHICAGO — Ahead of the planned protest at the Taste of Chicago, about 200 Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched from the Willis Tower to Daley Plaza. They chanted and spoke about police brutality and getting guns off the street. There was also a plan to try and “shut down” the Taste of Chicago around 4 p.m. today. Early on, Chicago police closed some of the entrance gates, trying to slow down the flow of protesters. They were eventually allowed in after […]