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
  • Body found in parking garage at Old Orchard Mall

    SKOKIE — Police say a body was found in a parking garage stairwell at Old Orchard Mall in north suburban Skokie Saturday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, an employee from the mall called 911, saying a body was discovered in the orange parking lot at the mall. Police say the man, who appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, was found unresponsive and bleeding from the head in a stairwell on the fifth floor of the garage. Police say at this point […]

  • Father of man injured in Gary crash files lawsuit against trucking company

      MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Anderson Miller says he was hysterical after learning his son Michael was injured in a horrific crash. On Tuesday, the 35-year-old, who is autistic, was in a medical transport van headed to Tradewinds, a place that provides support for people with special needs, when the van collided with a semi-truck on 4th avenue in Gary. 57-year-old Kathy Flowers was killed. Michael was one of four people injured. “When I did make it to the hospital…I couldn’t […]

  • Wife of Amtrak conductor shot by 79-year-old in Naperville speaks out

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A retired federal law enforcement officer is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an Amtrak conductor this week in Naperville. Friday night, the victim’s wife spoke about the incident. Sara and Michael case have been married for nine years. They met at a place called the Heartbreak Café. Sara described the anguished moments when she learned her husband had been shot on a train platform. “She explained to me that my husband had been shot […]

  • Chicago supporters welcome freed Puerto Rico nationalist home

    CHICAGO — Supporters of a Puerto Rican nationalist freed from house arrest this week after decades in U.S. prisons welcomed him back to his former hometown of Chicago, where a procession was planned and a street sign bearing his name would be unveiled. Those whose relatives died in bombings carried out by the Marxist-Leninist group that Oscar Lopez Rivera helped lead have derided attempts to cast the 74-year-old as a hero and criticized celebrations of his release scheduled for several […]

  • NU student groped, robbed in apartment elevator; Police seek suspect

    EVANSTON, Ill. — A Northwestern University student says she was groped and robbed by a man she let into her Evanston apartment building. Police say the man was knocking on a door to the building last night around 9:30 in the 1900 block of Ridge Ave. The 24-year-old grad student let him in thinking he lived there. He followed her into an elevator, groped her and tried to reach under her clothes. She screamed for help. The suspect threw her […]

  • Dolton residents concerned after two women sexually assaulted

    DOLTON, Ill.– Two people have been sexually assaulted in a week in suburban Dolton and now residents are concerned Tuesday night around 9:45, a female victim was walking alone in the 600 block of Engle Street in Dolton. Police say the attacker approached from behind with a handgun, walked her to a secluded area and forced her to perform a sex act. The same thing happened to another female victim –around the same time, a week earlier, less than a mile […]

  • Morgan Park neighbors help save school from burglary

    CHICAGO– There are a lot of longtime residents in this area. And neighbors say it goes without question…when they see something wrong they speak up. It was around 3:30 a.m. Friday, burglars got into Esmond Elementary School near 112th and Homewood, loading TV’s, computers, and other electronics into a white truck that was parked on the street. A neighbor who did not want to be on camera says she quickly called police after she spotted two men trying to break a […]

  • The Affordable Housing Crisis in a segregated Chicago

    A community divided over a proposal for mixed income housing. This contentious battle is brewing in the city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest side. In this Cover Story, WGN’s Gaynor Hall looks at how the fate of the privately owned development could impact efforts to increase affordable housing all across Chicago. Please share this story. And if you’d like more information, we have lots of links to click on here: Producer Pam Grimes and photojournalists Mike D’Angelo, Steve Scheuer, […]

  • Fallout continues over Comey firing

    President Donald Trump kept his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey extraordinarily close to the vest in the 48 hours leading up to the stunning announcement, people close to the White House said, before ultimately concluding that Comey “was his own man” and could not be trusted in a role so pivotal to the presidency. A longtime friend who talked to the President over the weekend described him as “white hot,” a mood that set the table for Comey’s […]

  • Two shot and killed while driving near Addison park

    ADDISON — Two male victims were shot and killed as they drove near Town Central Park in Addison, IL around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to police. It all started in broad daylight at Denice Court and Elizabeth Drive, police said, when shots were fired at the car, hitting both males. The car crashed into a tree. The two victims were taken to area hospitals where they were pronounced dead. Their names have not been released yet. Neighbors expressed dismay over […]