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
  • 1 killed, 3 injured in separate South Side shootings

    CHICAGO — One woman was killed and three teens injured on the South Side on Saturday night. The teens were shot inside a convenience store near 58th Street and Indiana Avenue just before 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the Chicago Police Department. An 18-year-old woman was shot in her leg. An 18-year-old man was shot in his ankle. A 19-year-old man was shot in his upper leg. All three were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where their […]

  • Chicago police deploy extra 1,000 officers for Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s all about high visibility, and once again, officers are out in full force for the Memorial Day weekend. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said so far, the number of shootings in Chicago over this holiday weekend is pretty much on par with what the city saw last year. But what’s different this year, he said, is increased support from federal partners. Chicago police along with the FBI and ATF have carried out what officials call “precision […]

  • River Grove officials call off water search, citing ‘no evidence’ anyone was ever missing

    RIVER GROVE, Ill. — Suburban officials called off a river search in River Grove after 90 minutes Saturday, saying there was “no evidence” anyone was ever stranded in the water. According to fire officials, someone called 911 on Saturday afternoon to report that two children had walked under a bridge near a river near the Des Plaines river and never came out on the other side. It happened near the intersection of Grand Avenue and River Road, a stone’s throw […]

  • Chicago-area residents share experiences of everyday racism

    It seems almost daily there's a new video of people being questioned for shopping, sitting, or napping while black, raising new concerns about racial profiling. WGN's Gaynor Hall tackles the tough topic of "Everyday Racism" by talking to Chicago area residents about their experiences, and the toll it may be taking on careers, education, and overall health.

  • Missing baby found safe; Mother in custody

    CHICAGO – A baby missing for more than a week was found safe Wednesday and her biological mother is now in police custody. Mikequera Randolph, 24, was seen pushing the 3-month-old Royalty Wolf in a stroller near Francisco and Flournoy Wednesday. On May 14th, police say she took the child during a visit supervised by D.C.F.S. near 15th and Avers in Lawndale. Authorities had feared the baby was in danger. In a statement, DCFS said they’re thrilled Royalty has been found safe […]

  • Teen shot, woman grazed by bullet in Englewood

    CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting in Englewood, police said Wednesday. A 25-year-old woman was also grazed in her head in the attack. According to the Chicago Police Department, the 17-year-old was walking in the 6800 block of South May Street about 10:22 p.m. Tuesday when someone exited a silver sedan and fired shots. The boy was taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The woman was treated and released. […]

  • 2 off-duty officers shot at Indiana bar, police say

    HIGHLAND, Ind. — Two off-duty police officers were shot at a bar in Indiana early Saturday, authorities said. The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Growlers on Highway, 2816 Highway Ave., Highland, Ind. Joshua Ortiz spent the early morning hours in lockup following the incident. He was released Saturday, but his cousin is still in custody. According to local authorities, two men became angry when they left the bar and were not allowed to return inside since it was close […]

  • Teen charged in Texas school shooting that killed 10 ‘wanted his story told’

    SANTA FE, Texas — The teenager who allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and wound 10 others at a Texas high school Friday admitted he didn’t shoot people he liked and meant to kill the ones he did target, a probable cause affidavit says. Suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has cooperated with police, said Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry said. Henry denied bail for the student, who is accused of capital murder of multiple people and […]

  • No bail for man charged with shooting ATF agent in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — A judge has denied bond for a man charged in the shooting of a federal agent in Chicago. A one-page indictment unsealed Thursday in Chicago federal court charged 28-year-old Ernesto Godinez with forcible assault of an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was arrested on a criminal complaint last week. A judge on Thursday ruled the purported street-gang member should be held without bail pending trial. The agent was shot in the face […]

  • Afternoon storms cause damage

    GENEVA, Ill. — A strong line of afternoon storms left behind a trail of damage, mostly from lightning. And more storms are expected overnight. In Geneva, firefighters could be seen in an attic attacking a blaze that started after lightning struck the roof of a house. It happened right before 2 o’clock this afternoon on Fox Run Drive. There were no injuries, but the home was deemed uninhabitable due to all the fire, smoke, and water damage. And in Skokie, on […]