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
  • Man shot and killed during attempted carjacking in Noble Square

    CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed after resisting a carjacking in the city’s Noble Square neighborhood. The victim was a 28-year-old from Vernon Hills.  He had just dropped off his girlfriend when he was then shot and killed in an attempted carjacking in Chicago. You can see a bullethole in the driver’s side window of the Infiniti, neighbors said. Police say a male jumped out of a white vehicle and tried to pull off the carjacking.  But, Jesus De […]

  • Investigation finds not enough food safety inspectors in Chicago, officials push for changes

    CHICAGO — In a city known for its vibrant restaurant scene it’s a problem that’s hard to digest. An investigation reveals that Chicago doesn’t have enough food safety inspectors. Fewer than half of the city’s restaurants were inspected twice for food safety in 2015, breaking state law. Joe Ferguson, the Inspector General, released a follow-up report Wednesday urging the city’s department of public health to follow through on corrective action to make sure restaurants are handling your food safely. The […]

  • Chicagoans respond to Trump, North Korea remarks

    CHICAGO — The president’s comment about “fire and fury” is frustrating for some Chicago residents who are watching the developing situation closely. “Current tensions are troubling because the aggression has never been quite this bold,” Jeong Im Yoo, anchor and manager at Korean Broadcasting Chicago, said. With nuclear provocation at the center of rising tension between the United States and North Korea and heated rhetoric flying between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, she said she’s hopeful the result […]

  • Chance the Rapper performs at day 3 of Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO — There was no rain to worry about for day three of Lollapalooza. People were excited about Chicago’s Chance the Rapper, Saturday’s headliner. He took the stage at 8:30 p.m. The last day of Lollapalooza is Sunday and wraps up with Arcade Fire and then the cleanup begins. The Chicago Office-Emergency Management said for the first two days there were more than 100 hospital transports and a dozen arrests. Chicago police said they arrested a phone thief and recovered 60 […]

  • Men posing as possible renters rob elderly woman in her West Side home

    CHICAGO —   Police are looking for two men who conned a 73-year-old woman in her near West Side home. Around 1 p.m. Thursday, Martha Espinoza got a knock on her door in the 1800 block of North Wood in the city’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood. A man was asking about the “For Rent” sign posted for the upstairs unit of the family’s two flat. Martha told the man to wait and when she came back to the door, he was […]

  • Police investigating brawl that broke out during Little League game on South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a brawl that broke out during a little league game. It happened on Monday night outside the Canaryville ballpark on the city’s South Side. Witnesses say about a dozen people were involved. One even picked up a bat, another sprayed mace. It apparently all began with name calling at a game last week. The people involved in the fight have reportedly been banned from the ballpark. But so far, no one has been arrested.

  • Northwestern professor sought in fatal stabbing considered ‘armed and dangerous’

    CHICAGO — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Northwestern associate professor and a University of Oxford employee in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in a Near North Side apartment. Neighbors say he was dating the victim. Police are looking for 42-year-old Wyndham Lathem, who is a microbiology researcher and associate professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine on the Chicago campus. Police say last Thursday around 8:30 p.m., a maintenance worker at Lathem’s apartment […]

  • Man killed in hit and run on West Side

    CHICAGO —   A family is pleading for justice tonight as Chicago police hunt for a deadly hit and run driver. A speeding car struck and killed Willie Hopkins early Friday on the West Side near Congress Parkway and St. Louis. Hopkins and a friend were running to catch a train when he was hit. The impact slammed him into the back of a silver car that was parked across the street. Anyone with information should contact police.  

  • Small community copes with tragedy after car crash kills pregnant woman, 3 sons

    BEECHER, Ill, — The tight knit community of Beecher is reeling from tragedy. 29-year-old Lindsey Schmidt was pregnant and taking her children to vacation bible school when she was killed Monday morning in a crash that also took the life of her 1-year-old son Kaleb. 4-year-old Weston died Tuesday. Residents gathered last night for a vigil praying that 6-year-old Owen would pull through, but word came today he also died. Eddie Schmidt will now bury his wife and three children. “Everybody is […]

  • Boy, 6, dies after Beecher crash that killed pregnant mother, 2 younger brothers

    BEECHER, Ill. — A third child has died after a horrible crash in unincorporated Beecher earlier this week. A family member confirms to WGN that 6-year-old Owen Schmidt has died. Owen’s mother Lindsey, who was four months pregnant, was killed in the crash, as well as his brothers 1-year-old Kaleb and 4-year-old Weston. On Monday morning, a pickup truck slammed into the car that Lindsey Schmidt, 29, was driving. The driver of the truck was issued a traffic citation. Will […]