Gaynor Hall
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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.

Recent Articles
  • Blackhawks fans hopeful ahead of Game 7

    The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 tonight at the United Center, and fans are hopeful that the Hawks will win and head to the Stanley Cup Final. Gaynor Hall has the story.

  • Repeat offenders key source of many Chicago homicides

    We have become very familiar with the faces and stories of some of the city’s murder victims, but who are the alleged perpetrators? In tonight’s Cover Story, Gaynor Hall takes a closer look at those believed to be responsible for deadly violence in Chicago. A WGN-TV analysis of police records found the overwhelming majority of those arrested for homicide in Chicago in 2012 have something in common. They are repeat offenders. Jerry Austin, 36,  grew up in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood. […]

  • Media and Violence in Chicago

    It’s a rare day in Chicago we don’t have at least one, usually multiple shootings and deaths.  As journalists, our goal is to inform, not frighten.  And yet as we tell these stories we wonder, what are people taking away from the news coverage?  WGN reporter Gaynor Hall has been looking at how the media covers violence. There are few bigger issues in Chicago right now than violence on the city’s streets.  And there is no shortage of complaints on […]

  • Hagel: U.S. acted fast to save Bowe Bergdahl’s life

    (CNN) — The United States found “an opening” and acted quickly to save U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s life, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. “We believed that the information we had, the intelligence we had, was such that Sgt. Bergdahl’s safety and health were both in jeopardy and in particular his health deteriorating,” Hagel said. “It was our judgment that if we could find an opening and move very quickly with that opening, that we needed to get him […]

  • Sizing up the Race for Mayor: Political newcomer plans to challenge Emanuel

    Challengers have been slow to jump in the mayoral race against Rahm Emanuel, but WGN’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to a political newcomer who thinks she can take on the current mayor. Amara Enyia’s list of academic credentials is impressive. She has a master’s degree in education, a law degree, and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies. She worked briefly in former Mayor Richard Daley’s office. She has worked as a community activist, and now at age 31, she says she is running for mayor […]

  • Anti-violence rallies held during another violent weekend

    Two anti-violence events were held today during another weekend marred by gun violence in Chicago. As recently as Sunday afternoon, a 15-year-old boy was shot near 47th and Cottage Grove on the city’s South Side. Police say he was the victim of a possible drive-by-shooting. He is in serious condition at Comer Children’s Hospital. Today, across the street from his New Beginnings Church at 66th and King Drive, on the site where he’s still trying to build a community center, […]

  • Man, 85, killed during apparent robbery in Crete Township

    An 85-year old Crete man was killed in a “robbery that went terribly wrong,” said Will County investigators. Alfred Hilton was expected to attend a church event, Wednesday. When he did not show up, one of the church members went to his house in the 3200 block of Bemes Road and made the grisly discovery. Police say the elderly man had been beaten to death. His home was ransacked and several items were missing. Two individuals who were linked to […]

  • 3 teens, 1 child wounded in shooting on South Side

    Three teens and a child were shot on the city’s South Side Sunday night. According to police, a 15-year-old girl, an 14-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were shot in the 6500 block of S. Michigan Ave in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood. The victims were taken to area hospitals. Check back for details.  

  • Playoff fever begins for Bull fans

    Bulls and Wizards begin their first-round playoff matchup Sunday night at the United Center. WGN’s Gaynor Hall spoke with fans before tonight’s game.   Game updates at Chicago Tribune

  • Surveillance video captures terrifying crash

    A Chicago woman barely escapes after a truck slams into a grocery store Friday afternoon. Surveillance video shows Marilyn McDaniel, 61, standing at the lottery machine inside the Farmers Food Basket at 71st and King Drive. She hears screeching outside and goes to a window to look. A moment later, a pickup truck comes barreling through the store, pinning her leg under an ATM machine. Workers rushed to lift it off. “If she didn’t go to look out the window, […]


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