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
  • Street harassment in Chicago: What the unwanted attention can mean to the victims

    CHICAGO — From whistles to shouts and sexual comments, street harassment comes in many forms, and the person at the receiving end of the harassment can experience everything from disgust to humiliation and fear. “Street harassment is any kind of unsolicited speech between strangers in public places,” said Laura Beth Nielsen, Director of Legal Studies at Northwestern University. “It’s just one of the many ways that people seek to reinforce these hierarchies of race, class, and gender.” In tonight’s Cover […]

  • 1 year later, searching for answers in SIU student’s death

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Relatives and friends gathered at a Des Plaines church Sunday to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Pravin Varughese. The family has spent the past year pulling together their resources and rallying support from politicians to get justice for Pravin. Last February, the 19-year old Southern Illinois University student went missing. His body was found days later In a wooded area. Authorities in Carbondale concluded there was no foul play, but the family […]

  • 40-vehicle chain reaction crash shuts down part of Kennedy Expressway

    CHICAGO — Heavy winds and a blast of lake effect snow combined to create dangerous conditions on Chicago roads Sunday morning.  The weather contributed to a chain reaction crash on the Kennedy Expressway that made for a day long traffic nightmare. Nearly 40 vehicles were involved in the crash at around 10:30 Sunday morning. The reversible lanes were headed inbound at the time. The crash spanned from Ohio Street all the way back to North Avenue. At least a dozen […]

  • Family, friends mourn after 3 killed in Indiana crash

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Three people were killed and two others injured in a horrific overnight crash on I-80/94 near Cline Avenue in Gary, Indiana. The impact split the car in half, police said. The victims are identified as 21-year old Shaquita Kendrick of Harvey, 20-year old Timothy Riley of Calumet City and 21-year old William Burton of Calumet City. The accident happened shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning.  Police say Robert Hayes of Chicago was driving a 2010 Dodge Avenger, when he went […]

  • Police body cameras in action: What Chicago can learn from Arizona

    The police involved shootings in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City have police departments across the country either using police body cameras, or trying to learn more about them, including the Chicago P.D. But as WGN's Gaynor Hall learned, there's nothing simple about adding cameras to an officer's uniform.

  • Hazardous conditions reported on area roadways

    A snowstorm dumped several inches of snow in the Chicago area Sunday making for hazardous travel conditions. The never-ending stream of snow plows have worked the roads since early Sunday morning. IDOT had hundreds of plows on expressways. Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Dept also had more than 350 plows and salt trucks working main streets after beefing up its fleet with garbage trucks with quick hitch plows attached. Travel has been slower than normal, but motorists are also taking it […]

  • Former local basketball star, college player dies in crash

    YPSILANTI, Mich. — Shannise Heady was a basketball star at Hillcrest High school in Country Club Hills. She went on to Seton Hall and then Eastern Michigan University, where she was a starting guard. The 21-year-old Heady and her passenger, 23-year-old Jordan Hopkins, another Eastern Michigan student, were both killed when, authorities say, Heady’s car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle. The crash is still under investigation. It happened early Sunday morning near the school’s campus in […]

  • The legacy of Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub’

    Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died at the age of 83 Friday night, and many fans and teammates looked back fondly at the legacy left behind by “Mr. Cub.” Banks passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Details of his death have not been released, but for years to come, Chicagoans and baseball fans will remember the man who defined the Cubs. Banks began his professional career at the age of 19, when he signed a contract with the Kansas […]

  • Police, family search for answers in Country Club Hills teen’s slaying

    Justin Haney was 18 years old when his life was cut short at the hands of a gunman — and his family doesn’t understand why. Haney grew up in Country Club Hills , well-known in the neighborhood by his nickname, “Mace.” He spent most of his high school years at Rich Central, but finished his senior year in Peoria, where his biological mother lived. Haney completed the fall semester of his freshman year at Southern Illinois University. A school spokesperson […]

  • Chicago’s Ohio State, Oregon bars just a few steps from each other — and ready for battle

    What are the odds? Ahead of Monday night’s college football championship, fans of The Ohio State University are cheering on their team at McGee’s Tavern and Grille, pretty much right next door to where Oregon fans are gathering at Homeslice restaurant in Lincoln Park. CTA tracks separate the two establishments near Webster and Sheffield. McGee’s has been there for almost thirty years.The owner says it became a Buckeye bar because his girlfriend is an alum. The owners of Homeslice are from […]


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