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
  • EpiPen Shortage: What you need to know

    The US Food and Drug Administration added EpiPen 0.3 mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg Auto-Injectors as well as generic versions of these products to its drug shortages list Wednesday. The agency’s website cites “manufacturing delays” as the “shortage reason” but notes that these products are still currently available. EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. are devices made to deliver the lifesaving drug epinephrine during emergency treatment of serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. “Based on the information provided by the manufacturer, the […]

  • Teen, 15, one of 17 people shot in 17-hour span in Chicago

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old teen girl was one of 17 people shot in a 17-hour span in the city. The mother of the girl, who was shot and killed in Englewood on Tuesday, is grieving and trying to make sense of the tragedy. Jazmyne Jetter, 15, was walking near 69th and Carpenter streets in Englewood around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday — when an unknown offender fired shots, possibly from a gangway, striking her in the chest. She was taken to Christ […]

  • Slain Uber driver honored at Chicago safety event

    CHICAGO — Relatives gathered in Grant Park this weekend to remember Grant Nelson, an Uber driver who was murdered in suburban Lincolnwood by his 16-year-old passenger last May. The Chicago girl was charged as an adult for killing Nelson, 34, with a knife and machete she’d stolen from Walmart over Memorial Day weekend in 2017. Nelson’s family hopes to raise awareness about safety concerns faced by ride-share drivers by partnering with an organization that creates removable safety partitions. “My brother […]

  • Man accused of threatening gay clubs back in custody after accidental release from Cook County Jail

    CHICAGO — A man charged with threatening violence at gay bars in Chicago who was mistakenly released from jail is once again behind bars. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith says 31-year-old Shane Sleeper was taken into custody on Chicago’s North Side Thursday afternoon. Sleeper was released Tuesday by jail officials because the misdemeanor charges against him had been dropped. They didn’t realize that the charges were only dropped to facilitate the filing of felony charges of state terrorism, hate crime and […]

  • More children fall ill after visiting Shedd prior to students getting sick after prom

    CHICAGO – More children have been sickened after visiting the Shedd Aquarium. Those children were sickened less than two weeks before dozens of high school seniors became ill after their prom. Many are now wondering if there is a link. The Archdiocese confirmed 15 kindergarteners got sick after visiting the Shedd Aquarium on April 17. “When I saw the article on all the kids getting sick at prom this weekend it’s like whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute,” Karen Rottier, […]

  • Armed men rob Brinks armored truck in Indiana

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Armed men in masks robbed a Brinks armored truck in northwest Indiana on Saturday, police said. The attack happened about 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a Chase bank in the 4200 block of Calumet Avenue in Hammond, Ind., according to local authorities. The truck’s driver told police two black men in their 20s wearing masks drove into the parking lot and fired one shot at his truck. The men then took three bags of money […]

  • Retired officer fatally shoots man who tried to carjack him, police say

    CHICAGO — A man is dead after being shot by a retired police officer officials say he was trying to carjack. Police said the retired officer was inside a car in the 2900 block of South Shields Avenue around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday when three men approached him. One of the men pointed a handgun at the officer and demanded the vehicle. The retired officer fired shots that struck the offender in the upper body. The offender was taken to Mercy […]

  • Woman named 2013 ‘Chicagoan of the Year’ granted asylum, will not be deported to Mexico

    CHICAGO — Immigration rights activist Lulu Martinez-Valdez was granted asylum on Wednesday, but she says the fight continues. The 28-year-old was facing deportation to Mexico. She was brought to the United States at nearly 3 years old. Martinez-Valdez gained national attention when she joined other undocumented students who came to be known as the Dream 9. She went to Mexico and then was arrested by federal agents at the border and spent several weeks in a detention center to protest […]

  • Man dies after being pulled from car in Lake Michigan near Navy Pier

    CHICAGO — A man died Friday after rescue crews pulled him from a car that plunged into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier. Car has gone into Lake Michigan near navy pier. Full response. Divers attempting to reach driver. — Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) April 20, 2018 Crews responded to Navy Pier around 5:30 p.m. Friday after witnesses said a car had driven into the lake. Divers searched the water near the north end of the pier; the car and victim […]

  • Woman, 51, sexually assaulted in Englewood, police say

    CHICAGO – Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 51-year-old woman Tuesday night in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The woman was walking about 10:50 p.m. in the 5700 block of South May when the man grabbed her by the hair, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. He then pulled her into an empty lot and sexually assaulted her. The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10 man between 55 and 65 years old and weighing […]