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.

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    Powerball jackpot at $415 million ahead of Saturday night’s drawing

    CHICAGO — Will Saturday night’s drawing finally produce a winner? The current jackpot for the national Powerball lottery has hit $415 million after 18 drawings without a big winner. This pot has been growing since March 2, after a 67-year-old man in Florida claimed the previous Powerball jackpot of $291.4 million. Powerball numbers are drawn each week on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 pm ET. Now that the current jackpot has reached over $400 million, it’s made the list […]

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    Rauner says he will not endorse Trump

    CHICAGO — A member of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration says the Republican governor will not endorse Donald Trump as the GOP standard-bearer in the November election. Rauner declined to back a candidate during the once-crowded GOP nomination process, although he did express dismay with Trump’s rhetoric. Rauner’s aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the aide wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, also says the governor won’t attend the July Republican Convention in Cleveland. Illinois Sen. Mark […]

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    Police seeking suspects after woman shot while riding in SUV

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for suspects after a   woman was shot while riding in an SUV. Police say someone opened fire on the vehicle last night near 60th and Albany. The driver was not hit but the woman was struck in the back.

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    Community gathers to honor man killed in shooting

    CHICAGO — Members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood gathered to pray Wednesday night for a young church member who was killed in a shooting. Jeremy Parker, 21, was fatally shot in the chest while standing in the 7400 block of S. Maplewood around 9 o’clock, Tuesday night. Police say someone in a vehicle opened fire and the car sped away. “Why does it keep happening? When will this end,” asked Tasyana Reed, who grew up in […]

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    Suburban students, parents sue over school’s transgender policy

    PALATINE, Ill. — Some suburban students and their parents are suing the U.S. Department of Education and a Palatine high school district for allowing a transgender student to use the girls’ locker room. The lawsuit says the Palatine-based district’s policies are creating a “hostile and intimidating environment” for girls as young as 14. The group called Students and Parents for Privacy filed the lawsuit today, accusing the Department of Education and Township High School District 211 of “trampling” on students’ […]

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    Owner of tanning salon charged in three rapes

    CHICAGO — The owner of a West Loop tanning salon is now charged with criminal sexual assault in three separate cases. Allegations against Marc Winner date back at least 15 years. WGN-TV does not usually identify alleged rape victims, but Lesley Barton says she does not want to hide in the shadows. She lives in Florida now, but in 2001 Barton says Winner drugged her at a bar and choked and raped her at the suburban Glenview tanning salon where […]

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    Alderman defends use of ‘N’ word in criticism of CPS official

    CHICAGO —  14th Ward Alderman David Moore defends his use of the “N” word when he criticized CPS officials, for removing Troy Laraviere as principal at Blaine Elementary School earlier this year. Laraviere was a big critic of Mayor Emanuel, among others. Moore said using the racial slur was meant to stress how black people in Chicago continue to be perceived as irrelevant at the table of power. WGN’s Gaynor Hall has more.

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    Draft Town descends on downtown Chicago

    CHICAGO — Draft Town has once again taken over downtown Chicago. With the help of some of this year’s top draft prospects, about a 100 kids ran through professional drills alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, George McCaskey and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Kicking off what is expected to be another huge draft weekend in Chicago.. Downtown Chicago, including three million square feet of Grant Park, has been transformed into Draft Town.  That’s the size of 20-football fields, up from 15 last […]

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    CPS strike plan: Graduation will happen, final exams won’t

    CHICAGO — CPS is developing a contingency plan for the end of the year if teachers go on strike. Graduation will go on as scheduled but there will be no final exams. Both the Chicago Teachers Union and the district say they are committed to reaching a deal.  CPS released a statement saying: Our objective is to do everything possible to reach a final deal with the CTU and prevent a strike, and we believe we can because an independent third […]

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    CPD accountability report recommends replacing IPRA, more

    CHICAGO — A new report from the Police Accountability Task Force was released today. Citing statistics of police involved shootings and traffic stops, the report says plainly that racism is partly to blame for the current state of the department. The report calls for sweeping changes to empower the community and address police accountability and training. The Mayor’s handpicked Police Accountability Taskforce started working on the report in December following public outrage after the court-ordered release of the Laquan McDonald dashcam […]


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