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
  • U of I student dies after falling off balcony during ‘Unofficial’ St. Patrick’s Day event

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A student died after falling off a balcony Friday night during “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the University of Illinois in Champaign, police say. According to police, 23-year-old Jonathan Morales fell from an apartment balcony and was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Morales was a Communications major and a former Franklin Park resident. The Chicago Tribune reports Morales died during celebrations of “Unofficial,” an “annual day of […]

  • Supporters gather for ‘March 4 Trump’ rallies around US

    From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump,” signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president. The March 4 Trump demonstrations were planned around the country, and supporters clashed with generally smaller groups of counter protesters. Six people protesting the rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, were arrested on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks inside the Minnesota […]

  • As many as 18 cases of mumps suspected in suburban school

    BARRINGTON, Ill. —There are now two confirmed cases of mumps at Barrington High School, but there may be as many as 18 more cases in the school. Lake County health officials believe the number will grow. The Chicago Tribune reports the two new cases involve one student and one adult. For now, school officials are referring to the mumps cases as a “cluster,” not an outbreak. The disease is commonly spread through sneezing, coughing, sharing of cups or items that […]

  • Controversial radio host accused of ‘mocking’ Chicago’s violence problems receiving national award

    CHICAGO — A talk show radio host known for making fun of Chicago’s shooting victims is getting a national award. Texan Michael Berry has a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio show. Berry’s bosses at IHeartRadio are honoring him with Talk Personality of the Year.  The show does not air in Chicago. Father Michael Pfleger is stunned by the award and calls it unacceptable. “Shame on IHeart.  Shame on them,” he said. Father Pfleger also posted his outrage on social media. […]

  • Crime down along Chicago’s 606 Trail

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s 606  trail has a positive impact on the neighborhoods it runs through, especially in Logan Square and Humboldt Park. Researchers looked at crime rates along the Bloomingdale Trail, also known as the 606, which opened more than a year and a half ago. They found crimes of all types decreased at faster rates in neighborhoods along the nearly 3-mile long trail. WGN’s Gaynor Hall has more.  

  • Cleanup begins in Illinois communities hit hard by deadly tornadoes

    NAPLATE, Ill. — Communities across Illinois are cleaning up from a deadly storm system that blew through the state and much of the Midwest. At least three people died and authorities reported minor injuries. In Illinois, the storms damaged homes and businesses and toppled trees and powerlines. The National Weather Service says the tornado that roared through Ottowa, Illinois, and the small village of Naplate packed winds up to 155 mph. The weather service rated Tuesday’s tornado, which caused severe […]

  • Mothers in prison: Who is being punished?

    CHICAGO — Mothers in prison. The children they leave behind. And, the caregivers who step in to help when fathers often are not in the picture. In this WGN-TV Cover story, reporter Gaynor hall takes you on a bittersweet ride that shows inmates aren’t the only ones being punished. A previous version of the “Reunification Ride” program was suspended because of state budget cuts. Now, they exist entirely through donations. Each trip for 50 people costs about $2500. And they […]

  • 911 operators complete new training

    CHICAGO, IL — The Office of Emergency Management and communications calls it “an important milestone.” All of the city’s nearly 500 911 center employees  have now completed mental health awareness and de-escalation training.   The training follows the shooting death of Quintonio LeGrier by a Chicago Police officer. LeGrier called 9-1-1 three times on December 26th, 2015. The teen was allegedly wielding a bat when Officer Robert Rialmo shot and killed him and accidentally killed LeGrier’s neighbor Bettie Jones. Rialmo […]

  • Chicago surpasses 100th homicide of the year

    CHICAGO — Chicago reached a grim milestone overnight, surpassing the 100th homicide of the year. 38-year-old Samuel Head and a 20-year-old man – whose name has not been released yet – were both shot and killed at a house party at 65th and Drexel around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say two men in hoodies fired shots into a crowd, then took off. One victim suffered from a gunshot wound to the chest, while the other was hit in the torso and face. They […]

  • Outpouring of grief for two young girls who lost their lives in shootings

    CHICAGO — An outpouring of grief tonight for the two girls who lost their young lives in shootings. 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers and 11-year-old Takiya Holmes were both shot the same night in two separate shootings. Gentry-Bowers was shot while playing basketball outside a school in West Englewood. Holmes was shot while sitting in her mother’s car near 65th and King Drive. “This is not right. No father, no mother should bury a child,” said Mayor Emanuel at the funeral of […]