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
  • Chicago premiere of ‘The Good Lie’

    A new film in theaters this weekend holds special meaning for some of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who are living in Chicago. The Good Lie is about the incredible journey of the Lost Boys. Kuek Garang was 6 years old when his village was attacked. He was separated from his parents and walked thousands of miles to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. Years later, he got the opportunity to come to the United States. He was one of […]

  • 2 firefighters taken to hospital while battling Bridgeport blaze

    Two Chicago firefighters were taken to the hospital for observation after battling a 3-alarm blaze in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon. The quick-spreading fire started on the back porch of a residential building in the 2900 block of S. Lyman St., fire officials said. Two separate mayday calls went out after firefighters became trapped by a wall of smoke and flames. Two firefighters were taken to Mercy Hospital in good condition. The fire spread to two neighboring buildings leaving at least 10 […]

  • ‘The Snappening:’ Hackers to leak thousands of Snapchat photos

    If you use the mobile messaging service Snapchat, you may think those photos self-destruct, but they don’t. Hackers are warning that thousands of nude images sent through Snapchat will be released online in a searchable database. Some of them will be posted on the same websites involved in the celebrity hacking scandals. Message boards are filling up with word of the pending leak. It even has a name: “The Snappening.” An anonymous user claims to have hacked into Snapsave, which is an image-saving […]

  • Teen killed in city’s fourth police-involved shooting since Friday

    Chicago Police fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in the Gresham neighborhood this evening, the fourth person shot by Chicago officers since early Friday morning. The shooting took place a little before 7 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Morgan Street, said Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. The teen, whose family said was days from turning 17, was dead on the scene in an alley. A man was killed in a police-involved shooting on Chicago’s northwest side. Officers […]

  • Beautiful weather brings out the crowds for Fourth celebrations

    Across Chicagoland, sunny skies and mild temps made celebrating the Fourth of July all the better. WGN’s Gaynor Hall was in Evanston for the suburb’s annual Independence Day parade.

  • Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    Fixing Failing Schools 2014; Graduation Day

    For the past several years, WGN-TV has been giving you an inside look at efforts to turn around Wendell Phillips Academy in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. School officials are celebrating several milestones in 2014, as the fight continues to keep Chicago Public Schools from turning around more schools.  The privately-operated, Academy for Urban School Leadership or AUSL is now in charge of 29 schools, with three more turnarounds recently approved.  As reporter Gaynor Hall learned, some progress has been made at […]

  • Stuck in Cook County Jail

    Stuck in Cook County Jail: Prison population strains system, tax payer wallets

    Nearly 9,400 people are sitting in Cook County jail tonight. It’s one of the largest jail systems in the world, and taxpayers are paying the price. The Illinois Supreme Court and county elected officials agree they need to reduce the jail population. But, as WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports, there’s no consensus on how to do that. “I was 19 when I first went to jail. But I was 14 when I started drinking and getting high,” says ex-offender Patrick Covington […]

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    Thousands cram into Grant Park for World Cup game

    A capacity crowd crammed into at Grant Park Sunday to witness a World Cup game with a shocking finish. Fans showed up hours before game time, clad in red, white, and blue and waved American flags. After yesterday’s rain, the viewing party was moved from Hutchinson Field to Balbo Ave at the last minute. It meant booze sales, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of 20,000 soccer fans who showed up. There were so many people, officials closed the gates […]

  • 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. […]


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