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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    Protests, outrage after fatal police shooting posted online; Investigation continues

    As Philando Castile’s head slumps backward while he lies dying next to her, Diamond Reynolds looks into the camera and explains a Minnesota police officer just shot her fiancé four times. The nation is, by now, accustomed to grainy cell phone videos of officer-involved shootings, but this footage from Falcon Heights, outside Minneapolis, is something different, more visceral: a woman live-streaming a shooting’s aftermath with the police officer a few feet away, his gun still trained on her bloody fiancé. […]

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    Alton Sterling shooting: Video of deadly encounter with officers sparks outrage

    BATON ROUGE, La. — A day after a video captured white officers pinning down and shooting a black man outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, federal authorities are investigating the case. Alton Sterling, 37, is dead. The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is leading an investigation into what happened. And the president of the NAACP’s local branch is calling for the city’s police chief and mayor to resign. Tensions are running high as officials vow to be […]

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    Chicago woman shot while lying in bed: ‘I just want the world to see what this has done to me’

    CHICAGO — A woman who was struck by a stray bullet while lying in bed Tuesday night is speaking out. “I just want the world to see me and see what this has done to me,” said Lanita Simon, 28.  “I could be dead right now.” A bullet pierced a window and a wall and struck Simon while she was lying in bed in her first floor apartment in the Parkway Gardens housing complex near 64th and King Drive. The […]

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    Architects selected to design Obama library in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Barack Obama’s presidential library on Chicago’s South side will be designed by a New York architectural firm that designed the David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. The Barack Obama Foundation announced Thursday that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has been chosen for the library that will be built near the university where Obama once taught constitutional law. Designs by the firm include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia and the Neurosciences Institute […]

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    Man shot on Near North Side

    CHICAGO –  A man was shot this evening on Chicago’s Near North Side. Police say the man was shot in the 1200 block of N. Clark, near Division and near the Gold Coast neighborhood. Police say the 26-year-old man was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.  He is in critical condition. The suspect fled the scene. This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.

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    Travelers relieved to return to Chicago from Turkey

    CHICAGO — The first Chicago-bound flight to leave Istanbul after the deadly suicide bombings has landed. After a family vacation in Portugal, Tanika and Ted Golota and their 1-year-old daughter had an overnight layover in Istanbul. The family was at the Ataturk airport last night. They had just checked into a hotel, when they got word of the terror attack. Tonight, the Golotas who live in suburban Glenview, landed safely at O’Hare on Turkish Airlines Flight 5, the first Chicago-bound […]

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    Istanbul terror attack: 41 killed; airport resumes flights amid blood, shattered glass

    ISTANBUL, Turkey — As passengers at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport waited to board their flights Wednesday, workers picked up shattered glass and washed off blood that was barely dry. The airport is up and running hours after the Tuesday night attack, which killed at least 41 people, Turkish officials said. Of the 239 people injured, 109 remained hospitalized Wednesday. At least 37 of the deceased have been identified, including 10 foreign nationals and three dual nationals, the Istanbul governorship said. One […]

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    Four wounded, including pregnant woman, in South Side shooting

    CHICAGO — Four people were wounded late Saturday  morning in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. The shooting happened around 11:50 a.m. on the 1400 block of W. 114th Place in the Morgan Park neighborhood. According to police the four victims — two men and two women — were sitting on a porch when witnesses say someone ran out from a gangway and started firing. Police say the men were transported to Stroger Hospital with injuries. One, a 23-year-old, is in critical condition […]

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    Teen dies in apparent drowning in Lake Michigan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Emergency crews  located the body of a teenage boy who went missing in Lake Michigan Friday afternoon. The body was recovered from the Waukegan Channel, police and fire officials said. Crews responded to an emergency call at 3:20 p.m. T he Waukegan Fire Dept. led the search effort that later turned into a recovery effort with assistance from divers, several surrounding agencies, and a sidescan sonar team. Authorities believe the teen went missing in the water after trying […]

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    Chicago preps for annual Pride Parade

    CHICAGO — With a heavy police presence , Chicago’s Pride Parade organizers are preparing for a record crowd Sunday. Following the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, Chicago police are adding hundreds more officers to line the route. And parade organizers are also increasing up private security. WGN’s Gaynor Hall has more.