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
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    Retired police deputy wounded in attempted robbery

    CHICAGO — A retired police deputy chief was released from the hospital Wednesday after he was wounded in an attempted robbery. 71-year-old Fred Coffey had just left the Eckersall Stadium this morning after exercising.  Police say he exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber. Coffey was shot in the arm. The 21-year-old suspect was wounded in the lower body but apparently jumped in a car and fled the scene. He was arrested a few blocks away near 79th and Oglesby and […]

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    At least 4 tornadoes confirmed in Central Illinois

    HOMER, Ill. —At least four tornadoes touched down in East Central Illinois Friday. The Chicago Weather Center confirms tornadoes touched down in Champaign County, Clark County and Vermillion County. at least 4 confirmed tornadoes in east central Illinois, damage has been reported. More after the game @WGNNews — Bill Snyder (@billyweather) September 10, 2016 Damage was reported in the town of Homer, about 15 miles south of Champaign. Tornado near Homer, IL moments ago. Significant damage, searching for trapped residents […]

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    ‘Bathroom passport’ limits students trips to restroom at suburban school

    ST CHARLES, Ill — The bathroom policy at one  middle school in suburban St Charles allows students to leave class to use the facilities only about three times every three months. Melissa Walker says two of her son’s teachers at Wredling Middle school handed out bathroom passports to start the school year. It says you only get three trips to the restroom per quarter and to use them wisely. If the form is lost, students lose all remaining bathroom trips. […]

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    Device resembling camera found in staff bathroom at Near North Side school

    CHICAGO — It was the second day of classes at Ogden International School when staff there discovered an unwelcome surprise in the faculty bathroom: a plastic device resembling a camera. In a letter to parents, Principal Michael Beyer said they contacted the Chicago Police Department and a sweep of the school’s buildings conducted by security did not turn up any other devices. “This device is not designed to send information, so we are confident that no images were transmitted by the […]

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    1-year-old critically injured by falling TV on Near West Side

    CHICAGO — A 1-year-old was critically injured by a falling TV on Thursday afternoon. Police say the child was hurt around 11 a.m. in the 1200 block of West Van Buren on the Near West Side. The identity and the gender of the child has not been released at this time. Television tip-over accidents are not uncommon. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says 25,000 children are injured each year from falling TV’s, furniture and appliances. The message to parents is […]

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    Student says teacher tried to force him to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. — A high school student in the south suburbs says a teacher tried to physically pull him out of his seat when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. And the student’s mother is calling for the teacher to be suspended. 15-year-old Shemar Cooper says he first decided to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance last Friday in his Spanish class at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. When his teacher told him to stand […]

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    Suspects sought in attempted attack of postal carrier

    CHICAGO — Police have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in the attempted robbery of a postal worker. Authorities say the suspect was armed with a gun and approached the carrier around 5:30 p.m. Thursday near 54th and Harper in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Police say the suspect approached the carrier from behind and demanded the mail. Another postal worker who was driving a tractor trailer saw what was happening and jumped into help. In the tussle, a shot was […]

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    Boy with special needs missing for hours; Mother furious with school

    BELLWOOD, Ill. — A suburban mother is speaking out after her 5-year-old son was put on the wrong school bus. He was found safe hours later, but not before police got involved. Akissa Melek says for two and a half hours on Tuesday she didn’t know where her son Mason was. And she says school officials at Bellwood’s Lincoln Elementary didn’t know either. “I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God. Where and what happened to my baby,’” she told WGN News. “My […]

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    Mother pushing stroller attacked in suburban park, fights off sexual assault

    EVANSTON, Ill. – Police in Evanston are searching for a suspect after a mother was attacked on a sidewalk. The 38-year-old woman was walking in Evanston’s Brummel Park last night around 8:30 p.m. She was pushing her 2-year-old son in a stroller when police say a man came up from behind and struck her in the head. She was knocked to the ground and the suspect attempted to take off her clothing, police say. The woman fought back and screamed […]

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    2 babies, most likely twins, dropped off at suburban fire station

    PHOENIX, Ill.  — Two babies were left at a suburban fire station early Tuesday morning. A young woman came to the fire station in Pheonix, Illinois around 1:30 a.m.  She is described as emotional and distraught and told firefighters she just couldn’t do it anymore. She dropped off two boys, believed to be twins, somewhere between 6 and 12-months-old. Firefighters following protocol contacted Phoenix police and the babies were taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital. But they appeared to be in […]