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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    Family: Minneapolis man shot by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

    CHICAGO — Relatives of a Minneapolis man shot in Chicago by an Amtrak police officer say he is paralyzed and clinging to life. Chad Robertson’s sister, Nina Robertson, said Friday the 25-year-old father of two has a bullet lodged near his spine and has been in and out of consciousness. Robertson was shot late Wednesday by one of two Amtrak officers patrolling outside Union Station. Nina Robertson said officers confronted her brother and his friends and said they had received […]

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    Civil Rights seminar causing controversy at suburban school

    WINNETKA, Ill. — School officials say they want New Trier students to learn different perspectives, but critics are saying the civil rights seminar is biased. The website from a group called “Parents of New Trier” says the school’s seminar day should be balanced or suspended because it’s biased, divisive, and costly. “Understanding Today’s Struggle For Racial Civil Rights” is the theme of The All Day seminar set for February 28th. Students at the school’s Northfield and Winnetka campuses will hear […]

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    Amtrak police officer shoots man near Chicago’s Union Station

    CHICAGO, Ill. — An Amtrak police officer shot and seriously wounded a man near Union Station in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department says the man is an apparent drug suspect. Authorities say cash and narcotics were found on the 25 year-old man. The shooting happened around 8:45pm on Wednesday. The man was hit in the left shoulder and is recovering at Stroger Hospital. The officer wasn’t injured. The shooting is under investigation.

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    Chicago family reconnects with man 23 years after he disappeared

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Moriah Mays was only a child the last time she saw her brother, Sharrieff. The family says at some point he was in college in Alabama. He left home from Chicago and they never heard from him again. He was 23. They say, at the time, they reached out to police and got nowhere. In recent years, Moriah stepped up her efforts online, posting about her brother. She started a Facebook page, hoping to drum up information […]

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    Businessman Chris Kennedy announces bid for Illinois governor

    CHICAGO —The 2018 race for governor is starting to take shape, and Chris Kennedy said Wednesday that governor Rauner “doesn’t have the heart” to do the job. Kennedy announced he was running for governor in a video posted to YouTube Wednesday. Back in July, he awkwardly tried to dodge the question from reporters who pressed him into an elevator, but now it’s official. After floating his name several times in the past for political office, Kennedy is making his first run for […]

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    U of C terrorism research raises questions about executive order

    A new study suggests that President Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries,misses the real terror threat. The University of Chicago just released a report called “The American face of Isis.” It says the biggest threat is homegrown terrorism. The study analyzed 112 cases of people indicted for ISIS-related offenses.  83 percent were U.S. citizens and only three of the individuals were refugees. The White House argues the travel ban makes America safer, but the study suggests otherwise.

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    Chicago officer’s act of kindness goes viral, inspires coat drive

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer’s act of kindness warmed hearts on social media and inspired more giving. Chicago Police Officer Bob Osborne secretly recorded cell phone video of his partner Officer Peter White delivering on a promise he made three weeks ago. They saw the man panhandling near the Eisenhower Express at Central. “We saw him blocking traffic from the Eisenhower off ramp,” Officer White said. “We ended up approaching him because we felt he was going to harm […]

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    Couple, child struck in hit and run in suburbs

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. —  Morton Grove police are questioning a woman who is believed to have been behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck three people out for a walk this morning. The victims were a couple in their twenties and a 2-year-old child. After the couple and  child were hit, the vehicle also struck a house causing minor damage, then fled the scene. Police caught-up with the driver minutes later. The victims were reported to be hospitalized in […]

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    Multiple people detained at O’Hare after executive order

    UPDATE – A federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday night for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries who have already arrived in the US and those who are in transit, and who hold valid visas, ruling they can legally enter the US. The decision halts part of President Donald Trump’s executive order, which barred citizens from those countries from entering the US for the next 90 days. CHICAGO — (Chicago Tribune) Fourteen people were believed to be in custody Saturday night […]

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    ‘Out of control’ car theft ring targeting luxury dealerships

    CHICAGO — Police are searching for suspects in a car-theft ring which has been targeting luxury cars in the Chicago area. According to one source, more than 100 cars have been stolen from dealerships in the past six months. The thieves look for new cars with keys inside. Surveillance video from McGrath Acura of downtown Chicago shows several suspects on the grounds of dealership after closing on January 18th. The suspects’ faces are covered as they climb on top of a […]