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
  • Cubs win World Series and 9 months later — Baby Boom!

    CHICAGO — 38 weeks ago today, November 2nd, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 to win the World Series. That’s more than nine months ago and that means some celebrations are now due. Erin and Dave Hettinger recently welcomed Theo to the family.  He is named after Cubs president Theo Epstein. “Luck was on our side that night,” Erin says. “It was just a really special night for us and Chicago.” The World Series trophy made the […]

  • Vigil held for pregnant mother, sons killed in tragic crash in Beecher

    A small community united tonight to support a family enduring a devastating loss. Lindsey Schmidt is being remembered as a faithful mother. Schmidt was pregnant when she was killed in a horrible car crash Monday in unincorporated Beecher. The crash also claimed the life of her 1- year- old son Kaleb and her 4-year-old son Weston died the next day. Her 6-year-old son remains hospitalized and   his father and other relatives are at his side. But the community gathered for […]

  • Algonquin residents continue cleanup after night of storms, festival canceled

    ALGONQUIN, Ill. — Overnight rains brought more water to an already flooding Fox River.“I’m saving my family home,” Erin Rednour, Algonquin homeowner, said. While residents continue their battle with floodwater, a popular Algonquin festival was canceled. Officials say as of 9:30 a.m. , the Fox River is at a 13 feet, causing major flooding in the floodplain. In Algonquin, residents are working round the clock to keep flood waters at bay. The assistant fire chief said it will likely stay that […]

  • Chicago police officer shot responding to armed robbery

    CHICAGO –A Chicago police officer is recovering tonight after being shot while on duty this afternoon. The officer and her partner had responded to an armed robbery in progress in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. As soon as the officers got out of their squad car, the suspects fired. The officer was hit in the leg But she and her partner both returned fire. The injured officer was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. Police took […]

  • Heavy rain possible the next few days, flooding risk increases

      Heads up, Chicagoland!  More rain is on the way. If you are able to be proactive and move some of your belongings to higher ground it might not be a bad idea. A very worrisome heavy rain threat exists tomorrow into Saturday as the atmosphere is literally dripping with moisture and capable of torrential downpours at almost any time. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are on top of the situation issuing a Flash Flood watch beginning tomorrow afternoon […]

  • Flood waters continue to rise in Fox Lake, Des Plaines

    Illinois officials said Friday some 6,800 buildings have been affected by “unprecedented” flooding north of Chicago, and the damage is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin. “Folks think ‘Well it’s not raining anymore. Things are just fine, they’re getting better.’ Well they’re not,” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said following a tour of the area. “This is dangerous, and the danger has not gone away.” Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner later issued a […]

  • Fires in Harvey may have been intentionally started, police, witnesses say

    HARVEY, Ill. — Emergency crews responded to a 4-alarm fire in suburban Harvey, Ill. Friday afternoon. The first fire was located at 14631 Halsted. Authorities said witness say they saw a man start the fire then took off running. While firefighters were responding, calls were coming in for another fire. One firefighter suffered a sprained ankle during the incident. Arson investigators are now in Harvey and police are reviewing surveillance video and questioning several people. The investigation is ongoing.  

  • Flood waters continue to rise in Grayslake and Gurnee

    Residents around Chicago suburbs continue to deal with flooding concerns one day after heavy rains drenched the area. After the intense rainfall this week, Gurnee faced localized and regional flooding and the water could rise another foot. Thursday was another day with volunteers working together to fill sand bags. In fact, so many people showed up to help in the parking lot of the Warren Township High school, the village exceeded its sandbagging goal. The nearby Des Plaines River continues […]

  • Group led by ex-alderman, unions acquires Chicago Sun-Times

    CHICAGO  — An investment group led by a former Chicago alderman and a coalition of labor unions are the new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times, officials announced Thursday in an unusual deal that revived questions about media ownership and influence over coverage. Officials with ST Acquisition Holdings LLC, including former City Council member Edwin Eisendrath and representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, detailed the agreement at a news conference, billing themselves a “unique alliance” to preserve a newspaper that’s […]

  • Patients evacuated from suburban hospital during power outage

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital was evacuated Wednesday due to overnight flooding that resulted in power outages. The hospital said 70 patients were transferred to other hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial. The hospital says power was restored just before 9 p.m. In a statement the hospital said, We continue to work closely with local authorities and ComEd. … The hospital will be closed to clinical operations tomorrow.