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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    Trump claims Obama ‘is the founder of ISIS’

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Donald Trump on Wednesday repeatedly called President Barack Obama the “founder” of ISIS and labeled Hillary Clinton the “co-founder.” At a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Trump also said that ISIS “honors” Obama — who the GOP nominee referred to as “Barack Hussein Obama.” After lamenting the “mistake” the U.S. made by going to war in Iraq — a conflict he repeatedly says that he opposed, despite evidence to the contrary — Trump then criticized Obama’s […]


    Protester from Chicago attempts to rush stage at Clinton rally

    There’s been a lot happening on the presidential campaign trail this week. Just as Hillary Clinton was hitting her stride on the stump her Secret Service detail jumped into action. 26-year-old protester Kelsey Atkinson from Chicago tried to rush the stage at Clinton’s rally Wednesday in Iowa, and police quickly dragged her out of the arena. Atkinson is being held on a disorderly conduct charge and is being evaluated at a hospital. Meanwhile in New York, a man armed with suction cups […]

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    10-year-old twin remains in hospital after shooting; Mayor visits family

    CHICAGO — A 10-year-old boy who was wounded in a shooting earlier this week remains in the hospital. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited Tavon Tanner’s family at Mount Sinai Wednesday night. Tavon remains in critical condition and is heavily sedated with a bullet lodged in his chest. His twin sister Taniyah has been by his side as she was Monday night when the shooting happened. The boy was playing on his front porch in Lawndale when someone opened fire. Tavon is […]

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    CPS officials threaten cuts as parents brace for possible teacher strikes

    CHICAGO –CPS officials warn there will be no concessions and more cuts as the district continues to clash with teachers over its budget and recent layoffs, while parents hope the two can reach a compromise in time for the new school year. Students and teachers at a back-to-school kickoff celebration at Amundsen High School expressed concerns that teachers would go on strike. “It’s really sad — something has to be done,” CPS parent Bridget Harris said. Last week the district […]

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    Former officers weigh in on O’Neal police shooting videos

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson moved swiftly to strip three officers involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal of their police powers. But some protesters say that’s not enough. After seeing the videos, they want criminal charges. A press conference this afternoon outside CPD headquarters was halted by a handful of protesters.  Superintendent Johnson waited for several minutes to speak before calling it off. He talked briefly with us as he went back inside. “I understand […]

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    3 pregnant women in Illinois confirmed to have Zika virus

    CHICAGO — The Illinois Dept of Public health has amended the total number of pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus to three confirmed cases, with another five possible cases not yet confirmed. The state health department now says there are 46 confirmed Zika cases in Illinois. All of the cases are people who contracted the virus after traveling to Zika-affected areas, which include the Caribbean, South America and a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Pregnant women have been advised […]

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    Third Chicago Police officer relieved of police powers after fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — A third Chicago Police officer has now been relieved of his police powers in connection with the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal Thursday night, according to a statement. The decision from CPD leadership comes after the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled O’Neal’s death a homicide from a gunshot wound to the back Saturday evening. An official statement said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made the call to take the officer off active duty after speaking with investigators and reviewing […]

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    Lolla Day 3: Can’t stop, addicted to the shindig

    CHICAGO — The mic has dropped on Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2016. Lolla veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers closed out Saturday on the South end of Grant Park while Disclosure finished the night on the North end. Festival founder Perry Farrell performed with his band Jane’s Addiction in the prime time slot on one of the main stages. Country artist Chris Stapelton performed to a giant crowd. And all of it under mostly clear skies and dry weather. Normally, the […]

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    PHOTOS: Storms causing heavy floods, flight delays across Chicago area

    CHICAGO — Heavy storms are causing flooding across northern Illinois and flight delays at local airports. After torrential rainfall this afternoon, there have been several reports of flooded streets and parks across the area, including in Darien and Woodridge, causing problems for drivers today. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for DuPage, De Kalb, Will, Kane, and Cook counties this afternoon after radar detected storms dropping up to two inches of rain an hour. Viewers captured these videos and […]

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    Torrential rains cause flash flooding across southwest suburbs

    DARIEN and DOLTON, Ill. — The rain started around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, and neighbors in the southwest suburbs say say around 4 p.m. the floods began, leaving local parks, roads, and parking lots under water. Storms crossing the area caused headaches at local airports, with O’Hare cancelling over 485 flights and reporting delays of over 70 minutes as of 10 p.m. Midway Airport reported delays of 50 minutes on average around the same time. In the flooded parking lot […]