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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    Disney alligator attack: 2-year-old Lane Graves mourned after divers find body

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Already reeling in the wake of a nightclub massacre and the senseless killing of a “Voice” singer, tragedy struck Orlando again Tuesday when an alligator dragged a young boy into the water at a Disney resort, killing him. The 2-year-old boy who witnesses said was pulled by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel was been found dead by the Orange County dive team, Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a Wednesday […]

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    50 years, one school: Meet Chicago Public Schools longest serving teacher

    James "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a south sider who started his teaching career in 1966 at Hubbard High School, and he's still at Hubbard today. He teaches law, and coaches the school's award winning mock trial team. But what he's really doing is changing lives. Ask him anything, but don't ask his age!

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    Chicagoans head outside for hottest day of 2016 so far

    CHICAGO — It’s the hottest day of 2016. And when the temperatures climb, Chicagoans head to the lake. And tonight, the warning from the city’s fire department: stay hydrated! On a hot day like today, the water fountain is busy, and the glittering lakefront is the place to be. From bike riding to book reading, so much to do, so much to see. The pedestrian tunnel to Oak Street beach was  filled with music and people. After back to back 90-degree […]

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    Teen charged in shooting that wounded 6-year-old

    CHICAGO — A teenager has been charged in the shooting that wounded a 6-year-old girl earlier this week in Chicago. 6-year-old Jaylene Bermeo was drawing with chalk on the sidewalk when she was shot during a gang-related drive by shooting Monday night. Appearing In juvenile court today, the 17-year-old was charged in the drive-by shooting.  He is not named because of his age. The Chicago Tribune reports the judge ordered the teen held in custody as a danger to the […]

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    Mount Prospect store caters to adults who like to wear diapers

    MOUNT PROSPECT — Adults who like to wear diapers. The owner of Tykables says it’s more common than you think. John-Michael Williams says he does 99 percent of his business online. But in April he opened Tykables in Mount Prospect, what he says is the first brick-and-mortar store in the country catering to Adult Babies and Diaper Lovers or the AB/DL community. The store is nondescript from the outside. You have to have an appointment to get in. It sells adult […]

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    Finding a ‘Place:’ Helping homeless women in Chicago

    Thousands of people in Chicago have no place to live. While the state’s budget stalemate drags on, organizations that help the homeless population are struggling to maintain services. In this WGN-TV Cover Story, Gaynor Hall takes us inside Deborah’s Place for a look at the challenges and the rewards. “When they support Deborah’s Place, they’re not giving to charity,” says Audrey Thomas, CEO of Deborah’s Place. “They are making an investment in human capital.” Deborah’s Place provides more than 300 […]

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    Protestors march through the rain in Fight for 15 demonstration

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — Demonstrators descended on Oak Brook Wednesday to call for a higher minimum wage in fast-food restaurants. Dozens of tents have taken over McDonald’s Drive.  Protesters say this weather won’t dampen their message. Melinda Robinson works at a Burger King.   She and her two children were bussed in from KansasCcity for the Fight for 15 protest. They’re planning to sleep in a tent tonight outside McDonald’s plaza in Oak Brook. “We’re out here doing whatever it takes,” she […]

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    Search for shooter in fatal incident outside Starbucks

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Yvonne Nelson, 49, became another innocent victim of gun violence in Chicago on Friday. Stephen Lewis was Nelson’s neighbor in Bronzeville.  He’s taking care of her dog, Max, while her family deals with the unthinkable. Friday afternoon, after work, Nelson, a 311 dispatcher stopped at the Starbucks at 35th and State, just blocks away from Chicago Police Headquarters. She was walking out of the coffee shop when she was fatally shot in the chest. A man –who police […]

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    Elgin officials relocate controversial lynching mural

    ELGIN, Ill. — A controversial mural in suburban Elgin is moving to a new home. The mural was there for about 10 years before someone realized it was based on a photo of a lynching. That sparked an outcry on social media, and Elgin city officials responded by relocating it. At Spring and Grove in Elgin, workers took down down the mural called “American Nocturne,” moving it to the Hemmens Cultural Center. The controversial artwork was based on a photo taken […]

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    Chicago’s heroin crisis; old problem, new approach

    Caught with a small amount of heroin for the first time?  You have a choice: Face charges or enter treatment. Chicago Police just launched the Narcotics Arrest Diversion program for people who do not have violent criminal records and are not in gangs. Law enforcement agencies across the country are making similar changes to address what The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled a “heroin epidemic.” “We’ve had a significant heroin problem in Chicago for many decades,” said […]