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
  • 3 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at suburban apartment

    ST CHARLES , Ill —   Three people are dead and a fourth wounded in a shooting incident inside a suburban  apartment. St Charles police say there is no threat to the public and the “incident is over.” Two teens and an adult male are among the deceased.  The exact ages are not yet known Police are investigating and have not released identities. This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.

  • Police investigating after boy beaten at suburban middle school

    GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Police are investigating the beating of a 12-year-old student at Marquardt Middle School in Glendale Heights. 6th grader Colonel Watson was assaulted by an older student and had to be taken to the emergency room at Glen Oaks Hospital Monday.  He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Colonel’s mother Rita Greiner says her son is traumatized. She says Colonel suffered a concussion, broken nose, facial fracture and had two teeth knocked out. According to […]

  • Mindfulness in the classroom

    A divided country, social media, too much to do, not enough time. It can all make you feel like you’re losing your mind. Yet, some people just know how to roll with life’s punches. WGN-TV’s Gaynor Hall introduces us to someone who is taking education to a new level through mindfulness. And she’s preparing young women for the future, by focusing on the present. And mindfulness is starting to catch on. The group “Still Choosing Chicago” is raising money for a […]

  • Volleyball coach fired for sexual misconduct

    GARY, Ind. — The women’s volleyball coach at Indiana University Northwest was fired this week for sexual misconduct. University officials confirmed Emilio Torres was fired, but did not provide more details. Torres was hired about a year ago. The case has been turned over to the Lake County Indiana prosecutors office. So far, criminal charges have not been filed.

  • High Wind Warning/Advisory for the Chicago area ends – diminishing winds tonight

    Update7PM CST… The High Wind Warning/Advisory for the Chicago area has ended, and winds will diminish this evening and overnight as high pressure builds into the Midwest and Great Lakes. ________________________________________________________________ CHICAGO — Wind gusts are expected to reach as high 60 miles per hour across the far northern portion of the Chicago area, including counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line…Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties, and a High Wind Warning for this afternoon has been issued for those […]

  • ‘Day Without A Woman’ marked across Chicago area and globe today

    CHICAGO — Some women across the Chicago area and the world are marking “A Day Without a Woman” on Wednesday. In the Chicago area, women are being urged to take the day off work, wear red, and avoid shopping at businesses that aren’t owned by women or minorities. There’s also an all-day women’s conference at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. There’ll also be a rally at the Thomson Center at 6 p.m. A letter to families from Chicago Public Schools urged families […]

  • U of I student dies after falling off balcony during ‘Unofficial’ St. Patrick’s Day event

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A student died after falling off a balcony Friday night during “Unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the University of Illinois in Champaign, police say. According to police, 23-year-old Jonathan Morales fell from an apartment balcony and was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Morales was a Communications major and a former Franklin Park resident. The Chicago Tribune reports Morales died during celebrations of “Unofficial,” an “annual day of […]

  • Supporters gather for ‘March 4 Trump’ rallies around US

    From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump,” signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president. The March 4 Trump demonstrations were planned around the country, and supporters clashed with generally smaller groups of counter protesters. Six people protesting the rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, were arrested on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks inside the Minnesota […]

  • As many as 18 cases of mumps suspected in suburban school

    BARRINGTON, Ill. —There are now two confirmed cases of mumps at Barrington High School, but there may be as many as 18 more cases in the school. Lake County health officials believe the number will grow. The Chicago Tribune reports the two new cases involve one student and one adult. For now, school officials are referring to the mumps cases as a “cluster,” not an outbreak. The disease is commonly spread through sneezing, coughing, sharing of cups or items that […]

  • Controversial radio host accused of ‘mocking’ Chicago’s violence problems receiving national award

    CHICAGO — A talk show radio host known for making fun of Chicago’s shooting victims is getting a national award. Texan Michael Berry has a nationally syndicated conservative talk radio show. Berry’s bosses at IHeartRadio are honoring him with Talk Personality of the Year.  The show does not air in Chicago. Father Michael Pfleger is stunned by the award and calls it unacceptable. “Shame on IHeart.  Shame on them,” he said. Father Pfleger also posted his outrage on social media. […]