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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
  • Rapper Daddy Yankee collects donations for disaster relief at Chicago concert

    CHICAGO — Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee is best known for appearing in the record-breaking single “Despactio,” but Friday he made news for his earthquake and hurricane relief efforts. Yankee asked his Chicago fans to bring water bottles, insect repellent, diapers, first aid kits, flashlights, and other necessities to his concert at Aragon Ballroom Friday night. #Chicago 🙏🏻 bring bottles of water, repellent, diapers, first aid kids, flash lights. Drop off at my concert tonight @AragonBallroom 🇲🇽 🇵🇷 — Daddy Yankee (@daddy_yankee) […]

  • On eve of fall, Chicago sees record breaking heat

    It was another day of record breaking heat here in Chicago as temperatures soared into the mid 90s on this last full day of astronomical Summer. O’Hare reached 94-degrees, topping the old record of 92-degrees set on this date in 1970. Yesterday #Chicago broke an 86 year old record, hitting 92 degrees. Today, a 47 year old record is broken by hitting 93 degrees! 🔥 @WGNNews — Morgan Kolkmeyer (@MorganKolkmeyer) September 21, 2017 Other area highs include 95° at Midway, […]

  • Puerto Rico ‘100 percent without power’ after Hurricane Maria

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The island of Puerto Rico is completely without electricity, a spokesman from the governor’s office said Wednesday. “We are 100 percent without power,” the spokesman said. The storm, a Category 3 as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, kept thrashing Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds. “This is total devastation,” said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico’s governor. “Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will […]

  • Joliet toddler’s died of asphyxiation, death now ruled homicide

    WILL COUNTY, Ill. – A toddler whose body was found last April in her south suburban home died of asphyxiation, according to officials. One-year-old Semaj Crosby’s death has been ruled a homicide. The girl was found underneath a couch in the Joliet Township house where she lived, the same house DCFS had visited just hours before she was reported missing. It later burned down in suspected arson. Initial autopsy and toxicology tests were inconclusive. Friday, the Will County Coroner released […]

  • Police investigate smash-and-grabs targeting Target stores

    It happened in just a few minutes. Surveillance video from the Wheaton Target store around 9:50 pm on Sept. 6 shows one man putting on gloves and smashing a display case with a hammer, then two others grab 15 iPads worth $8500. Wheaton Police believe the same men are connected to similar burglaries of at least 7 other Target stores and 1 Meijer since July 2016, including stores in Chicago, Broadview, Orland Park, Hillside, Bolingbrook, and West Milwaukee. The men […]

  • Toddler beaten to death in suburban home

    ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — A toddler was beaten to death in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village. The medical examiner’s office says 3-year-old Steven Figueroa was pronounced dead at the hospital yesterday morning. He suffered blunt abdominal trauma from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide. His death happened in the 900 block of Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village. A spokesperson for DCFS says they are investigating and they have had no prior contact with the family. But […]

  • Activists rally for answers in suburban toddler’s death

    JOLIET, Ill. — A rally was held Thursday with activist demanding justice for a little girl found dead in her own home last April in the far southwest suburbs. There still no one in custody and no charges four months after the death of Semaj Crosby. After an extensive search, the 1-year-old was found underneath a couch in the Joliet Township house where she lived, the same house DCFS had visited just hours before she was reported missing. It later […]

  • Kris Bryant sending thank-you notes to Cubs fans who sent him wedding gifts

    CHICAGO — Some Chicago Cubs fans have been receiving mail from third baseman Kris Bryant — they’re getting thank-you cards from him and his wife Jessica. The couple got married in January. Before that, it became known that they had a gift registry at Crate and Barrel. The Cubs were in the middle of a playoff run that led to a World Series Championship. That may have inspired Cubs fans to buy stuff for the Bryants, even though they were […]

  • Hurricane Irma regains Category 5 status, makes landfall in Cuba

    MIAMI — Hurricane Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday as the core of the storm made landfall in Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said. Irma made landfall on the Camaguey archipelago of Cuba, the center said late Friday night. The massive storm edged closer to US landfall in the Florida Keys after leaving a trail of devastation and death in much of the Caribbean as it advanced toward South Florida. Forecasters […]

  • 3 shot to death after Joliet house party identified

    JOLIET, Ill. — Police have identified the three people who were found shot to death Thursday after a house party in Joliet. The victims are Anthony McGee and Gabriella Rueda, both from West Chicago, and Emmanuel Hernandez Arroyo from Plainfield. All three victims were 22 years old. They were found yesterday afternoon in a house in the 2000 block of Great Falls Drive. Police are investigating the deaths as homicides. They’re asking anyone with information to call police.