Tonya Francisco

Tonya Francisco is an anchor of WGN Saturday Morning News and WGN Sunday Morning News, as of the expansion of weekend news in September 2016. Prior to that, Tonya was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor. In 2012, she joined the WGN News team.

Tonya is an award-winning journalist who began her television career as a desk assistant at WLS-TV/Channel 7 in Chicago. She moved on to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to become a reporter and associate producer. After a year, she worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor.

Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alumna of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tonya is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • Chicago alderman signs order to fund anti-violence programs

    CHICAGO –A Chicago alderman unveiled a plan to redirect millions in extra revenue identified by the treasurer’s office to fund programs for anti-violence, job training and after-school efforts in all 50 wards. The money could make a big difference for many organizations. It is not a done deal and still has a few hurdles to cross, but Alderman Ricardo Munoz is hopeful. He signed the order today called “Safe Summer 2017.” The Chicago treasurer recently announced the city had an […]

  • Man shot by ICE agent on Chicago’s Northwest Side

    CHICAGO  —   A man was shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent early Monday morning on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It happened at about 6:20 a.m. in the 6100 block of West Grand Avenue. The family says the man who was shot, 53-year-old Felix Torres did not have a gun, but federal agents says one was pointed at them and that’s why they fired.  Torres was struck in the left arm and seriously injured. 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas says […]

  • Girl, 15, found safe after disturbing video of her seen on Facebook Live

    CHICAGO – A Chicago police chief spokesman has confirmed a missing 15-year-old girl has been found safe after her family says she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live. Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the update, saying the teen was brought to Area Central were detectives conducted interviews. Family members and friends who reported she was missing say they saw the 15-year-old on a video being sexually assaulted by several boys. “I just want her home,” her mother said Monday. “I just want to […]

  • Man shot outside Cook County Courthouse

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a 22-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot six times as he walked up the steps of the county courthouse on the city’s West Side. Police say the shooting happened at about 9:30 a.m. Monday outside the Cook County Courthouse when someone pulled up in a white van and opened fire. Two off-duty officers who witnessed the shooting chased the alleged gunman and arrested him. Police say a gun was recovered.  

  • Woman gives birth to baby girl on Lake Shore Drive during peak of snowstorm

    CHICAGO — The lake-effect snowstorm caused a headache for most Chicago commuters this morning — but for one couple, it brought a bundle of joy. The couple was in route to the hospital to deliver their second child when the woman went into labor It happened just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on Lake Shore Drive and E. Hayes, several miles away from the hospital the couple originally planned to go to. They pulled their vehicle over to the side of the road […]

  • 3 bodies found in vehicle parked in Chicago alley, police say

    CHICAGO — Police say the bodies of three people have been found in a vehicle that was illegally parked in a Chicago alley. A death investigation is taking place after the bodies were found Monday morning in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Police said two of the bodies were found in the car and the body of a 16-year-old boy was found in the trunk. Authorities haven’t released details of how they died. They say they responded after a report […]

  • Bomb threat at Chicago Jewish Day School cleared by police

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a bomb threat made at a Jewish school Tuesday morning. Police were called to the Chicago Jewish Day School, located at 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., at about 9:10 a.m. after a call of a bomb threat was made. Police say the area has been cleared. The school evacuated all staff and students earlier, but they are now being allowed back in. Sheridan Road is back open. Officers used bomb sniffing dogs to search cars parked near the school. […]

  • GOP congressman takes more heat for town hall stance

    CHICAGO —  An Illinois Republican continues to face criticism for not holding in-person town halls in his congressional district. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam told a City Club of Chicago gathering Monday that town halls are unproductive. He said participants at one town hall he’s held “came angry and left angrier.” But several attendees at the paid event clapped when Roskam was pressed by a questioner about why he now avoids them. Several dozen protesters outside were more explicit. One walked […]

  • Pilsen churches offer to help children in families facing deportation

    CHICAGO — Several priests in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhoods are making plans for children in case their parents are detained or deported under a Trump administration crackdown. They are signing up families to take care of children, who may end up separated from their moms and dads. They put out a call on Facebook, and there’s been a big response. During tonight’s Ash Wednesday service, parishioners were also able to sign up. Priests have also decided to protest any deportation actions.

  • Trailblazer pilot, Capt. William Norwood inspires people to take charge of their lives

    Today we call them “the friendly skies,” but 50 years ago, they weren’t so welcoming for black pilots. A young man from southern Illinois named Bill Norwood was determined to prove he had the right stuff. He ended up becoming the first black pilot for United Airlines. His accomplishment landed him a big honor at the Museum of Science and Industry. Today, 81 year old Capt. William Norwood pushes for people of color and women to become pilots. FAA statistics show that […]