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
  • Boy, 2, fatally stabbed in Little Village; Person of interest in custody

    CHICAGO – A person of interest is in custody after police found a 2-year-old boy fatally stabbed in the city’s Little Village neighborhood. Officers were called to the 2700 block of South Avers around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. When officers arrived, the child, identified as Mateo Garcia, was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the child suffered severe trauma from lacerations and fatal stab wounds. The Chicago Tribune reported that the child was nearly decapitated. The crime […]

  • Fire captain injured in Bronzeville blaze

    CHICAGO – A fire captain was seriously injured this afternoon while battling an apartment fire in Bronzeville. Firefighters were called to the building in the 4700 block of King Drive just after 1 p.m.. About 15 minutes later, a mayday call went out. The captain’s mask had somehow come loose and he became disoriented. He suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Eight people inside the building have been displaced. The cause of the fire […]

  • Flooding in Hammond tests bridge walls built in 2008 over Little Calumet River

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Sandbags are being packed along the banks of the Little Calumet River as the water level rises, and public works officials in Hammond and Munster are closing off the bridge over the river. As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the water level has already reached the underside of the bridge, which is near Northcote and River. HAMMOND, INDIANA: Little Calumet River almost touching bottom of bridge near Northcote and River. Bridge is closed as precaution. @NancyLoo is live there […]

  • Man sentenced to 76 years in prison in 2010 killing of officer

    CHICAGO — A man convicted of killing a Chicago police officer in 2010 was sentenced Wednesday. A judge sentenced Blake Williams to 55 years for the murder and 21 years for the armed robbery, for a total of 76 years in prison. Last April, a jury convicted Williams of first degree murder and armed robbery for the 2010 death of Chicago police Officer David Blake. Prosecutors say Blake tried to be a mentor to Williams, who at the time was […]

  • Man, woman found fatally shot on West Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man and a woman on the West Side. The shooting happened after Wednesday morning  in the 1400 block of South Kenneth in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood. Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a 61-year-old man, and a woman believed to be in her 50s. Police have not released any information about a motive for the shooting. But family members identify the victims as Johnny “Nick” […]

  • Chicago police team up with federal, state officials to combat rise in carjackings

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are teaming up with federal authorities to combat the rising number of carjackings. They’ve formed a joint task force, aimed at cracking down on those behind the crimes. Last year, there were nearly 1,000 carjackings in Chicago. Police say juveniles are behind a majority of them, and adult gang leaders are the reason why. The gang leaders are said to put the teens up to the carjackings because they know they rarely get jail time for […]

  • Train carrying members of Congress hits truck in West Virginia, 1 on truck killed

    WASHINGTON — A train carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to their legislative retreat in West Virginia hit a truck Wednesday, leaving at least one person dead. The driver of the truck was killed, President Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon. Six patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition. One of those six has been discharged, while the remaining four were being evaluated. Multiple sources said that all members of […]

  • West suburban elementary school closed for the week as flu hits another district

    NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. — The flu bug has bit again, this time shutting down Komarek School District 94 in the west suburbs Tuesday, as school officials give the building a deep cleaning to try and keep the flu from spreading even further. Supt. Brian Ganan says he started noticing absences going up last week, so his custodial staff disinfected the school over the weekend, but it wasn’t enough. On Monday, close to 80 of the school’s 555 students called out sick. […]

  • Rauner, Ives square off before March GOP governor primary

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner squared off with his opponent in the March 20 Republican primary Monday. But the first-term governor made it sound like he’s running against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan when he appeared before the Chicago Tribune editorial board Monday. Rauner opponent Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton repeatedly criticized Rauner for failing to tackle issues in his first three years in office. Rauner says he’s been blocked by Madigan — speaker for more than three decades. […]

  • New U.S. Attorney John Lausch lays out priorities

    CHICAGO — Two months after taking the job, new U.S. Attorney John Lausch took to the podium for his first press conference. He’s new to the job, but not new to the office, having worked as an assistant U.S. attorney before. At Wednesday’s press conference, he quickly laying out his priorities “One we’ve already talked about is violent crime,” he said. “The number one priority in this office and other offices is national security, we’re in Chicago, we’ve always prioritize […]