Tonya Francisco
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Tonya Francisco is a general assignment reporter/fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alum of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She 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/associate producer. After a year, it was on to WJRT-TV in Flint. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor.

Tonya is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • NFL criticized for handling of Brandon Marshall allegations

    The NFL is under increasing fire for its handling of domestic violence cases, and now: abuse allegations are resurfacing against Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The father of one of Marshall’s ex-girlfriends stepped forward to complain. A teary-eyed Kristeena Spivey says she saw her friend Reesheda Watley’s injuries after being repeatedly beaten by Marshall. Marshall is the latest in a string of NFL players to be accused of domestic violence — although these aren’t new allegations. A 2009 knife incident led to Marshall […]

  • Man injured in Elgin house explosion

    A gas leak could be to blame for a house explosion in Elgin that seriously injured the homeowner. It happened around 10 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Morningside Drive. Two walls of the home were blown to the ground, along with shattered glass from the windows. The man made it out of the house on his own. He told firefighters he turned his furnace on for the first time this season before he went to bed and he […]

  • Smash-and-grab burglars hit Gold Coast store

    Tensions are high along the Gold Coast Monday night after another smash and grab at a pricey boutique. Most recently, burglars broke into a store in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood early Monday morning. That happened at Moncler, located at 33 E. Oak Street. Moncler sells high end sportswear. Officers heard a burglar alarm as they arrived. Some merchandise was spilled on the floor. At least one coat was left on the sidewalk. Several racks of coats, worth over $20,000, were taken. […]

  • Pregnant woman sexually assaulted, stuffed in trunk on South Side

    A pregnant college student was sexually assaulted and then forced into a trunk in Chicago’s Rosemoor neighborhood in broad daylight Wednesday. The 24-year-old victim’s father says she was on her lunch break in between classes at Chicago State where she is a criminal justice student. She stopped by 98th and Indiana to visit a relative. She was getting books out of her trunk, when a man approached her with a knife, and forced her back inside the vehicle. The man […]

  • Blue Line trains moving again after derailment near Pulaski

    Passengers aboard the CTA Blue Line train that derailed during the Wednesday morning rush-hour commute are sharing what that was like. The train had a minor derailment near the Pulaski station arought 7:15 a.m. as it headed inbound. This brought service to a halt for two hours. 400 passengers were impacted. “There was this big, loud noise, and my Kindle went flying. I went up in the air, back down. And that was that,” said CTA rider MaryBeth Pregracke. Greshynka […]

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    Storms causing problems for morning commute

    As the severe weather moves through the Chicago area, commuters are experiencing slick roads and slow spots. Drivers are advised to leave early this morning and anticipate much slower conditions on the road. LATEST UPDATES GO TO CHICAGO WEATHER CENTER    

  • Police officers escort body of fallen Merrillville officer

    Police officers gathered Tuesday morning in the south suburbs to provide an escort for a Merrillville officer who was killed in the line of duty. Nickolaus Schultz died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after being shot in the head on Saturday. Schultz was responding to a call at a condo complex when people complained an evicted resident was trying to get back in. The suspect was wearing body armor and exchanged shots with officers before he killed himself. The procession […]

  • 4 children killed, 2 adults injured in Far South Side fire

    Four children have been killed in a fire at an apartment building on Chicago’s Far South Side. The children’s mother, Shamaya Coleman, and her boyfriend, Nate Johnson, also were taken to the hospital in critical condition after they jumped from the burning building. The children have been identified as 16-year old Carliysia Clark, 13-year old Carlvon Clark, 12-year old  Shamarian Clark and 7-year old Eriana Smith. The fire started at 3:40 a.m. Monday at a building located at 11238 S. […]

  • Police: Husband sets wife on fire during domestic dispute

    A woman is in critical condition after she was set on fire. It happened during a quarrel Sunday evening in a parking lot in the 4300 block of N. Broadway. The police report says a 66-year-old man poured rubbing alcohol over his 60-year-old wife’s head and lit a match. The woman is at Stroger Hospital with third-degree burns. The husband is being held, though he hasn’t been charged yet.

  • Fight for $15: At least 12 arrests in Chicago fast food workers strike

    Fast food workers from across Chicago are joining those in other cities across America in a one-day walkout to press their demand for a higher minimum wage. Organizers want a minimum of $15 an hour, plus changes in working conditions; Illinois’ current minimum wage is $8.25 an hour; the national average for fast food workers is about $9.00. On Thursday morning, there were so many protesters that they blocked traffic on 87th Street between State and Wabash. Police have arrested at […]


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