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
  • ‘Please Daddy don’t:’ Disturbing details released in brutal death of girl

    CHICAGO — A judge denied bail for the man accused of the brutal killing of a 12-year-old Chicago girl in court Tuesday. John Singleton is charged with first degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in the murder of Alexis Stubbs. Prosecutors detailed a gruesome, bloody assault on Alexis in court. Singleton is not Alexis’s biological father, but has known her since she was eight years old.  Despite that relationship, prosecutors says Singleton made videotaped statements to detectives in which he admitted […]

  • Charges expected soon in brutal stabbing death of 12-year-old girl

    CHICAGO – Police continue to question a person of interest in the brutal stabbing death of a 12-year-old girl. Police say charges are expected soon. 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs was found stabbed Sunday evening in her mother’s apartment in the 4600 block of North Beacon in Sheridan Park. Alexis’s mother called 911 when he ex-boyfriend would not leave the apartment. Both Alexis and her mom decided to wait outside for the officers to arrive.  But Alexis went back inside to talk […]

  • 12-year-old stabbed, beaten to death in suspected domestic dispute

    CHICAGO — A 12-year-old girl was murdered in the Sheridan Park neighborhood in what appears to be a domestic dispute. The girl, initially reported as 13-years-old, has been identified as 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs. She was stabbed and beaten to death at an apartment building on the 4600 north block of Beacon street, Sunday night. Police have someone in custody in relation to the murder. It is suspected to be a boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend of Stubbs’ mother but has not yet […]

  • Major delays after ‘Slow speed’ derailment on South Shore Line

    CHICAGO — Crews are on the scene of a South Shore Line train derailment in downtown Chicago. Officials say Train 18, which has six cars, was coming into the city from South Bend, Indiana and was due at the Millennium Park Station at 2:14 p.m.  The second and third car derailed. It was a slow speed derailment as the train was entering the station. South Shore released a statement saying: South Shore trains are unable to enter or exit the […]

  • Woman shot to death in Waukegan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill — Police in Waukegan are looking for suspects in the shooting death of a 24-year old woman on the street early Monday morning. Officers were called to the scene of a shooting in the 1600 block of 11th St. around 4:30 a.m. Waukegan police say when they first got to the scene, the victim was gone.  They later got a call from an area hospital telling them a gunshot victim had been brought to the emergency room and […]

  • ‘Help me! I’m going to die’: New details revealed in murder of Uber driver in Lincolnwood

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — A 16-year-old girl was captured on Walmart surveillance video “walking nonchalantly throughout the store” holding a knife in one hand and a machete in another. Authorities say Eliza Wasni used those weapons kill her Uber driver in Lincolnwood. That’s just one of the details that Cook County State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham revealed in a news conference Wednesday after Wasni appeared in court on first-degree murder charges. She is being held without bond for killing Grant Nelson, 34, of […]

  • No bond for girl, 16, charged in murder of Uber driver in Lincolnwood

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — A judge denied bond for a 16-year-old girl charged with first degree murder in the death of an Uber driver in Lincolnwood. Police found the victim Grant Nelson’s gray 2015 Hyundai Sonata on Lincoln Avenue just north of Touhy Tuesday morning. The victim told officers that he was an Uber driver and that his white, female passenger had stabbed him, police said. Nelson was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The […]

  • Ride share driver stabbed to death in Lincolnwood

    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. — A suspect is in custody in after a ride share driver was fatally stabbed  in north suburban Lincolnwood. 34-year-old Grant Nelson of Wilmette, was found stabbed near the intersection of Touhy and Lincoln Avenues at about 3:22 a.m. Tuesday. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries just before 8 a.m. Nelson was working as a ride-share driver and was dropping off a fare in the area when the attack occurred, police say. The […]

  • Less violence mars Memorial Day weekend in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  There were screams of joy, dancing, food and plenty of fun to be had Monday afternoon on 83rd and Paulina during an old-fashioned block party courtesy of playwright Messiah Equiano, who grew up on that block. “We wanted to come together and say well we can have peace in Chicago on any block that we want to,” Equiano said. It’s much happier and positive scene compared to the violence that has marred Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. As of 6:30 p.m. […]

  • Police: Suspect shot after officer pinned by vehicle in North Austin

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer, pinned by a car, opened fire on a suspect in the Austin neighborhood today. Police say when officers saw what they believed to be a stolen car the suspect drove off down an alley at North Ave and Leclaire.  The suspect then hit a resident’s vehicle. When officers  approached and ordered him out of the car, they say he instead accelerated and pinned one of the officers against the resident’s  vehicle. That officer then […]