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
  • back to school

    Chicago Public School students head back to class today

    Nearly 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students headed back to school Tuesday. CPS officials, community leaders and local celebrities have spent weeks reminding students and their parents about the importance of coming to class on the first day. The Black Star Project also held its annual Million Father March to encourage men to walk their kids to school. Organizers say when fathers are involved, children do better academically. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was out welcoming everyone back from summer break. WGN […]

  • Politicians greet voters at Labor Day parades

    Labor Day means the unofficial start to political campaign season. Politicians are hitting the pavement today in parades for some face-time with voters. Governor Pat Quinn attended the Naperville Labor Day parade this morning, and he will march in Zion’s Jubilee Days parade this afternoon. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner walked in the Schaumburg’s Labor Day parade and shook hands with voters. Rauner was asked about Quinn’s announcement Sunday that he’s taking the so-called “Minimum Wage Challenge” and will be […]

  • FoodLine

    Cook County’s hunger problem: New study’s surprising findings

    One in six people in Cook County receives food from pantry, soup kitchen or a shelter each year, according to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A new study found that 808,610 people turn to the organization’s for emergency food assistance. WGN’s Tonya Francisco reported on a Produce mobile at Common Pantry on Demen and Grace this morning.  She said in two hours two hundred households were expected to receive food. “I’m not working, I’m 88,” said Ponciana Lugo. “My sister […]

  • FernwoodShooting

    2 killed, 1 injured in South Side shooting

    Two people are dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting on the city’s south side. It happened at 10 p.m. Sunday in an alley behind the 400 block of West 104th Street in the Fernwood neighborhood. A 29-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were dead at the scene. A 26-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and taken to the hospital. The victims’ names have not been released but police say the women were related. Investigators say […]

  • Lewis-Emanuel

    Tribune poll: Lewis ahead of Emanuel in Chicago mayoral race

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is losing the support of voters, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll. A poll of 800 registered voters found that the mayor’s approval rating has taken a dive. Two years ago it was 52 percent. That didn’t change much last year, but now it’s only at 35 percent. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has not announced that she’s running for mayor, but this poll shows she leads Emanuel, with 43 percent of the vote. […]

  • Chicagoans root for hometown Little League World Series team

    The first round of the Little League World Series begins Thursday, and for the first time in over 30 years, a team from Chicago will be there. Jackie Robinson West will play a team from Washington State in the tournament’s first round at 2 p.m. Thursday. The team made it this far with a come from behind victory in the Great Lakes Regional final on Saturday. The players range from 11 to 13 years old. They come from several South […]

  • Breezing: A dangerous game that can turn deadly

    Every year, anywhere from 15 to 30 people are killed by trains, Mainly because they’re trespassing and are somewhere they aren’t supposed to be. Breezing is a dangerous game that kids are playing while trespassing near train tracks. They do it for a quick adrenaline rush but it can end up deadly. Amy Opfer lost her 14-year-old son Parker two days before his 8th grade graduation when he decided to go “breezing.” Maple Park police chief Mike Acosta says, “Breezing […]

  • ChildLuring

    Police: Man tried to lure 2 girls into car

    Chicago police are warning parents and kids after a pair of attempted child abductions on Chicago’s North Side. The incident happened in the Belmont Garden neighborhood. At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, two girls were approached by an unknown male driving a gray colored four-door Honda with black rims containing a letter H in the center cap, police said. The Honda stopped in the rear of 4520 W. Deming Place. The driver engaged the female juveniles in conversation and tried to […]

  • InboundIke

    Eisenhower Expressway reopens after flooding

    For the second time this summer, heavy rains and flooding force the Eisenhower Expressway to shut-down. The pounding rains Monday night caused the closure of all lanes between Harlem and Manheim from around midnight to about four o’clock Tuesday morning. Many vehicles got stuck in the high water, and drivers had to wade through waist-high water or climb on the barriers to get to safety. As crews cleaned up the expressway, they discovered about 30 yards of the roadway was […]

  • PARK FOREST Monroe Akins

    Man charged with attacking 6 women in Southwest suburbs

    A man from Steger is charged with attacking six women in the Southwest suburbs. A judge set bond for Monroe Akins, 37, at $750,000 dollars Saturday. The attacks  happened in Park Forest and Richton Park, between March and June. In each incident, police say Akins approached the women while they were walking alone and touched them sexually. The victims identified Akins in a lineup.  Police said they also searched Akins’ home and recovered clothing identified by victims in the attacks. […]


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