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.

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    Ticket prices sky-high for historic World Series

    CHICAGO — Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a lifetime — or more — to see their teams win championships. But if those fans want to see this year’s World Series in person, it’ll cost them a good chunk of their life savings. The average asking price for the four games scheduled for Cleveland, including the series opener on Tuesday night, is about $3,900, according to ticket tracker TicketIQ. A ticket for a deciding Game 7, […]

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    Doctors learn to cook so they can practice what they prescribe

    CHICAGO – “Don’t be intimidated” is good advice for anyone learning how to cook, and even better advice for a room full of doctors and nurses hoping to learn more about healthy eating. Dr. Stephen Devries is a cardiologist and associate professor at Northwestern University and the Executive Director of the Gaples Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach medical professionals about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle changes when it comes to the prevention of heart disease. […]

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    Strike averted for UNO Charter schools; classes in session Wednesday

    CHICAGO — Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school networks reached a deal around 3 a.m. on Wednesday to avert a strike. The 16 UNO Network Charter schools will be in session on Wednesday after a tentative agreement was reached. The charter teachers’ union and UNO Charter school system had a midnight deadline. This would have been the first strike against a charter school system in U.S. history. The issues between the charter teachers and the Charter School Network […]

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    Protests outside Trump Tower in response to his alleged treatment of women

    CHICAGO — A demonstration was held in front of Trump Tower Tuesday morning, in response to some lewd comments about women that Donald Trump was caught making on a hot mic. The protests were part of a larger, national feminist protest against Donald Trump and the GOP. A couple hundred women gathered across the street from Trump Tower in Chicago, carrying hand-made signs and chanting. Many of the signs used by the protesters were very graphic, and not shown in WGN’s broadcast. […]

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    Melania Trump in interview: Donald Trump was ‘egged on’ into ‘boy talk’

    Melania Trump defended Donald Trump in her first interview since the Republican nominee faced allegations of sexual misconduct, calling those accusations “lies” and saying Trump was “egged on” into “boy talk” during a 2005 tape in which he made lewd comments about women. “I believe my husband. I believe my husband,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday. “This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details … did they ever check the background […]

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    Clinton leads Trump, two new polls show

    Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump nationally among likely voters — but two new polls diverge on the size of her lead. Clinton is 11 percentage points ahead of Trump, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday. An ABC News/Washington Post poll, meanwhile, pegs her lead at 4 points. In the NBC poll, Clinton has 48% support compared to 37% for Trump, 7% for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% for the Green Party’s Jill Stein. In a […]

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    Cubs look for Game 4 win against Giants in San Francisco tonight

    SAN FRANCISCO —The Chicago Cubs get another chance tonight at finishing off the San Francisco Giants after a five-hour Game 3 of their NL Division Series Joe Panik doubled off the wall in right-center field to drive in Brandon Crawford with the winning run in the 13th inning, and the Giants staved off elimination yet again by outlasting the Cubs 6-5 on Monday night. San Francisco won its 10th straight game when facing postseason elimination. Panik came through against Mike Montgomery, who […]

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    CPS and CTU prepare for possible teacher strike Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Negotiations aimed at averting a threatened strike by Chicago Public School teachers were set to resume at noon today. But the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) says it is preparing for the worst. Teachers are picking up strike materials such as signs, flyers and banners this afternoon at CTU strike headquarters, 1642 West Van Buren Street. The CTU says it expects negotiations to go late into the evening. A group of parents and their children, out of school for […]

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    Dad: ‘I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born’

    A new father says he was charged to hold his baby after his wife gave birth. Reddit user “halfthrottle” posted an image of the hospital’s billing statement under the headline, “I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.” The photo has been viewed more than 2.6 million times in the past 24 hours. The dad wrote, “The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife’s neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for […]

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    5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

    FARMVILLE, Virginia  — For one night, Mike Pence put a calmer, gentler face on the 2016 Republican ticket. And Tim Kaine’s pestering style helped him do it. But the Indiana governor’s big night in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate might not transfer to his running mate, Donald Trump. Kaine — Hillary Clinton’s number two — spent his night throwing all of Trump’s most politically damaging lines at Pence and asking him to explain them. For the most part, Pence passed, dismissing […]