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
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    Teen injured after shot by police on South Side

    Chicago police officers shot a teenager who shot at them. The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday near 51st and Wood on the city’s South Side. Officers were making a traffic stop when they saw two people shooting at each other from across the street. When the officers intervened, they say 17-year-old Tykwan Davis turned and fired two shots at them. He missed, but they did not. Davis is at Stronger Hospital. The second man ran away.

  • 9 Catholic schools in city and suburbs to close; 2 others to be reconfigured

    Chicago’s Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year. The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in Lake and Cook County will be impacted and the suburbs are included. The archdiocese says its due to low enrollment and shifting demographics. 1,280 students will be affected and more than 200 teachers and staff. Francis […]

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    Suspected Indiana serial killer cooperates, pleads not guilty

    A suspected serial killer cooperated with the judge at his court hearing Tuesday morning, a week after he refused to speak at his first court appearance in Crown Point, Indiana. Darren Deon Vann, 43, entered a plea of not guilty to murder charges and answered all of the judge’s questions during the roughly seven minute hearing. Police say Vann has confessed to killing seven women in Gary and Hammond. He has been charged in the deaths of Merrillville resident Anith Jones and 19-year […]

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    Amazon to bring 1,000 jobs to Illinois, open first warehouse in Chicago area

    Amazon is announcing plans to open its first warehouse and several other facilities in the Chicago area. The deal will bring 1,000 new jobs to Illinois. The company is still considering locations but plans to have the first facility open next year and several more by the end of 2017. Amazon has been adding distribution centers at a fast pace to expand its same-day delivery service. It’s also testing its own delivery network outside of Fedex and UPS. Amazon plans to spend $75 […]

  • Woman rescued from house fire on South Side

    Chicago firefighters rescued a woman from a burning house this morning. The fire broke out in a home on 81st and Vincennes on the city’s South Side. A woman told WGN that her aunt woke her up when she smelled smoke. The fire spread quickly, and trapped the woman’s aunt in the home. Firefighters arrived and got her out. She was taken to the hospital in good condition. It’s not clear how the fire started.

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    Quarantined nurse to be discharged, Christie’s office announces

    Illinois, New York, and New Jersey will now order mandatory quarantines for medical workers who have traveled to Africa to help Ebola patients. The orders for 21-day quarantines were signed by those states governors on Friday. “This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “We will continue to take every safeguard necessary to protect first responders, health care workers, and the people of Illinois.” After a heated weekend of sparring between a quarantined nurse […]

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    Quarantined New Jersey nurse slams new Ebola policy, calls it ‘preposterous’

    Illinois, New York, and New Jersey will now order mandatory quarantines for medical workers who have traveled to Africa to help Ebola patients. The orders for 21-day quarantines were signed by those states governors on Friday. “This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “We will continue to take every safeguard necessary to protect first responders, health care workers, and the people of Illinois.” Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under mandatory quarantine in New […]

  • Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

    A middle school in north suburban Skokie will be closed again Thursday due to anonymous threats delivered over social media. Administrators with Skokie School District 73 1/2 sent a letter to parents telling them they’re working with Skokie police to investigate a series of Instagram posts that have been shared with some sixth grade students at Oliver McCracken Middle School. Village officials said in a statement that administrators told police Monday of “inappropriate and threatening communication received by students via […]

  • Suspected serial killer refuses to speak at first court appearance

    A man charged with strangling one woman, and suspected of killing of six others, refuses to speak at his first court hearing in Indiana on Wednesday morning. Police say 43 year-old Darren Deon Vann has confessed to killing seven women, but so far, he is only charged with strangling 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy in a motel in Hammond on Friday night. Three other women were also found dead in vacant buildings in Gary, and charges against Vann in those deaths could […]

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    1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at Dixmoor home

    Police have no suspects in custody in a shooting that killed a south suburban man and left his two younger brothers badly wounded. DeAnthony Jackson, 32, and his brothers were all shot during a home invasion last night at their family home near 143rd and Paulina. Police aren’t giving details of what started it; but a family friend says one of the brothers got into an argument with some people last week, and they threatened to return to the home […]

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