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
  • Illinois GOP lawmakers seek to repeal Cook County beverage tax

    CHICAGO — Calling Cook County’s new sweetened beverage tax an “unfair burden” on residents and businesses, four House Republicans have introduced a bill to repeal it. They point to some small businesses that have already reported a sales drop of 80 percent because people have either stopped buying the drinks or are going out of Cook County to get them. “This tax was sold under the auspicious of it helping health in the area, it’s simply a cash grab,” said […]

  • Arlington Heights Boy Scouts have project launched into space

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A group of Boy Scouts from Arlington Heights reached for the stars with a recent biology experiment on how DNA mutates. Their project took flight from Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Boy Scouts’ Space Bus serves as a mobile lab where they can conduct experiments, teach lessons and hands on training. They felt it was appropriate to bring it out Monday now that one of their troops has an experiment that’s headed into space. […]

  • Derrick Rose donates $7K to activist walking from Chicago to DC

    CHICAGO – A young man from Chicago is going the extra mile to make a difference, and he recently got a large donation from a well-known Chicagoan. Two days ago, Demetrius Nash’s mission to decrease gun violence got a huge boost from Chicago native and NBA star Derrick Rose by way of a $7,000 donation. “I’m just humbled, I’m humbled by $7,000 and I’m humbled by $5 cause don’t nobody owe me anything,” he said. His journey is to raise […]

  • Chicago’s Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza turns 50

    CHICAGO— A work of public art that initially bewildered and displeased many Chicagoans — only to later become a city icon — is turning 50. Chicago is marking the 1967 unveiling of the Pablo Picasso sculpture with events like films and lectures throughout August, including music performances Tuesday at Daley Plaza where it stands. Chicago columnist Mike Royko famously described the tepid applause from a disappointed crowd of VIPs as the Cubist structure was unveiled 50 years ago. He wrote […]

  • NU professor will return to Chicago to face charges in brutal murder

    DUBLIN, Calif. — A Northwestern University professor will head back to Chicago to face charges in a brutal stabbing death. Wyndham Lathem appeared in a California courtroom Monday afternoon and waived extradition back to Illinois. Chicago authorities have 30 days to get him. Lathem and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University financial officer, were on the run for more than a week before they surrendered Friday to authorities in Oakland and San Francisco. They are being held on murder warrants in […]

  • Lollapalooza 2017 kicks off: Everything you need to know

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s largest music festival kicks of Thursday in Grant Park. Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Muse and Arcade Fire are headlining this year’s event. The music festival runs from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Over 170 acts are booked for the four-day festival. The full lineup is on the Lollapalooza’s website. Tickets General Admission tickets sold out within days of becoming available, although they can still be purchased on the secondary market through a ticket […]

  • Group files legal challenge to block Cook County beverage tax

    CHICAGO — Another legal challenge has just been filed against the Cook County beverage tax. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association filed an appeal to an earlier ruling, which deemed the tax constitutional. The appeal comes as no surprise. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association said it was considering its options after the judge dismissed its lawsuit last week. But this latest legal maneuver comes too late to stop the tax as stores are preparing to start charging the penny-per-ounce tax at midnight. […]

  • Activist to walk from Chicago to DC to help stop gun violence

    One Chicagoan says he’s had enough of the violence and wants to help put an end to it by walking from Chicago to Washington D.C. Demetrius Nash says he’s trying to raise awareness while appealing to the community’s conscience. He says it may seem like a daunting task to walk the 672 miles to Washington, but he says he`s up to it. “I’m walking for mental health issues,” he says. “The fact that these kids don`t have places to go […]

  • Trump says transgender people not allowed to serve in US military

    WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump has announced that the US military will not accept or allow transgender individuals “to serve in any capacity.” Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that after consulting with “Generals and military experts,” that the government “will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) […]

  • DCFS answers tough questions about Semaj Crosby’s death

    JOLIET TOWNSHIP, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) answered questions on Tuesday about the death of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby at a joint Illinois House and Senate hearing. Beverly Walker, the new head of DCFS, faced tough questions about what she’ll do to protect kids. Lawmakers were intent on get answers about specific mistakes DCFS made in Semaj’s case and what changes can and are being made to prevent any more tragedies. And she also wants […]