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
  • First case of Ebola reported in U.S.

    The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is now in serious condition at a Dallas hospital, health officials announced Wednesday The man, whose identity was not released, left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At that time, the individual did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” he began to exhibit them, Frieden said. The […]

  • Parent company of Jewel-Osco grocery store hit by another data breach

    The parent company of Jewel grocery stores is alerting customers to a card fraud incident at some of its stores, including Jewel-Osco stores in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. “The new malware may have captured account numbers, expiration date, other numerical information and/or the cardholder’s name.  At this time there has not been a determination that any payment card data was in fact stolen as a result of either incident,” AB Acquisition LLC said in a statement. AB Acquisition LLC, which […]

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    FAA chief orders review after Aurora fire; Naperville man in court today

    The FAA chief has ordered a review of air traffic control contingency plans to limit disruptions to the entire system when an isolated problem occurs – like the fire at the Aurora radar center last week. That fire was intentionally set by contract employee Brian Howard, 36, who has his initial court appearance this afternoon before a Federal magistrate. Hundreds of flights have been canceled at O’Hare and Midway Airports since the fire Friday morning, leaving many travelers stranded. Another […]

  • FAA: Aurora facility to be returned to full service by Oct 13

    Construction crews continue to work to fix the damage done by the man who set fire to the FAA facility in Aurora Friday. The FAA says it hopes to have the air traffic control center repaired and returned to full service by October 13, the agency said Sunday in a press release. The FAA says it’s bringing in extra technicians to replace the damaged communications network in the building, officially called the Chicago En Route Center. “The first shipment of […]

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    Flight delays, cancellations continue days after Aurora FAA fire

    Many travelers at O’Hare airport are spending their third night waiting for their flights, and many will have to wait until Tuesday. Like pieces on a chess board, all the nation’s planes have to be moved back to their normal starting points, before the flight schedules can be restored. So a lot of people are spending another night on cots. Some travelers say they’ve already gone through most of their spending money, buying airport food. For the latest flight info, […]

  • U of C students protest after ‘rape list’ threat from hackers

    The group that orginally posted what it calls the ‘Hyde Park List’ says it’s not a rape list, they are just individuals they would warn their friends about because of their troubling behavior towards romantic or sexual partners. But that list has so infuriated a campus hacker group that it posted what’s being perceived as a threat. Nearly 200 students, alum and activists marched silently around the University of Chicago campus overnight – stopping in front of a fraternity house […]

  • Cardinal George to resume public schedule later today

    Francis Cardinal George is getting ready to resume his public schedule after canceling three events since Saturday because of his health. The Cardinal is scheduled to celebrate Mass later today in Lincolnshire at the Catholic Extension Bishops meeting. Archbishop Blase Cupich is delivering a speech at that meeting as well. Cardinal George had cut back on his schedule because he’s being treated for an infection — an apparent side effect to his cancer treatment. He will have a lighter schedule […]

  • ‘Rapist List’ accuses dozens of U of C students of sex assault

    A list surfaced online accusing a dozen students of sexual abuse at the University of Chicago. The names appeared on the Hyde Park list “Tumblr” page. It was posted anonymously by “concerned citizens” who say they were keeping the Hyde Park community safe, but the list has since been taken down. The so called “rapist list” names twelve men who are accused of committing sexual harassment, and/ or sexual assault.  Students have been responding to the controversy. “I applaud the […]

  • Gruesome discovery: 4 dead dogs, several sick animals found at suburban animal hospital

    Authorities want to know what was going on at a south suburban animal hospital where four dogs were found dead and several others sick and emaciated. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation but this morning officers with Dolton code enforcement swarmed the Dolton Animal Hospital in the 15000 block of Lincoln Avenue to continue their part of the investigation. Meanwhile, current and former clients have been showing up, sharing horror stories. “I called everybody and nobody paid […]

  • NFL criticized for handling of Brandon Marshall allegations

    The NFL is under increasing fire for its handling of domestic violence cases, and now: abuse allegations are resurfacing against Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The father of one of Marshall’s ex-girlfriends stepped forward to complain. A teary-eyed Kristeena Spivey says she saw her friend Reesheda Watley’s injuries after being repeatedly beaten by Marshall. Marshall is the latest in a string of NFL players to be accused of domestic violence — although these aren’t new allegations. A 2009 knife incident led to Marshall […]


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