Gaynor Hall is an Emmy-award winning general assignment reporter for the WGN Evening News and the WGN News at Nine. She first joined WGN-TV as a freelance reporter in April 2008.

A native Chicagoan, Gaynor is a proud alum of Whitney Young Magnet High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University, with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and African American Studies.

Gaynor got her start in television as the morning anchor and producer at WMGT in Macon, Georgia. She returned to Chicago in April 2006 as an anchor and reporter for WGN-TV’s sister station, CLTV. She lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with her husband and son.

Recent Articles
  • Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker tours Taylorville

    TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Governor-elect J.B Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor-elect Julianna Stratton and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin toured Taylorville today, seeing firsthand areas littered with debris from last weekend’s tornado. They met with residents whose homes were damaged when the EF-3 tornado devastated the small city. No one was killed – but more than 20 people were injured and hundreds of buildings damaged. While the significant cleanup effort continues, Senator Durbin says its unlikely this will meet the threshold for assistance from the […]

  • Dozens of holiday home makeovers spread cheer along King Drive

    CHICAGO — More than 100 volunteers from across Chicago got King Drive dressed up for the holidays Saturday as part of a campaign to bring neighbors together and spread holiday cheer. “A lot of the kids are used to seeing blue lights from police sirens,” said Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, which organized the event. “We want them to see holiday lights.” A team of volunteers showed up to decorate Lola Anderson’s house on 85th and King […]

  • Kids in foster care get Christmas surprise thanks to donations, volunteers

    CHICAGO — For more than 30 children who are in foster care, Christmas came early Friday The kids, who ranged in age from 7 to 17, live in Lydia Home’s residential treatment center. WGN News was unable to show their faces because they’re wards of the state and most of them have endured intense trauma. All day long volunteers were busy setting up for a fancy holiday party at Citypoint Loft. It included beautiful table arrangements, lots of food and a […]

  • Community gathers to say ‘no more’ to gun violence

    CHICAGO — Leland Ramirez is a junior at Roosevelt High School who loves to play sports. His family is thankful he’s alive, but they say life will never be the same. “I never thought in a million years I would get a call that it would be my brother,” Nicole Ramirez, his sister, said. She said she keeps waiting for her brother to walk through the door but the 17-year-old remains hospitalized with only a 20 percent chance that he will […]

  • Activists continue calls for justice for slain security guard Jemel Roberson

    MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. — Activists are continuing their calls for justice for Jemel Roberson, a security guard who was killed by police last month as he detained a suspect in a shooting at the bar where Roberson worked. A group of about eight people tried to speak with officers at the Midlothian Police Department on Saturday. The activists were denied access. It was a Midlothian officer who fatally shot Roberson on Nov. 11. A judge has since denied a request to […]

  • Residents voice concerns about controversial Lincoln Yards development plan

    CHICAGO — Representatives of Sterling Bay got an earful Thursday evening from people who are opposed to the massive proposed Lincoln Yards development. “I would like to see the developers stop the fiction by saying that either taxpayers won’t be on the hook, or continuing to trip over the phrase ‘publicly accessible open space,’” one resident said. The developer announced a revised plan, adding more open space and also promising to reduce building heights. The development is expected to be a […]

  • Puerto Rican community center may get a second chance

    CHICAGO — Bankruptcy almost permanently closed the doors of Casa Puertorriqueña in Humboldt Park, but a judge’s ruling Sunday could give the beloved community center a second chance. Local leaders gathered to celebrate the future of Casa Puertorriqueña Thursday after they say a judge gave the ok for its sale to the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation for just over $1 million. The Puerto Rican Parade Committee, which owns the building, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. The group has also been under […]

  • Chicago mentoring program helps young men find greatness

    CHICAGO — Different generations with parallel stories. Vondale Singleton started the C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program at Chicago’s Gary Comer College Prep in 2013 to help black and Latino boys excel in the classroom. He knew firsthand that mentoring matters because it changed his life. “My heart’s desire for when a young man comes through the C.H.A.M.P.S. program is for them to understand one thing: They have a moral responsibility to do what I did for them, for somebody else,” Singleton […]

  • Chicago Fire Department releases Mercy Hospital shooter’s personnel file

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department released the personnel file of Juan Lopez, the man who shot and killed three people at Mercy Hospital on Monday. The summary of the report says he was terminated from the Chicago Firefighter Academy four years ago. After interviewing a number of candidates in the class, there was a consensus Lopez was disliked. Four of 11 female candidates had some sort of incident with him. One said she was touched by Lopez. Nine male […]

  • Mild temps in Chicago today, but season’s 1st significant snow is on the way

    CHICAGO — Chicagoland enjoyed the mildest weather in 17 days, and the first time all month that daytime high temperatures reached above normal status. But the mild weather will not last. All or parts of the greater Chicago metro area may well be in line later this weekend for the most significant snow of the very young 2018-19 snow season.  We’re two days away from the event, which is predicted to hit Sunday and Sunday night, and there are — […]