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
  • All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

    CHICAGO — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented clergy abuse victims across the country, and seeks to compel dioceses throughout Illinois to provide the names of all their priests accused of child molestation. “Defendants have, for decades, […]

  • Police investigate 2 carjackings, robbery on North Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating two carjackings and a robbery that happened in a 40-minute span on the North Side. Just before midnight Wednesday, a 25-year-old woman was walking when she was approached by two armed males near Barry and Ashland avenues in Lakeview. She turned over her belongings, including the keys to her red Toyota Corolla that the suspects drove off in. Around 12:25 a.m. Thursday, a 20-year-old food delivery driver was carjacked by two males near Dickens […]

  • Vigil held for missing pregnant woman from Chatham

    CHICAGO — A vigil was held Wednesday evening for a woman from Chatham who has been missing for over a week. Family and friends gathered to pray and hand out fliers to help find 26-year-old Kierra Coles. A neighbor’s surveillance video shows Coles, 26, dressed in her U.S. Post Service uniform, heading to work on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from her apartment near 81st Street and Vernon Avenue. In the video, she passes her car and goes across the street then […]

  • Emanuel blasts Trump administration’s opposition to Chicago consent decree

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday dismissed the Trump’s administration’s opposition to the city’s proposed consent decree. “I don’t have time for people who talk out of both sides of their mouth,” Emanuel said. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a statement this week that he plans to file a “statement of interest” against a plan that would force sweeping reforms to the Chicago Police Department under federal court supervision. Sessions echoed President Donald Trump’s criticism of […]

  • Butler College Prep senior killed during shooting at Far South Side vigil

    CHICAGO –Despite the Columbus Day holiday,  students at a Far South Side high school were on campus Monday, the mourn the shooting death of college-bound senior. They attended a vigil for James Garrett at Butler College Prep, 821 E. 103rd St.   Family and friends were there too. “The Light of James hasn’t gone out,” said one mourner in a speech to the crowd gathered at the school. Garrett was full of joy, loved to dance and wanted to be a […]

  • Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice

    WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him 50-48. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside. Chief Justice John […]

  • No arrests during Van Dyke verdict demonstrations

    CHICAGO — Demonstrators marched through the streets of Chicago Friday in response to the guilty verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial.  Police made no arrests. A jury on Friday found Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was found not guilty of official misconduct. Before the verdict was read Friday, a large group of demonstrators gathered […]

  • $10K reward offered for info leading to arrest of man who fatally shot 2 in Rogers Park

    CHICAGO — The Jewish United Fund is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads police to the person who fatally shot two men in Rogers Park over the past week. On Wednesday, police released surveillance video of a masked person suspected in the two homicides. The seemingly random murders have left the community on edge. Police published footage from September 30 of a person dressed in all black and a ski mask walking towards the 1400 block of West Sherwin, […]

  • Chicago police, schools brace for Jason Van Dyke verdict

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is bracing for the verdict in the trial of Jason Van Dyke for the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald, as police, schools and entire communities prepare for whatever comes after the jury reaches its decision. Jury deliberations ended without a verdict Thursday around 5:30 p.m. The jurors will be sequestered and resume Friday morning, according to officials. Police preparations Chicago police say they’ve been getting ready for this for months, and officers began working […]

  • Police release video of suspect in Rogers Park slayings

    CHICAGO — Chicago police released surveillance video Wednesday of a masked person suspected in two homicides in Rogers Park over the past week, as the seemingly random murders have left a community on edge. Police published footage from September 30 of a person dressed in all black and a ski mask walking towards the 1400 block of West Sherwin, where 73-year-old Douglass Watts was shot in the head, and additional footage of the suspect fleeing down an alley. Monday night, […]