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.
CHICAGO — A crowd of people gathered Saturday afternoon at Daley Plaza to rally and raise their voices against abortion. The seventh annual March for Life rally featured the theme “Life Empowers: Pro Life is Pro Woman.” Organizers expected increased attendance this year as abortion remains a polarizing issue across the country. Amid concern from abortion rights advocated that Roe vs. Wade could be overturned, several states passed tough anti-abortion legislation last year. “The laws passed recently in Illinois are […]
CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has ordered Chicago police to release police misconduct investigation files from 1967 to 2015, by the end of the year. Charles Green is at the center of the case. He was 16 years old when he was arrested in 1985 for a quadruple murder on the city’s west side. He was accused of accepting $25 to knock on the door of a drug dealer’s apartment so rivals could go in and kill the people inside. […]
Iran informed the United Nations that it took “a measured and proportionate military response” to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military commander and “does not seek escalation or war.” But Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi warned that Tehran would “vigorously” respond to “any further military adventurism against it” and “any aggression.” Ravanchi said in a letter late Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council and to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that in the early morning hours of Jan. 8, […]
HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are cautioning the public to lock their doors and windows after another home invasion was reported in Hammond. The most recent incident happened at about 10 p.m. Thursday on the 7300 block of White Oak Avenue. Police said the suspect entered through an open window. The victim, 22-year-old Breanna Holden, said she woke up hearing someone going through the closet. She said there was a man standing at the end of her bed who pointed a […]
CHICAGO — Even though recreational marijuana use will be legal in Illinois, some people are still paying the price for low-level cannabis cases. “You can’t normalize and legalize this and allow people to make millions of dollars without acknowledging what the harms were done to people for the prohibition of the exact same activity,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Cannabis Control. The new law includes framework to wipe out minor records for hundreds of thousands of […]
CHICAGO — A 50-year-old man was fatally shot in the face early Saturday morning in Rogers Park. Chicago police say Albino Amador Vazquez was inside a residence on the 1600 block of West Morse Avenue around 4:30 a.m. when a man kicked in the door and fired shots. Vazquez was shot in the face and pronounced at the scene. The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear if the man was targeted. No one was taken into custody.
CHICAGO — Friday is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday travel season at Chicago’s airports. City officials anticipate O’Hare and Midway will see 250,000 travelers today and be among the busiest airports in the nation, with an estimated 5 million passengers during the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s travel period. That’s a more than 2% increase over last year. People are advised to arrive at the airport two hours early for domestic flights, and three hours early […]
ZION, Ill. — A 63-year-old woman has died after she was seriously injured in a hit-and-run. Just after 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, police responded to a call of a hit-and-run in the 2200 block of Elisha Avenue. Police said a woman, later identified as Nancy Ezell, 63, from Zion, was struck and dragged by an older model gray four-door sedan. The vehicle had a partial license plate number of AEZ. Family posted on social media Friday that she died […]
CHICAGO — With 800 volunteers this month, Jahmal Cole’s “My Block, My Hood, My City” is giving homes a holiday makeover for free. He expects the decorating to get bigger and better every day. “This year, we did 400 city poles and 250 homes,” Cole said. “It’s going to be so big.” On Saturday, Mayor Lightfoot and Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck joined Cole to string lights outside of the Washington Park Fieldhouse. Volunteers help wrap MLK Drive in the […]
CHICAGO — A teenager was killed after a car crashed into a house on the city’s Far South Side. Chicago police said the crash happened after a pursuit of a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee after they attempted to make a traffic stop in the 10700 block of South Wentworth Avenue Thursday around 7:20 p.m. Three teenagers were inside the stolen SUV. Police said the driver lost control and slammed into a house in the 10200 block of South Wentworth Avenue. […]