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.
EVANSTON, Ill. — District 65 officials informed parents after racist letters were sent to three schools over the past couple of weeks. The letters were sent via US mail to Kingsley Elementary School, Park School and the JEH Education Center, according to the letter from district officials. “All messages read, “White N-Word Matter.” These are clear acts of racism and this offensive and extremely hateful language has no place in our schools,” part of the letter reads. “In District 65, […]
CHICAGO — A 14-year old boy was shot in the head following a homecoming dance Thursday night at Von Steuben High School. Just after 10:30 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue on the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy sitting in the backseat of a vehicle suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. According to 33rd Ward Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, the boy was […]
CHICAGO — The fate of a Northwest Side parish is expected to be revealed Friday, and parishioners came together in hopes of keeping their church and school open. Under the Renew My Church strategic initiative, the Archdiocese of Chicago has been weighing several options to merge the parishes of St. Thecla, St. Tarcissus and St. Cornelius, and consolidate St. Thecla’s school with Pope Francis Global Academy North. An official announcement isn’t expected until a meeting Friday night, but parishioners and […]
JOLIET, Ill. — Governor Pritzker campaigned on the promise to improve the roads and bridges in Illinois. At a hearing Wednesday, IDOT officials presented preliminary plans for a massive project along Interstate 80. At a hearing Wednesday, residents got a chance to learn more about the project and voice their concerns. Bob Lieb said I-80 runs right behind his backyard and the truck traffic is a nightmare. “Every day it’s gridlock,” he said. “It moves at 3 miles an hour […]
CHICAGO — A 15-year-old charged in the shooting of a 7-year-old girl who was trick-or-treating in Little Village appeared in court Saturday where attorneys said the teen was out looking for rival gang members on Halloween. The teen, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. The shooting […]
CHICAGO — Classes were canceled for what will now be the 11th day on Thursday after the Chicago Teachers Union said they reached a tentative contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools, but will not be returning to work Thursday. On Wednesday night, the CTU’s House of Delegates met to vote on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s latest offer to end the now 10-day strike. Around 8:30 p.m., the CTU tweeted that a tentative agreement was reached, but said they did not have […]
CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools will continue negotiations Sunday after 14 hours of negotiations on Saturday. Following the marathon bargaining session, CPS officials said they are “not close” where they need to be on key issues. The CTU said they are about $38 million apart from a deal. The union said that amount will settle their concerns with class size, pay and other issues. One key sticking point is the length of the contract. CPS […]
UPDATE (10/29/19) – Police arrested Reginald Carter on suspicion of murder and arson. Original Story: GARY, Ind. — Three people died after a house fire in Gary Friday. The fire broke out around 11 a.m. Friday at a home near 20th Avenue and Noble Street. The coroner’s office said the bodies were burned so badly, identifications will have to be confirmed through dental records. But relatives identified the victims as Nefretiri Jones, 53, her son Dwayne Jones, 34, and her […]
CHICAGO — A man is dead after he broke into an apartment in the city’s Austin neighborhood. The incident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment above Gigi’s Food Mart convenience store, in the 5000 block of West Chicago Avenue. The owner, Marcellus Brown, said he wasn’t home at the time of the incident but said his brother was sleeping at his apartment when a man came in through the back window. His brother then confronted the intruder. A […]
CHICAGO — A new art show at the University of Chicago is encouraging students to put down the phone, take out their ear buds and just listen. The Chicago Sound Show features the work of nine artists at unique locations, including passageways and common spaces on the Hyde Park campus. “Having experienced sound art, you then walk around and hear sound everywhere and wonder… is that intentional sound?” said Laura Steward, the curator of public art at the University of […]