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 —Dangerous heat is coming to the Chicago area. An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued from noon Thursday until late Saturday. Counties include Cook, Kane, DuPage, Kankakee, Grundy, Kendall, Will in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. The National Weather Service reports, “a multiple-day episode of dangerous heat is expected Thursday through Saturday” and should “peak in intensity on Friday.“ There will be little relief from the heat overnight on Thursday and Friday. A Heat Advisory is […]
CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for two men who stole an ATM on the city’s South Side. According to police, the pair drove a dark-colored van up to a restaurant in the 1900 block of East 95th Street in Calumet Heights around 2:20 a.m, Friday. A man walked into the RJ Sandwich Fish n’ Chicken wearing dark clothes and gloves. He then tied a rope to the ATM and hooked the rope to the minivan that was sitting outside. […]
CHICAGO — Efforts continue Thursday to capture the alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon, but experts aren’t giving up hope. The gator was first spotted Tuesday morning by photographer Ren Horst-Ruiz who was taking pictures with clients, as was later confirmed by Chicago police. There has not been any alligator sightings Thursday. City crews put up fencing to keep people from getting in the water. Experts put new traps in the lagoon in hopes the animal will swim into one and […]
CHICAGO — Preparations are underway and barricades are out as Chicago prepares for an influx of color, energy and pride on the North Side when the annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off Sunday. The theme of the parade marks 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, considered a turning point in the gay rights movement. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will serve as the honorary grand marshal. Pride festivities are also happening today in Grant Park with the first Pride in the […]
HARVEY, Ill. — Another allegation of inappropriate touching is surfacing against a former suburban high school gym teacher and softball coach. A 2017 graduate of Thornton Township High School tells WGN-TV she was on an exercise bike when Jason Hardy touched her inner thigh. She did not want to be identified. “He touched my inner thigh and I’m like ok you don’t need to touch me like that and I got upset,” she said. “Then, I got up and he […]
MIAMI — Ten Democrats railed against a national economy and Republican administration they said exists only for the rich as presidential candidates debated onstage for the first time in the young 2020 season, embracing class warfare as a defining theme in their fight to deny President Donald Trump a second term in office. Health care, more than any other issue, led the debate. And Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, more than anyone else, stood out — on her own at times […]
CHICAGO — Three people accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and taking her baby from her womb pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, face multiple counts including first-degree murder. Piotr Bobak is charged with concealment of a homicide and obstruction of justice. Clarisa Figueroa allegedly lured Ochoa-Lopez to her home on April 23 in order to carry out the murder. She was accused of strangling the 19-year-old mother and cutting the child from her womb. She […]
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed a nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living the United States illegally, including families, saying he would give lawmakers two weeks to work out solutions for the southern border. The move came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump on Friday asking him to call off the raids. But three administration officials said scrapping the operation was not just about politics. They said Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaders had expressed serious concerns […]
CHICAGO – A fallen Chicago firefighter who died on the job almost seven years ago was honored in a special ceremony on the South Side Saturday. The memorial at King Lockhart Park in the city’s Beverly neighborhood is dedicated to all of the Chicago first responders who went to help in New York at Ground Zero after 9/11. On Saturday a crowd gathered to remember beloved Chicago Fire Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson and to witness an unveiling that has been […]
WHEELING, Ill. — A suburban community gathered Wednesday to remember the husband and wife found dead in their home last weekend. Their daughter has been charged in their deaths. Anne Martin, 71, and her husband David Martin, 72, were found stabbed to death in their Arlington Heights home Saturday. The couple’s daughter, Deborah Martin, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors claimed Martin had plotted for at least a month to kill her elderly parents. Authorities said she wrote […]