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.
ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP, Ill. — Amid this snowy and icy winter, the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner and the Board of Trustees are in a fight over salt. At a meeting Wednesday night, some residents and board members called on the highway commissioner to resign. Earlier in the day, a judge denied the commissioner’s salt emergency declaration. The judge said the issue should be resolved within the township and not in court. Commissioner Andrew Gasser declared the emergency due to a dwindling supply. He […]
HAZEL CREST, Ill. — A U.S. Army veteran is clinging to life Friday after relatives found him severely beaten inside his south suburban Hazel Crest home. Mary Cross, 19, said she found her father slumped over his couch Thursday morning at his home near 168th Street and Orchard Ridge Avenue. Keith Chamble, 60, was wearing only one slipper; his face was covered in blood. Doctors said Chamble, a retired correctional sergeant and U.S. Army veteran, suffered blunt force trauma to […]
CHICAGO — Since Tuesday, 175 teachers and paraprofessionals have been on strike at four Chicago International Charter School campuses that are managed by Civitas Education Partners. Now, union leaders are raising concerns about the charter network’s finances. The strike is the culmination of months of stalled contract talks between charter school educators represented by the Chicago Teachers Union and the charter school network operated by Civitas Education Partners. Key issues include pay raises, healthcare, staff ratios and class sizes. Both sides […]
CHICAGO — A woman is accusing the Chicago Police Department of wrongly towing her car. Miriam Cambray is distraught and angry with no way to get to work. She said she can prove CPD towed her car by mistake from the 4400 block of North Lawndale Avenue. According to Cambray, police said the temporary plates did not match her vehicle. But she said the officer had mistakenly typed in the wrong plate number. Cambray just bought the used, tan Jeep […]
CHICAGO — As Chicago plunged into a deep freeze with staggering temperatures below minus 20 degrees, a growing list of restaurants and other businesses decided to close their doors Wednesday. The tradition of ordering food for delivery during bad weather is also in jeopardy, with many restaurants listed on GrubHub and similar websites closing to ensure their staff’s safety. #danteschicago #chicago #pizza #newyorkstylepizza #polarvortex pic.twitter.com/4dXYIeSWqS — Dante's Pizzeria (@DantesPizzaChi) January 28, 2019 Even a few of the restaurants participating in Chicago […]
WHEATON, Ill. — A group of air traffic controllers and their families got a standing ovation in suburban Wheaton on Saturday at the ceremonial swearing in of new U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6). Ending the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a short-term measure to fund the government for three weeks. No money has been allocated for Trump’s desired border wall. Congress now has three weeks to come up with a new plan. For […]
CHICAGO — A video posted on social media shows two armed men threatening to shoot and kill Chicago police officers. Supt. Eddie Johnson on Friday said he takes all threats very seriously. The video, which was shared on the “Chicago Code Blue” Facebook page, shows a man with two guns on his lap threatening to kill an officer after a marked police SUV pulls up alongside the man’s car. Another man in the backseat appears to have a handgun with […]
CHICAGO — Chicago and the surrounding area is bracing for dangerously cold temperatures. Temperatures are expected to drop well below zero starting Thursday night and into Friday morning. Up-to-date list of local school closings here. Ice and subzero temperatures can even bring a speeding train to a halt. So Metra crews are working in advance to prevent potential problems. During the severe cold, Metra plans to place speed restrictions on all its lines. Trains will be reduced to […]
CHICAGO — Just as temperatures drop into dangerous territory, hundreds of volunteers and city workers are expected to do a previously scheduled “point in time” count of people who are experiencing homelessness. It provides a snapshot of the city’s homeless population and is a requirement for federal funding. Last year’s count found more than 5,400 people in the city living on the streets or in shelters. The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless said the number is exponentially higher. Their estimate […]
HARVARD, Ill. — A man was killed in a snowmobile accident in McHenry County. The McHenry County coroner identified the man as Brandon Shields, 32. Shields, along with two others, were driving snowmobiles around 1 a.m. Wednesday in the area north of Mokeler Creek in Harvard. Officials said Shields crashed his snowmobile into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were white out conditions around the time of the crash. Shields lived near the area. An autopsy is scheduled […]