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
  • Woman fatally shot while walking into her apartment building in Washington Park

    CHICAGO — A woman was shot and killed while walking into a residential building in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood. Lashonna Howard, 27, was walking with another person into her apartment building in the 5600 block of South Michigan Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when shots were fired. Howard was hit in the head and leg. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Howard was the mother of two girls, an 8-year-old and a 12-year-old. Her daughters, along with […]

  • Suburb considers fining parents for truant children

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Arlington Heights village board is considering an ordinance that would fine parents whose children have unexcused absences. Under the ordinance, parents who know that their kids are repeatedly missing school, but don’t report those absences, could be hit with citations and fines. If approved, a judge could issue parents fines ranging from $5 to $750. Police proposed adding a parental responsibility clause to an existing ordinance targeting truancy. In some cases, officers are asked to […]

  • Boy hospitalized after mauled by dogs in Joliet

    JOLIET, Ill. – A boy was hospitalized after he was attacked Tuesday by three pit bulls in Joliet. 12-year-old Justin Fabsits from Manteno and a 15-year-old girl were at the girl’s uncle’s house in the 900 block of Timber Springs Drive in Joliet. They were at the home with the girl’s mother, who is engaged to Justin’s uncle, to meet a cable worker. The children were waiting in the bedroom with the pit bulls, when, according to Justin, one of […]

  • DCFS investigating after toddlers found dangling from window

      CHICAGO —Cell phone video shows two toddlers in diapers, believed to be two-year-old twins, dangling dangerously out of a second-floor window in Hermosa Tuesday evening. Denise Ochoa and her cousin Jennifer Salgado just happened to be driving by the apartment building at Palmer and Kildare when they saw the scene unfolding. Denise jumped in to help while Jennifer stayed in the car with her cousin’s son, calling police before capturing video of the scene. Several people gathered below with outstretched […]

  • Man fatally shot by Chicago police on South Side; 4 protesters arrested

    CHICAGO — Angry protesters flocked to the streets Saturday after a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting on the South Side. It happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of East 71st Street in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department, “Officers assigned to a foot assignment observe a man exhibiting characteristics of an armed person. Officers go to question him when a confrontation ensues and he is shot. The man […]

  • Police seek suspects in South Side carjacking

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are searching for suspects seen on security video stealing an SUV. Police believe the incident could be related to other recent carjackings. A woman had parked her car in the parking lot of a shopping plaza in the 3200 block of West 87th Street about 7:20 p.m. June 28. In the video, a man is seen getting out of a red SUV. He approaches the woman in her white SUV. Police said the suspect pulled the woman’s hair […]

  • Primary election day polling locations open late due to obstacles

    Illinois voter data likely targeted in Russia hacking

    Russian intelligence officers were charged Friday with hacking into the email servers of the democratic party and the Clinton campaign. Illinois state officials said based on a reference in the indictment, it is likely they also stole voter data from Illinois. Ahead of the 2016 election, state officials say the database of the Illinois Board of Elections was very likely hacked by Russian intelligence agents. “Not one vote was changed in Illinois based on what happened two years ago,” said […]

  • Health officials looking into rise in parasitic illness linked to McDonald’s salads

    Illinois health officials are investigating an increase in people becoming sick from the parasite Clycospora. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a news release Thursday saying the illnesses appear to be connected to consumption of salads from McDonald’s restaurants. The department said it has confirmed approximately 90 cases. Approximately one-fourth of the cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill. Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in […]

  • Renewed Emmett Till probe prompted by 2017 book, official says

    A renewed investigation into the brutal slaying of Emmett Till was prompted by a 2017 book that revealed lies by a key figure in the 1955 case that helped build momentum for the civil rights movement, a federal official said Thursday. A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that information published in the book led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition […]

  • Outraged residents say they weren’t notified about new asphalt plant in McKinley Park

    CHICAGO — A new asphalt plant set to open on the Southwest Side is facing opposition. The new MAT Asphalt is set to open this month in the 2000 block of West Pershing Road in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood. The owner, Michael Tadin Jr., who did not want to speak on camera, said he did everything by the book. He said the plant is using the latest technology, natural gas, and that there are really no environmental concerns. But many […]