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
  • Boy dies, teen critical after incidents in Lake Michigan

    CHARLESTON, Ind. — A 10-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy is in critical condition- both were pulled from Lake Michigan in the same area about an hour apart. The first incident happened at 4:45 this afternoon when a 10-year-old boy was found unresponsive in Lake Michigan on the west side of the Indiana Dunes State Park in Porter. He was rushed to Porter Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Within an hour in the same area there […]

  • Teen’s death ruled suicide after North Lawndale police chase; relatives raise questions

    CHICAGO — Chicago police said a 16-year-old boy took his own life after a foot chase Friday night. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a suicide, but the teen’s relatives and friends are raising questions about what happened. The teen was identified Saturday as Steven Rosenthal, a student who played basketball at Crane Medical Prep High School. According to police, officers in North Lawndale tried to question a teenager with a gun in the 1500 block of South […]

  • PHOTOS: Chicago Air & Water Show returns this weekend

    CHICAGO — The 60th annual Chicago Air & Water Show is this weekend. The fighter jets, aerial stunt planes and other aircrafts will take off from Gary on their way to the show at North Avenue Beach. They’ll perform from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You should be able to see them practicing along the lakefront Friday. WGN cameras were there to capture some of the action! For more information, visit

  • Body cam footage released in fatal Chicago police shooting of Harith Augustus

    CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability on Thursday released body camera and surveillance footage of the fatal July 14 police shooting of an armed man in South Shore. Harith Augustus was shot dead about 5:30 p.m. July 14 in the 2000 block of East 71st Street when officers stopped him because he appeared to be armed, according to authorities. Police said he broke free from officers and appeared to be reaching for a gun when one officer opened […]

  • 2 dead after shooting at Harvey convenience store

    HARVEY, Ill. — Authorities are searching for the suspect, or suspects, who shot and killed two people and wounded several others at a convenience store in Harvey. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Express Drive Thru Food Mart at 146th and Halsted streets. A vehicle linked to the gunfire, a black Grand Cherokee, was last seen in downtown Chicago near State and Randolph streets following a chase. Taijean Hall, 17, was one of the people killed. On Wednesday, his […]

  • Three relatives, including 12-year-old girl, shot on South Side porch

    CHICAGO — Three relatives, including a 12-year-old girl, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Auburn Gresham on Friday morning. The family was on a porch in the 8800 block of South Parnell Avenue when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire about 9:15 a.m. Friday, according to the Chicago Police Department. “I ran in the house — I looked at my foot and it was blood,” said Miah Newell, 12, who was shot in her foot. Her brother, 25-year-old Demitrious Newell, […]

  • Couple robbed at gunpoint in Bucktown, video shows alleged suspects

    CHICAGO – Police released surveillance video after two people were robbed at gunpoint in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. A man, 31, and a woman, 25, were walking on the 2000 block of West Charleston Avenue around 3 a.m. Wednesday when they were attacked. Surveillance video shows the couple holding hands when two men run out of an alley and attack them from behind. Another angle shows the suspects in an alley moments before the armed robbery. The couple was robbed […]

  • Chicago police criticized after use of ‘bait truck’ in Englewood caught on video

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police and Norfolk Southern Railroad investigation that used a “bait truck” loaded with goods and was left parked in Englewood to lure potential thieves has come under fire after a Facebook video went viral. A video posted on Facebook by Charles Mckenzie, 29, last week appears to show officers arresting a man near 59th Street and Yale Avenue after he allegedly broke into a white truck in Englewood. The truck had Nike shoes inside, according to Mckenzie’s […]

  • Protesters shut down Lake Shore Drive, arrive at Wrigley Field

    About 200 demonstrators briefly shutdown Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive as they marched through one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods Thursday to draw attention to gun violence in the city’s poorer areas. Organizers hoped the march would draw attention to violence, corruption and the lack of economic investment in the city’s African-American neighborhoods. The protesters are also demanding the resignation of police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failure to stem gun violence. Johnson has asserted in recent […]

  • Suburban man sues Aeromexico after Durango crash

    CHICAGO — A Chicago law firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Illinois passenger in the Aeromexico Flight 2431 plane crash. The plane, which was en route to Mexico City, crashed in the northern state of Durango on Tuesday after the airliner was hit by a wind gust as it left the runway. Of the 103 people on board, 49 were hospitalized. No fatalities were reported. Nestor Martinez, 43, a passenger from Northlake, Ill., was returning home from […]