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 — Relatives of a Chicago-area woman who contracted a rare fungus want to raise awareness about the deadly superbug. Stephanie Spoor, 64, was being treated for complications from lupus and was in need of a lung transplant. Her family said she contracted Candida auris, a fungus that’s resistant to multiple anti-fungal treatments, during her treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Spoor’s sons said they want to tell their mother’s story and raise awareness about Candida auris. “They think […]
MELROSE PARK, Ill. — The battle over keeping Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park continues. The owner, Pipeline Health, has proposed transferring ownership of the hospital to the village But the mayor of Melrose Park says it’s just an attempt to deflect responsibility for running the hospital the company bought and now wants to close. In a press release issued Wednesday, Pipeline Health’s CEO said: “If Melrose Park truly values Westlake Hospital and is so sure it can do a better job […]
CHICAGO — At least six people were shot, including two children, when gunfire erupted at a West Englewood baby shower, police and witnesses said. According to the Chicago Police Department, the shooting occurred at a family gathering about 6:20 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Seeley Avenue. Witnesses said it was a baby shower. An 8-year-old boy was shot in the chest and back and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, according to police. A spokesman for the Chicago Fire […]
CHICAGO — Two men have been charged in what Chicago police are describing as a predatory towing operation. Angel Camacho, 26, and Jon Twist, 30, are charged with felony tower solicitation. Both men appeared in bond court Saturday and were released on their own recognizance. A tractor truck became wedged under a viaduct near Racine Avenue and Pershing Road about 6:15 a.m. Friday, according to the Chicago Police Department. The trucker contacted his dispatch center to arrange a tow. But […]
CINCINNATI — The person who claimed he was missing Aurora boy Timmothy Pitzen was identified as a 23-year-old Ohio man. On Thursday, the Louisville FBI said DNA results showed that the person who claimed he was Pitzen, who was originally identified as a 14-year-old, was not the missing child, but was instead Brian Michael Rini of Medina, Ohio. According to authorities, Rini had a history of making false reports. Pitzen’s grandmother and aunt spoke out shortly after the DNA results […]
AURORA, Ill. — Police in west suburban Aurora are trying to determine if a teen found wandering in Kentucky is Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who went missing seven years ago. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a teenage boy, who was found in Newport, Ky., told police that he is Pitzen and claimed he was being held at a motel and had escaped his captors and ran across a bridge into Kentucky. Police in suburban Cincinnati’s Sharonville wrote in a short incident […]
CHICAGO — Chicago will be electing aldermen in 15 wards Tuesday. Here are six races that WGN is watching closely: 5TH WARD In the 5th Ward, which covering Woodlawn and Hyde Park, Ald. Leslie Hairston faces William Calloway. A big topic in the race is the proposed Obama Presidential Center for the area. Hairston opposes a community benefits agreement between developers and residents to guarantee jobs. Calloway demands it. Calloway also helped expose the Laquan McDonald video. WINNER: TOO CLOSE […]
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was struck and killed by a wrong-way driver near Libertyville on Saturday morning. It happened about 3:25 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-94 in Green Oaks when the wrong-way driver, who was traveling eastbound, struck Trooper Gerald Ellis head on. Ellis, 36, was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. Authorities said Ellis was a U.S. military veteran who had been with Illinois State Police for 11 years. […]
WILLOWBROOK, Ill. — Results of an exhaustive public health review found higher cancer rates around embattled Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook. The study is fueling bipartisan calls to keep the facility closed for good. The study from the Illinois Department of Public Health revealed some cancers were elevated in the area, but more research is needed. Willowbrook Mayor Frank Trilla said the state cancer assessment for the area surrounding the Sterigenics facility is just further proof that the plant should be […]
BRAIDWOOD, Ill. — The Braidwood, Ill., motel made famous in the movie “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” has become home to prostitution and drug use, according to local police. They carried out a year long undercover sting operation that resulted in the arrest of the motel’s current owner Vinodchandra “Vinny” Patel of Des Plaines for promoting prostitution. Motel manager Kanubhai “Kenny” Patel is charged with aggravated battery for allegedly fondling a legitimate guest of the motel. The Braidwood Inn served as […]