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.
DOLTON, Ill. — A woman has died days after she was shot in the head while driving with her children in Dolton. The medical examiner said Marshia Bowman, 40, died Friday. Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowman was driving home with her four daughters. Their red minivan was on Sibley Boulevard in Dolton when she was struck by several stray bullets, an unintended victim of gun violence. The van veered off the road and crashed into a tree near Thornridge High […]
CHICAGO — A new report has found new faults, and old problems that haven’t been fixed, inside the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In recent months WGN has reported in-depth on problems within the agency, including children sleeping on the floors of DCFS offices. This week, the Illinois Auditor General publicly released a review of two years of operations of the child welfare agency. The report found DCFS is still not always investigating reports of child abuse and […]
DOLTON, Ill. — A woman remains in critical condition after she was shot in the head while driving with her children in Dolton Wednesday. Police said Marshia McGill was driving westbound with her four children on Sibley Boulevard around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after picking her children from daycare, when someone in another vehicle fired shots into her car. After the shooting, McGill lost control of her vehicle and veered off the road before crashing past Thornridge High School. Sources said […]
CHICAGO — An off-duty police officer was involved in shooting on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday. Police said the officer intervened in a possible burglary at a neighbor’s house in the 5100 block of South Ingleside Avenue in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. “The CPD officer who was off duty at the time identified himself as a CPD officer placing himself on duty in order to take police action when he interrupted what we believe to be a burglary in progress,” […]
CHICAGO — Nurturing the people-plant connection in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Since opening last year, the Farm on Ogden has been focused on three things: food, health and jobs. “Ideally, we want people to change eating habits and look at ways to incorporate fresh vegetables in their diets,” said Angela Mason, Associate Vice President of Community Engagement & Senior Director of Windy City Harvest. “We tie all of that to jobs so everything we’re doing around healthy food access also […]
CROWN POINT, Ind. — Court documents released Thursday detail the gruesome murder of a woman from Gary, Indiana. James McGhee, 38, of Gary, has been charged with murder in the death of Sidne-Nichole Buchanan, 27. McGhee is being held without bail. According to court documents, a friend of McGhee’s, who was given immunity for cooperating with the investigation, told authorities that he heard McGhee say “he lost it” and also showed him a picture of a woman believed to be […]
GARY, Ind. — The man named a person of interest in the disappearance of a Gary, Indiana woman has been taken into custody, the FBI said. James McGhee, 38, of Gary, was taken into custody around 5 p.m. on 80/94 in Hammond, Indiana by the FBI and Indiana State Police. He has been charged with murder in the death of Sidne-Nichole Buchanan, 27. Relatives said Buchanan, 27, went to a concert at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July […]
AURORA, Ill. — A person of interest was taken into custody after a woman was found shot to death in a suburban Aurora home. Police said the woman, identified as 23-year-old Jeanette Luna, was found in a home on the 500 block of South LaSalle Street Wednesday around 2 p.m. Relatives said she was home with her brother at the time and said her body was found in the living room. Police said there was no sign of forced entry, […]
CHICAGO — Tapping into the healing power of music. Harmony, Hope & Healing is helping people in need find their voice. Chicago choir unites in song to make a difference The non-profit hosts music classes for adults and children at homeless shelters, drug treatment centers, community centers, and the Cook County Jail. “I’m not alone. They made me feel like I belong,” Amanda Longe-Asque, the organization’s music program manager said. “I’m part of a community. We are one voice.” The Harmony, […]
CHICAGO— A video going viral on Twitter shows a large group of people storming the fence at Lollapalooza and jumping over it Friday afternoon. Tweeted by Jeremy Cohen, the video shows dozens of people hopping and climbing over the fence at Michigan and Balbo, even knocking down part of it. An officer is seen on video stopping one person with a prosthetic leg. Officers confirmed 50 people tried to breach the fence, but police and festival security said none of […]