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
  • Considering Fred Hampton’s legacy, 50 years after his death in police raid

    CHICAGO — Dec. 4 marks 50 years since an infamous day in Chicago history that still sparks strong reactions from some of the city’s residents. Chicago police officers killed Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a hail of bullets during a pre-dawn raid targeting the Black Panther Party in an apartment on the city’s West Side. The raid was led by Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan, with intelligence from an FBI informant. No one was convicted in the case, […]

  • Benefit concert held for 15-year-old musician shot during police shootout

    CHICAGO — A benefit concert was held Saturday night to help a 15-year-old musician shot during a police shootout. As soundchecks were underway at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue, one band was noticeably absent. 15-year-old Lane Tech student Rylan Wilder is the lead singer and guitarist of Monarchy Over Monday. Wilder was shot following a bank robbery and police pursuit that ended in Old Irving Park. He was accidentally shot by a police officer as he was interning at a music […]

  • ‘I didn’t know if he was alive’: Mother of man with schizophrenia slammed by CPD officer speaks out

    CHICAGO — A mother didn’t know what happened to her son following a Thanksgiving call until she saw a viral video of him being slammed by a CPD officer. “I’m looking at this video and I see my son laying on the ground lifeless,” Keshia Johnson said. “And I didn’t know if he was alive or not.” Keshia Johnson said she was on the phone with her son, Bernard Kersh, when officers approached the 29-year-old. Kersh, who is diagnosed with […]

  • High winds cause damage, power outages throughout area Wednesday

    CHICAGO — Wind gusts up to 60 MPH caused damage and widespread power outages throughout the Chicago area Wednesday. Two vehicles were damaged after a sign was knocked from a scaffolding near the Willis Tower due to high winds. The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on Adams Street and Wacker Drive in the Loop. The taxi was sitting in traffic when a wooden-type sign slammed onto the taxi, and shattered the entire windshield. The taxi driver injured his arm […]

  • 3 teens suspected in missing Portage woman’s death

    GARY, Ind. — Three teenage boys are now in police custody in connection with the murder of a missing Portage woman. Adriana Saucedo, 27, was found dead Thursday night at an abandoned elementary school in Gary. Saucedo was last seen Tuesday night. Police say she met a 15-year old boy on Facebook and he was with two other teenagers when they picked her up from her home. She wanted to buy a small amount of marijuana, but the teenagers intended […]

  • Lane Tech student wounded in crossfire during ‘gun battle’ most likely shot by Des Plaines police: officials

    CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy wounded in crossfire during a “gun battle” involving police and a bank robbery suspect was most likely shot by Des Plaines police, according to Chicago officials. On Tuesday, a 46-year-old Chicago police officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot in the head during a “gun battle” in Old Irving Park that left a suspect dead and the 15-year-old bystander, identified as a Lane Tech High School student, injured. CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said […]

  • Family, Pilsen community holds balloon release on Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s birthday

    CHICAGO — In front of her mural Saturday in Pilsen, family and friends released 20 red balloons to remember Marlen Ochoa-Lopez on what would have been her birthday. The 19-year-old mother, wife and student was 9 months pregnant when she was found brutally murdered earlier this year. Family are doing the best they can during these tough months, but are lonely and miss her. “They’re doing the best they can with this tragedy, being lonely and sad without her, “but […]

  • Teenage siblings shot in Back of the Yards Friday afternoon

    CHICAGO — Two students from Richards Career Academy High School were shot in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood Friday afternoon, according to Chicago police. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the teens, a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman, were shot in the 5200 block of South Ashland Avenue. Two two were walking on the sidewalk when shots rang out.  The teens are siblings, according to police. The 16-year-old  boy was shot in the head and taken to the […]

  • Evanston district officials contact parents after racist letters sent to multiple schools

    EVANSTON, Ill. — District 65 officials informed parents after racist letters were sent to three schools over the past couple of weeks. The letters were sent via US mail to Kingsley Elementary School, Park School and the JEH Education Center, according to the letter from district officials. “All messages read, “White N-Word Matter.” These are clear acts of racism and this offensive and extremely hateful language has no place in our schools,” part of the letter reads. “In District 65, […]

  • 14-year-old boy shot in head after Von Steuben homecoming dance

    CHICAGO — A 14-year old boy was shot in the head following a homecoming dance Thursday night at Von Steuben High School. Just after 10:30 p.m., CPD officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Central Park Avenue on the report of a shooting. When they arrived, officers discovered a 14-year-old boy sitting in the backseat of a vehicle suffering from a gun shot wound to the head. According to 33rd Ward Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, the boy was […]

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