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.
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 […]
FREEPORT, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper was killed in a crash near Freeport, Ill., Thursday. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was inspecting a semi on the side of westbound U.S. Route 20, just west of state Route 75 around 12:30 p.m. Officials said a truck tractor veered off the road and struck her squad car. Jones-Story was outside her vehicle at the time and she was fatally struck. Illinois State Police mourn the loss of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story #5966. She […]
Health officials have confirmed a case of measles in Cook County. The Cook County Department of Public Health said Wednesday a resident in the north suburbs recently traveled to another country with “ongoing measles transmission.” “The case was confirmed on March 26, 2019, and is no longer infectious, but may have exposed others before realizing s/he was sick,” CCDP said in a statement. The person visited the following locations on the following dates: Note: Two hours have been added […]
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered an independent review of the state’s child welfare agency and nominated a new director. On Wednesday, Pritzker nominated Marc D. Smith to head the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Smith is an executive vice president at Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of the state’s largest service providers to those in crisis. He has also been a social worker and was a public service administrator with DCFS. Also on […]
MORTON GROVE, Ill. — Hundreds gathered at a Morton Grove vigil Saturday in a showing of solidarity for victims of two New Zealand mosque shootings that left 50 dead and scores more wounded. Local leaders, community members, and others gathered to denounce hate and honor the lives of those lost. The center has increased security after Friday’s attacks. Morton Grove police have beefed up patrols in the area.