Tonya Francisco is an anchor of WGN Saturday Morning News and WGN Sunday Morning News, as of the expansion of weekend news in September 2016. Prior to that, Tonya was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WGN-TV. She joined CLTV in December of 2002 and was soon after named morning anchor. In 2012, she joined the WGN News team.

Tonya is an award-winning journalist who began her television career as a desk assistant at WLS-TV/Channel 7 in Chicago. She moved on to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to become a reporter and associate producer. After a year, she worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. While there, Tonya worked her way up from general assignment reporter to weekend anchor.

Tonya is a native Chicagoan, proud alumna of Whitney Young Magnet High School and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tonya is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists.


Recent Articles
  • Why are the birds so loud, so early in the morning?

    CHICAGO — If you’ve ever been up before the sun, you may have been surprised to hear the sound of birds already awake and chirping outside your window. According to WGN reporter (and our first Ask WGN questioner) Tonya Francisco, even when she wakes up in the middle of the night with her infant daughter Lexi, their calls seem especially loud and annoying. “I’ll give her a bottle and we’re sitting in a rocking chair, and we’re both trying to […]

  • Chicago police officer testifies in Quintonio LeGrier wrongful death lawsuit for 2nd day

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit after fatally shooting a 19-year-old college student took the stand for a second day on Wednesday. Officer Robert Rialmo, who shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier in 2015, took the stand Wednesday, and it was the first time the jury heard emotion from him. During his first day on the stand, he seemed nervous and at times, annoyed while answering questions. On Wednesday, he said he thinks […]

  • Parents sue CPS over school closure

    CHICAGO —  Chicago Public School’s plans to shut down a school has sparked a protest and a lawsuit. Parents, community activists and attorneys demonstrated in front of National Teacher`s Academy Tuesday in the South Loop. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of parents and community groups, claims CPS violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act and the Illinois School Code when the Board of Education voted to close the highly rated elementary school and turn it into a high school. Lawyers for […]

  • CPS partners with Children’s Advocacy Center in wake of abuse report

    CHICAGO —  Chicago Public School officials announced further plans to protect students, following the recent Chicago Tribune report of sexual abuse and assault at schools. According to the Tribune’s report, teachers and principals often failed to alert child welfare investigators or police when students disclosed abuse — despite the state’s mandated reporting law. Monday, CPS said it is now partnering with Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Every year the center handles more than 2,000 reported cases of child sexual abuse. The partnership between CAC and […]

  • Body found in North Lawndale alley, police say

    CHICAGO — Police are investigating after a man was found dead in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The body was discovered about 11 a.m. Wednesday in a garbage cart in an alley in the 1400 block of South Hamlin Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department. Officials described the body as “an unknown adult male.” Garbage workers who were collecting the trash found the man and alerted police. Neighbors who saw the body before police arrived said it appeared as though […]

  • Mother fears daughter’s disappearance may be linked to others in Chicago

    **Note: There has been an update since this story was first published. Read the update here. CHICAGO — A West Side mother is pleading for help finding her missing daughter. There are fears her disappearance may be linked to others. Latonya Moore’s daughter, 26-year-old Shantieya Smith, has been missing for more than a week. Smith was last seen May 26 near West 16th Street and South Central Park Avenue. Moore is especially concerned because Smith has a 7-year-old daughter; Smith […]

  • Trump-Kim summit: North Korean leader to talk denuclearization

    North Korea state media reported Monday that leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will discuss denuclearization and establishing a “durable peace-keeping mechanism” on the Korean Peninsula during their historic summit on Tuesday. Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday to allow time to prepare for their meeting, the first-ever between a sitting US President and North Korean leader and one that North Korea hopes will forge new relations between the two countries. “Great to be in […]

  • Child injured when car crashes into suburban day care

    MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Two people were injured when a car crashed into a day care center in Mundelein Wednesday morning. The fire department says an 8-year-old girl was inside the Ki Martial Arts building when the SUV crashed through the front window. A 37-year-old man was dropping off a child when his SUV somehow jumped the curb. The girl was taken to the hospital for a cut on her head. The driver suffered minor injuries and denied treatment. Investigators say […]

  • Chinese communities in Chicago targeted by financial scammers

    CHICAGO — Police are warning people in Chicago’s Chinese communities to be aware of a new financial scam. Here’s how it works: A potential victim will receive a call from someone pretending to be with the Chinese Consulate in Chicago. The caller accuses the victim of being involved in criminal activity — and then insists the victim provides personal information to avoid any trouble. At that point, police said, the caller instructs the victim to wire all of his or […]

  • New U of C trauma center has busy first month

    CHICAGO — In the month since it opened the University of Chicago Medicine’s new Level I adult trauma center has been busy. In the past four weeks, the emergency room has helped take the pressure off other Level I trauma centers, such as Northwestern, Mt. Sinai, Christ and Stroger. “For the month of May, U. of C. was the busiest trauma center in the city and actually in the state too,” Leslee Stein-Spencer, acting division chief of EMS for Illinois, […]