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
  • Passengers inspired by teacher’s passion give her over $500 on flight

    CHICAGO — Sometimes it pays to be chatty. Talking is one thing Kimber Bermudez has no problem with, especially when you ask her about her job, and one of those conversations set off a chain reaction of kindness that netted her over $500. “I am a talker, I had no idea that it would turn into this,” Bermudez said. Bermudez is a first grade teacher at Carlos Fuentes Charter School on the Northwest Side. She was on a Southwest flight to […]

  • Mayor, mayoral candidates speak out on fatal police shooting

    CHICAGO — The deadly shooting involving Chicago police officers over the weekend has quickly become a hot button issue in the race for mayor. 37-year-old Harith Augustus was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood Saturday. In an unprecedented move, police released body cam video within 24 hours of the shooting to stop the rumors and unrest. The video showed the gun, holster and ammo clip on Augustus’s belt. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his […]

  • China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat

    BEIJING — China’s government vowed Wednesday to take “firm and forceful measures” as the U.S. threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports like fish sticks, apples and French doors, the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispute that threatens to chill global economic growth. China gave no details, but it has plenty of options to retaliate that could extend beyond additional tariffs on U.S. imports. There are fears that Beijing could attempt to disrupt operations of American automakers, […]

  • Law enforcement agencies step up security ahead of holiday

    CHICAGO — Chicago and Illinois State Police are taking extra precautions and beefing up patrols on the streets and the expressways to make sure people stay safe over the Independence Day holiday. “Beginning tonight and through the Fourth, expect to see a larger police presence through out the city, police superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday at a news conference. The Chicago Police Department will have 1,500 officers on patrol for the  holiday. More than 100 officers will be assigned specifically […]

  • Man convicted in 1973 death of wife in suburban Chicago

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1973 killing of his wife in what authorities describe as a staged traffic crash in suburban Chicago. Donnie Rudd was found guilty of first-degree murder Monday by a Cook County jury. He faces at least 14 years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Noreen Kumeta Rudd a month after they married. #Breaking Donnie Rudd found guilty of the 1973 murder of his wife Noreen Kumeta. @WGNNews — […]

  • Murder trial underway in Chicago-area woman’s 1973 death

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.  — Prosecutors say a Texas man accused of killing his wife 45 years ago in a staged car crash in suburban Chicago did so to collect her life insurance. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy said Tuesday in her opening statement that Donnie Rudd married Noreen Kumeta because he wanted to kill her and “did just that.” Authorities initially ruled the 19-year-old woman’s death in 1973 an accident, and the now 76-year-old Rudd wasn’t charged until […]

  • Murder trial for man accused of murdering wife in 1973 begins

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. —The jury has been seated in a trial that’s been 45 years in the making. 76-year-old Donnie Rudd is on trial for first-degree murder charges in the 1973 death of Noreen Kumeta Rudd. Rudd, a disbarred attorney, is accused of beating his 19-year-old new bride to death in 1973 then staging a car accident in Barrington Hills to cover it up. Kumeta Rudd’s death was originally ruled an accident and she was buried in her wedding dress […]

  • 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 […]