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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
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  • Black Friday protests planned over Target’s plans to close South Side stores

    CHICAGO — Protesters gathered outside a South Loop Target store Monday after the retailer announced plans to close two South Side locations last month, sparking an outcry from residents and leaders who say the stores are vital for local communities. Congressman Bobby Rush (D- IL 1st District) led the small rally outside the Target on Roosevelt and Canal Monday to denounce the planned closures. Rep. Rush is hoping some old-fashioned pressure on the pocketbook will change the company’s mind, and is […]

  • 3 officers injured when CPD squad cars collide in Bronzeville

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers and a sergeant were injured Monday when two squad cars collided in Bronzeville. Police were responding to a call to assist other officers when two police SUVs collided at the intersection of 43rd Street and Prairie Avenue shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, according to officials. One of the SUVs hit a building. The officers and sergeant were taken to University of Chicago Hospital, where they were listed in good condition as of 1:30 p.m. […]

  • Illinois Democrats sweep statewide races, flip 2 House seats

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