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
  • 91-year-old remains in ICU after attack in Chinatown

    CHICAGO – An elderly man who was beaten in an attack in Chicago’s Chinatown Tuesday remains in intensive care.  A person is in custody and charges are pending. 91-year-old Yen Jit Wong was attacked near 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue around noon on Tuesday. His grandson Jacky Lau told WGN News Wong remains in ICU and has he’s gotten weaker.  He is less vocal and not able to swallow.  Doctors are still doing scans and tests.  They say the fact […]

  • Winning ticket drawn for $7M Queen of Hearts raffle in McHenry

    MCHENRY, Ill. — After going nearly two years with no winner and racking up a massive $7 million jackpot, the McHenry VFW post’s Queen of Hearts raffle came to a dramatic end Tuesday night as the winning card was pulled. The Illinois winner, who wants to remain anonymous and was only identified as “Lori S.”, has 24 hours to claim the prize. The winning card was the third to be pulled. Fox River Post 4600 VFW Commander Dwane Lungren says […]

  • Mother sues CPS claiming school knew son was being sexually abused

    CHICAGO —   A Chicago mother is suing CPS and her son’s school and claims they knew her son was being sexually abused at school and ignored it. Angela Wells said she did not know her 10-year-old son, who is a student at Marquette School of Excellence, was being sexual abused at school until he threatened to kill the student who he said was touching him inappropriately. “He said over the course of a month’s time, the boy had kissed him […]

  • CPD’s third suicide in recent weeks spotlights need for mental health awareness among officers

    CHICAGO — A veteran Chicago police officer took her own life Wednesday outside a far South Side police station. It’s the third suicide among the ranks of CPD in recent weeks and the third death at that police station since July. The 54-year-old has not been identified, but police said she was found in her own vehicle in the parking lot of the 5th District police station on 111th Street just before she was to report for duty. Her death […]

  • Gym teacher accused of inappropriately touching student faces charges

    HARVEY, Ill. — The Department of Child and Family Services is investigating after a gym teacher at a south suburban high school was accused of inappropriately touching a student and was charged with a misdemeanor. School officials at Thornton High School in Harvey confirmed the male teacher in question has been on administrative leave since the incident was reported in May. The student and her mother, whose identity WGN News is concealing because of the nature of the charges, said […]

  • Suspect injured after police-involved shooting at Maywood Burger King

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — A robbery suspect was shot after a police-involved shootout at a Maywood Burger King. Police responded to a call of an armed robbery in progress around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Burger King restaurant located at 49 W. Lake Street. The suspect ran outside, where two officers fired shots at him. Witnesses said it appeared the suspect was holding a BB gun, and saw him collapse on the street. “Upon their response they found an offender fleeing the scene which […]

  • With Emanuel out, others could get in race for Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, said in a surprise announcement that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart. Emanuel also led the effort to conduct the largest mass closing of neighborhood schools in American history and is credited with helping to stabilize the city’s finances through politically unpopular increases […]

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election

    CHICAGO — In a surprise move Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he will not seek re-election in 2019. Emanuel said in a statement released by his office that being mayor “has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime.” The Chicago Tribune says he had already raised more than $10 million for another run for a four-year term. Emanuel, 58, was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama before […]

  • Search for missing kayaker suspended due to weather

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The search for a kayaker who went missing in Lake Michigan was suspended Tuesday afternoon due to weather. Crews were searching for a 20-year-old Sebastian Duncan of Glenview, who went missing after his kayak capsized in Lake Michigan north of Chicago Monday. The Coast Guard resumed the search Tuesday morning after looking by boat and helicopter for a few hours beginning Monday night near the northern suburb of Lake Forest. Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast […]

  • Man fatally shoots 10-year-old son, daughter then fatally shoots himself, police say

    CHICAGO — A murder-suicide investigation is underway after two 10-year-olds and a man were found fatally shot in a West Ridge apartment, according to police. Officers were called to an apartment on the 6200 block of North Richmond Street around 11 a.m. on Monday. Police found the body of a 45-year-old man, who officials say fatally shot his two children then fatally shot himself in the face. Police found the two 10-year-olds, a boy and girl, with gunshot wounds to […]