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
  • Police investigating recent North Side business break-ins

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating two recent business break-ins on the North Side that may have been done by the same suspect. Both break-ins happened last weekend,with the most recent happening at Hair Apothecary, located in the 1800 block of Irving Park Road. Surveillance video of the salon and Rogers Park Social, located in the 6900 block of North Glenwood Avenue, appears to point to the same suspect. Employees at Hair Apothecary saw a Facebook post by Rogers Park […]

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, commitment to service honored around Chicagoland

    CHICAGO — Civil rights leaders, officials and volunteers marked Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with events reflecting the civil rights leader’s legacy across the country Monday. At the annual Rainbow Push Excel MLK Scholarship Breakfast, education was the focus, but there was also an eye on the same racial inequities that Dr. King fought against, and continue today. Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette was the keynote speaker. “In a time of tremendous division in this country and polarization, it’s all […]

  • Body of Hazel Crest soldier killed in Kenya returns home

    HAZEL CREST, Ill. — The body of Army Specialist Henry “Mitch” Mayfield Jr. has returned home to the Chicago area Wednesday. Family members, veterans and residents of south suburban Hazel Crest gathered Tuesday to honor the service of Mayfield, Jr., a 23-year-old who was one of three killed during a terror attack on a U.S. base in Kenya on Jan. 5. Mayfield Jr.’s casket arrived at O’Hare Airport shortly after noon. Retired State Command Sgt Major Howard O. Robinsson was […]

  • ‘He did it for his country’: Suburb honors local soldier killed in attack on US base in Kenya

    HAZEL CREST, Ill. — A suburban community is in mourning Tuesday as it rallies around the family of a soldier who gave his life for his country. Family members, veterans and residents of south suburban Hazel Crest gathered Tuesday to honor the service of Henry “Mitch” Mayfield, Jr., a 23-year-old Army specialist who was one of three killed during a terror attack on a U.S. base in Kenya on January 5. School districts and churches in and around Hazel Crest […]

  • Business owners say 100 percent tariffs on European wines, goods would be ‘catastrophic’

    As President Trump threatens tariffs of up to 100 percent on wines and other goods imported from the European Union, analysts and small business owners say such measures could be devastating. At his natural wine shop Diversey Wines, owner Bradford Taylor says 85 percent of his inventory comes from the E.U. So tariffs of up to 100 percent would force them to do one of two things: raise their prices, or drop their standards. “We’d have to raise our prices […]

  • President Trump pressed to detail what prompted strike on Iran general

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his top advisers are under pressure to disclose more detail about the intelligence that led him to order the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which has greatly heightened tension with Tehran. Trump said Tuesday that his decision saved American lives and that members of Congress will be briefed on the reasons for the U.S. attack. “We saved a lot of lives,” Trump said. “They were planning something.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said […]

  • ‘We love and we are going to miss him’: Chicago-area U.S. soldier killed in Kenya attack

    HAZEL CREST, Ill.  — A U.S. soldier from the Chicago area was among three people killed in an attack on a military base in Kenya. WGN has confirmed that 23-year-old Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. of Hazel Crest was killed Sunday. Mayfield joined the Army in 2018 to help pay for school. Mayfield Jr.’s father, Henry Mayfield Sr., is heartbroken after hearing the news. “My son was a great man,” Mayfield Sr. said. “We love and we are going to […]

  • Bravery of kids in hospital a reminder of the true holiday spirit, Cupich says

    CHICAGO — In keeping with decades-long tradition, Cardinal Blasé Cupich visited with sick children at Lurie Children’s Hospital Monday to share a special message of Christmas. “I really don’t say a whole lot other than I’ll be praying for them and wish them well and but mostly I listen,” Cupich said. It was Cupich’s fifth visit to the hospital around Christmas, continuing a tradition where the head of the Chicago archdiocese spends time with not only the kids, but also […]

  • ‘Hospital of horrors’: Children in state care abused at Chicago hospital, lawsuit says

    CHICAGO — Cook County’s public guardian filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Chicago psychiatric facility that treated children in state care, alleging troubling claims of sexual abuse and improper medication at the “hospital of horrors.” The complaint, filed on behalf of seven children and teenagers who were formerly patients at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, named several current and former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials. State officials knowingly sent children to the hospital, despite its documented problems, because […]

  • Police recover baby ashes stolen from family’s home in Elmhurst; man arrested

    ELMHURST, Ill. — Police in Elmhurst said they arrested a man they believe was responsible for burglarizing a home and stealing not just personal items from the family, but a box containing the ashes of their late baby. On Wednesday, Elmhurst police posted on Facebook and said they arrested a man who they believe broke into a family’s home on the 200 block of Melrose Avenue on Dec. 10 and recovered the cremated remains of a family member. The home’s […]

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