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Ellina Abovian is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News.

As an L.A. native, Ellina is thrilled to be back home, telling stories that impact the community she grew up in.

Ellina was born in Yerevan, Armenia, and brought to the United States when she was a year old. Her parents, both Russian and Armenian, gave up everything to move Ellina and her brother to have a future.

Growing up in an immigrant family in Glendale, California, watching the evening news was an integral part of her day.

Ellina became an accomplished journalist at 9 years old by starting the “Windsor Chronicle,” a newspaper chronicling the daily ins and outs of her apartment building. It ran four issues before she retired her pen and pad for a Super Nintendo. Her early years of journalism sparked Ellina’s desire to tell people’s stories.

Ellina earned a broadcast journalism degree from California State University, Los Angeles. After college, she worked for CBS Television and LA2DAY.com in areas of production, marketing and online publishing.

The inevitable move from the Los Angeles market took Ellina to San Luis Obispo to work as a “one-man-band” journalist where she shot, wrote and edited her own stories in addition to being in front of the camera.

She eventually traded the Central Coast for the Central Valley and worked in Fresno covering the California drought, wildfires and various animal cruelty cases.

Most recently, Ellina worked for KTLA’s sister station, KSWB Fox 5 News, in San Diego.

She speaks four languages including Armenian, Russian and French, and loves to travel any chance she gets. In her spare time, Ellina enjoys cooking, dinning out, hiking, art, movies and spending time with her loved ones.

Recent Articles
  • Jonah Hwang is seen in an undated photo provided by his family on Feb. 21, 2017.

    Vigil Held for 8-Year-Old Boy Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Pomona

    Family and friends gathered in Pomona on Friday night for a candlelight vigil after an 8-year-old boy was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting earlier this week. Jonah Min Hwang was fatally struck in the head around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of West 11th Street, according to police. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The elementary school student was adopted from Taiwan orphanage less than three years ago, his family said. “There’s no […]

  • Lake Elsinore is seen in on Feb. 22, 2017 after a series of winter storms refill inland lakes in the area. (Credit: KTLA)

    Recent Storms Refill Inland Lakes in Lake Elsinore

    Recent winter storms brought much-needed rain to inland lakes in Lake Elsinore that had reached record lows. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Feb. 22, 2017.

  • Elias Rodriguez is seen in a photo provided by family members.

    Help Sought Finding Boy Who Disappeared After Leaving School in San Fernando Friday

    Police and family members of a 14-year-old San Fernando Valley boy missing since Friday are asking the public for help in locating him. Elias Rodriguez was last seen in the 1000 block of Arroyo Street in the city of San Fernando after he left his school about 1 p.m. Friday, the Los Angele Police Department stated in a news release. Family members have not heard from him and are concerned. “We just want a sign that he’s OK. We don’t […]

  • A powerful storm pounded Southern California on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    55-Year-Old Man Dies After Suffering Electrical Shock When Power Line Falls in Van Nuys: LAFD

    A 55-year-old man man died Friday when a pine tree fell in Van Nuys, causing power lines to fall on top of a car, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The deadly incident happened about 12:43 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard, fire officials reported. The man walked outside shortly after the tree fell and stepped in a puddle of water without knowing the water was charged, an official from the Los Angeles Department of Water and […]

  • Police investigate a fatal shooting in Santa Ana on Feb. 12, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Santa Ana Police Offer Reward Amid Investigations Into 4 Homicides in 1 Week

    Police on Wednesday offered a reward amid the investigations into four homicides that occurred in Santa Ana within a period of one week. Ellina Abovian reports from Santa Ana for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Feb. 15, 2017.

  • Actor Harrison Ford speaks onstage during American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images )

    Harrison Ford Flies Over Commercial Plane Before Landing at Incorrect Location at John Wayne Airport

    Harrison Ford flew over the top of a commercial airplane while landing his private aircraft after being instructed to use another location at John Wayne Airport on Monday, a source confirmed to KTLA. The incident at the Santa Ana airport was first reported by NBC News and the source confirmed the information is accurate. The mixup could result in the actor losing his pilot license, the news agency reported.  Air traffic controllers cleared Ford, who was piloting a single-engine Aviat Husky, to land […]

  • Eight cars were majorly damaged after a fire broke out at Disneyland's Mickey & Friends parking structure on Feb. 13, 2017. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)

    Multiple Cars Catch Fire in Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland; Lot Evacuated

    More than eight cars were damaged after a two-alarm fire broke out at a Disneyland parking lot Monday evening, officials confirmed. The blaze was in the Mickey & Friends structure, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt of Anaheim Fire and Rescue. It was extinguished around 5:30 p.m., about an hour after flames were first reported, the Anaheim Police Department said on Twitter. Responding firefighters found thick black smoke billowing from the structure and several vehicles engulfed in flames on the lot’s second level, Wyatt said. Gustavo […]

  • A man dressed in construction gear was captured on surveillance video robbing a jewelry store in South El Monte on Feb. 8, 2017.

    Smash-and-Grab Robbery in South El Monte Caught on Camera

    A man dressed in construction gear and armed with a knife and a hammer was caught on video breaking into display cases and stealing expensive jewelry at a store in South El Monte earlier this month. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Queen Jewelry inside Superior Grocers store along Durfee Avenue. Surveillance video of the incident shows the man hitting the glass multiple times until it smashes. He then reaches in and scoops up handfuls of jewelry […]

  • An overcast sky in downtown Los Angeles during the week of May 4, 2015. More rain and thunderstorms are predicted for later this week. (Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

    Another Round of Showers, High Surf Hits SoCal

    Another round of showers and high surf has hit Southern California Friday afternoon. Forecasters expect about a quarter to a half-inch of rain to fall in Los Angeles and Ventura counties during the current storm. Up to three-quarters of an inch could fall in the mountains and foothills, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters are warning of possible debris flows, especially in the recent burn areas. Recent storms have been blamed for damaging mudflows that have left some Hollywood Hills […]