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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 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
  • Rally in Downtown L.A. Calls for Preservation of Obamacare

    Crowds marched through Downtown Los Angeles Thursday afternoon to protest efforts by Republican lawmakers to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. In a rally that occupied a portion of Temple Street outside of the Roybal Federal Building, speakers addressed a crowd of healthcare providers and advocates. “Healthcare in a Western democracy is a right and not a privilege,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “The storm is just beginning. … This is L.A. County, and we ain’t playing.” Some protestors feared […]

  • Amid Student Protests, CSU Board of Trustees Votes 11-8 to Approve 5% Tuition Hike, 1st in 6 Years

    After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, California State University’s Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding. “I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,” said Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, addressing the packed meeting chamber. “I bring it with necessity.” Students stood up and shouted “Shameful!” and “Shame, shame, shame.” Dozens of students from across […]

  • Mayor Garcetti Leads ‘Cities’ Day of Immigration Action,’ Signs Directive to Support Immigrants

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a directive Tuesday prohibiting all city employees, including airport police, port police and firefighters, from using public resources to assist with the enforcement of federal civil immigration. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on March 21, 2017.

  • $5,000 Reward Offered in Search for Man Suspected of Killing Ex-Girlfriend in Front of Her Mother, Child in Bellflower

    A woman who saw her 26-year-old daughter shot to death by the younger woman’s ex-boyfriend asked for help Tuesday in finding the killer, who has missing in the more than two months since the Bellflower homicide. Kenia Buckner’s former boyfriend, Antowan Parker, 31, appeared at her apartment in the 16200 block of Cornuta Avenue and shot her in front of their 10-year-old daughter and Kenia’s mother on Jan. 16, authorities say. He walked in the front door and shot the mother of three in […]

  • FBI Director Confirms Trump-Russia Inquiry, Says He Has ‘No Information’ to Back President’s Wiretapping Claim

    FBI Director James Comey said for the first time Monday that the bureau is investigating whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow while Russia was interfering in the presidential election. Comey also delivered an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, saying that he had “no information” to support claims by the President that he was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama. In a dramatic hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey, once again finding […]

  • Sinkhole Prompts Street Closures in Culver City

    Crews were working to repair a sinkhole that prompted street closures in Culver City on Friday. Ellina Abovian reports from Culver City for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on March 17, 2017.

  • Man Released After Spending 32 Years in Prison for Wrongful Murder Conviction

    A man who spent 32 years in prison after a wrongful murder conviction was released from custody Thursday, officials said. Andrew Wilson, 62, was ordered released after a hearing Wednesday that found his constitutional rights were violated when prosecutors involved in his case withheld evidence and because of the unreliability of an eyewitness. He walked out of Men’s Central Jail, after spending more than half his life in prison, a free man. During Wednesday’s hearing, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials said […]

  • Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder to Be Released After 32 Years in Prison Following L.A. County Judge’s Ruling

    A Los Angeles County judge Wednesday threw out the murder conviction of a man who served 32 years behind bars for a crime his attorneys say he didn’t commit. “I think this is justice,” Judge Laura F. Priver said before ordering that Andrew Wilson be released from custody as soon as possible. Wilson, 62, was convicted of robbery and murder in the 1984 stabbing death of a 21-year-old man with a disorder that kept his blood from clotting. He has […]

  • Students in Montebello Stage Walk Out in Protest of School District

    More than two decades ago, students walked out of schools in the Montebello Unified School District, protesting millions in budget cuts. On Thursday, history repeated itself, with hundreds rallying at the district office to protest hundreds of potential layoffs. Students held signs reading, “Where’s the money” and chanting, “Our district is corrupt.” The gathered crowd, which police estimated was at least 500, led officers to close the street in front of the district. For months, the district has been accused of corruption and […]