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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
  • Teen Killed, Man Injured in Hyde Park Converted Garage Fire; Woman in Custody

    A teen who had just graduated high school was killed and his brother was injured in a fire at a converted garage in Hyde Park Tuesday morning, and a woman who apparently lives with them is in custody, officials said. The blaze was reported about 8:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Responding firefighters found a converted garage in flames and the blaze was knocked down in about 15 minutes. […]

  • ‘Very Unhealthy’ Smog Levels Expected During SoCal Heat Wave

    Air quality officials warned Thursday of “very unhealthy” smog levels in the coming days as a heat wave envelops Southern California and primes the region for a bout of unusually high and widespread pollution. Levels of ozone — the lung-damaging gas in smog — are likely to reach “unhealthy to very unhealthy” levels in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, Inland Empire and the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, according to the South Coast Air Quality […]

  • 3 Teen Cadets Suspected of Stealing LAPD Patrol Vehicles May Have Also Impersonated Officers: Chief

    Three teen police cadets are in custody on suspicion of having stolen LAPD black-and-white patrol vehicles and they may have also impersonated police officers, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. Investigators realized two cruisers were missing about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and immediately focused their suspicions on a 16-year-old female cadet assigned to 77th Street Division, Beck said. At 9:30 p.m., the two missing vehicles were located, being driven in tandem within the station’s patrol area. The drivers refused to pull over […]

  • LAPD Chief to Address Theft of Police Cruisers; Source Says 2 Police Cadets May Have Had Role

    The LAPD is investigating the possible role of two juvenile police cadets in the theft and crashing of two cruisers in South L.A., law enforcement sources said. Police Chief Charlie Beck has scheduled a news conference on the incident for Thursday afternoon. The Los Angeles police cruisers were stolen late Wednesday night and led officers on a winding chase that ended abruptly when both SUVs crashed in separate locations. Two males and one female — all juveniles — were apprehended, […]

  • Rep. Steve Scalise Remains in Critical Condition After Va. Shooting Injures at Least 6; Gunman Dead

    Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during Republicans’ early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game. Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died following a shootout with authorities. At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized. Scalise was in critical condition after […]

  • Downey Business Owner Shoots Robbers, Killing 2 and Injuring 1: Police

    Two suspected robbers were fatally shot by a business owner in Downey Monday night and a third man was injured, police said. Downey Police Department officers responded to reports of a shooting about 8:15 p.m. in the 8800 block of Rosecrans Avenue. Two men were found dead of gunshot wounds inside First Class Audio, a car audio store, and a third man was treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds. All three apparently tried to rob the business owner, who […]

  • Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in East Hollywood Apartment Building Fire That Left 20 People Displaced

    A 20-year-old Los Angeles man has been booked on suspicion of arson after a fire burned an under-construction East Hollywood apartment building, leaving 20 people displaced. Benicio Garcia, who had been detained by fire investigators after the morning blaze, was arrested and is being held on $75,000 bail, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced. The blaze was reported about 6:05 a.m. in the 400 block of North Heliotrope Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Smoke from the blaze […]

  • Defiant Trump Says He’s Willing to Testify Under Oath About Comey Conversations

    A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, further fueling the swirling controversy ignited by the fired FBI director’s bombshell testimony before the Senate on Thursday. “One hundred percent,” Trump said when asked about his willingness to deliver sworn testimony. Trump aggressively addressed some questions during the bilateral news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, but coyly answered others. Asked directly whether he was recording conversations […]

  • Young Boy Struck by Stray Bullet in East Compton Gang Shooting: Sheriff’s Department

    A little boy was rushed to the hospital by deputies after he was struck by gunfire in a gang-related shooting in the unincorporated East Compton area shortly before noon Wednesday, authorities said. Deputies from the Compton Sheriff’s Station responded to the area of Compton Boulevard and Lime Avenue about 11:42 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. When they arrived, they found a child who had been hit by gunfire in the upper torso, […]