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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
  • Four children were critically injured when a fire broke out in the 800 block of West Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    4 Children Critical After Being Rescued From House Fire in South L.A.

    Four children were hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning after being rescued from a burning home in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Firefighters found the front of the home in the 800 block of West Manchester Avenue heavily involved with flames when they arrived about 10:51 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Officials said the fire ripped through the 400 square-foot bungalow at a rapid pace. Bystanders told firefighters people were trapped inside the […]

  • An Obamacare sign is seen on the UniVista Insurance company office on Dec. 15, 2015, in Miami, Florida. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Supporters of Affordable Care Act Gather in Downtown Los Angeles to Rally Behind Obamacare

    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to show their support for Obamacare. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Jan. 16, 2017.

  • Police found two people shot to death inside a car that had crashed into a front yard in Pomona on Jan. 13, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man, Woman Found Shot to Death Inside Car That Crashed Into Pomona Yard: Police

    A man and a woman were found fatally shot inside a crashed car in Pomona late Friday morning, police said. Officers responded to a shooting call in the 2200 block of Larchmont Street just after 11 a.m. and discovered the crashed vehicle in the front yard of a residence, according to a news release from the Pomona Police Department. Two victims were located inside the car suffering from gunshot wounds, the release said. Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded […]

  • Laurel Canyon Boulevard is seen Jan. 13, 2017, when it remained closed two days after a slide from a home above. (Credit: KTLA)

    Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Remain Closed Over Weekend After Slide

    Laurel Canyon Boulevard will remain closed after a home’s concrete foundation fell from above onto the roadway. Authorities are worried the rest of the home will slide down too, and the city is posting updates online. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Jan. 13, 2017.

  • A Pomona officer's motorcycle remains at the scene where it collided with an SUV on Jan. 10, 2017. (Credit: Ellina Abovian / KTLA)

    Pomona Motorcycle Officer Critically Injured in Collision With SUV: Police

    A Pomona motorcycle police officer was critically injured in a collision with an SUV Tuesday morning and was hospitalized with head injuries, authorities said. The 32-year-old officer was responding to a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of North Garey Avenue. While en route, the officer was involved in a separate crash a little over a mile to the south, in the 1400 block of North Garey Avenue at Garfield Avenue, according to a […]

  • The Torrance Police Department released this photo of Duncan Walton who was arrested on Jan. 9, 20147 for the attempted sexual assault of a woman.

    Homeless Man Arrested for Alleged Attempted Sexual Assault of Woman at Park in Torrance

    A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly trying to sexually assault a woman at a  park on Monday, the Torrance Police Department reported. The attempted sexual assault was reported at noon Monday at El Nido Park, located in the 18200 block of Kingsdale Avenue. According to police, responding officers located Duncan Walton, 35, who matched the description of the suspect. Walton was arrested for attempted sexual assault and kidnapping, police said. Police would not comment on the woman’s age, or […]

  • People seek cover on the tarmac of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport after a shooting took place near the baggage claim on January 6, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. . (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Mass Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport Leaves 5 Dead, 8 Injured; Suspected Gunman in Custody

    Esteban Santiago went to baggage claim Friday afternoon and picked up his one piece of checked luggage. There were no other bags, just a case with a handgun inside. Santiago — who just a few months ago reportedly had a mental evaluation after a bizarre visit to an FBI office in Alaska — allegedly took the gun out of its case and fired at other passengers, killing five and wounding eight others. The shooting sent the terminal into chaos, with […]

  • Debbie Reynolds, right, and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, pose in the press room during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Joint Private Memorial Service Being Held for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills

    Friends and family held a private memorial Thursday for actresses Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Meryl Streep, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, and Jamie Lee Curtis were some of the guests who gathered in Los Angeles to remember Fisher and Reynolds at the home they shared. A joint funeral for the mother and daughter will reportedly be held Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burbank, California — the resting place of stars including […]

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    10-Year-Old Girl Diagnosed With Cancer Surprised With Gifts From Irvine Police Department

    A 10-year-old Irvine girl who is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with cancer was surprised this Christmas with gifts and well wishes from the Irvine Police Department. A YouCaring page has been set up for Mia Carrillo, a 5th grade student, by family and friends. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Jan. 4, 2017.