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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
  • Tiger recovered during Operation Jungle Book in the Los Angeles area. (Credit: USFWS)

    2 Tiger Cubs and Other Wild Animals Seized After SoCal Authorities Target Wildlife Trafficking; 16 People Charged

    Sixteen people were charged and numerous wild animals were seized in connection with “Operation Junglebook” — the largest wildlife trafficking sweep in Southern California history, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 4-month long investigation and sweep yielded at least two tiger cubs, king cobras, coral, a hyacinth macaw, turtles, a radiated tortoise, Asian fish and songbirds, a monitor lizard and other reptiles in the Los Angeles area, authorities said. Some of the animals were smuggled illegally into the U.S. […]

  • A surfer rides a wave in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Surf, Dangerous Rip Currents Expected at O.C. Beaches

    Elevated surf and strong rip currents are expected along the Orange County coast through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Oct. 18, 2017.

  • Rachel Nguyen, right, and Joseph Orbeso are seen in photos posted to a fundraising page.

    Bodies Found in Joshua Tree National Park Believed to Be Missing Hikers, According to Father  

    Two bodies that were found in Joshua Tree National Park are believed to be those of a couple who were last seen in the area in July, according to one of their fathers. The bodies are expected to be recovered Monday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The recovery did not occur Sunday, when the bodies were discovered by a hiker, because of loss of daylight, officials said. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, from Orange County, were last seen […]

  • President Trump signed an executive order on health care at the White House on Oct. 12, 2017. (Credit: Pool)

    President Trump Starts Dismantling Obamacare With Executive Order

    President Donald Trump took his first steps Thursday toward fulfilling his vow to dismantle Obamacare, signing an executive order that he says will bring affordable health insurance to millions more people. The order broadly tasks the administration with developing policies to increase health care competition and choice in order to improve the quality of health care and lower prices. However, it could also destabilize Obamacare by siphoning out younger and healthier Americans from the exchanges. The order, Trump said from […]

  • A Boy Scout salutes the American flag at camp Maple Dell on July 31, 2015 outside Payson, Utah. (Credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

    In ‘Historic Decision,’ Girls Will Be Allowed to Join Boy Scouts

    The Boy Scouts of America’s board of directors has unanimously agreed to welcome girls into the Cub Scout program and to forge a path for older girls to pursue and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, the organization said Wednesday. “The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls,” Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “[T]he organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well […]

  • The remnants of a home in Orange that was destroyed in the Canyon Fire 2 on Oct. 9, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Canyon Fire 2: At Least 24 Structures Lost in Orange County Firestorm

    Firefighters on Tuesday were hoping to get more control of a brush fire that destroyed 24 structures in Orange County and forced a mass evacuation of residents in Anaheim Hills and Orange. The Canyon 2 fire broke out around 9:20 a.m. Monday near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leaped the California 241 toll road. It raced up a ridge and hit tract homes at the top of a hill. Several caught fire and continued to burn […]

  • Employers May Have More Leeway to Withhold Birth Control Coverage on Religious Grounds

    In a blow to Obamacare’s controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday. The new rules continue the undermining of the Obamacare mandate that requires birth control be covered with no co-pay as a preventive service. This could impact many of the millions of women who now receive contraceptives at no cost under this provision. […]

  • A boy at a back-to-school giveaway in downtown L.A. tells KTLA about the new Nikes he got. (Credit: KTLA)

    Back-to-School Giveaway in Downtown L.A. Gives Local Kids New Shoes, Backpacks and More

    Nearly 5,00 pairs of brand new sneakers were handed out at a back-to-school giveaway in downtown Los Angeles hosted by Foot Locker, where local kids were given new clothes, backpacks and lunch catered by In N Out. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on October 5, 2017.

  • Marilou Danley is shown in a photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

    Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend: ‘It Never Occurred to Me in Any Way Whatsoever That He Was Planning Violence’

    The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock says she saw no signs he was planning “something horrible,” and that she is “devastated” by the deaths and injuries he caused when he rained bullets down on an outdoor music concert. Marilou Danley, Paddock’s girlfriend, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon through her attorney, Matt Lombard. Danley said Paddock “never said anything to me, or took any action that I was aware of, that I understood in any way to be a […]