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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
  • L.A. City Council Candidate Loses Endorsements After Past Online Comments Come to Light

    Los Angeles City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali lost the endorsements Thursday of City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and an Eastside Democratic group, one day after Bray-Ali apologized for comments he made in uncensored online forums. “I am deeply disappointed by his highly insensitive comments in online forums that breed hate and dehumanize already marginalized communities,” O’Farrell said in a statement. “People that I love and care about are hurt by these comments. There is no place for this type of speech […]

  • Mother Accused of Abducting Son From Venice School Taken Into Custody Following Brief Pursuit

    Los Angeles police on Wednesday arrested a woman accused of unlawfully taking her 6-year-old son that morning from a Venice elementary school, prompting an Amber Alert. The boy was taken from Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School at 810 Coeur d’Alene Ave. just after 8:30 a.m. by his mother who does not have custody rights, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division. After a 12-hour search, the mother was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. following a brief pursuit […]

  • 1 Dead, 10 Injured After Fiery Crash on 5 Freeway Near Griffith Park; All Lanes Reopen

    A man died and 10 others were injured, one critically, following a fiery multivehicle collision on the 5 Freeway near Griffith Park that prompted the full closure of southbound lanes for nearly eight hours, snarling traffic Tuesday. California Highway Patrol officials on scene initially said southbound lanes would remain closed until 10 p.m., but all lanes were reopened before 7 p.m. Several agencies responded to the Golden State Freeway just north of the Colorado Street off-ramp in Los Angeles just before […]

  • Mother of 6 Fatally Shot at Long Beach Motel; Police Call Off Search for Gunman

    Residents in a Long Beach neighborhood were evacuated from their homes for hours Friday while police searched for a gunman who fatally shot a woman who was described by her sister as a mother of six. A SWAT team responded to home where the shooter was thought to be barricaded near the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Barclay Street. But about 7 p.m., police said the search had concluded and residents were allowed to return to their homes. It wasn’t clear if officers encountered any […]

  • $9.5 Million Settlement Awarded in Death of 15-Year-Old Killed at Dark Intersection by Dockweiler Beach

    The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $9.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the parents of a teenage girl who was fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach. Two years ago, 16-year-old Naomi Larsen had left the fire pits at the beach after midnight and was crossing Vista Del Mar with her friends when she was hit by the car, suffering injuries that led to her death weeks later. In their suit, her parents, Stacey […]

  • Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Hanged Himself in Prison Cell, Officials Say

    Convicted murderer and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said, just days after his acquittal in a double murder case. The 27-year-old former tight end for the New England Patriots hanged himself with a bedsheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, the Massachusetts Department of Correction said. His body was discovered at 3:05 a.m. “Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Mr. Hernandez, and […]

  • Alleged Facebook Killer Steve Stephens Fatally Shoots Himself After Pursuit in Pennsylvania: Police

    Steve Stephens, the Cleveland killer who posted video of the slaying on Facebook, killed himself in Pennsylvania after a police chase, officers said Tuesday. An employee spotted Stephens’ white Ford Fusion in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s near Erie and called authorities. Stephens fled and Pennsylvania State Police troopers gave chase. One officer performed a “PIT” maneuver, a strategic way of ramming a car to disable it. “As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens […]

  • Teen Boy Among 2 Hospitalized After Car-to-Car Shooting and Crash in Boyle Heights Area: LAPD

    Two people have been detained after a car-to-car shooting and crash that left two injured in the Boyle Heights area Monday morning, police said. The shooting occurred shortly before 6:45 a.m. on Whiteside Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which responded to the crash. At least two occupants were inside the burgundy Toyota Camry when one of the victims drove it to Soto and Medford streets, where it crashed, LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said. The shooting victim remained in the car, […]

  • Dog Owners in Los Angeles County Warned About Outbreak of Canine Influenza

    Pet owners in Los Angeles County are being warned about the arrival of canine influenza in the area after several infected dogs were imported from Asia. The highly contagious virus — H3N2 — causes dogs to have a persistent cough that can last 10 to 21 days. In rare cases, cats can also be infected. Sick dogs can also have fever, nasal discharge, lethargy and anorexia, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services said in a notice sent out Monday. The city […]