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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
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda poses with fans outside the Pantages in Hollywood on Aug. 16, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fans Line Up Outside the Pantages as Lin Manuel-Miranda Leads ‘Hamilton’ Ticket Lottery

    Lin-Manuel Miranda held a mini-concert for hundreds of fans who lined up outside the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday to score “Hamilton” tickets for its opening night. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News on Aug. 16, 2017.

  • Dozens Stung by Swarm of ‘Angry’ African Honey Bees at Palmdale High School

    Dozens of students were hospitalized after being stung by bees at Palmdale High School on Tuesday afternoon. A swarm of bees was reported to dispatch at 12:09 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Richard Licon said. Firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later, and sheriff’s deputies were on scene. The bees were later identified as African honey bees by beekeeper Steven Melton, who was called to the scene to address the situation. Fire Inspector Joey Marron said the number of patients […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia at the White House on August 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

    President Trump Condemns White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis 2 Days After Charlottesville Violence, Deadly Crash

    President Donald Trump, facing mounting pressure from Republicans and Democrats alike, did what he declined to do over the weekend during an event at the White House on Monday when he directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a brief statement to reporters. “Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in […]

  • People pray and mourn at an informal memorial at the place where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally Aug. 13, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    USC Student Says He Was Among Counterprotesters Struck by Car in Charlottesville

    A young man who says he was struck when a car barreled down on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a USC student, the university in Los Angeles confirmed Monday. Aubtin Heydari wrote in a public post on his Facebook page Saturday evening that he had been among those hit when a Dodge Challenger plowed into two other vehicles, striking pedestrians a few blocks from a white nationalist rally called “Unite the Right.” “All my life I have been called a […]

  • US President Donald Trump speaks during a security briefing on August 10, 2017. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump: Kim Jong Un ‘Will Truly Regret It’ if He Attacks Guam or U.S. Ally

    President Donald Trump stood by his bellicose rhetoric on North Korea Friday, telling leader Kim Jong Un he “will truly regret it and he will regret it fast” if he issues an overt threat or attacks Guam or a US ally. “This man will not get away with what he is doing,” Trump told reporters. “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place […]

  • President Trump on North Korea: ‘Fire and Fury’ Threat May Not Have Gone Far Enough

    President Donald Trump reiterated his bellicose warning to North Korea from earlier in the week, telling reporters at his golf club in New Jersey on Thursday that his threat to bring “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the United States may not have gone far enough. “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said during a lengthy exchange with reporters. Trump said that past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it is […]

  • Editor of Local Korean Newspaper Says ‘War Is Not the Answer’ About Growing Tensions With North Korea

    John Cho, deputy editor of the Korean Times in Los Angeles, says he is concerned about his family back home amid growing tensions between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “War is not the answer,” he told KTLA Wednesday. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Aug. 9, 2017.

  • ‘Documented Gang Member’ Fatally Shot His Estranged Wife; Accomplice Arrested: Montebello Police

    Montebello police are looking for a “documented gang member” suspected of killing his estranged wife over the weekend, and a female alleged accomplice has been arrested. Christopher Michael Diaz, 26, is believed to be armed and dangerous. Police are asking for help finding him. Roxann Acosta, 28, was found killed just before 10 p.m. Sunday, according to a Montebello Police Department flier. Officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of West Victoria Avenue in […]

  • A computer model of the football stadium set to arrive in 2020 is seen at a Playa Vista office. (Credit: KTLA)

    Model of $2.6 Billion Pro Football Stadium Project Is Revealed in Playa Vista

    The model of a 70,000-seat professional football stadium set to open in Los Angeles in 2020, which will have $2.6 billion invested into it, was revealed at an office in Playa Vista. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on August 7, 2017.