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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
  • A road closure is seen in Montecito as a powerful spring storm arrived on March 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Atmospheric River’ Triggers Mandatory Evacuations for Parts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, L.A., Riverside Counties

    It’s called an “atmospheric river” — basically a river in the sky — that could unleash catastrophic amounts of rain. And the major storm is barreling right toward the fire-scarred regions of Southern California, with a potential to trigger flash flooding, mudslides and significant debris flow. The heaviest rainfall is expected Wednesday evening through Thursday, and officials have already ordered mandatory evacuations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. In Riverside County, Corona city officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas burned by […]

  • Rain falls in Montecito on March 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rain Hits SoCal as Residents Brace for Potential Flooding, Mudslides

    Rain continued to soak Santa Barbara and Ventura counties Wednesday afternoon as residents of fire- and mudslide-battered communities endured the first day of Southern California’s largest storm of the season. The storm — a vast atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a “pineapple express” — made landfall Tuesday night and is predicted to last through Thursday. “It’s going to be steady, light rain with periods of heavy rain,” said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Heavier […]

  • Residents and volunteers fill sandbags at Manning Park in Montecito as people prepare for a storm. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Battered by Recent Fires and Floods, Montecito Braces for More Potential Destruction

    It started four months ago, when the largest fire on record in California history besieged this upscale coastal enclave. Soon after, heavy rains sent tons of mud, boulders and debris crashing into Montecito neighborhoods — killing 21 people in what was the state’s deadliest flooding in decades. Now, forecasters are predicting more trouble for the beleaguered town. The most powerful rainstorm of the year is expected to deliver a direct hit to areas burned in the Thomas fire, bringing with […]

  • A slow-moving system moving in from the Pacific Ocean is expected to deliver the largest storm of the season. (Credit: Louis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

    Flash Flood Watches Issued as Southern California Braces for ‘Strongest Storm of the Year’

    Santa Barbara County officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order affecting about 30,000 people in extreme and high-risk debris flow areas ahead of the strongest storm of the season for Southern California. “We have no choice but do to this,” Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown said. “It’s not worth risking lives to avoid evacuation.” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain told the Los Angeles Times that the approaching system would be “the strongest storm of the year” in Southern California. Evacuations are nothing […]

  • Over 30,000 Urged to Flee as ‘Strongest Storm of the Year’ Barrels Toward Burn Areas in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

    Authorities ordered more than 30,000 Santa Barbara County residents and workers, and about 2,400 Ventura County residents to flee their homes Tuesday afternoon as a massive storm lumbered out of the eastern Pacific Ocean and plotted a collision course with Southern California’s fragile, fire-scarred coast. The storm — a bloated atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a “pineapple express” — should make landfall Tuesday night. By Friday, the system is predicted to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain […]

  • Sleeping Woman Dies After Vehicle Crashes Into Her Moreno Valley Home, Authorities Say

    A female resident was killed when a vehicle crashed into a Moreno Valley home and slammed into her while she was sleeping early Monday morning, authorities said. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle into a residence in the 16000 block of Lake Victoria Drive, according to a statement from the Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire Department. The first engine company to arrive found the victim beneath the under vehicle. She died instantly, first responders […]

  • Pedestrians make their way along Broadway in Chinatown as a thunderstorm passes through downtown Los Angeles in early March. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

    Winter Storm Expected to Bring Rain to Downtown L.A., Snow to Grapevine on Friday

    A cold storm that could bring snow to the Grapevine and rain across Southern California is expected to arrive in Los Angeles by the evening commute, the National Weather Service said Friday. While temperatures may dip to about 50 degrees downtown Friday night, it will be significantly colder at higher elevations, weather specialist Stuart Seto said. Up to 3 inches of snow could drop on the Grapevine, and even more is expected in the mountains through Saturday. A winter weather […]

  • Authorities survey the scene of a pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Florida on March 15, 2018, crushing a number of cars below and reportedly leaving several people dead. (Credit: GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Miami Bridge That Collapsed Was Designed to Withstand a Category 5 Hurricane

    On paper, the 40-foot wide pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s campus was an engineering feat, boasting several superlatives. Here are some, as outlined by the university: It was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Its durability was supposed to exceed 100 years. It’s the first bridge in the world to be constructed entirely of self-cleaning concrete: It’s made of titanium dioxide which, when exposed to sunlight, captures pollutant particles from the air and cleans its own concrete surfaces. It was installed in just a few hours just five days ago, […]

  • Aldrich Carles captured video of a coyote running up to a boy on the Cal State L.A. campus on March 14, 2018.

    Search Continues for Coyote That Police Shot After It Bit 5-Year-Old Boy, Aggressively Approached Student at Cal State L.A.

    Professional trappers will be brought in to try to find a coyote that remains at large after biting a 5-year-old boy and aggressively approaching a female student at Cal State Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday. After both incidents, police shot the coyote, which was injured and wandered into nearby hills. The first incident occurred at the El Sereno campus about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday while the child was walking on campus with his father, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. […]