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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.

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    John Mack, Los Angeles Civic Leader and Former Urban League President, Dies at 81

    John Mack, a Los Angeles civic leader and a longtime civil rights advocate, has died at 81. Mack was the former president of the Urban League and served on the Los Angeles Police Commission from 2005 to 2013. He was a prominent voice on police reform, and current LAPD officials credit him with shaping the department’s policy. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday night after a long battle with cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing family and friends. Steve […]

  • Melania Trump Wears Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care. Do U?’ Before and After Visit to Border Shelter for Immigrant Children

    First lady Melania Trump took a trip to the US-Mexico border on Thursday to tour an immigrant children’s shelter, but her trip is getting attention not only for her action, but also for her wardrobe choice before and after the journey. As the first lady boarded her plane from Andrews Air Force Base, she wore an olive green jacket. The back of the jacket read: “I really don’t care. Do u?” in white graffiti-style lettering. Trump was not wearing the jacket when […]

  • first lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South and contracted with the Department of Health and Human Services June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. The first lady traveled to Texas to see first hand the condition and treatment that migrant children taken from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border are receiving from the federal government. Following public outcry and criticism from members of his own party, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to stop the separation of migrant children from their families, a practice the administration employed to deter illegal immigration at the border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Immigration Facility in Texas: ‘She Wants to See What’s Real’

    First lady Melania Trump touched down in McAllen, Texas, Thursday for making a publicly unannounced and hastily planned trip to get a firsthand look at the crisis affecting immigrant families at the US border. “I want to thank you for your hard work, your compassion and your kindness,” the first lady said at a roundtable briefing at Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter, with doctors and medical staff, social workers and other experts on hand. “She wants to see what’s real,” […]

  • Children are shown wearing emergency thermal blankets similar to ones handed out at border detention centers as part of a Trump-administration protest at Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

    House Pushes Back Vote on Key Republican Immigration Legislation, Fail to Pass More Conservative Bill

    House Republicans will postpone a vote on their immigration compromise legislation until Friday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters as he left a leadership meeting Thursday afternoon. The news came as lawmakers were scrambling to find the votes and answer an onslaught of rank-and-file member questions about what the compromise legislation does. The bill would provide President Donald Trump with $25 billion in border security including wall funding in exchange for a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action […]

  • President Donald Trump on June 20, 2018 displays an executive order he signed that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Trump Signs Order Ending Administration’s Policy Leading to Family Separations at Border

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border, signing an executive order to keep parents and kids together. “We’re signing an executive order. I consider it to be a very important executive order. It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border,” Trump said. Trump’s climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the […]

  • Students stand in front of La Serna High School in Whittier on June 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    La Serna High School Seniors Claim Fraud After Being Left Without Trip to Cancun

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  • Officials investigate a possible fatal stabbing in West Hollywood on June 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Investigation Underway After Man Found Dead in Between Buildings in West Hollywood

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  • Los Angeles police release surveillance footage on June 15, 2018, showing a purse snatcher targeting a Venice eatery.

    LAPD Seeks Man Caught on Video Swiping Women’s Purses at Venice Restaurant

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  • Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responds to a call about a double shooting in Mayflower Village near Monrovia on June 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 People Injured in Suspected Gang-Related Drive-by Shooting Near Monrovia: LASD

    Deputies searched for suspects on Thursday following what appeared to be a gang-related drive-by shooting near Monrovia, according to authorities. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call around 11:41 a.m. about two victims who had been shot in the 2500 block of Broderick Avenue in the unincorporated Mayflower Village, the agency said. Officers discovered a woman and a man with gunshot wounds to the upper torso and had them transported to a hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said. The […]