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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
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  • Pacific Palisades Woman Taken Into Custody After Unlicensed Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered in San Bernardino

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  • Kathy Sanborn speaks to KTLA on Dec. 8, 2017, about coming home after she was evacuated due to the ongoing Creek Fire that's burned through 15,000 acres. (Credit: KTLA)

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    All residents evacuated when the 15,000-acre Creek Fire took hold near Sylmar earlier this week were being allowed to return to their homes Friday evening after Los Angeles Fire Department officials announced that evacuation orders and warnings had been lifted. Additionally, most of the road closures have also been lifted, according to an LAFD alert. The lone exception was Santiago Estates and Little Tujunga from Middle Ranch to Live Oak Campground, which was only open to those who live there. […]

  • Judy Hofmann-Sanders survey's the area after her home was consumed by the Creek fire along McBroom Street in Shadow Hills in December, 2017. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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    Most residents affected by the Creek Fire will be allowed to return home Thursday evening, officials said. The fire has spread across 15,323 acres, or nearly 24 square miles, since breaking out early Tuesday morning in the area of Kagel Canyon Road, north of Lake View Terrace. But the blaze did not grow overnight Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. It is 10 percent contained. Limeklin Canyon remains closed from Pacoima Canyon Road to Maclay Street. Ebey Canyon and Doane Canyon […]

  • The Creek Fire burns at dusk on Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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