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
  • Students at Castelar Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown neighborhood were surprised with musical instruments on May 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elementary School Children in Chinatown Surprised With Instruments

    Students at Castelar Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood were surprised with musical instruments on Tuesday, thanks to band Jared & the Mill and the Can’d Aid Foundation. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 21, 2019.

  • The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released this image of the suspect's vehicle on May 20, 2019.

    Woman Reports Assault Near Hiking Trail in Towsley Canyon Area; Suspect Vehicle Sought

    A woman practicing yoga near a hiking trial in the Newhall area told police she was assaulted by a man who exposed himself last week. The incident occurred about 4 p.m. on May 16 as the victim was in the 24300 block of Old Road in Towsley Canyon in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Navarro said. The victim said she was practicing yoga in a grassy area near a park building when a man suddenly appeared and […]

  • Protestors are seen outside the Los Angeles County Office building on May 17, 2019. (Credit:KTLA)

    California Parents Protest New Controversial Sex Education Guidance

    Parents across California planned to keep their children home from school and attend state-wide sit-outs dubbed the “SeXXX Ed” rallies Friday to protest a recent controversial overhaul of the sexual education guidance. The Health Education Framework, which was approved last week by the California State Board of Education, provides information for school teachers to use in the sex education curriculum and suggests talking to kindergartners about gender identity, using LGBTQ-inclusive language, advising teenagers on navigating relationships and having safe sex. […]

  • Joel David White, left, and Luiza Vaagnovna Karakhanyan, right, are seen in photos posted on social media.

    2 Killed in Fiery Lamborghini Crash in S.F. Valley Were Male Driver, 25, and Female Passenger, 19

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Thursday identified a young couple as the two people killed in a high-speed, fiery crash involving a luxury car in the Sepulveda Basin the previous night. Joel David White, 25, was behind the wheel of a 2016 Lamborghini that was speeding westbound on Burbank Boulevard when it collided with a 2018 Jeep Cherokee near Havyenhurst Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities said the Lamborghini was traveling […]

  • Four Summerwind Elementary School teachers are seen holding a noose in a photo that circulated on social media.

    Palmdale School District Holds Town Hall Meeting Addressing Teachers’ Noose Photo

    Residents and concerned parents crowded at a community town hall meeting held by the Palmdale School District Tuesday to address a photo showing four smiling teachers holding a noose. The photo was taken at Summerwind Elementary School and posted online without a caption last week. The post sparked outrage and soon became widely circulated on social media. District officials said the photo was taken by the school principal on May 1st and emailed to the four teachers before an unidentified […]

  • Rosa Manjarrez Hernandez appears in an image posted to a GoFundMe page set up on May 13, 2019 to help with funeral expenses.

    27-Year-Old Man Identified as Suspect in Deadly Scooter Beating in Long Beach

    Authorities on Tuesday identified the suspect in a deadly scooter beating in Long Beach as a 27-year-old man. Local resident Amad Rashad Redding was booked on suspicion of murder hours after the incident,  which was reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of East 64th Street, according to Long Beach police. An assailant attacked 63-year-old Rosa Manjarrez Hernandez outside one of her friends’ residence, according to authorities. She had just left for a three-block walk to her home, […]

  • US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) pose prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Strikes Back at U.S. by Raising Tariffs on $60B in American Goods

    Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, China’s Finance Ministry said. With investors worried about the potential economic damage on all sides from the escalating trade war, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 617 points, or 2.4%, […]

  • Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ahead of the opening bell, May 8, 2019 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Dow Drops More Than 600 Points Amid Escalating Trade War Between U.S., China

    The Dow plunged Monday after China said it will raise tariffs in retaliation to last week’s tariff increase by the United States. China hiked tariffs on $60 billion of imports from the United States. It first imposed the tariffs last year. Worries over the escalation of the trade spat with China just aren’t going away. US stocks ended the day sharply lower. The Dow closed down 617 points after falling as much as 719 points earlier in the day. The […]

  • (Credit: KTLA / Downey Police Department)

    Suspect in Deadly Downey Liquor Store Robbery in Custody After Pursuit Ends With Shootout in Vernon Area

    A man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Downey liquor store clerk was taken into custody after a wild pursuit and standoff in Vernon on Friday that ended with him exchanging gunfire with law enforcement, according to the Downey Police Department and aerial video. The pursuit came to a dramatic end in the area of Downey Road and Bandini Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. when the Prius became boxed in by other vehicles and was cornered by law enforcement, Sky5 […]

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