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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 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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    A woman who was found dead behind a trash can in Silver Lake Wednesday morning was the victim of a hit-and-run crash that was captured on surveillance video, and now LAPD officials are looking for the driver of a tan sedan. The crash occurred about 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue, and the body was discovered in the hours after that. Firefighters who responded to the scene called Los Angeles Police Department officials because the way the […]

  • Jacquarius “Jay” Quinn's mother, Jessica, speaks at a news conference on Jan. 16, 2019 to ask the public for information in the 2016 death of her son. (Credit: KTLA)

    $15K Reward Offered for Information in 2016 Killing of Palmdale Teen

    Officials on Wednesday announced a reward in exchange for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the 2016 killing of a Palmdale boy. Jacquarius “Jay” Quinn, 17, was found with a fatal gunshot wound in a desolate area of the 23000 block of Old Harold Road in Palmdale the night of Nov. 6, 2016, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He had left his home without telling anybody about three-and-a-half hours earlier, the agency said. At a […]

  • A guest house in Encino is seen after it was pushed off its foundation by a heavy mudflow on Jan. 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    After Mudflow, Officials to Continue Monitoring Hillside Threatening 14 Homes in Encino

    About a dozen homeowners in an Encino neighborhood are keeping a close on eye on a hillside Tuesday after a mudflow left one home damaged and a guest house red-tagged the night before. The debris flow prompted officials to issue voluntary evacuations of 14 other homes in the neighborhood. Although rains eased up Tuesday night, the orders remained in place with more precipitation expected Wednesday and Thursday. A Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety geologist was asked to come […]

  • L.A. teachers strike in the rain on Jan. 14, 2019. (Credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

    Tens of Thousands of LAUSD Teachers Walk Off Job, Beginning First Strike in 30 Years

    Under a relentless cold drizzle, 32,000 Los Angeles educators walked off the job Monday in the country’s second-biggest school district. That means about 600,000 kids have no idea when they’ll see their teachers again. Weeks of heated negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and the Los Angeles Unified School District went nowhere, leading to the city’s first teachers’ strike in 30 years. But this strike isn’t focused on teachers’ salaries. “It’s absolutely not the pay raise. It’s about […]

  • Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 14, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    On Day 1 of Teachers’ Strike, LAUSD Superintendent Urges Union to Resume Negotiations

    As thousands of educators descended on the rain-slicked streets of Los Angeles for the first day of a teachers’ strike Monday, the L.A. Unified School District urged the union representing them to resume negotiations over school funding. “We made our last proposal to [United Teachers Los Angeles] on Friday, which was rejected,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said at a morning news conference in downtown L.A. “They walked away from bargaining. We would encourage them, we urge them to resume bargaining […]

  • President of United Teachers Los Angeles Alex Caputo-Pearl speaks at a rally in Los Feliz on Jan. 14, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teachers in ‘Fight for the Soul of Public Education,’ UTLA President Says on 1st Day of Strike

    On day one of the first Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike in 30 years, United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl spoke to teachers and students gathered on a rainy Monday in Los Feliz. “Here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state as blue as it can be, and in a city rife with millionaires, where teachers have to go on strike […]

  • Beloved KTLA anchor and reporter Chris Burrous is pictured in a photo displayed at a memorial service held in his honor, on Jan. 11, 2019, in Whittier. He passed away on Dec. 27, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Loved Ones Bid Final Farewell to Beloved KTLA Anchor Chris Burrous During Emotional Service in Whittier

    Loved ones and colleagues of beloved KTLA anchor and reporter Chris Burrous gathered Friday afternoon in Whittier to bid a final farewell to the journalist weeks after his sudden death. The late broadcaster was remembered for his love of family and his ability to connect with viewers during an emotional memorial service inside SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries. “Today would’ve been Chris’s 44th birthday. I want you to know that the Chris Burrous you all loved so […]

  • A wave crashes against the beach in Ventura on Jan. 9, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ventura Pier Closed as High Surf Begins Pounding SoCal Coastline, Prompting Advisories and Warnings

    The Ventura Pier was closed Wednesday as forecasters warned of potentially dangerous high surf in the area and along the rest of the Southern California coastline through the weekend. A high surf warning has gone into effect for the Ventura County coast, where breakers of up to 14-feet and sets up to 16-feet will be possible at exposed west-facing beaches until Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The high surf prompted the closure of the Ventura Pier, which the […]

  • Friends and family of Gemmel Moore gather for a candelight vigil outside the West Hollywood sheriff's station in August, 2017. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Activists Say Investigators Aren’t Doing Enough After Second Death Reported at Wealthy Donor’s WeHo Home

    The Laurel Avenue home of a prominent West Hollywood LGBTQ political activist has been the scene of two mysterious deaths in the last two years. In both cases, African American men were found dead inside the home of Ed Buck. The first death in 2017 involved drugs, and authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The second death at Buck’s home, this week, is now under investigation, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department saying it will take […]