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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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    San Bernardino Diocese to Release Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

    The San Bernardino Diocese of the Catholic Church on Thursday is expected to begin releasing names of priests that were previously accused of sexual abuse. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 on Sept. 20, 2018.

  • The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan to forbid the sale of fur products. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. City Council Moves Forward With Proposal to Ban Sale, Manufacture of Fur Products

    Los Angeles officials on Tuesday voted to advance a proposal banning the sale and manufacture of fur products in the city. The L.A. City Council unanimously approved a motion to direct the city attorney to draft a law prohibiting fur merchandise, including clothing, shoes, handbags, hats, earmuffs and other accessories. The council also voted to have the city attorney submit a report on potential exemptions for religious organizations and possible conflicts with federal and state laws. West Hollywood banned the sale […]

  • Firefighters respond to a blaze in South Los Angeles on Sept. 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Early Morning Fire Damages Buildings in South L.A.; Nearby Residents Displaced

    Eight people were displaced following a fire that scorched multiple buildings in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles Tuesday morning. The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of East 95th Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert. Arriving firefighters found two vacant structures, which were still under construction, fully engulfed, Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Coropino said. One nearby occupied structure was also exposed, Coropino said. Firefighters managed to douse […]

  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks over notes as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept. 6, 2018. (Credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

    Kavanaugh Accuser Willing to Testify Publicly, Her Lawyer Says

    Debra Katz, the lawyer for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, said Monday that her client would be willing to testify in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The answer is yes,” Katz, who represents Christine Blasey Ford, said on CNN’s “New Day.” Ford’s willingness to testify before Congress marks both a major development from a woman previously reluctant to face the brunt of public scrutiny and a significant pressure point on Kavanaugh’s nomination, which […]

  • Crews battle a fire at a strip mall in Orange on Sept. 14, 2018. (Credit: OCHawk)

    Overnight Fire Damages Strip Mall in Orange

    A laundromat in Orange sustained major damage from a fire early Friday, but there were no reports of injuries. The Orange City Fire Department said it received a call around 1 a.m. about flames and smoke seen at a strip mall near the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Feldner Road. A crew already in the area managed to respond within three to four minutes and discovered “heavy fire and smoke through the roof” of a laundromat, Capt. Ian MacDonald said. […]

  • Onlookers watch an apartment fire in Glendale on Sept. 12, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Good Samaritans Help Woman Out of Burning Apartment Building in Glendale

    Some Good Samaritans were seen on video helping a woman out of an apartment building that caught fire in Glendale Wednesday night. Fire crews responded to the three-story building in the 800 block of East Windsor Road about 11:25 p.m., Glendale Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Julian said. Video showed neighbors helping one woman out of her smoky apartment before firefighters made it to the scene. When firefighters arrived, they found the fire still burning on the second floor of […]

  • A fatal crash on Sept. 11 is under investigation in Santa Ana. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver Crashes While Fleeing From Authorities in Santa Ana; 1 Killed, 2 Injured

    A suspected burglar is dead, and two others were sent to a hospital after a brief pursuit ended in a crash in Santa Ana Tuesday night. The incident began about 11 p.m. when a deputy noticed someone near a Tustin 7-Eleven store running toward a vehicle, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and the deputy followed, thinking a robbery or other crime had just occurred, Bertagna said. There […]

  • Members of a Los Angeles County Fire Department search and rescue crew get ready to deploy to North Carolina to assist in Hurricane Florence on Sept. 11, 2018. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

    L.A. County Fire Search and Rescue Team Heads to North Carolina Ahead of Hurricane Florence

    A search and rescue team with the Los Angeles County Fire Department is heading to North Carolina as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the East Coast this week. The 16 member crew left early Tuesday from Whiteman Airport in Pacoima and will be traveling by ground. Members will assist in any major rescues, including swift water rescues. The team is traveling to Raleigh with four boats, rescue supplies and tools, food and water. L.A. County Fire Inspector […]

  • ‘This Has to End’: CBS Host on Sexual Misconduct Allegations Following Resignation of Les Moonves

    Ten months ago, Norah O’Donnell had the difficult job of reporting on the ouster of her “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose because of sexual misconduct allegations. On Monday morning, she had to report on the forced exit of CBS chief executive Les Moonves because of similar accusations. “For me it’s been another sleepless night thinking about this,” O’Donnell said at the top of the morning show. “The pain that women feel. The courage that it takes for women to come forward […]