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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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    Sens. Sanders, Harris Duel Over Latino Votes at Forum in Pasadena

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  • President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses the 2019 graduation ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy May 30, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    President Donald Trump launched a furious broadside Thursday morning against Robert Mueller, a day after the special counsel gave remarks that left the impression he would have charged Trump with obstruction of justice if he were not the sitting President. Trump renewed his attacks on Mueller’s character, accusing him and his team of being biased against him even as he falsely claimed that Mueller’s report had exonerated him. And moments after he claimed on Twitter that he “had nothing to […]

  • Actor Ashton Kutcher testifies in court in Los Angeles on May 29, 2019, during the trial of People v Michael Thomas Gargiulo, also known as "The Hollywood Ripper." (Credit: Genaro Molina / POOL / AFP)

    ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Trial: Ashton Kutcher Testifies He Knocked on Slain Woman’s Door

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  • Charles Merritt was led out of the courtroom after his arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty in the slayings of the McStay family. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Closing Arguments Begin in McStay Family Murder Trial in San Bernardino

    Closing arguments have begun in the case against Charles Merritt, who’s accused of killing the McStay family of San Diego County in 2014. Ellina Abovian and Steve Kuzj report from San Bernardino for the KTLA 5 News on May 28, 2019.

  • A red rose is seen at the base of a tombstone during a volunteer event at Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day on May 26, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Credit: Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

    Fallen Service Members Honored at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day

    Vice President Mike Pence has paid tribute to fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces, thanking their loved ones in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and acknowledging that for them “every day is Memorial Day.” Pence placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember dead service members whose remains haven’t been identified and observed a moment of silence. He told Gold Star families he was honored by their presence. Dignitaries attending Monday’s ceremony included Gen. […]

  • This sketch of a man suspected of child annoyance was released by Corona police on May 23, 2019.

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    A sketch was released Thursday of a man who police say made “sexual” comments to an 11-year-old girl in Corona. The man, suspected of child annoyance, made the comments to the young student as she was walking in the area of Curry Court and Parkview Drive about 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, according to police. No other details have been released about what was said. Police have released a computer-generated composite of the man in hopes the public can help identify […]

  • Police investigate a fatal shooting in West Hills on May 22, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    2nd Victim Dies After Shooting at Shadow Ranch Park in West Hills

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  • One of the dogs, left, jumped from a moving RV during the pursuit; the other was found with an injured and bloodied paw after the chase. (Credit: KTLA)

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  • 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.

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