"Elizabeth is very motivated and has a strong work ethic. She always went above and beyond to be a productive part of our team. She will do amazing in this field." -Michelle Pulfrey, GDLA producer
Elizabeth Ellis quickly learned the importance of hard work. At twenty-three
In 2012, Elizabeth relocated to Rapid City, South Dakota to work as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at KNBN-TV. As the only person in the newsroom on Saturdays and Sundays, Elizabeth would produce, write, edit, and anchor the entire newscast. The opportunity ensured she understand the process of creating a newscast from its conception.
As a weekday reporter, Elizabeth covered stories ranging from the impact of sequestration at Ellsworth Air Force Base to the decision behind Senator Tim Johnson's Retirement. The adrenaline rush of editing a story from a laptop in the field and the satisfaction of introducing the completed package live are her two favorite parts of reporting.
That being said, Elizabeth's true passion is morning news. Since her internship at Good Day La, she has worked toward pursuing a career in the field. Within six months at KNBN, Elizabeth became the weekday morning anchor and producer for NewsCenter1 Today. She immediately revamped the morning show to include more chit-chat, added music, and introduced new segments including National Day and Message Me Monday. In November, the show's Neilsen ratings improved from 1 to 3.
Elizabeth has worked hard to reach this point in her career. Someone once asked her though, "Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond?" Her response: "I want to be a big fish in a big pond."
In just three years, she graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism. She has shot and edited countless broadcast news packages and short documentaries. Her love for local news and current events inspired many of her broadcast news packages including a teacher strike in San Juan Capistrano, a political rally to unseat an incumbent assemblyman, and a two-part feature on Occupy LA.
Combining her love of horses and television, Elizabeth began a summer internship at the TVG Network at age fifteen. TVG is a horse racing network that provides live, televised coverage from over a hundred of the world's top racetracks. In addition to live horse racing, TVG features professional race analysis, interviews, handicapping tips, and feature stories. Elizabeth began working with reporter Christina Olivares, organizing live interviews and offering new innovative ideas. Elizabeth worked on TVG's original program, "All Access." The series took viewers behind the scenes as wireless microphones were attached to jockeys and other racing personnel.
Elizabeth with TVG reporter, Christina Olivares
"Elizabeth is an exceptional young woman, professional beyond her years and quick thinking under pressure. She has impressed me since day one." -Christina Olivares, TVG reporter