Elizabeth Ellis

some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it. -Author Unknown

"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, she is already demonstrating uncommon dedication, passion, and accomplishment in her chosen career of television. Whether it be an internship or paid position, Elizabeth has worked for TVG, Santa Anita Park, Animal Planet, Good Day LA, Fox Sports, Pie Town Productions, Golden Gate Fields, NBC Sports, HRTV, HRRN, and KNBN. These experiences have not only allowed her to hone her skills on camera, but also in producing, editing and writing. 

 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."

Her drive extends beyond the workforce. 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 with Steve Edwards and Jillian Barberie Reynolds on the set of Good Day LA

  

Elizabeth interviews celebrities at the Kentucky Derby
 
In 2010, Elizabeth began a Fall internship at Good Day L.A while continuing her job at TVG. The FOX morning news show airs Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and is hosted by Steve Edwards, Jillian Barberie Reynolds, and Dorothy Lucey.  She had a range of responsibilities: escorting celebrity guests, writing scripts, assisting in editing, and attending shoots. The following semester, Elizabeth became the first intern to be allowed back for a second term. 
 
During Summer 2011, Elizabeth worked as a production assistant for Fox Sports. She assisted reporter Chris Rose at Dodger Stadium. That Fall, Elizabeth interned at Pie Town Productions. The television production company is based in Los Angeles and specializes in reality and documentary programming. Elizabeth assisted on the pre-production of Joan Knows Best. The show features mother-daughter duo Joan and Melissa Rivers. 
 
In January 2012, Elizabeth was offered the position as race analyst, host, and paddock reporter for Golden Gate Fields. While finishing her final semester at Chapman University, Elizabeth commuted to Berkeley, California on weekends to gain on-camera experience. She also worked as a production assistant for NBC Sports at the Santa Anita Derby. In May, HRTV asked Elizabeth to cover the Kentucky Derby. During a live stream featured on HRTV.com and Ustream, she interviewed racing personnel and celebrities.

"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 

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