Ellen grew up in Tucson, Arizona in a bilingual household. She spent much of her time in Mexico with her mother's family, and says being bilingual has helped her tremendously on the job in the large Hispanic communities of Phoenix and Los Angeles. Ellen graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and is proud to have been inducted into the Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism's Hall of Fame in 2006. She has received an Impact Award for Excellence in Television from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
Her years working in broadcast journalism have blessed her with many wonderful opportunities, such as flying with the Blue Angels, co-hosting the Oscars red carpet arrivals with Roger Ebert and standing in the OR with Dr. Oz as he performed a double-bypass.
Ellen's passions include supporting many nonprofit organizations. A couple causes dear to her are serving as ABC7 team leader for AIDS Walk Los Angeles and advocating for mental health services for underserved communities, giving her time to Pacific Clinics as often as needed.
Ellen's number-one passion is her two lovely grown daughters, Emma and Audrey. Ellen is not an empty-nester though -- she lives with her adopted rescue dog, Charli. Charli has brought Ellen so much joy that she now champions with "Wags and Walks" to help rescue other dogs and find them forever homes.
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