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Rehema Ellis        

Education Correspondent, NBC News

Rehema Ellis joined NBC NEWS in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent. In 2010 she was named Chief Education Correspondent and was an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system.

Her reports appear on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She is also a digital journalist. Ellis shoots, blogs, writes for NBC on-line and she tweets.

Ellis was part of the NBC Emmy award-winning coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and plane crash in the Hudson River called Miracle on the Hudson. She also won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration.

Ellis has been part of other headliner stories including the attacks on the World Trade Center. She was the first person to identify the attack on the air as “Nine-Eleven”. She’s reported on Hurricane Katrina, the death of Michael of Jackson and the Haiti earthquake.

As a correspondent for NBC, Ellis traveled to Zaire to report on the mass killings that left an estimated one million people dead in Rwanda. A few years later she spent a month in Greece covering the summer Olympics.

Ellis began her broadcast career at KDKA Radio and TV in Pittsburgh. Later, she worked in Boston at WHDH-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor.

She has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent and received numerous awards including local and national Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She's also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism.

Born in North Carolina, and raised in Boston, she graduated from Simmons College in Boston and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She presently lives in New York with her young son.


TheGrio’s 100: Rehema Ellis, reporter schooling the nation on education reform

Aseasoned television news correspondent, Rehema Ellis has reported on everything from Obama’s inauguration to Hurricane Katrina, from Michael Jackson’s death to September 11th. But the story that keeps her coming back is education. Ellis was named Chief Education Correspondent for NBC News in 2010 and has become a respected voice in the discussion of education reform in America

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