Ellen McNamara - Anchor

Previous Experience
Ellen joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in April 2012 as an anchor/reporter. She has been nominated multiple times for a Regional Emmy. Before coming to the Twin Cities, Ellen was a weekend morning anchor in Tampa, Florida. She has also worked in newsrooms in Austin, Texas and Lubbock, Texas.

Ellen was born in Chicago and grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. While in college, she played soccer in the Big 12 and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Ellen grew up in the news business as her father is a former CBS News correspondent, but it wasn't until she interned at the CBS affiliate in Lubbock, Texas that she fell in love with the business herself.

Personal Interests
Ellen is an avid runner and has completed a number of marathons, including five consecutive Boston Marathons. She finished 30 minutes before the bombs went off at the finish line at the marathon in 2013 and returned to run again in 2014. Ellen, along with her husband and two Jack Russell Terriers, are thrilled to call Minnesota home and be close to family once again!

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