Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television producer, best-selling author, a breast cancer survivor, a mom, a grandmother and one of the most sought-after speakers in America.
Linda Ellerbee began her career at CBS, and then moved to NBC News where, after years covering national politics, she pioneered the late-night news program NBC News Overnight, which she wrote and anchored. Overnight was cited by the duPont Columbia Awards as “the best written and most intelligent news program ever.” In 1986, Linda Ellerbee moved to ABC News to anchor and write Our World, a weekly primetime historical series. Her work on Our World won her an Emmy.
In 1987, Linda Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem, her partner, quit network news to start Lucky Duck Productions, first producing documentaries for PBS. In 1991, Lucky Duck began producingNick News for Nickelodeon with Linda Ellerbee writing and hosting.
The longest running children’s news program in television history, Nick News is watched by more children than watch all other news programs combined – and has earned honors traditionally associated with adult programming. Known for the respectful and direct way it speaks to children about the important issues of our time, Nick News has collected three Peabody Awards (including one for Ellerbee’s coverage of the Clinton investigation) a duPont Columbia Award and eight national Emmys for Outstanding Children’s Program. In 2009,Nick News received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary – the first children’s television program ever to receive this prestigious award.
Linda Ellerbee’s first foray into books for kids, an eight-part fiction series entitled Get Real, published in 2000, won her raves among middle-school readers. Both of Ellerbee’s previous adult books—And So It Goes, a humorous look at television news, and Move On, stories about being a working single mother, a child of the ‘60s and a woman trying to find some balance in her life—have been national best sellers. Her latest book is, Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table.
As a popular and versatile speaker, Linda Ellerbee travels thousands of miles each year, inspiring audiences with her insight and humor. They come to hear her trademark wit and wisdom on everything from how to survive corporate America with your values intact, to how to survive breast cancer and live to laugh about it (also, she often speaks to medical groups concerning healthcare from a patient’s point of view), and in general how to accept, even embrace a changing world, perhaps making a few changes yourself.
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These days, Linda Ellerbee’s work can be seen all over the television universe. Lucky Duck has and continues to produce primetime specials for ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, MTV, Logo, A&E, MSNBC, Trio, Animal Planet and TV Land, among others. In 2004, Linda Ellerbee was honored with an Emmy for her series, When I Was a Girl, which aired on Women’s Entertainment network.
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In 2011, Linda Ellerbee received the Tribute Award, the highest honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media. On presenting the award, former CNN anchor Aaron Brown said to a ballroom full of women, “The two most important women in the history of television news are Barbara Walters and Linda Ellerbee. Barbara Walters made it possible for you to be on television news; Linda Ellerbee made it possible for you to be YOU on television news.”
Although Linda Ellerbee has won all of television’s highest honors, she says it’s her two children who’ve brought her the richest rewards. Linda Ellerbee spends her personal time in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner Rolfe and their dogs.