Jonathan Elias

WBZ-TV's Jonathan EliasFor more than a quarter century, Jonathan Elias has been an award winning journalist. Elias co-anchors WBZ-TV News at 6PM with co-anchor Paula Ebben, and they co-anchor WBZ-TV News at 10PM on sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV).

April 2013 he was standing on the Boston Marathon finish line when the first bomb went off. That set into motion a week of coverage that he will never forget. WBZ-TV News was honored for coverage of that event with an Alfred I. duPont Award as well as a George Foster Peabody Award. Months earlier, Elias was field anchoring from the scene of the Newtown School shooting. For their work on that tragedy, WBZ-TV was honored with a National Emmy Award. Since joining the team in 2007, he has won eleven Emmy awards including Best Anchor and Best Reporter three times. In addition to his work with local charities, Elias is involved with the U.S. Military. He has served as the Honorary Commander of Hanscom Air Force Base and is an instructor once a year at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Elias joined WBZ-TV from KNXV in Phoenix, AZ. He served as the main anchor for five years. He also traveled the country reporting stories such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and the Washington D.C. sniper shootings. While in Phoenix his investigative work won him a George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy award, a National Headliner Award, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors certificate. He also formed the “Welcome Home Project” to honor and recognize returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prior to Phoenix, Elias was the main anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, CA. In his five years at the station, he won a Golden Mike for his work during the Jewish Day Care Center shooting. He also anchored for hours following the crash of Alaskan Airlines flight 261. He spent a great deal of time helping local charities with fundraisers and events, and he also helped promote awareness about the need to build the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

In the early 90’s Elias worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, MN. He was the 5pm anchor and 10pm reporter. He traveled the country covering a variety of stories including the Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA flight 800, the Northridge earthquake, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He was a part of the team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, and he won Emmy awards for his anchoring and reporting.

Early in his career, Elias worked in Birmingham, Alabama and Sacramento, California. In that time he’s headed up an investigative unit, been a traveling correspondent that reported from the L.A. Riots, Oakland Hills Fire, Landers Earthquake and a half dozen huge wildfires.

In all, Elias has won a duPont Award, three Peabody Awards, a national Emmy Award, and twenty one Emmy Awards.

Jonathan has a B.A. in history from California State University at Northridge. He and his wife Holly met when they were five years old. He has two children and loves spending his off time with his family. He enjoys golf, martial arts, weightlifting, rock climbing, and target shooting. Now and then he likes to play the piano or “pick his banjo.”

Justin Quinn honored by Boston Police. (WBZ-TV)

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Army Captain Justin Fitch, who once considered suicide, has made it his new mission to combat veteran suicides.

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George in custom wheelchair (WBZ-TV)

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A Methuen mother is heartbroken after her son’s wheelchair vanished from her house.

06/25/2014

LL Cool J receives honorary degree from Northeastern (WBZ)

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Actor and musician LL Cool J was in Boston to see his daughter graduate and to become “Doctor” Cool J.

05/02/2014

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04/22/2014

Marathon bombing survivors J.P. and Paul Norden. (WBZ-TV)

Brothers Injured In Marathon Bombing Hope New Book Inspires Others

A bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon took the right leg of both Paul and J.P. Norden.

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(Image: CBS Boston)

Future Of Boston: Innovation Gives Hope To Economy

With emerging technologies, the Boston economy is showing a renewed vitality.

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Boston Police Commissioner William Evans (WBZ-TV)

One-On-One With Boston Police Commissioner William Evans

For William Evans, the job is personal. As a lifelong Boston resident, he wants safe streets for everyone’s kids including his own.

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Bill Kleinedler (WBZ-TV photo)

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Bill Kleinedler isn’t just an artist, he’s a survivor. Seven years ago as an Army Staff Sergeant in Iraq, the Humvee that he was driving was blown up.

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Fishermen (WBZ-TV photo)

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Environmentalists say global warming has depleted fish stocks. Fishermen argue there are fish, and regulations that defy common sense.

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