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Jonathan Elias

WBZ-TV's Jonathan EliasFor more than a quarter century, Jonathan Elias has been an award winning journalist. He anchors WBZ-TV News at 5PM Paula Ebben as well as WBZ-TV News at 11PM Lisa Hughes.

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. 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 ten 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 11 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, he has won a Dupont Award, 2 Peabody Awards, a National Emmy Award, and 20 Emmys.

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 kids 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.”

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.

04/01/2014

(Image: CBS Boston)

Future Of Boston: Innovation Gives Hope To Economy

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

02/10/2014

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.

01/31/2014

Bill Kleinedler (WBZ-TV photo)

Veteran Badly Burned In Iraq Finds Therapy In Art

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.

12/24/2013

Fishermen (WBZ-TV photo)

Fishing Industry At Risk Of Disappearing In New England

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

11/25/2013

Red Cross food pantry in Boston. (WBZ-TV photo)

Food Pantries Prepare For Increased Demand

The nearly 47-million Americans who rely on food stamps are now dealing with cuts. The 2009 stimulus program that boosted benefits is now over.

11/01/2013

Diesel (WBZ-TV photo)

Dracut Woman Seeks Help For Injured Service Dog

A service dog that provides lifesaving and life changing help to a Dracut woman, needs help himself.

10/14/2013

Sean Collier

Tributes Comfort Family Of Slain MIT Officer Sean Collier

On Thursday, the Somerville Police Department will posthumously swear in Officer Sean Collier then retire his badge.

08/21/2013

Comic Con Boston was held on Wednesday, July 31. (Credit: WBZ-TV's Ken Tucci)

Costume Contest Kicks Off Boston Comic Con

It was a people watchers parade of super heroes, villains and video game characters, all of them getting excited about this weekend’s Comic Con in Boston.

07/31/2013

Robotic competition at Boston University

Robotics Competition Underway At Boston University

A robotics competition in Boston features technology built by teenagers that you have to see to believe.

03/22/2013

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