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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.”

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Mom Wins Essay Contest For School That Is Slated For Closure

The beneficiary of the $5,000 prize money is the Sea Road School that is slated for closure.

12/09/2011

Construction underway on Boy Scout house in Ashburnham.

Community Helps Build New Boy Scout Meeting House In Ashburnham

The money was raised from spaghetti dinners, hot dog and hamburger stands and yard sales.

11/29/2011

People gather outside a downtown Boston bar at closing time.

I-Team: Neighbors Upset With Noisy Boston Bar Patrons

There are more liquor licenses than ever in downtown Boston and nightlife is booming, but some of the people living downtown aren’t too happy about it.

11/14/2011

Ty Wilhelmsen and his Milton Youth League Coach Jamie Herbert. (Photo courtesy: Ron Wilhemsen)

Curry College Soccer Team, Milton 12-Year-Old Form Special Bond

At five years old, Ty Wilhelmsen of Milton had a very tough road.

11/07/2011

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Understanding Homegrown Terrorism

An Ashland man accused of plotting a terror attack had real explosives, and said he was committed to killing Americans. But how did this happen and why?

09/29/2011

This historic weather vane was stolen from a barn in Norwell.

Antique Weather Vane Stolen From Norwell Barn; Imitation Left In Its Place

An antique weather vane worth tens of thousands of dollars was stolen from the top of a barn in Norwell, and the thief tried to cover up his crime.

09/27/2011

Virginie Cazir spoke at the vigil for her 17-month-old  son Gabriel Pierre.

Vigil Held In Dorchester For Child Found Dead In Daycare Van

The people of Dorchester held a vigil for 17-month-old Gabriel Pierre, who was found dead in a sweltering daycare van last week.

09/19/2011

In this handout satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Irene on August 24, 2011 in the Caribbean Sea.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

South Coast Residents Preparing For Worst With Hurricane Irene

The hurricane threat has many people living along the Massachusetts coast scrambling to get out of harms way.

08/25/2011

President Obama and his daughter seen here during a 2010 trip to Martha's Vineyard. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Vineyard Reaction Mixed Over Obama’s Vacation

President Obama will have time to think about his re-election campaign during a 10-day break on Martha’s Vineyard.

08/17/2011

Former firefighter who claimed he was disabled is going on trial.

Bodybuilding Firefighter Found Not Guilty Of Fraud

Albert Arroyo, Boston’s bodybuilding firefighter was found not guilty on fraud charges Monday afternoon.

08/15/2011

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