Rehema Ellis is an American television journalist. She currently is working for NBC News. She is also the lead education correspondent for NBC News. Currently based in New York City, New York, she lives with her young son.
Born in 1954 in North Carolina, she was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ellis joined the NBC network at the age of 40. She was a general assignment correspondent back then. In 2010, she became an Education Correspondent. She then became an integral part of NBC’s first annual Education Nation summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of America’s education system.
Her reports appear on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She is also a digital journalist. Ellis shoots, blogs, writes for NBC on-line and she tweets.
Ellis was part of the NBC Emmy award-winning coverage of the plane crash in the Hudson River called, Miracle on the Hudson. She also won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration.
Ellis had worked at several television stations before joining her current network. Ellis began her broadcasting career at KDKA-TV and Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has also worked at WHDH-TV in Boston as an anchor and reporter.
Ellis graduated from Simmons College in Boston and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. She is also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism.
During her more than twenty-year career with NBC News, she has reported on a wide range of topics, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, mass killings in Zaire, the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, and the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Greece.
Ellis has won numerous Emmy Awards, Associated Press awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the National Association of Black Journalists awards.
Back in November 2007, NBC Nightly News had run a series of special reports on the status of African-American women. It was being reported by Ellis. One of the stories had focused on the number of single mothers in the African-American community. An African-American woman herself, Ellis, in that show, had revealed herself to be a divorced single mother with a young child.
“I wasn't any less plugged into the news, but I am more plugged into my son” she has also stated in one of her reports. For almost a decade now she has revealed of being a single mom and her struggles throughout.
Though being a success in her professional life with notable achievements, her personal life seems a bit bumpy. However, with her hard work, she has been able to accumulate an approximate net worth of $3 million and a handsome annual salary from her network too.