Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News
Rehema Ellis joined NBC NEWS in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent. She reports on all subjects with a special focus on education. 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 2008 Presidential Election and she reported from the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.
Ellis has been an integral part of other headliner stories including, 9/11. In fact, she was the first person to identify the attack on the air as Nine-Eleven. She’s reported on Hurricane Katrina, the death of Michael of Jackson and the Haiti earthquake.
As a correspondent for NBC, Ellis traveled to Zaire to report on the mass killings that left an estimated one million people dead in Rwanda. A few years later she spent a month in Greece covering the summer Olympics.
Ellis began her broadcast career at KDKA Radio and TV in Pittsburgh. Later, she worked in Boston at WHDH-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor.
She has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent and received numerous awards including local and national Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She's also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism.
Born in North Carolina, and raised in Boston, she graduated from Simmons College in Boston and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
Ellis currently lives in New York City with her young son.