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 Linda Ellerbee Biography

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist; award-winning television producer, writer, and anchor; best-selling author; breast cancer survivor; a mother and grandmother; and one of the most sought-after speakers in America.

Ellerbee began her career at CBS, and then moved to NBC News where, after years of covering national politics, she pioneered the late-night news program NBC News Overnight, which she wrote and anchored. Overnight was cited by the duPont Columbia Awards as "the best written and most intelligent news program ever." Ellerbee moved to ABC News in 1986 to anchor and write Our World, a weekly primetime historical series. Her work on Our World won her an Emmy.

Ellerbee and partner Rolfe Tessem quit network news in 1987 to start Lucky Duck Productions, a New York-based company that produces news, documentaries, and other specials for broadcast and cable. In 1991, Lucky Duck began producing Nick News for Nickelodeon with Ellerbee as executive producer, writer, and anchor. Now celebrating its 20th year, Nick News, the longest running children's news program in television history, is watched by more children than every other television news show put together and has earned honors traditionally associated with adult programming. Known for the respectful and direct way it speaks to children about the important issues of our time, Nick News has collected three Peabody Awards (including one personal Peabody given to Ellerbee for her coverage of the Clinton investigation), a duPont Columbia Award, and eight Emmys. In 2009, Nick News received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary, making history as the first ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award.

These days, Ellerbee and her work can be seen all over the television universe. Lucky Duck produces primetime specials for ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, MTV, Logo, A&E, MSNBC, SOAPnet, Trio, Animal Planet, and TV Land, among others. Ellerbee was honored with an Emmy in 2004 for her series When I Was a Girl, which aired on WE: Women's Entertainment network.

Ellerbee's first foray into books for kids, an eight-part fiction series entitled Get Real published in 2000, won her raves among middle school readers. Both of Ellerbee's previous adult books And So It Goes, a humorous look at television news, and Move On, stories about being a working single mother, a child of the '60s, and a woman trying to find balance in her life have been national bestsellers. Ellerbee's recent book, also a bestseller, Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table, is a humorous account of her love of travel, talking to (and eating with) strangers, and, according to Ellerbee, "oh, just making trouble in general."

In 2011, Ellerbee won the Tribute Award, the highest honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media. On presenting the award, former CNN anchor Aaron Brown said to a ballroom full of women, "The two most important women in the history of television news are Barbara Walters and Linda Ellerbee. Barbara Walters made it possible for you to be on television news; Linda Ellerbee made it possible for you to be YOU on television news."

As a popular and versatile speaker, Ellerbee travels thousands of miles each year, inspiring audiences with her insight and filling banquet rooms and concert halls with laughter. They come to hear her trademark wit and wisdom on everything from how to survive corporate America with your values intact to how to survive breast cancer and live to laugh about it (she often speaks to medical groups concerning healthcare from a patient's point of view), and how to accept even embrace a changing world, perhaps making a few changes yourself.

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