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Linda Ellerbee

Award-Winning Journalist & Television Producer; Breast Cancer Survivor

Award-Winning Journalist & Television Producer; Breast Cancer Survivor

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Linda Ellerbee Biography

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist, award-winning television producer, writer, anchor, best-selling author, breast cancer survivor, and one of the most sought-after speakers in America. She is a recognized advocate for cancer patients, using humor as a tool for fighting the disease, and has also spoken out about her experiences with alcoholism.

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." She also tackled various roles, such as the longtime Washington correspondent for NBC News and co-host of Weekend, which competed with CBS's 60 Minutes. 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 Award.

In 1987, Ellerbee and partner Rolfe Tessem quit network news to start Lucky Duck Productions, a New York-based company that produces news, documentaries, and other specials for broadcast and cable. Their production company has created content for every major cable network, including notable programs like the weekly news for children, "Nick News." "Nick News," anchored by Ellerbee herself, is the longest-running children's news program in television history. Known for the respectful and direct way it speaks to children about the important issues of our time, "Nick News" has collected several Peabody Awards and Emmy Awards. 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, even making appearances on C-SPAN. 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. Additionally, she has guest-starred as herself in an episode of the sitcom Murphy Brown. She was honored with an Emmy in 2004 for her series "When I Was a Girl," which aired on WE: Women's Entertainment network.

As an author, Ellerbee has published several books, including her autobiography "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. Both have been national bestsellers. She also dabbled in children's literature with her series of "Girl Reporter" books and an eight-part fiction series entitled "Get Real."

In 2011, Ellerbee won the Tribute Award, the highest honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media, and has been honored with prestigious accolades like NOW NYC's Women of Power & Influence Award and a Personal Peabody Award. When 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, and even embrace, a changing world. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she retired in 2015 after 43 years in journalism but remains a relevant figure in the industry.

Linda Ellerbee Speaking Topics

  • How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids

    In the future, kids will learn to use the media that surround them as tools, or they will be tools of that media. Television. The Internet. Smartphones. Facebook. Twitter. What's next? Parents and teachers need some help here. What is media literacy and how do you teach it to kids? Ellerbee, using (as always) humor and personal stories to make her points, offers insight, perspective and simple advice gained from speaking with (and listening to) kids for over 20 years on the critically-acclaimed and longest-running children’s news and documentary series in television history, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee…and from raising two media-savvy kids of her own. PLEASE NOTE: THIS SPEECH MAY BE TAILORED FOR EDUCATION GROUPS. Ellerbee will talk about how teachers can use media as a teaching tool and turn media from the enemy into the teacher’s friend.

  • How to Survive a Changing World & How to Change Your World

  • Healthcare from the Patients Perspective

  • Change Is a Form of Hope

    Ellerbee uses her well-known wit and her personal stories to send a strong message that change, life’s only constant, need not be met with fear, that to risk change is to believe in tomorrow, and that you can indeed survive a changing world with your heart intact. She’s survived the trials of being one of the first women in her field, working for years in corporate America, raising two kids as a single mother, starting her own company, losing both her breasts to cancer, and overcoming her own pig-headedness (something she still has to work at). She shares her personal rules for surviving change, inspiring women (and men) to be strong, encouraging them to make noise, and urging them to do the right thing. In her extraordinary life and career, Ellerbee has learned that change is the norm, and that it’s better to make it than be caught by it.

  • How to Succeed & Still Hang Onto Your Values

    How to build a strong career by doing it your way. How to find your own power. How to not lose yourself or your values as you rise in your work. How you can — and cannot — balance work and family. How you can manage to stay human by managing a company humanely. Ellerbee delivers a series of useful messages to employers and employees through plenty of humor and stories — from having a boss to being the boss. And still being able to face yourself in the mirror. What she offers is nothing less than a new template for a new century of working women — and men.

  • Surviving Breast Cancer to Laugh Another Day

    Ellerbee knows that cancer is a family disease, even a cancer that strikes mostly women. In her rightfully famous speeches on this subject, she describes her own journey through cancer, from the devastation of diagnosis, the loss of both breasts, walking through the dark valley of chemo, wrestling with the fear of death — and how good it feels to still be on the right side of the grass 20 years later. She talks of dealing with the medical profession, family and friends — all of whom, even when well intentioned, occasionally seem misguided or absurd, if not downright silly. Ellerbee encourages women to become partners in their treatment, to stand up for themselves, to make a big noise, to fight — and fight back. She speaks directly to the hearts of women, sharing stories that make them laugh and make them cry, and then show them how to find the beauty — and healing powers — of laughter through tears. Life goes on. So can you.

Linda Ellerbee Videos

  • Linda Ellerbee lecture on breast cancer, Sept. 2002
    Linda Ellerbee discusses her personal struggle with breast cancer.
  • Linda Ellerbee discusses "NBC News Overnight ...

Linda Ellerbee Books

  • Take Big Bites
    Take Big Bites
  • Get Real #6: Girl Reporter Rocks Polls!
    Get Real #6: Girl Reporter Rocks Polls!
  • Girl Reporter Stuck in Jam! (Get Real, No. 3)
    Girl Reporter Stuck in Jam! (Get Real, No. 3)
  • Girl Reporter Blows Lid Off Town! (Get Real, No. 1)
    Girl Reporter Blows Lid Off Town! (Get Real, No. 1)
  • Girl Reporter Sinks School! (Get Real, No. 2)
    Girl Reporter Sinks School! (Get Real, No. 2)
  • And So It Goes
    And So It Goes

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Linda Ellerbee is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids, How to Survive a Changing World & How to Change Your World, Healthcare from the Patients Perspective, Change Is a Form of Hope, How to Succeed & Still Hang Onto Your Values and Surviving Breast Cancer to Laugh Another Day. The estimated speaking fee range to book Linda Ellerbee for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Linda Ellerbee generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joan Lunden, Kathy Ireland, Montel Williams, Shannon Miller and Linda Armstrong Kelly. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Linda Ellerbee for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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