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Rehema Ellis Announced as NAMWOLF General Session Speaker for Monday, September 22!

Rehema Ellis |Chief Education Correspondent, NBC News

Rehema Ellis was named the chief education correspondent at NBC News in 2010. She plays an integral part of NBC News’ “Education Nation” initiative.  Her reports appear on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She is also a digital journalist and shoots, blogs, and writes for

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 has been part of other headliner stories including the attacks on the World Trade Center.  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 joined NBC NEWS in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent. She 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.  Most recently, she was honored with a DuPont Award for reporting on hunger in America’s school as part of the “In Plain Sight:  Poverty in America” series, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing.  She is 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.


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