Linda Ellerbee Biography, Age, Career, Books, Employment and Net Worth

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Linda Ellerbee Biography

Linda Ellerbee is an American journalist who is most known for several jobs at NBC News, including Washington, D.C. correspondent, and also as host of Nickelodeon’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.


Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee Age

Linda was born on 15 August 1944, Bryan Texas, United States. She is 74 years as of 2018

Linda Ellerbee Height

Her detailed information about her height and weight is still not disclosed. However, everyone can tell that she was at the top of her immense beauty at a young age. Maintain balance in her food with small work out she is still powerful and strong.

Linda Ellerbee Image

Linda Ellerbee Image

Linda Ellerbee Partner

Linda first married Mac Smith, however, the couple’s relationship did not last very long and they divorced in 1966.

Ellerbee currently resides with her partner Rolfe Tessem. However, there are confusions about the relationship status of this couple as different sources claim differing views. On one hand, some sources claim that Ellerbee already engaged with her Tessem. On the other hand, some other sources state that she is still dating and Tessem is just a boyfriend.

Linda Ellerbee Young

Ellerbee attended River Oaks Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School in Houston.

She also attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, although she dropped out in 1964. Ellerbee traveled around the country for some time afterward, working itinerant jobs in radio. In her own words:
I moved around some, married some, had two babies, worked for three radio stations, one of which hired me to read the news because I sounded black—my Texas heritage—and the black woman it had hired did not. … In radio, I learned about keeping logs, editing audiotape, writing copy, selling air time, announcing, and “running a board,” which sounds one hell of a lot more sporting than it is.

After a stint working for Terry Miller, majority leader of the Alaska Senate, she was hired by the Dallas bureau of the Associated Press to write copy. She claims to have been fired after writing a catty personal letter on the AP’s word processors and accidentally sending the letter out on the wire. The letter brought her to the attention of Houston CBS television affiliate KHOU-TV, which hired her to replace Jessica Savitch in January 1973. Within several months, she was hired by New York’s WCBS-TV.

Linda Ellerbee Career

After dropping out, Linda began working for late Terry Miller, majority leader of the Alaska Senate, followed by her being hired by Dallas bureau of the Associated Press. But after her catty personal letter on the AP’s word processors was leaked, Linda got fired.

In January 1973, Linda joined CBS’ KHOU-TV based in Houston replacing Jessica Savitch and was hired by New York’s WCBS-TV, some months later.

Then Linda started working as a reporter at NBC on The Today Show, hosted by the veteran Al Roker alongside his co-workers. One of Linda major career achievements came up in the year 1982, as Ellerbee appeared for the NBC News Overnight with her Weekend co-host Lloyd Dobyns.

After NBC News Overnight was canceled in 1986, Linda moved to rival network ABC and served as a reporter for Good Morning America. Later, she worked on ABC’s Our World with co-anchor Ray Gandof; the program earned her an Emmy Award.

Linda Ellerbee also started a production company Lucky Duck Productions in 1987 with her ex-husband  Rolfe Tessem. The company released Nick News with Linda Ellerbee that aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 2015 that won 3 Peabody Awards, DuPont Columbia Award, and 3 Emmys.

Also known for her guest appearance in Murphy Brown in 1989, Linda is an author too. She released an autobiography And So It Goes in 1986. Her other books include Move on: Adventures in the Real World (1991) and Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table (2005).

As of recent, Linda Ellerbee is enjoying her retired life after her retirement in 2015 at the age of 72.

Linda Ellerbee Quotes

If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?
People are pretty much alike. It’s only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.
In the coldest February, as in every other month in every other year, the best thing to hold on to in this world is each other.
If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time.
Styles, like everything else, change. Style doesn’t.

Linda Ellerbee Employment


  • 1978–1979: Weekend
  • 1979–1982: NBC Nightly News
  • 1982–1984: NBC News Overnight
  • 1984: Summer Sunday
  • 1984–1986: Today
  • 1986–1987: Our World
  • 1992–2015: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee


  • Disc jockey at WSDM Chicago 1965–1968
  • Program director, KSJO San Francisco, 1967–1968
  • Reporter, KJNO Juneau, Alaska, 1969–1972
  • News writer, Associated Press in Dallas, Texas, 1972
  • Television reporter, KHOU in Houston, 1972–1973
  • General assignment reporter, WCBS-TV in New York City, 1973–1976
  • Reporter, the Washington bureau of NBC News, 1976–1978
  • Co-anchor, network news magazine Weekend, 1978–1979
  • Correspondent, NBC Nightly News, 1979–1982
  • Co-anchor, NBC News Overnight, 1982–1984
  • Co-anchor, Summer Sunday, 1984
  • Reporter, Today, 1984–1986
  • Reporter, Good Morning America, 1986
  • Anchor, Our World, 1986–1987
  • Commentator, CNN, 1989
  • President, Lucky Duck Productions, since 1987
  • Producer, writer, and host, Nick News 1993-2015
  • Writer, host, On the Record
  • On-line production with Microsoft, since 1996

Linda Ellerbee Books

  • “And so it Goes”-1986
  • Take Big Bites-2005
  • Girl reporte rocks polls-2000
  • Move on: Adventures in the Real World-1991
  • Girl Reporter Sinks School-2000
  • Girl Reporter blows Lid off Town-2000
  • Girl Reporter Stuck in Jam-2000
  • Girl Reporter bytes back-2001
  • Ghoul reporter digs Up Zombies-2000
  • Girl Reporter snags Crush-2000
  • Girl Reporter gets the skinny -2001

Linda Ellerbee And So It Goes

Her autobiography And So It Goes was published in 1986.

Linda Ellerbee Breast Cancer

October is known for being Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in addition to that, every Wednesday is known as Wellness Wednesday. Unfortunately, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and underwent a double mastectomy. This was a huge setback for Linda but it did not hold her back from future achievements.

Linda Ellerbee Lloyd Dobyns

Lloyd Dobyns is a former NBC news reporter and correspondent. He hosted Weekend from 1974 to 1979 and NBC News Overnight with Linda Ellerbee (1982-83) before being replaced by Bill Schechner. In 1983

Linda Ellerbee Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of around $10 million

Linda Ellerbee Twitter

Linda Ellerbee Nick News

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee(formerly titled Nick News W/5 and sometimes shortened to Nick News
“Special Edition” is a closer look at some of the topics covered on “Nick News.” Hosted by Linda Ellerbee, “Special Edition” is a newsmagazine show geared toward children that reports on topical issues, including the environment, politics, and entertainment.
First episode date: 18 April 1992
Final episode date: 15 December 2015
Presented by: Linda Ellerbee
Network: Nickelodeon

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