Linda Ellerbee Retiring

Linda Ellerbee Retiring; Final Nick News Broadcast Set for December

After spending more than 40 years in journalism — informing generations of adults and children, alike — legendary newswoman Linda Ellerbee is ready to hang up her hat.

Ellerbee on Tuesday announced she will retire after the final broadcast of Nick News With Linda Ellerbee; a one-hour retrospective special titled “Hello, I Must Be Going!” will air Dec. 15 at 8/7c on Nickelodeon.

Before launching Nick News in 1991, Ellerbee anchored and wrote for NBC News Overnight in the early 1980s. Prior to working at NBC, Ellerbee honed her craft as a reporter for the Associated Press in Houston, then as an on-air reporter for CBS.

“My goal was never a nation of kid news junkies,” Ellerbee says of her work with Nick News. “I am more subversive; I wanted to grow a nation of rowdy citizens.”

Ellerbee’s work on Nick News earned it the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary (for “Coming Home: When Parents Return From War”), as well as three Peabody Awards, an Afred I. duPont–Columbia University Awards and 10 — yes, 10 — Emmy Awards.

Will you tune in for Ellerbee’s sign-off? What are your own memories of her broadcasts? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. radmcawesome says:

    Wow. The thought of her retiring never crossed my mind.

  2. Chris Leonardi says:

    Wow. I didn’t even know that Nick still aired that show.

  3. sarah t says:

    I had no idea this show was still even on! I used to love this show when I was younger.

  4. TNelso says:

    Good for her, she deserves all the best. My son was born in ’91 and I always knew Linda Ellerbee would provide him (and me) a calm, balanced view of whatever subject she was covering. She will be missed.

  5. Angela says:

    Aw, this is sad news. I loved “Nick News” when I was younger-I particularly remember her talking to some children who were affected by Hurricane Andrew. And I recall her covering some environmental-related issues as well.
    I’ll have to make a point to tune in for this episode.

  6. Steve F. says:

    And so it goes… looks like I’ll be tuning in as well.