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.
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