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Jonathan Elias is an award winning journalist and has been recognized both nationally and locally for covering and reporting stories.

He joins ABC7/WJLA-TV from WBZ in Boston where he was a primary anchor and a lead reporter. On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings he was the only reporter to be standing on the finish line. His coverage earned him the highest journalism awards in the business, a duPont, a Peabody, and a National Emmy award. While in Boston Elias earned Emmy Awards for being the best anchor, writer, and for four years in a row as the best general assignment reporter. He covered blizzards, hurricanes and parades for the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.

Before Boston Elias was the main anchor at KNXV in Phoenix. He traveled the country covering big stories including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and the Washington D.C. sniper case. His investigative work exposing a gaping hole in the T.S.A. screening process earned him a national Peabody Award. Elias also started the Welcome Home Project -- a group that works to recognize and thank returning Purple Heart Veterans.

Elias has worked as a primary anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, WCCO in Minneapolis and as a reporter in Birmingham and Joplin.

During that time he has covered important stories including the L.A. Riots, Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA 800. Elias has covered the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, and has been in Manchester, New Hampshire as presidential candidates work to build support.

In all Elias has won three George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award, a National Emmy, and 21 local Emmy awards.

In addition to his work as a journalist Jonathan has served as an Honorary Commander at Hanscom Air Force Base for three years, and for nearly a decade has served as an instructor at the U.S. Army War College.

Elias graduated from California State University at Northridge as a history major. He married his high school sweetheart, but the two first met in kindergarten. They have two children and a cattle dog named Beau. In his free time he enjoys traveling, reading, working out and searching for the perfect BBQ.