Born at Stanford University hospital, Ellen K, the youngest of six Norwegian children, grew up in academic surroundings. Ellen’s father, a math scientist/rocket engineer with a Masters degree from Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford, would move the family to a small Indiana town for a high ranking position at Purdue University.
At the age of 4, Ellen began competitively swimming, leading to “early morning” workouts that proved useful in early morning radio down the road. Hard work, a love of swimming, and those early morning practices earned her a place on the Indiana AAU swim team, and later the Purdue swim team. Rounding out her college experience and classes, Ellen landed an internship at a local radio station…and from the moment she began talking to listeners on the air about their lives, she knew she was hooked.
Over the next decade, radio promotions came fast for Ellen as she was recruited from her small Indiana surroundings to San Diego, then San Francisco, and finally Los Angeles, the #1 radio market-becoming a morning co-host at KIIS FM with the legendary Rick Dees. It is then Ellen met an LA radio executive she married and has a wonderful son with today.
Ellen co-hosted with Wayne Brady on his Emmy Award winning talk show while holding down a correspondent role for Extra and remaining on air daily with Rick Dees at KIIS FM, a show that won her dozens of Marconi and Billboard Radio Awards.
EK continues her daily TV work as the host of her own segment “Ellen Ks’ Inside Hollywood” on the KTLA evening news, all while enjoying her radio mornings with mega-star Ryan Seacrest on the top rated and globally syndicated “ON AIR with RYAN SEACREST” (affiliate map detail at ellenk.com ).
Ellen also finds time to do the live VO for the Grammys on CBS, the Screen Actors Guild Awards on TBS/TNT, as well as the narration for the huge UK hit “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” & ” My Big Fat American Gypsy wedding” on TLC. Additionally, Ellen is showcased weekly as the host of velvetredtv.com, a movie & lifestyle trend setting website, and occasionally squeezes in cameos on “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “Days of Our Lives”.
Ellen balances this variety of entertainment roles with spending her afternoons and weekends alongside her active
9-year-old son, Calvin and that same radio executive she married 13 years ago. Ellen does a dance workout these days to stay in shape, and when coaxed back into the water for a charity triathlon recently, she dove-in and won the female division of the Huntington Beach and Malibu triathlons.
Look for Ellen’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (induction May2012) in front of the W Hotel Hollywood.
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