Jonathan Elias Leaving WBZ for DC
WBZ-TV anchor Jonathan Elias announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is leaving the station to join WJLA-TV ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. The Herald reports Elias will be the station’s main evening news anchor.
Jonathan joined WBZ-TV in 2007, and has covered countless stories since then. In 2012, he field anchored for the station from Newtown, Connecticut on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Jonathan was also at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013 when two bombs exploded, starting off a week of news coverage that Jonathan says he will never forget. WBZ-TV was honored for coverage of that event with an Alfred I. duPont Award as well as a George Foster Peabody Award.
Jonathan came to Boston from KNXV-TV ABC 15 in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was the station’s lead anchor for five years. While working in Phoenix, Jonathan’s investigative work won him a Peabody award, an Emmy award, a National Headliner Award, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors certificate. Jonathan also created the “Welcome Home Project” to honor and recognize returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Before moving to Phoenix, Jonathan was the main news anchor at KCBS-TV 2 in Los Angeles, California. While working in Los Angeles, Jonathan was awarded a Golden Mike award for his coverage of the Jewish Day Care Center shooting. Jonathan also anchored coverage of the crash of Alaskan Airlines flight 261, and spent a great deal of time helping charities with fundraisers.
Jonathan’s first anchor gig was at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he anchored the 5PM news and reported for the 10PM news. Jonathan traveled across the country to report on the Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800, and the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jonathan was part of a Peabody award-winning team, and won Emmy awards for his work in Minneapolis.
Prior to becoming an anchor, Jonathan had reporting gigs at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California, and at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jonathan graduated from California State University-Northridge with a BA in History. According to his bio on WBZ’s website, Jonathan met his wife when they were both five years old. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, weightlifting, and rock-climbing.
While there is no exact date on when Jonathan leaves WBZ, he starts at WJLA in June.