Jonathan Elias Leaving WBZ for DC

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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.


  • What a professional Jonathan is. This is a loss for WBZ. I hope he enjoys his new home, but, he will be missed here. too bad they could not keep their part of the bargain.


  • This is sad news. WBZ made a mistake in not trying to keep him here. He is a fine journalist and should have been the primary anchor at WBZ.


  • I agree this is a huge loss for WBZ. Their mistake though choosing David Wade as main anchor to replace Jack Williams. It seemed he was the heir apparent and then David “weezle voice” Wade came out of nowhere. Dumb, dumb, dumb He can’t hold a candle to Jonathan!! I will miss you Jonathan


  • What a mistake to let Jonathan slip through your fingers. He should have been Jack’s replacement. I don’t have a problem with David Wade, but he should not have been placed in Jonathan’s position. And why did he not get a proper send-off? They did the same thing to Todd Gutner, another great member of their news team. Can’t stand Eric, Danielle or the ditzy blond with the horrible hair. The only good weather person remaining is Barry Burbank!


  • Good for you! Too classy for BZ… Way to go! Best of luck!


  • Wade instead of Jonathan? What a mistake! Shame on BZ. You lost a great journalist!


  • I been wondering what happened to him. Big mistake – they lose all the good ones. the new people are just horrible.


  • Susan L Richardson

    I also miss Jack Williams very much he was a very classy news anchor along side of Liz Walker Bruce and Schwgller and BovLebel. Jonathan and Todd will be missed on WBZ good Luck in your new endeavors. Glad we still have Barry Burbank classy weather guy


  • Miss Jonathan, he is a journalist and great reporter. Love that voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • I agree..BZ made big mistake letting this true professional go,,,there should have been no question that he’d succeed Jack – he absolutely earned it. Plus he was a great comfort when reporting disasters, an active supporter of boston, etc etc. I miss you Jonathan!! And to let him just leave with no fanfare (as they did with another favorite, Todd Gutner) is unforgiveable. Thank God for Lisa and Barry! PS….beginning to think BZ doesn’t want any good looking guys around–a mistake! Beverly


  • I was just thinking that I hadn’t seen Jonathan Elias for awhile. This is a loss for WBZ and the Boston viewers. He is such a great journalist. I have always liked David Wade but he is not Jonathan Elias. Our loss is DC’s gain. Like many others have commented, there should have been a send off for both Jonathan and Todd Gutner. The send off for Jack Williams last week was great. Jonathan and Todd also deserved some sort of send off. All the viewers got was a wake up call when we realize that these local news and weather guys just slipped away. Viewers deserve better from our favorite station.



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