Ellen McNamara co-anchors FOX 10 Xtra News @ 7 p.m. and FOX 10 News @ 10 p.m. on weeknights.
Ellen joined FOX 10 in 2021 and is thrilled to be surrounded by her family in Phoenix. She is a regional Emmy award and regional Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist. She has worked for 17 years in local television news. Before joining FOX 10, she was the evening anchor for the CBS affiliate in Kansas City. She has also worked in newsrooms in Minneapolis, Tampa, Austin and Lubbock.
Ellen was born in Chicago and grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. While in college, she played soccer in the Big 12 and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Ellen grew up in the news business, as her father is former CBS News correspondent Bob McNamara. However, it wasn't until she interned at the CBS affiliate in Lubbock, Texas that she fell in love with the business herself.
Ellen is an avid runner and has completed a number of marathons, including five consecutive Boston Marathons. She finished 30 minutes before the bombs went off at the finish line at the marathon in 2013, and returned to run again in 2014.
Ellen and her husband along with their son, Knox, and Golden Retriever live in Central Phoenix.
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“During the fire fight, the fire was able to make its way into the void space in the attic and started to weaken the structural integrity of the building,” the department said on Aug. 25. “At this time, a 2nd Alarm was called, and is[sic] was determined that this incident would go from a offensive operation to a defensive operation (fighting the fire from the exterior).”