(August 15, 1944 - living) U.S.A.
Linda Ellerbee (Linda Jane Smith) was born in in Bryan, Texas, and educated at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She married Mac Smith in 1964 (divorced, 1966); Van Veselka in 1968 (divorced, 1971), and had two children: Vanessa and Joshua; then she married Tom Ellerbee in 1973 (divorced, 1974). Linda Ellerbee, one of the most sought-after speakers in America, is a breast cancer survivor.
Linda Ellerbee has earned a reputation as a highly-respected and outspoken journalist and producer. She has created several groundbreaking specials on issues including breast cancer, sexual practices of young people and abortion. She has received all of television's highest honors, and for an unprecedented three consecutive years, the Television Critics Association has honored Ellerbee for her outstanding achievement in children's programming.
Gaining fame in the 1970s and 1980s for her stints as an NBC News Washington correspondent, Weekend co-anchor, reporter, and co-anchor of NBC News Overnight, Linda Ellerbee became a symbol for a different type of reporter: literate, funny, irreverent, and never condescending. Her personal style attracted a diverse and dedicated following of viewers on her stories that covered everything from politics to pop culture. "And so it goes" is her trademark broadcast tag line and the title of her 1986 bestseller "And So it Goes": Adventures in Television, an amusing and candid look at the realities of the profession.
Linda has functioned as a network news correspondent, anchor, writer, producer, and is currently president of her own production company, Lucky Duck Productions, founded with her partner Rolfe Tessem in 1987. Lucky Duck Productions has a reputation as a supplier of outstanding children's programming. Each week Ellerbee writes and hosts Nick News and the quarterly Nick News Special Editions, the Nickelodeon news magazine for children and young people, both produced by Lucky Duck Productions.
Although Ellerbee has won all of television's highest honors, she says her two children have brought her the richest rewards. She spends her personal time in New York City and Massachusetts with Rolfe, her partner in work and life and their golden retriever, Ollie.
"A final note: we don't become gay - or straight - by talking about these things. Gay is not catching. Hate, however, is. Is it possible to make tolerance catching, too? "