Linda Ellerbee Biography

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist; award-winning television producer, writer, and anchor; best-selling author; breast cancer survivor; a mother and grandmother; and one of the most sought-after speakers in America.

Ellerbee began her career at CBS, and then moved to NBC News where, after years of covering national politics, she pioneered the late-night news program "NBC News Overnight," which she wrote and anchored. "Overnight" was cited by the DuPont Columbia Awards as "the best written and most intelligent news program ever." Ellerbee moved to ABC News in 1986 to anchor and write "Our World," a weekly primetime historical series. Her work on "Our World" won her an Emmy Award.

Ellerbee and partner Rolfe Tessem quit network news in 1987 to start Lucky Duck Productions, a New York-based company that produces news, documentaries, and other specials for broadcast and cable. In 1991, Lucky Duck began producing "Nick News" for Nickelodeon with Ellerbee as executive producer, writer, and anchor. Today "Nick News" is the longest running children's news program in television history. Known for the respectful and direct way it speaks to children about the important issues of our time, "Nick News" has collected several Peabody Awards and Emmy Awards. In 2009, "Nick News" received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary, making history as the first ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award.

These days, Ellerbee and her work can be seen all over the television universe. Lucky Duck produces primetime specials for ABC, CBS, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, MTV, Logo, A&E, MSNBC, SOAPnet, Trio, Animal Planet, and TV Land, among others. Ellerbee was honored with an Emmy in 2004 for her series "When I Was a Girl," which aired on WE: Women's Entertainment network.

Ellerbee's first foray into books for kids, an eight-part fiction series entitled "Get Real" published in 2000, won her raves among middle school readers. Both of Ellerbee's previous adult books "And So It Goes," a humorous look at television news, and "Move On," stories about being a working single mother, a child of the '60s, and a woman trying to find balance in her life have been national bestsellers.

In 2011, Ellerbee won the Tribute Award, the highest honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media. On presenting the award, former CNN anchor Aaron Brown said to a ballroom full of women, "The two most important women in the history of television news are Barbara Walters and Linda Ellerbee. Barbara Walters made it possible for you to be on television news; Linda Ellerbee made it possible for you to be YOU on television news."

As a popular and versatile speaker, Ellerbee travels thousands of miles each year, inspiring audiences with her insight and filling banquet rooms and concert halls with laughter. They come to hear her trademark wit and wisdom on everything from how to survive corporate America with your values intact to how to survive breast cancer and live to laugh about it (she often speaks to medical groups concerning healthcare from a patient's point of view), and how to accept, and even embrace, a changing world.

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Linda Ellerbee Videos

Linda Ellerbee lecture on breast cancer, Sept. 2002
Linda Ellerbee discusses "NBC News Overnight ...

How to book Linda Ellerbee?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Linda Ellerbee for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Linda Ellerbee, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Linda Ellerbee or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Linda Ellerbee?

Booking fees for Linda Ellerbee, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Linda Ellerbee, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Linda Ellerbee?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Linda Ellerbee for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Linda Ellerbee for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Linda Ellerbee or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Linda Ellerbee or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Linda Ellerbee is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Business and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Linda Ellerbee for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Linda Ellerbee generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Montel Williams, Kathy Ireland and Bertice Berry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Linda Ellerbee for an upcoming event.

Linda Ellerbee Videos

Linda Ellerbee lecture on breast cancer, Sept. 2002
Linda Ellerbee discusses "NBC News Overnight ...

Linda Ellerbee Speaking Topics

  • How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids

    In the future, kids will learn to use the media that surround them as tools, or they will be tools of that media. Television. The Internet. Smartphones. Facebook. Twitter. What's next? Parents and teachers need some help here. What is media literacy and how do you teach it to kids? Ellerbee, using (as always) humor and personal stories to make her points, offers insight, perspective and simple advice gained from speaking with (and listening to) kids for over 20 years on the critically-acclaimed and longest-running children’s news and documentary series in television history, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee…and from raising two media-savvy kids of her own. PLEASE NOTE: THIS SPEECH MAY BE TAILORED FOR EDUCATION GROUPS. Ellerbee will talk about how teachers can use media as a teaching tool and turn media from the enemy into the teacher’s friend.

  • How to Survive a Changing World & How to Change Your World

  • Healthcare from the Patients Perspective

  • Change Is a Form of Hope

    Ellerbee uses her well-known wit and her personal stories to send a strong message that change, life’s only constant, need not be met with fear, that to risk change is to believe in tomorrow, and that you can indeed survive a changing world with your heart intact. She’s survived the trials of being one of the first women in her field, working for years in corporate America, raising two kids as a single mother, starting her own company, losing both her breasts to cancer, and overcoming her own pig-headedness (something she still has to work at). She shares her personal rules for surviving change, inspiring women (and men) to be strong, encouraging them to make noise, and urging them to do the right thing. In her extraordinary life and career, Ellerbee has learned that change is the norm, and that it’s better to make it than be caught by it.

  • How to Succeed & Still Hang Onto Your Values

    How to build a strong career by doing it your way. How to find your own power. How to not lose yourself or your values as you rise in your work. How you can — and cannot — balance work and family. How you can manage to stay human by managing a company humanely. Ellerbee delivers a series of useful messages to employers and employees through plenty of humor and stories — from having a boss to being the boss. And still being able to face yourself in the mirror. What she offers is nothing less than a new template for a new century of working women — and men.

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How to book Linda Ellerbee?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Linda Ellerbee for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Linda Ellerbee, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Linda Ellerbee or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Linda Ellerbee?

Booking fees for Linda Ellerbee, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Linda Ellerbee, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Linda Ellerbee?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Linda Ellerbee for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Linda Ellerbee for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Linda Ellerbee or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Linda Ellerbee or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Linda Ellerbee is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including College, Business and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Linda Ellerbee for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Linda Ellerbee generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Montel Williams, Kathy Ireland and Bertice Berry. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Linda Ellerbee for an upcoming event.

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