|Born||January 23, 1974|
|Occupation||Anchor / Reporter|
|Notable credit(s)||CNN's American Morning; Headline News; CNN International|
Stephanie Elam (born January 23, 1974) is a former weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC4 in Los Angeles (KNBC). Previously, she was a CNN business news correspondent also reporting for Headline News and CNN International.
Elam was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area along with her three brothers and two sisters. She grew up in Saratoga, California and attended Saratoga High School. After graduating from Saratoga High School, Elam moved to Washington D.C. to attend Howard University. While in college, Elam joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, served as chief copy editor of the school newspaper, The Hilltop, and was a member of the Howard University swim team. She graduated cum laude with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1995.
Elam joined NBC4 Los Angeles (KNBC) as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter in August 2011. During her tenure, she worked to get Southern Californians earthquake ready, water safe and informed about money matters. She left the station in November of 2012. Prior to NBC4, Elam was based in New York as a CNN business news correspondent, a position she left when her husband's job moved to California.
Elam joined CNN’s Money Team in 2003, and filed reports during the most challenging financial era of our lifetime brought on by the subprime crisis in 2008 and the impending failure of several big corporations.
In recent years, Elam has also reported from the scene of significant events such as Pope Benedict XVI visit to New York City in 2008, Michael Jackson’s memorial ceremony at the Apollo in 2009, and she also covered Captain Richard Phillips’ family in Vermont when he was taken hostage off the coast of Somalia.
Previously, Elam was the co-host of Black Enterprise Report, a nationally syndicated program focused on business, career and financial education.
Elam began her career in financial news as a copy editor for Dow Jones Newswires in New York City. Next, she joined Bridge News, an international news service, where she helped coordinate seamless, 24-hour news coverage among Bridge's newsrooms worldwide. In 2000, she traveled to London and Mumbai, India, to help establish overnight coverage.
Soon after joining Bridge, Elam began her shift to broadcast news by covering corporate earnings for Nightly Business Report, PBS's business news program. She also joined a select group of Bridge journalists reporting regularly on WebFN, a streaming financial news site. Eventually, WebFN hired Elam, making her the site's only full-time reporter in New York.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed access to WebFN's World Financial Center offices, Elam began reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, covering the markets' closely watched daily activity and interviewing the NYSE's wide range of visitors from chief executives and politicians to music moguls and Olympians.
Elam is also the former anchor of First Business, a nationally syndicated, weekday morning financial news program and Market on the Close, a live, one-hour show on WebFN that tracked the stock market in the last hour of trading.
She is married to Jeff Rush. They have one daughter.