Linda Ellerbee is retiring from TV this evening when she signs off tonight’s episode of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Nickelodeon’s award winning news show.
Most of my favorite news programs were produced / written / anchored by Linda Ellerbee. NBC News Weekend (’74 – ’82), NBC News Overnight (’82 – ’86), ABC’s Our World (’86 – ’87).
And then in 1991 she started to produce, write an anchor Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. The show made history as the first children’s television program ever to win the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Network News Documentary for the show, Coming Home: “When Parents Return from War.” The show won several Peabody Awards, Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Journalism Awards, 10 Emmys and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Children’s Television at the annual Banff International Media Festival.
Why did she work so hard to make a children’s television show one of the best news shows in existence?
“My goal,” said Ellerbee, “was never a nation of kid news junkies. I am more subversive; I wanted to grow a nation of rowdy citizens.”
So yes, I’ll be watching tonight. And so it goes…