Josh Elliott

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Josh Elliott
Josh Elliott 2009.jpg
Elliott for ESPN in Grafenwöhr, Germany on Nov. 11, 2010
Born (1971-07-06) July 6, 1971 (age 48)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1993)
Columbia University (M.A. 1999)[1]
OccupationSportscaster and news anchor
Salary$4 million (2014)
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Spouse(s)Priya Narang (divorced)
Liz Cho (2015–present)
Children1 (with Narang)

Joshua Michael Elliott (born July 6, 1971) is an American television journalist who most recently worked for CBS News. He has previously worked as the news anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, a sports anchor for NBC Sports and Today, and was a co-anchor for the live telecast of ESPN's morning edition of SportsCenter.

Early life and education[edit]

Elliott was born on July 6, 1971 to Susan, who gave Elliott up for adoption.[2] He was adopted by Charles Elliott and Toni Jordan[3] and grew up in Los Angeles, California. When he was 13, his father came out as gay at the time of his parents' divorce. His father died when Elliott was 15.[4][5]

After graduating from Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Elliott attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. He originally enrolled at UC Santa Barbara in hopes of joining the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's water polo team,[2] but instead ended up working at the university paper, The Daily Nexus. He graduated from UCSB in 1993 with a B.A. degree in English literature.[6]

Elliot worked as a stringer for the Santa Barbara News-Press.[2] He then moved on to graduate school at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1999.[7][8] He worked in television as a producer for Galaxy Productions before moving onto 20th Century Fox. He began there in comedy development and later worked in physical production. After graduating from Columbia, Elliott worked for Sports Illustrated for six years, covering events in most major sports.[9][10]


ESPN career[edit]

Elliott on the set of SportsCenter

Elliott first joined ESPN in 2004 as a panelist for Around the Horn and Jim Rome Is Burning, as well as serving as guest co-host for Cold Pizza on ESPN2. On ESPN Classic, Elliott hosted the short-lived Classic Now, which aired from June 2005 to March 2006. He also started appearing as a co-anchor on ESPNEWS and reporting for SportsCenter. After Classic Now was canceled, Elliott began contributing to ESPN the Magazine and

When ESPN began airing SportsCenter live every weekday morning on August 11, 2008, Elliott was paired as an anchor with Hannah Storm for the first three hours of the programming block beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.[11]

Good Morning America[edit]

In May 2011, Elliott joined the team at ABC's Good Morning America following the departure of previous news anchor Juju Chang.[12] He also started as a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of ABC World News, debuting on May 21, 2011. Joined by Lara Spencer, he also anchored Good Afternoon America, an afternoon spin-off broadcast from July 9 to September 7, 2012 as a temporary replacement for ABC's cancelled talk show The Revolution.[13]


On March 30, 2014, it was announced by ABC News President Ben Sherwood that Elliott had signed a contract with NBC, and would depart ABC News and Good Morning America. Amy Robach was announced as his immediate replacement.[14] With NBC, Elliott made $4 million per year, but a six-month non-compete clause prohibited him from appearing on news-related programming, relegating him primarily to NBC Sports programming such as the 2014 Kentucky Derby—where he made his on-air debut.[15] Upon his hiring, it was believed that NBC was contemplating Elliott to serve as a future host of Today; in response, he told the press that he "[hoped] Matt Lauer is here when I step away from this gig 30 years down the road. I can tell you that the only discussions I have had, as they relate to news, [are] ways to supply sports content to them." Elliott would, eventually, serve as a sports correspondent for the program.[16]

In December 2015, it was reported that Elliott had left NBC.[16]


On March 1, 2016, CBS News announced that it had hired Elliott to serve as the lead anchor for its digital news service CBSN. Of the hiring, CBS News president David Rhodes explained that Elliott needed an "outlet", going on to say that "we're going to need from him as much as he can bring in these different areas of reporting and anchoring. It's another reason it's the perfect place for him because it’s kind of unlimited. We have some really hard-working people at CBSN, but we don't have enough of them."[17]

On February 10, 2017, Elliott announced on-air that he would be leaving CBSN, but stated that "knowing how things work around here, I may see you again on Monday morning". Elliott had been told by an executive that CBS had desired to place him in a larger role as a field correspondent, under which he would have filed reports for CBS's television news programs. However, CBS executives were caught off-guard by the abrupt announcement, and were unaware of any plans for him to be promoted from CBSN.[18][19][20] On February 13, 2017, Elliott was fired.[21][22]

Other work[edit]

Elliott received a local Emmy Award in New York City in 2005 for writing and contributing to Angles on MSG Network and served as one of the co-hosts for Super Bowl XL for Westwood One Sports.[23] In 2018, Elliott co-hosted Yellowstone Live on National Geographic Channel with wildlife expert Chris Packham, a four-night event showcasing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with feeds from dozens of live cameras and seven camera crews.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott is divorced from Priya Narang, they have a daughter named Sarina.[25] In August 2014, Elliott became engaged to news anchor Liz Cho.[26][27][28] On July 11, 2015, Elliott and Cho were married in Montecito, California.[29]


  1. ^ a b "Josh Elliott Biography". TV Guide. NTVB Media. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c McIntyre, Jason (June 19, 2009). "A Q&A With ESPN's Josh Elliott". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Tennant, Thomas. "Josh Elliott Biography". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "'At first I thought I had to be gay too': Josh Elliott opens up about what happened when his father came out when he was a teen". The Daily Mail. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Ferraro, Rich (May 4, 2012). "ABC News' Josh Elliott shares heartfelt story about gay dad". glaad. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "MILESTONES". UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association. Spring 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Vanderberg, Marcus. "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, JOSH ELLIOTT, GOOD MORNING AMERICA NEWSREADER?". Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Class Notes" (PDF). Columbia Journalism Alumni. New York. Winter 2008–2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Josh Elliott's Biography
  10. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (February 14, 2009). "UCSB Grad Hits ESPN". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Huff, Richard (2008-08-01). "New 'SportsCenter' highlight: 9 to 3". Daily News. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
  12. ^ "Juju Chang Out, Josh Elliott In at Good Morning America". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  13. ^ Amato, Joanne (May 21, 2012). "ABC News Announces Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer as Anchors of "Good Afternoon America"". ABC News. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Steinberg, Brian. "Josh Elliott Leaves ABC's 'Good Morning America' For NBC Sports". Variety. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  15. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (April 2, 2014). "Josh Elliott's Messy 'GMA' Exit: Can He Rebound at NBC?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Josh Elliott Leaving NBC After Less Than Two Years (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  17. ^ "CBS Hires Josh Elliott for Its Streaming Service". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Josh Elliott's CBS 'farewell' stuns his bosses". Page Six. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Josh Elliott Leaves Daytime Anchor Desk At CBSN For Field Assignments". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  20. ^ "'CBS This Morning's' Charlie Rose to undergo heart valve replacement surgery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Josh Elliott out at CBS News after surprise on-air announcement". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Josh Elliott Out at CBS News". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  23. ^ "SportsCenter 9 AM - Josh Elliott & Hannah Storm". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
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  25. ^ Daulerio, A.J. "Josh Elliott Reluctantly Submits To An Interview With Us Before His Last Day At ESPN". Deadspin. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  26. ^ Feldman, Josh (September 29, 2014). "NBC's Josh Elliott, WABC's Liz Cho Are Reportedly Engaged". Mediate. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  27. ^ Kaplan, Don; Yaniv, Oren (September 29, 2014). "NBC Sports' Josh Elliott engaged to WABC-TV's Liz Cho". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  28. ^ Champion, Sam (September 29, 2014). "Im not going to b at work tomorrow. @JoshElliott32 and @LizCho7 announced their engagement tnite!!". Twitter. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  29. ^ "NBC's Josh Elliott and ABC's Liz Cho Are Married". People. July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.

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