December 1, 2022

Ellen Bryan Biography, Age, Career, Education, Personal life

Ellen Bryan Biography

Ellen Bryan is an American television personality and beauty pageant titleholder from Celina, Ohio. She was crowned Miss Ohio 2011 and competed for the Miss America 2012 title. Later,  as of May 2014, she is a reporter for KXAS-TV in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Afterward, in March 2016, she left KXAS-TV and moved to Washington D.C. where she began working for WUSA 9.


Bryan was born in Celina, Ohio, the United States, between 1988 and 1989.  She is aged between 31-32 years.


Bryan began competing in pageants while a sophomore at Ball State University on the advice of one of her professors. In July 2008, Bryan won the Miss Lake Festival title then, in June 2009, competed in the 2009 Miss Ohio pageant. Therefore, She was named fourth runner-up to winner Erica Gelhaus. Moreover, in 2010, Bryan won the Miss Miami Valley title then, in June 2010, competed in the 2010 Miss Ohio pageant. As a result, She was named third runner-up to winner Becky Minger.

In October 2010, Bryan was crowned Miss Clayland 2011 which made her eligible to compete at the 2011 Miss Ohio pageant. Thus, entering the state pageant in June 2011 as one of 26 finalists.  Bryan’s preliminary competition talent for Miss Ohio was singing “Circle of Life” from the Disney film The Lion King. Also, her platform was promoting lightning awareness: “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors”. Bryan took up lightning awareness as a cause after lightning struck and seriously injured her older sister, Christina, on a golf course.

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Bryan won the competition on Saturday, June 18, 2011, when she received her crown from outgoing Miss Ohio titleholder Becky Minger. Accordingly, she earned more than $10,000 in scholarship money from the state pageant and more than $25,000 over her pageant career.

As Miss Ohio, her activities included public appearances across the state of Ohio. Thus, on June 28, 2011,  The 129th Ohio General Assembly honored Bryan with Senate Resolution 106. Which, in part, resolved to “applaud Ellen Bryan on being named Miss Ohio 2011 and salute her as a fine Ohioan”.

Bryan was Ohio’s representative at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, in January 2012. Furthermore, Bryan’s preliminary competition talent for Miss Ohio was singing “On My Way” from the musical Violet. Hence, she was named a Quality of Life Award Finalist but was not among the top 15 semi-finalists for the national title. However, her reign as Miss Ohio continued until Elissa McCracken was crowned on June 23, 2012.


Bryan is a native of Celina, Ohio, and graduated from Celina High School in 2007. Her parents are Kent and Virginia Bryan. Additionally, she graduated cum laude from Ball State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.

Ellen Bryan Personal Life

Bryan began her broadcasting career in 2008 as a news writer and on-air personality at WCSM/WCSM-FM in Celina, Ohio. In 2010, she joined WLIO-TV in Lima, Ohio, as an intern then reporter and editor. In June 2012, after her reign as Miss Ohio, she joined WTVQ-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, as a news anchor and reporter.

Ellen began working at KXAS-TV in Dallas–Fort Worth in May 2014, as a reporter. In March 2016, she relocated to Washington D.C. and began working as a reporter for WUSA 9.

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Long before WUSA9’s Ellen Bryan was giving you alternate traffic routes, she was navigating a difficult situation in her own life — one that began 16 years ago and changed her life forever. “I think I grew up in that moment…in that instant, I became much older than 11,” Bryan explained.

Like many little sisters, Bryan dreamed of becoming like her older sister Christina who had just turned 17 and was going into her senior year of high school.

“Ellen had it all… she was third in her class. She was the smartest of all of us sisters. Ellen could sing. She was in the choir. She could play golf,” Bryan remembers.

Christina’s love of golf turned into a summer job on a golf course.

June 13, 2000, started off like any other day for Christina. A thunderstorm passing through their hometown of Celina, Ohio forced everyone indoors. Christina waited until the rain stopped to finish her end-the-day tasking picking up metal golf stands.

“So Christina had gone back outside after the storm had passed through, was bending over picking up one of those stands when a bolt of lightning came back from the storm and hit her,” Bryan said.

The bolt of lightning was so strong it made a three-foot hole right next to where Christina was standing and it stopped her heart.

Christina went into cardiac arrest and the oxygen supply to her brain stopped for 10 minutes before paramedics got to her.

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