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Ellyn Marks is a general assignment reporter for PIX News at 5 and10. In addition, she is the producer of PIX News Closeup, a weekly newsmaker talk program featuring lively discussion and debate on both local and national issues.

Ellyn was named WPIX-TV’s Employee of the Year in 1997. She has covered everything from high profile crimes and trials, including the Central Park Jogger case, to politics and entertainment. In June of 2004, Ellyn sat down for an exclusive one hour interview with Tom Cruise to talk about his controversial New York Rescue Workers Detoxificatiion Program to help ailing Ground Zero workers.

She is proud to have been the first reporter to respond to the plight of baby Jordan Trimarchi. His desperate need for a donor heart grabbed the national spotlight, when at the 11th hour, he received one from an infant outside Chicago. Jordan’s parents publicly thanked Ellyn for her sensitive approach in telling Jordan’s story in a series of reports which helped raise awareness about organ donation.

Ellyn also produced the coverage, and reported at, the last three Democratic and Republican Conventions.

The veteran journalist has won numerous awards, including two Emmys that went to 11 News Closeup for Best Politcal Programming in 1996, and Best Entertainment Programming in 2005.

She was honored by American Women in Radio and Television for a documentary she co-produced called “Schindler: The Real Story,” and she received a National Headliner Award for her work on the documentary “Men of the Intrepid Come Home.”

Ellyn was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Russian Language and Literature. She also studied at Leningrad Polytechnical Institute in the former Soviet Union, and helped translate the Russian movie “A Slave of Love” for subtitles.

Ellyn loves animals, and is a movie and jazz buff. She has performed as a singer in nightclubs and musical theater showcases.


Recent Articles
  • Special needs student found critically injured in Queens middle school

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens – Police are investigating how a special needs student at a middle school in Far Rockaway sustained serious head injuries. It’s not clear if the 8-year-old boy was the victim of a vicious assault or if he was injured in a terrible accident. EMS responded to the scene at P.S. 253 on Wednesday, and rushed the boy to Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Police did not learn of the incident until Friday evening, when the boy’s parents […]

  • Suspect arrested in murder of Bronx man who died after getting genitals cut off

    THE BRONX — The suspect accused of killing a man by stabbing him and cutting his genitals off with a razor was arrested Sunday. Jerry Pagan, 32, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is said to be homeless. A resident at a Bronx apartment building in Sheridan Avenue found his neighbor, 68, with a severed penis lying inside a bathtub about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. The man was unconscious and unresponsive. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene. A preliminary […]

  • U.S. Army vet who thrives on giving back is Co-Grand Marshal of America’s Parade

    NEW YORK — When Col. Stephanie Dawson visits the 9/11 Memorial, she’s immediately drawn to the North Reflecting Pool. It’s where the names of her colleagues at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who were killed that day, are inscribed into the bronze panels. The now Chief Operating Officer of the Port Authority worked closely with World Trade Center security director Douglas Karpiloff. “It’s particularly heartbreaking still to think about that day. But I feel grateful for […]

  • Columbia University wrestling team investigated for sexual, racist language in text messages

    MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Columbia University has launched an investigation into the men’s wrestling team, after a series of racially charged and sexist texts were leaked. The messages were allegedly exchanged among varsity wrestlers on a private texting app called GroupMe. Screenshots of the group chat were published by the independent, student-run news website Bwog. The messages take aim at women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. They contain degrading remarks and racial slurs, including an abbreviation of the […]

  • ‘Given him a good whipping’ Feisty Bronx woman wanted to fight back when teen robbed her

    CASTLE HILL, The Bronx — Christine Duren wasn’t physically harmed, but she is still traumatized after a young thief jumped her and stole her purse. “If I could walk a little better with the little strength I have, I would have fought back,” Duren, 85, told PIX11 News. “I would have picked him up cause he’s like a child. I would have picked him up and given him a good whipping.” The incident happened Thursday afternoon outside her building in the […]

  • Video released shows suspect wanted in connection with Bronx shooting that left 1 dead, 1 injured

    MT. EDEN, the Bronx — New surveillance video was released of a man police are searching for connection with a shooting that left a popular college student dead in the Bronx. The video was released Saturday morning, a week after 19-year old Joseph Jimenez was fatally shot in the head at the corner of Walton Avenue and Rockwood Street in the Mount Eden section. He was walking to his girlfriend’s apartment on Oct. 15 around 11 p.m. when the shooting happened. […]

  • Hundreds remember Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson as beacon for justice at funeral

    EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — Hundreds turned out Saturday to say a final farewell to Brooklyn’s first African American District Attorney, Ken Thompson. Dozens of dignitaries, including U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, federal judge Sterling Johnson, and Mayor Bill de Blasio filled the seats of the Christian Cultural Center in East New York, where Thompson was remembered as a loving and devoted husband and father, as a man of deep conviction and a beacon for justice. Thompson expanded […]

  • 4 injured in Brooklyn bodega shooting

    BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — Four men were shot inside of a deli in Brooklyn early Saturday morning. The shots were fired around 4 a.m. outside M & S Mini Market, located at 73rd Street and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. An argument may have started across the street inside the bar Catch 22, then turned violent outside, police said. “I’m so terrified, what happened I didn’t expect it. It’s unbelievable,” said Mo Hassan, manager of the 24-hour deli. Hassan was working the […]

  • Thousands turn out for funeral of hero FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy

    YONKERS, N.Y. — Thousands of mourners, most of them firefighters, turned out Saturday to say their final goodbyes to FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy. Forming a mile-long line, firefighters raised their hands in one last salute to the 44-year-old married father of three young children. His tearful wife Fiona, and two of their children, spoke to mourners in the packed pews inside the Annunciation Church in Yonkers, where the family lives. “Everything he did, he did with grace and humility,” […]

  • Two ailing first responders continue teaching children about 9/11

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Mike Bellone and Bob Barrett can’t wrap their heads around the passing of 15 years since America’s darkest day. For them, time hasn’t budged. “It’s not 15 years for us. It’s still the same day. It’s like over and over again. It doesn’t end. It’s another guy who passes away, another guy who’s in the hospital that’s terminal,” said Bellone who was an EMT and rushed to ground zero that dreadful day. Bellone, 62, met Bob Barrett, […]