She attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, majoring in Political Science and Communications. Elissa took her first job in television news as a reporter and anchor in Yuma, Arizona. Still, her heart longed for Texas so she returned to the Lone Star State to live and work in El Paso. There she covered the intense impact of the 9-11 attacks on immigration and border traffic.
Elissa has been recognized for her work by receiving the regional and national RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of a child abduction and murder in El Paso. Through her work documenting teenage alcohol and substance abuse, she earned a National Communicator Award of Distinction and a first place award in Serious Feature reporting from the Texas Associated Press.
Now in Houston, you can find her anchoring Eyewitness News on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She loves to hear from viewers about the stories she covers and with new ideas for stories.
Elissa's parents impressed upon her the importance of education, and that's why she's proud to be involved with the Adult Reading Center of Pearland. She emcees the organization's Red Hat Literacy Luncheon each year, and to honor her commitment, the Adult Reading Center started a scholarship in her name, "The Elissa Rivas Scholarship Fund." The scholarships honor the courage and drive of their clients who've learned to read as adults, and fund their continued education -- GED, community college, and beyond."
Elissa and her husband spend much of their free time trying to keep up with their little girl. Elissa's enjoying the challenge of working as a full-time journalist AND a full-time mom!
Two METRO officers have been suspended pending an investigation after a confrontation with a man at the Burnett Station platform.
Frances Chapman is now alone at her Liberty County home outside Hardin, after losing her husband, 74-year-old Jerry Chapman. They were in Uvalde County for Labor Day Weekend hunting when Jerry was attacked by a swarm of bees.
The slow, steady sound of a ventilator is always present at one apartment near the Texas Medical Center. The machine is helping Junaid Iqbal's daughter, Maira, live with the lung disease, cystic fibrosis.
Five-year-old Arleen Becerra spent the last 3 years fighting brain cancer.
Terry Abbott had a front row seat to history on September 11, 2001, traveling with President Bush as he visited a Florida elementary school the morning of the attacks.