Elissa Rivas
Elissa Rivas was born and raised in Dallas, but after living and working throughout the Southwest, she is happy to make Houston her home.

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 reporting on Houston traffic in the evening newscasts. 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!

EMBED More News Videos

Get to know ABC13's Traffic Anchor Elissa Rivas


Elissa's Stories
1 more weekend closure to go before NB W. Loop bridge over US-59 opens
The closure is necessary, but it should be worth it, especially with safety improvements in store.
Check your batteries, engines and tires! AAA gives tips on how to preserve your car in severe heat
Make sure you check your car battery, tires, and engine! These high temps can potentially prevent your car from running correctly during the summer season.
Expect total closures while we hit final 2 years of 7-year reconstruction project at I-610, US-59
Don't get stuck in traffic this weekend! Expect total closures starting Friday at I-610 West Loop and US-59 Southwest Freeway.
New Texas A&M research could lead to safer routes on navigation apps and tools
Research is underway at Texas A&M to give drivers a new way to think about road safety.
How you can deal with Houston traffic that comes with Spring Break
Traffic will be extremely busy the next two weeks as schools let out for Spring Break. But here are some tips to help navigate your way through Houston's hot spots.
Houston traffic: West Loop slated for more changes this year
It's the busiest interchange in the state of Texas and the past year has seen the unveiling of new ramps and exits, but the work is not done yet.
Traffic cheat sheet: Here's how drivers can get around on race day
With thousands of runners out on the streets, Houston drivers might find themselves hitting some blocked streets.
AAMA scholar to become 1st in her family to graduate college
Eyewitness News is bringing the success stories that have come from the AAMA Gala, which is raises funds to help and empower Latino success.
Hispanic voting power continues to grow, but demographic still votes at lesser rate than others
A representative from the Hispanic community said 'it's very difficult to get a Latino family out to vote,' despite increase in voter participation.
2 closures on Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop in the Galleria happening this weekend
The closures are happening on Saturday and Sunday on the Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop, and more delays are expected.