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!

Elissa's Stories
Weekend closures to disrupt traffic from SW to east Houston
STEER CLEAR! This is a heads-up for folks who usually frequent Southwest Freeway at the West Loop and I-10 East.
Plan ahead: Total closures scheduled on popular highways this weekend
One more weekend of work is planned before a holiday break keeps the interchanges open.
List of ways to stay healthy when Saharan dust cloud enters Houston
A Saharan dust cloud is moving into the Houston area soon, so here's a list of ways to help you stay healthy.
Even the sheriff thinks speeders are 'out of control' around Harris County
If you've been on Houston's roads lately and think speeders are out of control, you're not alone!
DPS set to launch new system to help drivers during pandemic
Do you need to renew your drivers license? The DPS office said although it's closed, they're setting up an app for appointments.
Harris County toll roads no longer free starting today
If you don't have an EZTag and you're paying cash, you can still do that without any contact.
Supply shortages could continue into next year due to COVID-19 pandemic
Thinking about how long the effects of the coronavirus will last? Supply chains say possibly well into next year.
Outdoor activity options change amid pandemic
If you absolutely have to get out this weekend, you'll need to know about these changes.
Roadside assistance still available to drivers during pandemic
If going on the road is essential during this team, drivers will still be assisted by roadside assistance companies.
Must-have guide to Rodeo Houston parking and transportation
If you are planning to head out to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, make sure you've mapped out your parking or transportation plan.