Josh Elliott, news anchor on Good Morning America, was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 6, 1971. He grew up in that sunny city of angels the son of Charles Elliottt and Toni Jordan. Jordan later married Elliott's stepfather, Leo Baefsky.
Elliott attended Loyola High School in L.A., possibly getting his first taste of journalism on the high school paper. If not, that bug bit Elliottt by the time he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. There he majored in English literature and was a reporter for the school's paper, The Daily Nexus. It's there he cut his teeth as a sports reporter and sports editor, a passion he would return to later in his career.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Elliott moved east to New York, where he attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. After honing his craft and earning his master's degree, Elliott landed at Sports Illustrated, where he worked as a reporter and covered several major sporting events across a wide spectrum of athletics.
A foray into television
Even before his big break at Sports Illustrated, Elliott was diving into the world of television production. He was a producer at Galaxy Productions for some time in the 1990s. He moved from there to 20th Century Fox. Elliott worked in comedy script development and later in production.
That background, coupled with his later Sports Illustrated work, would land him a solid job at the fast growing ESPN in 2004.
Elliott's first job at ESPN was on both Around the Horn and Jim Rome is Burning, both sports talk shows. Elliott served as a panelist on both programs, sharing insights from sporting events and color commentary on comments from fellow panelists. He also served as fill-in and guest co-host on Cold Pizza, another sports talk show that aired on ESPN's sister channel, ESPN2.
From there, his workload only grew. He hosted Classic Now on ESPN Classic, which focused on historic sporting events. The show last one season. The Elliott became co-anchor on ESPNEWS and was a reporter for the classic SportsCenter. He later co-anchored the morning edition of the celebrated program alongside co-anchor Hannah Storm. Elliott also employed his writing skills for both ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com.
Elliott left ESPN to join Good Morning America in May 2011. He filled the spot left vacant by departing news anchor Juju Chang. He also substitutes as weekend anchor of ABC World News. Elliott also served as co-anchor of Good Afternoon America, GMA's mid-summer fill-in talk show. Good Afternoon America saved the afternoon slot for the premiere of Katie Couric's talk show, Katie.
GMA is based on The Morning Exchange, a local program that originally aired in Cleveland, Ohio, in place of ABC's A.M. America.The Morning Exchange featured news and weather at the top and bottom of the hour, but filled the rest of the show with feature stories and interviews delivered in a lighter fashion from a set that looked more like a living room than a news room.
ABC used an episode of The Morning Exchange as the pilot for what it saw as a new kind of morning show - and it was a hit. Good Morning America was born.
Fast Facts about Josh Elliott
- Josh Elliott is the father of one, a daughter, Sarina.
- Elliott Received a local Emmy Award in 2005 for writing and contributing to Angles on MSG Network, the Madison Square Garden Network.
- Elliot has served as a correspondent on ABC World News Tonight.