Ellison Barber
Barber in 2019
EducationWofford College[1]
EmployerNBC News

Ellison Litton Barber[1] is an American journalist and correspondent for NBC News based in Manhattan. She contributes to NBC News, MSNBC and NBC News Now.[2] Barber was reporting outside of the United States Capitol as a mob attacked and overtook the Capitol building.[3][4][5] She remained live on NBC News throughout the evening.[6]

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2012.[7]


Barber joined NBC News as a New York-based correspondent on April 15, 2020.[8] She extensively reported on the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic in the United States.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

She has reported inside COVID ICUs across the country, filing reports from Alaska[15] to Mississippi.[16][17]

Prior to joining NBC, Barber served as a general assignment reporter and the Prince George's County Deputy Bureau Chief for Washington's CBS affiliate, WUSA.[18]

At WUSA, Barber reported on an array of stories,[19][20][21] including the 2015 Washington, D.C., mass killing of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, the March 2016 U.S. Capitol lockdown,[22] and the protests following the shooting of Terrence Sterling.[23][24]

In April 2017, she joined Fox News as a general assignment correspondent.[24][25]

Ellison Barber and her crew at the UNHCR refugee assistance camp in Maicao, Colombia in May 2019.

In 2019, Barber reported on the political turmoil in Venezuela and the resulting refugee crisis in neighboring countries.[26][27] She and her crew were reporting on the Venezuela-Colombia border when gunfire erupted near the Simón Bolívar International Bridge[28] and a thirty-minute shootout ensued.[29][30][31] Barber was also the first reporter for a U.S.-based English-language network to travel to Maicao, Colombia and cover the UNHCR assistance camp set up to help refugees fleeing the political crisis in Venezuela.[32]

Alexander Ovechkin interview

While at WUSA, Barber interviewed Washington Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin during a blizzard.[33] The unintentional encounter went viral.[34][35][36]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Wofford College - 2012 Wofford College graduates". Wofford.edu. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  2. ^ Johnson, Ted (7 April 2020). "Ellison Barber Joins NBC News and MSNBC As Correspondent". Deadline.
  3. ^ Rioters Storm Stairs Of Capitol As Congress Debates Electoral College Objections | NBC News, retrieved 2021-11-14
  4. ^ "Watch live: Congress reconvenes after rioters cleared from Capitol". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  5. ^ "Ellison Barber's Instagram". Instagram. January 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "3 Reporters on What It Was Like to Do Their Jobs in the Middle of the Capitol Riot". Glamour. 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  7. ^ "Ellison Barber". Wofford.meritpages.com. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  8. ^ Steinberg, Brian (7 April 2020). "Ellison Barber Jumps to NBC News from Fox News Channel". Variety.
  9. ^ "Inside a South Carolina hospital, coronavirus surge overwhelms staff". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  10. ^ "Missouri struggles to keep Covid under control with hospitalizations up 60% in the past month". CNBC. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  11. ^ "'It's just not fair': Daughter recalls saying goodbye to dying mother over video call". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  12. ^ "Michigan hospital allows visitors for COVID-19 patients". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  13. ^ "Alabama's Black residents lag behind white residents in getting Covid vaccine". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  14. ^ Inside Covid Unit At A South Carolina hospital, retrieved 2021-11-14
  15. ^ "Alaska is rationing health care as its COVID-19 numbers soar". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  16. ^ "Mississippi ICU nurse: 'We need help' as Covid cases surge among unvaccinated patients". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  17. ^ "Inside Mississippi field hospital as state battles increase in Covid cases". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-11-14.
  18. ^ "Ellison Barber - Prince George's County Deputy Bureau Chief - WUSA9.c…". 22 April 2017. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017.
  19. ^ Barber, Ellison. "Md. police didn't tell public teen was missing until she was found murdered". WUSA 9.
  20. ^ Barber, Ellison. "World's AIDs Day: Remembering Leonard Matlovich". WUSA 9.
  21. ^ Barber, Ellison. "Are D.C.'s weed delivery services legal?". WUSA 9.
  22. ^ Barber, Ellison. "Suspect in US Capitol shooting identified". WUSA 9.
  23. ^ Barber, Ellison. "Hundreds protest DC police fatal shooting". WUSA 9.
  24. ^ a b "Ellison Barber". Fox News.
  25. ^ Facky, I. ".@ellisonbarber is now a @FoxNews correspondent!!#redeye cc @johnnydollar01pic.twitter.com/CGhjqXfmpW".
  26. ^ Miles, Frank (2019-05-06). "Venezuelans risk death trying to cross into Colombia escaping violence, hunger, Fox News finds". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  27. ^ Barber, Ellison (2019-05-08). "Face of Venezuela crisis: Fox News goes inside camp taking in refugees fleeing Maduro regime". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  28. ^ "Shootout rattles nerves near busy Venezuela border bridge". AP. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  29. ^ "COL-VEN Border - @ellison.barber". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  30. ^ Fox News (2019-05-03), Shots heard near Venezuela-Colombia border, retrieved 2019-05-31
  31. ^ "Venezuelans face dangerous trek into Colombia". Fox News. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  32. ^ "Crisis in Venezuela: UN sets up refugee camp in Maicao, Colombia". Fox News. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  33. ^ "TV reporter does story on D.C. snow storm, runs into Alex Ovechkin". NBC Sports Washington. 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  34. ^ "How WUSA9's Ellison Barber Lucked Into a Man-On-The-Street Interview with Alex Ovechkin". russianmachineneverbreaks.com. 2016-02-08. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  35. ^ "Ovechkin wasn't fazed by snowstorm: 'We're from Russia'". FOX Sports. 2016-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  36. ^ BroBible (23 January 2016). "Unsuspecting Reporter Comes Across Alex Ovechkin Filling His Gas Tank Ahead Of The Blizzard". BroBible. Retrieved 2019-01-25.