Ellen Hartel

  • Chicago IL

Production Assistant 

Work History

Work History
2014 - Present

Production Assistant

NBC 5 Chicago

Coordinating over 100 live shot satellite feeds and on location stories

Obtaining video content from NBC Chicago Affiliates across the country

Fielding and screening incoming assignment desk calls

Curating info from state-wide police and fire agencies during breaking news situations

Monitoring region wide police scanners for breaking news stories

Gathering eyewitness and official statements from reliable sources

Assisting reporters for special event coverage

Sourcing breaking news stories via Twitter, Facebook and various newswire channels

Field Producer

NBC 5 Chicago

Interviewing officials and eyewitnesses for Field and Reporter Packages and VOSOTs

Calling establishment owners, event organizers and officials to receive clearance to enter story locations

Providing shot location info and driving directions to camera operators


Health News Internship

NBC 5 Chicago

Shadowed Emmy award winning Health News reporter Nesita Kwan.

Assisted in reaching out to sources for stories via phone calls and emails.

Maintained Nesita Kwan’s social media channels to drive network viewership.

Curated stories for Nesita through area news wires and online medical journals.


Anchor, Writer

Windy City Webcast; Around Columbia, Movie Review

Created Movie Review category on Windy City Webcast

Wrote scripts for this category as well as Anchored this category

Collected photos from the web for over the shoulder shots. 

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Kurtis Productions 

Logged and assembled archival footage for Cold Case Files and American Greed

Assisted in set design on off-site productions

Provided excellent guest hospitality for CNBC Primetime Series American Greed


Produced Emmy Award nominated show, Newsbeat

Selected for study-abroad course “Covering Ireland’’


2010 - 2014

Broadcast Journalism Television B.A.

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, IL

2002 - 2007

Improv Program

Second City Chicago

Chicago, IL



Skilled in Dalet Editing Suite, Final Cut Pro X, Pro Tools, Audacity, Digital SLR Camera Operation, Strong Social Media Skills (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr), Script-writing (Broadcast Journalism), Writing (Print Format)