Before NBC LA, Elam was a business news correspondent for CNN based in New York. She also reported for HLN and CNN International, which boasts viewers in more than 200 countries. She often reported for “American Morning,” breaking down the daily business and financial news for CNN’s flagship morning show and frequently anchored the network’s weekly personal money program, “Your Bottom Line.” During her tenure at CNN (August 2003 to April 2011), Elam covered myriad of stories that defined an era, from the worst financial period in decades to the death of Michael Jackson.
After graduating from Howard University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Elam began her career in New York as a copy editor for Dow Jones Newswires before joining Bridge News, an international news service, where she helped coordinate seamless 24-hour news coverage among the organization’s newsrooms worldwide.
While working for Bridge News, she made the transition to broadcast news when she began covering corporate earnings for the PBS program, “Nightly Business Report” and, for WebFN, a streaming financial news site. Eventually, WebFN hired Elam as its only full-time reporter in New York. She would also anchor “Market on the Close,” a one-hour WebFN program that tracked the stock market in the last hour of trading, and, “First Business,” a weekly syndicated business program. After damage from the 9/11 terrorist attacks closed WebFN’s offices (just across the street from the World Trade Center), Elam covered Wall Street’s recovery and the stock markets from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the financial news site.
Elam also co-hosted “Black Enterprise Report,” a nationally syndicated program focused on business, career and financial education, from January 2005 to March 2007.
A California native and NABJ member, Elam relocated to Los Angeles with her family in May of 2011 after 20 years on the east coast.