A native New Yorker, Ellen joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1982 and spent 25 years there. Among her many jobs at the Post, Ellen was a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, Arts and Entertainment Editor, critic-at-large and Features (Everyday) Editor. Ellen joined the St. Louis Jewish Light in 2008 as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations. Under her editorship, the Light has won more than 35 Rockower Awards, which are the highest awards given for Jewish journalism. She personally won the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Social Justice Reporting for a series entitled "Our Kids and Anti-Semitism."