23ABC’s Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk has called Bakersfield home since 2008. She grew up near Sacramento and attended Chico State for her degree in News Editorial Journalism. While in college, she studied for a semester abroad in London and completed seven media internships spanning across newspaper, talk radio and television news.
She began her news career in Yakima, WA as a producer and then moved to Lawton, OK as a reporter. She then moved back to Bakersfield to be closer to family and her beloved home state, and never left!
After a year of reporting, Elaina became an anchor here at 23ABC News. A year later she became our weekend forecaster and went back to school online to complete a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She has been our Chief since January 2016 and loves working the early morning shift to help you get your day started.
She and her husband have three little girls, two dogs, and a rescue cat. Stay connected with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!