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Elliott Polakoff became a member of Arizona’s Family in January 2021, returning to the West Coast as a California native thrilled to share news and sports stories with the people of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona team, he served as a sports anchor/reporter in Connecticut, covering a wide range of events, from Red Sox World Series parades to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Additionally, Elliott contributed to ESPN Radio, delivering Sportscenter updates to stations nationwide. When the pandemic struck, Elliott shifted his focus to sharing the inspiring stories of individuals from his home state who overcame adversity to make a positive impact in their communities.
Before his time in Connecticut, Elliott worked in Wichita, Kansas, and Rock Island, Illinois. His storytelling prowess has garnered him accolades, including AP and SPJ awards. However, what truly fulfills him as a journalist is the opportunity to meet and connect with remarkable people along the way. He treasures the stories that bridge different communities and foster unity, appreciating the diversity that Arizona offers as both a place to live and work.
Hailing from Berkeley, Elliott remains an unwavering supporter of the Cal Bears, holding onto the hope that he will witness their journey to the Rose Bowl within his lifetime. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, with minors in Spanish and Sociocultural Anthropology. Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
During his leisure time, Elliott indulges in playing sports, reading, and exploring local restaurants. He also has a musical side, having been part of an a cappella group during his college years, and he finds joy in karaoke as well.