Ellie Crisellworked for The Mail on Sunday for a year, and then for a year in radio, before joining the ITV regional station, Tyne Tees Television, as a reporter and newsreader for North East Tonight.
Ellie Crisell began as a Newsround presenter in February 2003 shortly after previous chief anchor Becky Jago’s departure. Significant stories which Ellie Crisell reported included the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in which she travelled to Indonesia to see the effects of the disaster. She also travelled to Athens in Greece to give daily reports on the 2004 Summer Olympics. In addition to serious reports, she also presented more light-hearted stories, including a report on the Harry Potter-inspired rise of magic in the UK that ended with her being sawn in half by a magician in an illusion called Clearly Impossible.
Ellie Crisell has not presented Newsround since returning from maternity leave, and her profile has been taken off the show’s website. On 12 September 2006, Ellie Crisell appeared on Newsnight, her first non-sports based appearance on BBC News main output.
In November 2006, Ellie Crisell started relief presenting for BBC News. Following a second maternity leave in 2015, Ellie Crisell began presenting South East Today as a stand-in presenter from July onwards.