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Ellie Ismailidou is an award-winning lawyer-turned-journalist, anchor and senior producer specializing in business and finance. 

In her current role as Senior Producer & Anchor, Ellie manages the editorial production of all original MarketWatch video running across the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. She is also the anchor of Explainomics, a scripted original video series explaining complex finance and investing concepts through graphics and animation. 


In 2018, Explainomics won a Telly award in the online non-scripted video series category. Ellie also won Columbia Journalism School's Philip Greer Memorial award for outstanding financial writing. 


Fluent in three languages - English, Spanish, Greek - Ellie's work has been featured on some of the most prestigious international TV, print and online media:

Wall Street Journal Live, MarketWatch, TIME Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fox News Latino, the Financial Times, Huffington Post Live, cable news channel NY1, New York's WNYC radio, Baltimore's WBAL radio, Canadian network CTV, Spanish TV network Intereconomía, the Greek Village Voice edition Athens Voice, leading Greek newspaper To Vima, Greek TV network Star Channel, Debtwire, Alternative Emerging Investor and Mic.

Currently, Ellie is the content and production leader for the following flagship original series that run across the WSJ Digital Network:

1. SectorWatch, a 100-episode-per-year documentary-style video series featuring celebrity investors, thought leaders and tech trends shaping the future of different sectors. In Oct. 2017, SectorWatch was renewed for a second season, after the first season gathered over 3 million viewers.

2. Explainomics, a scripted series of graphics-driven explainer videos that break down complex finance and investing concepts through animation and visuals optimized for social media.

3. The Moneyist, a scripted quirky advice-column-themed series on life's biggest money questions.

Previously, Ellie was a markets reporter at MarketWatch, co-authoring MarketWatch's popular Market Snapshot and Bond Report columns, which together were read by as many as 100,000 people every day. Ellie's articles helped tens of thousands of investors make sense of the stock market's daily ups and downs to decipher trends and themes determining the future of their investments.

Earlier, Ellie covered public finance and city bankruptcies for Debtwire, which was then a part of the Financial Times Group and is currently an Acuris company. Ellie specialized in Puerto Rico’s financial crisis and appeared as a television and radio guest as an expert reporter on distressed city finances.

Ellie started her career covering the notorious Greek crisis on the ground for Greek newspaper To Vima (i.e. The Tribune), one of the oldest and most influential Greek newspapers.

Ellie holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the prestigious Philip Greer Memorial Award for Financial Writing.

Before going into journalism, Ellie was a member attorney of the Athens Bar Association, in Athens, Greece, and worked for A. Harokopou and Associates Law Offices, delving into the mysteries of constitutional and public law – in a country infamous for its bureaucratic paranoia.