NewsroundEllie Crisell started as a Newsround presenter in February 2003 shortly after previous chief anchor Becky Jago's departure. Notable stories which Ellie was personally involved in reporting included the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake in which she traveled to Indonesia to see in person the effects of the disaster. She also traveled 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 sawed in half by a magician in an illusion called Clearly Impossible. Ellie has not presented Newsround since returning from maternity leave, and her profile has been taken off the show's website. Her final appearance was saying a farewell message to Lizo Mzimba whilst on maternity leave.
On 12 September 2006 Crisell appeared on Newsnight, her first non-sports based appearance on BBC News adult-orientated output. She has also appeared on BBC One's breakfast news programme, BBC Breakfast, presenting news and updates from the Olympics in Athens.
When she returned from maternity leave on 18 August 2008, she presented the morning BBC News updates during Olympic Breakfast. She returned in October 2008 to the 8pm news summary and as a presenter on the BBC News Channel.
Ellie's father is Professor Andrew Crisell, a noted media academic at the University of Sunderland and author of Understanding Radio, while her mother is a judge. In 2007, Ellie married blogger and music journalist Chris Neadham, and they had one son, born in 2008, before they divorced. Early in 2015, Ellie had a second child with her fiance Ben Moore, and the couple married later the same year.