Mimi Elkalla


Mimi Elkalla
Mimi Elkalla
I'm extremely happy to be a part of the Eyewitness News team here in beautiful Bakersfield.

I was born in Egypt, but I grew up in Bakersfield. This is a dream come true for me to be able to work for the news station I grew up watching.

My love of journalism started in high school where I was the editor-in-chief of my school paper, The Highland Fling. After graduating from Highland High in 2009, I left Bakersfield to attend college in Fresno. I majored in Broadcast Journalism at CSU Fresno, where I was able to experience a whole new world of journalism.

While in school, I interned at KSEE24, the NBC affiliate in Fresno. I was able to go out into the field and experience what the fast-paced news world was like for reporters. Through Fresno State Focus, the student-run newscast on campus, I was able to get some multimedia journalism experience. That's where I was able to report, shoot and edit packages, and anchor.

After graduating and earning my bachelor's degree, I moved back to Bakersfield in late December 2013. I am so excited to be back home, and I was blessed enough to start the career I've always wanted in April 2014.

On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my amazing family and friends. I love trying new places to eat, reading, bike riding, and relaxing by the lake

I'm so eager to learn more and meet those of you in Bakersfield that I have not had the pleasure of already meeting. There is no where I would rather be. I love reporting about the good in Bakersfield that tends to be forgotten sometimes.

If you ever have any story ideas, please email me at melkalla@bakersfieldnow.com.

You can watch me on weekends and some weeknights on Eyewitness News.

Recent stories by Mimi Elkalla

Health Organ donors increase in California Organ donors increase in California (Video)
Reports show that the increase just might be linked to AB 60, the new law helping undocumented residents obtain driver's licenses. More than 60,000 people have been added to the California organ and tissue donor registry, bringing it up 29 percent from the same time last year.
Health FDA issues ultrasound warning FDA issues ultrasound warning (Video)
Getting an ultrasound can be an exciting time for most soon-to-be parents. A 3D ultrasound usually tends to hype up that excitement, as most features of the unborn child are shown. The U.S. Drug and Food Administration is now issuing a warning when it comes to those keepsake photos.