Mimi Elkalla

Reporter/Anchor

Mimi Elkalla
Mimi Elkalla
Reporter/Anchor
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 Students in KRV sick with flu-like symptoms Students in KRV sick with flu-like symptoms (Video)
“We had several students that went home and several parents that had called in at the elementary school,” said Shive. “Mainly in the kindergarten and first grade classes.”
Local & Regional Bill could spell end to secret student social media monitoring Bill could spell end to secret student social media monitoring (Video)
Some school districts in California are paying third-party companies to monitor and save students social media posts.
A concern is raised because many of these social media posts, including pictures, are stored long term by the third-party companies and parents are not aware.

Now a bill, AB 1442, that would put a stop to the long-term storage of the student’s data has passed the legislature and is now on the governor’s desk.