Fanning began working in commercial radio in 1988 right after she graduated. She later joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, presenting ABC Radio National national current affairs programs PM for two years, AM and occasionally The 7.30 Report on ABC TV.
In 2000, Fanning moved to the Nine Network, working first as a reporter with 60 Minutes. Later she was a reporter for A Current Affair, before becoming a substitute presenter for A Current Affair and Today. In 2005, she became presenter of Nightline, replacing Helen Kapalos.
In 2006, Fanning became co-host of Sunday with Ross Greenwood, who was then replaced by Ray Martin in 2007. Martin left the Nine Network in 2008 leaving Fanning as the solo host of the program, alongside Michael Usher presenting the news and Stephanie Brantz presenting the latest sports news.
In 2013, Fanning hosted a 20 episode series of the Observer Effect on SBS TV and in 2014 was a presenter with ABC Classic FM.
Ellen Fanning is married with two sons.
|The Observer Effect
Co-host with Ross Greenwood and Ray Martin
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