Ellen Jaffe Jones is a former 2-time Emmy-winning TV investigative reporter from Miami and St. Louis (her home town) for 18 years. She was known as a tough, honest, no-nonsense reporter who never took no for an answer and held many public officials accountable. She won the National Press Club award for consumer reporting after discovering a timeshare scam in Missouri. Many of the real estate laws now on the books protect consumers from the kinds of abuses she reported on regularly. One of her Emmys came after she broke the story about the Miami school superintendent stealing gold-plated plumbing for his Naples summer home. His conviction, according to Time and Newsweek, led to the Miami riots in 1980. She had death threats, but the superintendent was eventually sentenced to jail and served time in a case prosecuted by then, a little known lawyer, Rudy Giulliani. Ellen's father owned a hardware store that eventually specialized and became the largest lighting store business in St. Louis. Real estate was in her blood as she grew up on weekends following her father into new home construction that would need the family business services. After leaving TV, Ellen became a financial consultant for Smith Barney where she was 1 of 3 women, and the #1 market performer for her downtown St. Louis branch. She did media consulting for many non-profits, including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and wrote her first of 6 popular vegan books on how to eat well on a budget, "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day." Ellen's mom, aunt and both sisters got breast cancer. Her family was part of the BRCa1 & 2 gene studies. Ellen won a gold medal at the 2019 National Senior Games in sprinting. She has placed in 218 5K or longer local races since 2006. Her reputation for integrity helps clients find quality homes in an environment and state, that going forward, will have unique challenges. Ellen was 5th in real estate sales for her office in 2020, and the only woman in the top 5.
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