Bud Elliott was born on his parents' farm in eastern Montana, but his family soon moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he spent his childhood and graduated from Highland High School in 1966. While a junior in high school, Bud began his broadcasting career as a part-time disc jockey at a local radio station. In the fall of 1966 he enrolled at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. During his college years, Bud worked at KCSU-FM, the student-owned and operated radio station – first as news director, then as general manager. During college, in the summer of 1967 he worked full time as a reporter for KBOL Radio in Boulder, Colorado and in the summers of 1968 and 1969 he worked as a newscaster for KOA Radio in Denver.
Upon graduating with a degree in history and a minor in journalism, Bud was hired as the morning traffic reporter and afternoon news anchor at KHOW Radio in Denver. In 1974 he was appointed news director of KHOW and served in that capacity until 1980 when he accepted a position as news director of WAPE Radio in Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly after that, Bud made the jump to television when he accepted a position as an anchor at CNN Headline News in Atlanta, Georgia. He anchored there until the fall of 1984 when he was offered the main anchor position at WXEX-TV (ABC) in Richmond, Virginia.
In January of 1987, Bud came to Fresno to co-anchor the 6 and 11pm newscasts on KSEE-TV with Stefani Booroojian. In 1995 Bud and Stefani won an Emmy for their newscasts. He served in that capacity for 14 years until he moved to the morning newscasts where he co-anchored with Faith Sidlow for 7 years.
In March of 2008 Bud was hired as the co-news director of KJWL-FM and KYNO-AM. He anchors the morning newscasts on both stations.
Bud's wife Peggy is an elementary school teacher. They have two children - - Sarah, a police officer in Sacramento, and Andrew a recent graduate of UCLA.