Elena Gallego Abad was awarded the Premio de Xornalismo Xosé Aurelio Carracedo da Deputación de Ourense no apartado de Medios Audiovisuais (1998) and the Premio Frei Martín Sarmiento (2012). Born in Teruel (Teruel, Aragón) on May 27, 1969, she was raised in Verín (Ourense, Galicia), and was initiated as a journalist in 1987 in Radio Ourense. Between 1994 and 1996, she collaborated as an editor and photographer of La Voz de Galicia and La Región. In 1999, she started to work in Faro de Vigo in the delegations of Ourense and Pontevedra, and from 2002 to 2013 in the delegation of Cangas. She belongs to the Galician Official School of Journalism and the International Federation of Journalists.