KTLA, sometimes known as channel 5, is a television station that can be seen in the city of Los Angeles, California, in the United States. It is the Nexstar Media Group’s most significant directly owned piece of real estate. The studios of KTLA may be found in the Sunset Bronson Studios, which are situated on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The station’s transmitter can be found atop Mount Wilson.
Considering how difficult it seems for women to enter the industry now, it is even more mind-boggling to think about the careers and accomplishments of some of the most prominent female journalists in history and the current day. The world of broadcasting is a vast arena in which individuals with specialized knowledge tell the general public facts about a particular field. Many female reporters working in various disciplines often attract viewers’ attention. This post will look at the prettiest female sports reporters working for KTLA, so make sure you check it out!
1. Ellina Abovian
|Date of birth||February 24|
|Nationality||Armenian – American|
Ellina Abovian started her journaling career at the age of 9 by starting the “Windsor Chronicle,” a newspaper telling about the daily ins and outs of her apartment building. The newspaper had four issues before she retired her pen and pad for a Super Nintendo. Aboivan’s early years of journalism sparked her desire to tell people’s stories.
She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a broadcast journalism degree
2. Gayle Anderson
|Date of birth||1961|
|Nationality||African – Amercian|
While appearing as a reporter for the KTLA 5 Morning News, Gayle Anderson has become a viewer-favorite due to her enthusiastic style of reporting on interesting and unique stories in Southern California.
Before joining KTLA, she worked as a correspondent and producer at “Now It Can Be Told,” a Tribune Entertainment investigative news program.
3. Wendy Burch
|Date of birth||February 5, 1969|
|Occupation||Television Journalist, Writer|
Wendy Burch was born on February 5, 1969. When she was 5 days old, she was abandoned by her biological mother and placed with her adoptive parents: Carol Ann (née Anderson), a homemaker and part-time “lunch lady” at a local cafeteria in school, and James Dean Burch, a purchasing manager for a manufacturing company. Her adoption process was handled by the Social Services division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
4. Cher Calvin
|Date of birth||August 1, 1974|
Cher Calvin was born on August 1, 1974 . In January 2005, she joined KTLA in Los Angeles. Calvin has won 7 with 5 consecutive years (2012-2017) Emmy awards for news journalism, and has got 5 Golden Mike awards, all while reporting for KTLA. She came to KTLA from KVVU-TV Fox 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which she was a presenter for Fox 5 News This Morning, replacing Sharon Tay.
5. Ginger Chan
|Date of birth||August 21|
|Occupation||Helicopter Traffic, News Reporter|
In March of 2008, Ginger Chan started with the KTLA family as the news and traffic reporter from the helicopter, Sky5. She currently helps commuters steer clear of collisions and construction projects every morning between Monday and Friday from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.
She worked at KIIS-FM before KTLA, reporting both the traffic and covering the news as a fill-in for Ellen K.
6. Kimberly Cheng
|Date of birth||May 23, 1994|
American journalist Kimberly Cheng was born on May 23, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working in KTLA 5 News as a general assignment reporter.
Cheng started with KTLA in May 2013. As an L.A. native, she is proud to tell stories that affect her hometown.
Before joining KTLA, she was a fill-in anchor, multimedia journalist, and reporter at the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. She also worked at the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, California. She has tried several roles: anchor, producer, reporter and red carpet host
7. Samantha Cortese
|Date of birth||August 26|
Samantha Cortese was born on August 26, in Palm Desert, California. She is a reporter, anchor, and cohost of “5 Live,” KTLA’s digital-only newscast.
The Palm Desert native formerly worked as a morning anchor at KGUN-TV in Tucson. Before that, Samantha was an anchor and reporter at KPSP-TV and KESQ-TV in Palm Springs. She also worked as a web editor and morning news producer.
8. Dayna Devon
|Date of birth||March 20, 1965|
|Occupation||TV personality, Journalist|
In 2004, Dayna Devon participated in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “The Augments” as the N.D. Engineer. Devon was the co-anchor, with Mark McGrath, of the TV show Extra, until 2008. In 1999, she started with Extra as the weekend anchor, and became the weekday anchor in 2003. She became an on-air presenter on HSN in January 2009, representing the Sensa Weight-Loss System. In the fall of 2009, she relocated to ShopNBC, regularly presenting Sensa systems in “Our Top Value” presentations.
9. Courtney Friel
|Date of birth||April 22, 1980|
Courtney Friel studied at Methacton High School in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, in which she regularly made the morning announcements via television and was active in the school’s media production class. After submitting a short video, Friel was chosen to appear in Channel One News student-produced week in Los Angeles.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from San Diego State University.
10. Megan Henderson
|Date of birth||February 19, 1975|
Megan Henderson was born on February 19, 1975. She co-anchors the early edition of the “KTLA Morning News.” She was delighted to join the show she grew up watching.
She also hosts KTLA’s newest weekday afternoon show, Off the Clock, which is also a show she grew up watching.
Megan was born in San Pedro but spent part of her childhood in Long Beach before relocating to San Clemente for high school.
11. Jessica Holmes
|Date of birth||November 17, 1976|
In 1999, Jessica Holmes was an intern for Nickelodeon, when she was targeted by a producer in a hallway at the network and was asked if she wanted to be on air. She agreed and started co-hosting the show Slime Time Live six months later. Slime Time Live operated for eight seasons from 2000 to 2004.
Holmes was hired to host Bragging Rights for the OLN cable network (formerly Outdoor Life Network) in 2003.
12. Vera Jimenez
|Date of birth||January 1, 1970|
|Nationality||Mexican – American|
Vera Jimenez is a meteorologist for the KTLA 5 News at 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 on weeknights.
She was born in Mexico and relocated to Southern California at the age of 3. Most of her family still lives in Garden Grove. She attended Bolsa Grande High School and Santa Ana Community College.
She later studied at Cal State Long Beach in which she graduated with honors in religious studies
13. Lauren Lyster
|Name||Lauren Shelley Lyster|
|Date of birth||October 13, 1981|
Lauren Lyster is a staff reporter who is currently working for KTLA 5 News.
Previously, she worked for ABC News in Los Angeles, reporting for the network’s programs such as “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight,” and for ABC stations across the country with ABC NewsOne. She was the network’s first correspondent on the ground during the breaking news of the Orlando Pulse nightclub terror attack, making special report coverage from the scene.
14. Mary Beth McDade
|Date of birth||October 2, 1971|
Before participating in the KTLA news team, Mary Beth McDade worked at KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV as a reporter and fill-in anchor. While working there, she covered everything from the passing of Anna Nicole Smith in Miami to the major earthquake that shocked Hawaii in 2006. She was also the only L.A. reporter to conduct a jailhouse interview with Skylar Deleon after he was accused of murdering a couple in Newport Beach.
15. Jennifer McGraw
|Date of birth||December 6, 1976|
Jennifer McGraw was born on December 6, 1976, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. As gratifying as it was to help those communities, she is realizing her personal dream by returning to Los Angeles. Born and grew up in the Southland, Jennifer moved to college at San Francisco State University, earning her a degree in journalism with a minor in political science.
She desires to reveal all sides of a story and bring light to the voices who can not be heard.
16. Sandra Mitchell
|Date of birth||July 13|
Sandra Mitchell has anchored, reported on, informed and reassured viewers during some of the biggest recent events in the world, including the 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre; the COVID-19 pandemic; the Christopher Dorner manhunt; the funerals of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan; devastating brush fires; earthquakes; and wild car pursuits.
17. Kacey Montoya
|Date of birth||June 4, 1981|
Since starting with KTLA, Kacey Montoya has won a Golden Mike, several L.A. Press Club Awards, and another Emmy Award. You must have also seen her filling in on the anchor desk at the weather wall, however, she’s most passionate about helping people with KTLA’s Problem Solvers reports.
When she is in her free time, you’ll find Kacey playing with her two rescue dogs, doing some exercises, or maybe on FaceTime with her family since she is one of the seven kids.
18. Erin Myers
|Date of birth||August 15|
Erin Myers was born in Southern California USA on 15 August. She is known as a reporter at KTLA and she does many TV projects and programs: GoTV, Verizon TV, Sandy Frank Ent. Channel and so on. She has featured in many films: “Who is Hollywood?” (2008), “Give Me a Break” and “Micro-Film” (2006).
She got married with Patrick Andrew Kendrick. They knew each other through a dating website. They haven’t had any kids yet and there is no rumor on conflicts or break-up between them.
19. Shelby Nelson
|Education||San Francisco State University|
After receiving a federal grant to study at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in the southernmost state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Shelby Nelson started living there. She revisited Rio de Janeiro to interview fans for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which then aired on 95.7 The Game, a bay area sports radio station.
As a student, she interned with multiple news organizations including KTLA, Area, NBC Sports Bay, and 95.7 The Game.
20. Lu Parker
|Name||Frances Louise Parker|
|Date of birth||April 16, 1968|
|Occupation||Journalist, Motivational Speaker|
Lu Parker was born in Anderson, South Carolina. She studied at the College of Charleston, where she participated in Alpha Delta Pi and received an English Bachelor of Arts degree and was later named Alumnus of the Year. She kept on learning to receive a Master of Arts in Education from The Citadel.
After graduating, Parker taught English literature at North Charleston and Middleton High Schools.
21. Megan Telles
|Date of birth||January 24, 1989|
Megan Telles is working for KTLA 5 News as a general assignment reporter. She participated in the station in September 2018.
Born in West Covina and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, she is a self-described “army brat,” because her father had served in the United States Army for 21 years. Megan has called Fort Rucker, Alabama; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Savannah, Georgia, “home” and takes pride in the ability to count to 10 in German.
22. Sara Welch
|Date of birth||September 4, 1969|
In October 2011, Sara Welch participated in KTLA as a reporter. Before relocating to L.A., she spent eleven years working in New Haven Conn as the weekend anchor for WTNH-TV. She gained awards for her work, including an Emmy nomination for her interview with a woman who survived an attack by serial killer Michael Ross. Sara was in New York City, on 9/11 to cover the terrorist attacks from lower Manhattan. Sara is as comfortable covering severe weather and politicians as she is feature and entertainment stories.
23. Kareen Wynter
|Date of birth||August 30, 1975|
Kareen Wynter participated in KTLA from CNN/U.S., in which she was an entertainment journalist for the network. While staying in Los Angeles for 7 years, she reported broadly on a variety of stories including the death of Whitney Houston, the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial and the 2007 Hollywood writers strike. Before entering CNN/U.S. in Los Angeles, Kareen spent many years in Washington, D.C., as a CNN Newsource correspondent.
24. Annie Rose Ramos
|Name||Annie Rose Ramos|
|Place of birth||La Cañada Flintridge|
Annie Rose Ramos was born in La Canada Flintridge and raised in Pasadena. Both of her parents are from East Los Angeles and raised their family including 5 children to appreciate the history of this city – usually taking their family on trips to places like Angels Flight Railway, La Brea Tar Pits, and Olvera Street.
After spending many years staying outside California, she is thrilled to go back to her hometown, making stories that impact the community in which she grew up.
25. Jasmine Simpkins
|Date of birth||September 7|
|Occupation||Television host, reporter, producer and content creator|
Jasmine Simpkins is a reporter, television host, and film critic. She was born in Los Angeles, in which she started her career as a journalist back at UCLA where she was an employee at the Daily Bruin.
After graduating, Jasmine’s enthusiasm for reporting and her stellar work ethic archived her a position as managing editor with L.A. FOCUS newspaper. There she honed her reporting and writing skills covering local news, entertainment and politics.
26. Rachel Menitoff
|Date of birth||December 6, 1990|
Rachel Menitoff graduated from UCLA and received her journalism master’s degree at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After that, she was one of eight McCormick National Security Fellows based in Washington D.C. Her reporting directed her to Kyiv and eastern areas of Ukraine in which she studied U.S. involvement in landmine destruction efforts in and around the Former Soviet Union.