Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Anchor, Midday News

Contact Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Hettie Lynne Hurtes is KPCC's Midday News Anchor. Hettie has been a broadcast journalist for more than 25 years in Los Angeles. Most of her previous on air experience has been in commercial radio, primarily at KFWB.

Hurtes began her career at KSDO as San Diego's first female radio anchor, and was brought up to Los Angeles by KFWB where she worked as a reporter/anchor on and off through 2006 when she moved to public radio and KPCC. During her earlier years in broadcasting. Hettie was morning drive anchor and news director at KRTH 101, evening news anchor at Channel 13, freelance reporter for CNN in Los Angeles and national film critic at the former RKO Radio Network.

Hettie has written for a number of newspapers and magazines including Orange County Magazine, Downtown L.A. News, Beverly Hills Business and BackStage West. She's authored two books: "The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors" and "Agents on Actors." Her acting experience has extended to film and television ("Terminator" and "Throw Mama from the Train", to name just two). She's currently casting director/actor for Drama West Productions at the Edendale Library in Echo Park – the only ongoing theatre troupe at an L.A. Public Library.

Hettie is married to Randy Roberts and has two children and a cat named Cheddar.

Stories by Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Cal State Fees On the Rise

Cal State is raising student fees this fall by five percent in response to deep cuts in state funding for the 23-campus system. The increases mean a $204 jump to $4,200 a year for resident undergrads.

Agreement Reached on Costs of Jackson Memorial

Los Angeles Councilwoman Jan Perry says the estate of Michael Jackson and Anschutz Entertainment Group have agreed to contribute $1.3 million to help the city pay for costs related to the pop star's memorial service last year at Staples Center.

Three Mile Island 30 Years Later

State wildlife officials say Three Mile Island, known for a 1979 nuclear accident, is now the only knownsite in Pennsylvania where bald eagles, peregrine falcons and osprey are nesting near each other.

Bet You Can't Guess Michael Jackson's #1 Hit

Michael Jackson had dozens of hits, but his most popular one wasn't a solo smash or a tune with his brothers. It was a song with another icon. Billboard says ``Say Say Say,'' his 1983 hit with PaulMcCartney, is the most popular Jackson song.

Toy Soldiers Run Afoul of School's Weapons Ban

Christan Morales says her son just wanted to honor American troops when he made a hat decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures. But the hat ran afoul of the Providence, Rhode Island, school district's no-weapons policy because the toy soldiers were carrying tiny weapons.

Campaign to Get Billionaires to Give Half Their Wealth to Charity

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett are launching a campaign to get other American billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.

California Man Gets Prison Time For Vigilante Murder

A Northern California man who fatally shot a family friend who allegedly molested him for years has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Aaron Vargas had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 63-year-old Darrell McNeill.

Business Tax Holiday for Los Angeles?

L.A. city officials today proposed a "business tax holiday" for new firms that open in Los Angeles. Under the proposal, which still has to be approved by the City Council, new businesses would be exempt from paying gross receipts taxes to the city for three years if they open or locate in Los Angeles.

Allegations Meg Whitman Paid Off Employee Following Physical Altercation

Former eBay employees say Meg Whitman shoved an employee while she was chief there. The sources told the New York Times that the company paid Young Mi Kim a confidential six-figure financial settlement.

Funniest Movie Lines from TCM

So what are the most memorable, rib-tickling lines from movie comedies? Turner Classic Movies justreleased a list of what they believe to be the 10 best comedy lines from classic films.

Adventures in Sunderland Comes to TV

A southland film production company says it plans to create a reality TV show based on the family of Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old sailor rescued from the Indian Ocean last week while trying to sail around the world alone.

Michigan Continues to Lure Film Production Away from Hollywood

Michigan seems to be drawing moviemakers to the state thanks to generous tax incentives. And now Global Renaissance Entertainment has submitted a proposal to buy a 105-acre studio complex in suburban Detroit.

16-Year-Old Abby Sunderland Safe and Sound

Sixteen-year-old sailor Abby Sunderland, who lost communications with the outside world amid her solo circumnavigation attempt, may be cold, wet and bruised — not to mention more than 2,000 miles from the nearest land.

Thousand Oaks 16-Year Old Missing in Indian Ocean

A 16-year-old girl who set sail from Marina del Rey in a failed bid to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world alone has gone missing in the Indian Ocean. Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks used her satellite phone this morning to tell her family her boat motor failed in a storm and she would work on fixing it and call back, but she never did.

First Gubernatorial Debate Announced

The first California Gubernatorial debate has been announced. The California Broadcasters Association and the Public Policy Institute of California will co-sponsor a 90-minute broadcast Oct.