Hettie Lynne Hurtes

Anchor, Midday News

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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

A UCLA Scientist Tapped to Be on Board World's Largest Breast Cancer Organization

A behavioral scientist from UCLA has been tapped to serve on a panel of more than 60 top-ranking scientists, clinicians and advocates that will guide the research program at the world's largest breast cancer organization.

USC Punished For Alleged Misdeeds

How the mighty have fallen. ... the NCAA will ban the USC football team from bowl games for two years and strip it of 20 scholarships for rules violations. That report from the LA Times this morning.

New Funds to Entice Folks to Quit Smoking

The LA County Board of Supervisors today agreed to spend $10.6 million in state funds on programs designed to cut tobacco smoking by county residents. The State Department of Public Health dollars will be used to reduce access to tobacco products by teens, cut back on secondhand smoke and counter pro-tobacco advertising and promotions over the next three years.

Very Light Turnout for Yesterday's Primary

Less than 20 percent of eligible registered voters in LA County cast ballots in yesterday's primary election. County Registrar-Recorder-County Clerk Dean Logan said 852,153 ballots were counted on election night, including 239,769 vote-by-mail ballots.

So You Wanna Be a Star!

Oprah Winfrey wants to give you a chance to follow in her footsteps on her new cable network. She's teaming up with reality TV producer Mark Burnett, the man behind "Survivor"' and "The Apprentice," on a show searching for the next big TV personality.

Sniper Continues Targeting Vehicles on Southland Freeways

The CHP says a sniper armed with a pellet or BB gun continues to target vehicles on freeways in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. More than 50 vehicles have reportedly been hit along the 10, 15, 91 and 215 freeways in recent weeks.

Helen Thomas Abruptly Retires

Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired today from Hearst News Service. The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, leaves amid a brewing controversy over remarks she made about Israel and Palestinians.

Review of Parkers' Lighthouse

Seems few people think of Long Beach as a destination for good food. I recently discovered Parkers' Lighthouse, and even though it's been there for years, way before Shoreline Village was "gentrified," I never heard anyone talk it up.

Lee Harvey Oswald Taxi on Auction Block

The Checker cab once known as Lee Harvey Oswald's getaway car is headed to auction. Cab 36 is part of the collection that will go up for sale tomorrow at the defunct Pate Museum of Transportation in Cresson near Fort Worth.

Corpse Flower About to Bloom

It could be a stinky weekend at the Huntington Library's Botanical Gardens. Sometime over the next two to four days, an Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a "corpse flower," is expected to make a rare bloom -- revealing not only its velvety maroon interior but its even more notorious smell.

Whooping Cough On the Rise

Health officials say California whooping cough cases are soaring with the 584 confirmed cases representing a threefold increase over the same period last year when there were 190 cases.

Chelsea's Law

A bill that would lock up some convicted child molesters for life has cleared the state Assembly after lawmakers proclaimed that predators would never change their ways. The bill, known as Chelsea's Law, passed today with a 65-0 vote.

Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Blanche Devereaux to life on "The Golden Girls," has died after suffering a stroke. She'd undergone breast cancer treatment in 1997 and had heart bypass surgery last year.

Property Tax Cuts On the Way

More than 400,000 LA County homeowners are getting property tax reductions averaging $1,500 to $1,800. Assessor Robert Quon says those most likely toget reductions bought homes or condo after July 1, 2003, when the housing boom began.

iWatch Comes to Los Angeles

A counter-terrorism program being introduced today aims to teach the public how to identify and report suspicious behaviors and activities, but civil rights organizations have raised concerns it could lead to racial and religious profiling.