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

Your Comments Welcome on Metro's Subway to the Sea

If you live on the Westside you may be interested in coming out to a public meeting this evening on Metro's subway extension, the so-called Subway to the Sea. It takes place at 6 at the Westwood United Methodist Church.

Toyota Doesn't Admit Wrongdoing but Pays its Record Fine

Toyota today paid a record $16.4 million fine for a slow response to its accelerator pedal recall. The company agreed to the fine last month....the maximum allowed under law. The government accused the company of hiding earlier defects involving gas pedals, a claim Toyota rejected even though it agreed to pay the fine.

Trillions of Calories Getting the Ax to Cut Down on Childhood Obesity

Several of the nation's largest food companies say they'll take 1 1/2 trillion calories out of their products by 2015 to reduce childhood obesity. First lady Michelle Obama announced the move today after a coalition of food manufacturers pledged to cut calories as part of an agreement with a group of concerned nonprofits.

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Revised Budget Plan

Governor Schwarzenegger is seeking the deepest cuts to the state's health and welfare programs since California tumbled into a recession nearly 3 years ago. He announced his revised budget plan today for the fiscal year beginning in July, with unemployment remaining high and tax revenue low.

Space Shuttle Program Nearing an End

Space shuttle Atlantis is on its way to orbit for the last time. Atlantis and a crew of six blasted off thisafternoon from Cape Canaveral. More than 40,000 spectators gathered at the launch site, all eager to catch one of the few remaining shuttle flights.

Gains Made by LA Unified in Academic Performance

LA Unified schools are apparently making gains on the Academic Performance Index. That index is calculated using student scores on a series of standarized tests. The target score set by the Department of Education is 800.

Annie Being Erased From the Comics Page

The iconic redheaded orphan Annie is ending her time on the comics pages after 85 years. Tribune Media announced today it's bringing to an end the syndication of the "Annie'' strip June 13.

Mumps on the Rise in LA County

Nine mumps cases have been reported in LA County so far this year, which health experts say is an unusually high number since the childhood disease is easily prevented through vaccination.

LA City Council Passes Economic Boycott of Arizona

The LA City Council approved an economic boycott of Arizona today in hopes of pressuring the state into repealing its controversial new immigration law. The council suspended all travel to Arizona for city-related business and directed department heads not to enter into contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona when legally and fiscally possible.

Criminal Charges Filed Against Ralphs and Kroger

Criminal charges have been filed against Ralphs and its parent company, Kroger for allegedly overcharging for some of its goods in LA. The city attorney's office today filed 14 counts of falseand misleading advertising along with other charges including false labeling and unlawful computation of value.

A Proposed Ban on the Wearing of Veils in France

French lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution today claiming that face-covering Muslim veils are contrary to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity on which France is founded.

Boeing Strike in Long Beach

Boeing workers at Long Beach's C-17 plant are on strike. Employees represented by United Auto Workers are picketing after last-minute contract negotiations broke down over medical and pension benefits late last night.

Is LA's Gun Surrender Program An Effective Anti-Crime Tool?

LA's mayor and police chief said today that more than 2,500 firearms were taken off the streets over the weekend, thanks to a program which allowed people to surrender guns in exchange for gift cards -- no questions asked.

Vote by Mail Gets Underway Today for the June Primary

Although the June 8 Statewide Direct Primary is 29 days away, voting actually begins today as county elections officials begin mailing ballots to millions of Californians who opt to vote by mail.

Rent Freeze Considered by LA City Council

The Los Angeles City Council has voted 8-6 to instruct the city attorney to draft an ordinance to ban rent increases on rent-controlled housing until Oct. 31. Landlords owning less than five units would be exempt from the ban.