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

Anti Texting Law Not Working

It seems the number of California drivers who read of text while driving is up....in fact back to 2009 levels. That, according to the Auto Club. A recent survey shows about 16 out of every thousand motorists in the state are still fiddling with a texting device instead of keeping their eyes on the road.

Beer Afficionados.... Anchor Brewing Is In New Hands

Don't know about you, but this sparked my interest, since I'm becoming a fan of microbrews....

Call for Economic Boycott of Arizona

Two LA City Council members called today for an economic boycott to protest the controversial new immigration law in Arizona. The resolution introduced by Ed Reyes and Janice Hahn calls for the city to "refrain from conducting business with the state of Arizona including participating in any conventions or other business that requires city resources, unless SB 1070 (Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Acts") is repealed.

Any Ideas to Save the Postal Service?

The post office is facing billions in losses and is considering ways to cut costs. Both the commission that oversees the Postal Service and the inspector general are asking for suggestions from the public.

They Did It! Saved the Land Around the Hollywood Sign!

Calling it Hollywood's Eiffel Tower, Hugh Hefner donated $900,000 to the Trust for Public Land, completing the $12 1/2 million needed to protect the 138 acres around the Hollywood sign from development.

Mary Higgins Clark Interview

She's 82 and has written 29 suspense novels in her more than 30 years as an author. Mary Higgins Clark's latest work is "The Shadow of Her Smile," and I interviewed her about the novel as well as her experiences as a best-selling writer.

Metrolink Fare Hike

The Metrolink Board of Directors has given preliminary approval to a fare increase that would average about 6 percent. But the board dramatically scaled back plans to eliminate some train service as part of an effort to trim a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Gets More Support for Transit Projects

LA County transportation officials have agreed to support Mayor Villaraigosa's plan to speed up the construction of a dozen transit projects. Today's vote by the Metropolitan County TransportationAuthority allows the agency's lobbyists to go after federal loans and private investment to make it happen.

California Supreme Court Says No Quick Ruling on California Furloughs

The state Supreme Court is denying Gov. Schwarzenegger's effort to speed up a final decision on whether the state can legally furlough more than 200,000 state employees.

First TCM Classic Film Festival debuts in Hollywood

Many film festivals concentrate on movies that haven’t shown up in theaters yet. KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes says a new Southland film festival that starts today reaches into the past.

No Bones About It

The Food and Drug Administration issued a reminder to consumers today to toss out bones from their meals rather than feed them to their pets. Why? The FDA cites: broken teeth, mouth or tongue injuries, bones or fragments getting stuck in a dog's esophagus or even its stomach, which might require surgery.

Cash for Appliances

The federal government is giving away $35 million to Californians buying energy efficient appliances. California's "cash for appliances'' program starts tomorrow, Earth Day, and is designed to cut energy use.

Elian Gonzales - 10 Years Later

It's been a decade since the Elian Gonzalez raid, even though it may seem like yesterday! If you'll recall federal agents seized the 6-year-old Cuban boy from his relatives' home in Miami's Little Havana community and returned him to his father in Cuba.

Beutner Confirmed as Interim GM of DWP

The civilian panel that oversees the Department of Water and Power appointed Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner today to serve as the utility's interim general manager. LA Mayor Villaraigosa nominated him yesterday.

Foreclosures Down in LA/Orange Counties

The number of LA County homes slipping toward foreclosure dropped by 43 1/2 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year. MDA DataQuik says lenders sent default notices to a little more than 15 1/2-thousand homeowners in the first quarter, down from the previous year's close to 28-thousand.