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

'Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein' plays at Geffen Playhouse

Hershey Felder is the master of the one-man show when it pertains to composers.

'Pandemonium' playing at UCLA's Royce Hall

Luke Cresswell, the creator of the globally popular dance show “Stomp,” has now applied his percussive creativity to a new show called “Pandemonium.” It opens tonight at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Rare Looney Tunes cartoons screen Wednesday night in Hollywood

If you love Looney Tunes, it’s your lucky day. An event on Wednesday night in Hollywood features some rarely seen classic cartoons.

Woodland University gets $3 million grant for digital media

A Southland university that plans to offer degrees in digital media arts has snared a grant that’ll help fulfill its mission.

Benefit tonight for CoachArt, organization that offers classes to children with serious illnesses

CoachArt, an organization that helps young people with chronic illness, will benefit from a fundraiser tonight.

'Il Postino' with tenor Charles Castronovo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

The world premiere of “Il Postino” continues at the L.A. Opera this month. The man who sings the title role is Charles Castronovo. He’s a 35-year-old tenor who co-stars with the better-known Placido Domingo, who’s also general director of the opera company.

The Intimate Opera of Pasadena to debut at Pasadena Playhouse

Starting in December, the Intimate Opera of Pasadena will inaugurate its new home at the Pasadena Playhouse. It’ll begin with a holiday production of Giancarlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

Los Angeles Philharmonic offers free concerts

A ticket to Disney Hall may be beyond your reach. But this week the Los Angeles Philharmonic plans to play in a couple of concert venues for free.

Charles Fox reveals man behind music in his autobiography

The name Charles Fox may not ring that proverbial bell, but his music most certainly will — the themes for such memorable TV shows as "Happy Days," "Love Boat" and even Monday Night Football. Fox also wrote "Killing Me Softly" — which is also the title of his new autobiography.

Heart returns to hard rock, acoustic roots

The Wilson Sisters, Ann and Nancy, have just released their first new studio album in six years. Perhaps better known as Heart, the duo’s “Red Velvet Car” features nine new songs as they return to their hard rock/acoustic roots of the late 70s.

Test your luck in the Oscar bleacher seat lottery

You have one week to enter a red carpet lottery. The winners will be very close to the actors who appear at next year’s Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre.

LA County offers 'Arts Tune-Up' management advice

People who work in the arts can get free management advice Saturday in Long Beach.

Top Universities

Caltech was ranked seventh among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, which today released its annual list of "Best Colleges." Caltech tied at seventh with traditional rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Home Sales Plummet

Southland home sales plummeted more than 21% last month from last July. It's their biggest drop in over two years. MDA DataQuick said today the drop from about 24-thousand homes last July to around 19-thousand last month came as federal tax credits that had been fueling sales expired.

Death of Columnist James J. Kilpatrick

James J. Kilpatrick, who rose from cub reporter to become one of the South's most prominent newspaper editors and the nation's most widely syndicated political columnist, died last night of congestive heart failure.