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

Schwarzenegger To Bring Back Furloughs

Gov. Schwarzenegger says he'll bring back furloughs for thousands of state workers until California passes a budget. Schwarzenegger released a new executive order today that requires state workers to take three unpaid days off per month starting next month.

Judge Blocks Controversial Sections of Arizona Immigration Law

A federal judge today blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law from takingeffect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown. The overall law will still take effect tomorrow, but without the provisions that angered opponents including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Increase in Anti Semitism

Sparked largely by an increase in the Los Angeles area, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in California jumped by 22 percent in 2009. That's according to a report released today by the Anti-Defamation League.

Safe Parking for the Homeless

The Los Angeles homeless who live in cars, campers and RVs are getting help in finding a safe overnight parking spot. The city plans to recruit an agency to operate a safe overnight parking program that will also steer the homeless to social services.

First Hand Transplant Program on West Coast

The UCLA Health System has launched the new Hand Transplant Program , the first of its kind on the West Coast and only the fourth such center in the US. The program is designed to help those whove suffered the traumatic loss of a hand or forearm and allow them to be able to use their limbs again.

LA Unified Loses Millions Not Keeping Track of Textbooks

An audit says stolen textbooks and unnecessary book purchases have cost the LA Unified SchoolDistrict nearly $10 million. The June 30 report randomly sampled 21 high schools, concludingthat the nation's second-largest school system has an outdated and substandard textbook inventory system.

Daniel Schorr Dies

Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist who broke major stories at home and abroad during the Cold War and Watergate, has died. He was 93.

New Water Rationing Schedule for L.A. Residents

Residents would be able to turn on their sprinklers three days a week -- as opposed to just two days -- under a new water rationing schedule approved today by the LA Board of Water and Power Commissioners.

Extension of Jobless Benefits One Step Closer to Passage

Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million people to lose unemployment benefits averaging about $300 a week.

Majority of Californians Favor Death Penalty

A new poll finds that 70 percent of Californians favor the death penalty. The Field Poll released today shows support for executions has increased after a slight dip over the last decade.

An LA City Council Panel Breaks City Boycott of Arizona

For a second time, a Los Angeles City Council panel agreed today to break the city's boycott of Arizona over the state's law targeting illegal immigrants. The council's Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee voted to extend for a year a contract for Blue Van Joint Venture, which has offices in Arizona and operates SuperShuttle at LAX.

Full Body Scanners Coming to an Airport Near You

LA International Airport is beefing up security measures with new full-image body scanners. Local and federal officials are about to announce all nine terminals at LAX will get at least one of the scanners, designed to detect hidden weapons or explosives.

AIDS Breakthrough

Researchers are reporting a breakthrough against AIDS. A vaginal gel containing an AIDS drug cut in half a woman's chances of getting HIV from an infected partner.

Mayor Villaraigosa Falls Off His Bike

LA Mayor Villaraigosa is recovering today from a bicycle accident, and his office said he plans to resume his regular schedule, including an appearance at a charity event this morning organized by his girlfriend.

Cash Strapped Cal State Campus Pays Sarah Palin Hefty Fee

Cal State Stanislaus officials say the foundation arm of the cash-strapped public university paid Sarah Palin $75,000 to speak at their 50th anniversary gala. The former Alaska governor's speech last month at CSU drew intense criticism and scrutiny and also attracted sizable donations for the public school.