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

Short Nosed Dogs More Prone to Death In Flight

Bulldog and pug owners beware: Short-snouted breeds accounted for roughly half the purebred dog deaths on airplanes in the past five years. Overall, at least 122 dog deaths were reported since May 2005, when U.

Hot Hot Hot!!!

A high-pressure system will bear down again on LA County today, with potentially dangerous heat and humidity that could generate more thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts. An excessive heat warning has been extended through tomorrow night for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, as well as the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountain ranges.

Is Your Olive Oil REALLY Extra Virgin?

A new study shows that many of the olive oils sold in the United States are not the top-grade, extra-virgin oils their labels proclaim. University of California, Davis researchers conducted the firstacademic investigation of olive oil quality, sampling popular international and national brands.

Wanna Audition for American Idol?

Auditions for the 10th season of ``American Idol'' are kicking off in Nashville as wannabe contestants prepare for a show without judge Simon Cowell. People began lining up for wristbands outside thismorning.

International Theatre Festival Starts This Weekend

Theatre lovers listen up: Calabasas plays host to the International Theatre Festival that runs through July 25. I had a delightful conversation with the Festival's Director, actress Linda Purl, here at KPCC.

Avandia Gets Thumbs Up From Health Experts

A majority of federal health experts has voted to keep the controversial diabetes pill Avandia on the market despite evidence that it increases the risk of heart attack. A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted against withdrawing GlaxoSmithKline's once-blockbuster drug.

Palin and Johnston Re-Engaged

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they're engaged and hope to get married within six weeks, an abrupt turnaround for the couple that just months ago was fighting over child support and Johnston's critical comments about the family.

Octomom Doctor Under Investigation in Another Fertility Case

California officials say the fertility doctor for Octomom Nadya Suleman implanted too many embryos in another patient, resulting in the death of a fetus. The Medical Board of California has been investigating Dr.

Southland Home Sales and Prices Up

Home sales in LA County went up 2.8% last month compared to a year ago while prices increased 4.7%. The median home price in June was 335-thousand dollars compared to 320-thousand last year.

YMCA Changes Its Name

The YMCA is now known officially as just the Y. The Chicago-based nonprofit announced today it is changing both its logo and name to the Y, marking its first branding change in 43 years.

Beware Salsa and Guacamole

Federal health officials warn that salsa and guacamole are increasingly important causes of foodborne disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly one out of every 25 restaurant-associated outbreaks with identified food sources between 1998 and 2008 were traced to contaminatedsalsa or guacamole.

Roman Polanski A Free Man

Roman Polanski was declared a free man today after Switzerland rejected a U.S. request to extradite him to be sentenced for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss government blamed the decision on U.

Grim Sleeper Success May Lead to Solving Additional Cold Cases

LA Police Chief Charlie Beck says investigators will examine more than 30 cold case files for possible links to a suspect in the ``Grim Sleeper'' serial killings. Beck said today that the cases, dating back to 1984, will be reviewd with new information gleaned from the investigation into Lonnie Franklin Jr.

Chubby Checker...Check It Out!

Fifty years to the day after the release of the hip-swiveling tune ``The Twist,'' the man who made it famous is celebrating in his hometown. Chubby Checker performed today at a free noontime concert at Philadelphia City Hall.

Grim Sleeper Arrest Landmark Effort

The investigation that led to the arrest of a suspect in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings was a "landmark" effort that will "change the way policing is done in the United States. That according to LA Police Chief Charlie Beck.