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

Grim Sleeper Charged in At Least 11 Murders

Police charged a man today in the L.A.'s "Grim Sleeper'' serial killings after decades of frustrated investigations into at least 11 slayings dating back 25 years. 57-year old Lonnie Franklin Jr.

Free summer concerts at LA County parks

Audiences in Los Angeles County will be able to hear musical offerings that range from Zydeco to Latin Jazz this summer and beyond. Here's a preview of 78 free concerts all over the county through early autumn.

Contentious Eating Contest

Takeru Kobayashi said he was hungry when he got out of jail this morning. The eating champion was arrested yesterday after the annual hot-dog eating contest at Brooklyn's Coney Island.

Possible Breakthrough in HIV

U-S-C researchers have created H-I-V-resistant cells that could one day allow patients to control and even suppress the infection without the use of harsh drugs. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine successfully transplanted modified stem cells into mice that stave off the infection.

New Shuttle To and From Bob Hope Airport

A free shuttle began operating today between Bob Hope Airport and the downtown Burbank Metrolink Station. Passengers at the airport can request a SuperShuttle to the station anytime between 5:30 in the morning to 10 at night.

Family of Jaycee Dugard Wins Huge Settlement

California lawmakers approved a $20 million settlement today with the family of Jaycee Dugard, whowas kidnapped as a girl and held captive for 18 years by a paroled sex offender. Dugard, who is 30, resurfaced last August with two daughters she bore with Phillip Garrido.

Transit Fares Go Up

Fare hikes on Metro buses and trains took effect today. The fare for one-way rides increased by 25 cents to $1.50, and monthly passes jumped by 13 dollars to 75 dollars. Daily passes rose from five to six dollars and the EZ pass from 70 to 84 bucks.

Calling All Musicians

The LA-based Daniel Pearl Foundation today urged musicians around the world to remember the slain journalist by taking part in the ninth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, Oct. 1-31.

Kagan Predicted to Win Confirmation

As Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan nears the end of a grueling turn in the Senate Judiciary Committee witness chair, and the senator in charge of the proceedings is predicting she'll be confirmed.

California Nurses Being Investigated

State officials say thousands of California's registered nurses have been punished for misconduct in other states and some even lost nursing licenses. The state Board of Registered Nursing has discovered some 3,500 of its nurses have been sanctioned in other states.

Decoy Jews

A hidden-camera video showing Jews being harassed on the street in a Moroccan neighborhood of Amsterdam has led Dutch authorities to consider combating hate crimes with "decoy Jews," undercover police wearing yarmulkes.

Oscars in January?

Academy Awards organizers are talking about moving up the date of the show, possibly as early as January. The academy's board of governors has discussed the idea of holding the Oscars earlier.

McChrystal Out... Petraeus In

President Obama says he's accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal with regret, but iscertain that it is the right decision for the country's national security and the future of the U.

The Latest Smoking Statistics

Fourteen percent of adults in Los Angeles County smoke cigarettes, but the rates are much higher for men and blacks and also vary widely by community. The county's Department of Public Health issued a report that, for the first time ever, breaks down tobacco use by city and community.

Should We Help Subsidize LA's Libraries?

A proposal to charge Los Angeles residents a $39 yearly parcel tax to help fund the city's libraries moved a step closer today to being placed on the November ballot. The Parks, Health and Aging Committee approved the proposal endorsed by the Board of Library Commissioners, and forwarded it to the full council.