How to Help Those Affected by SoCal Brush Fires
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Cindy Von Quednow is a digital news producer at KTLA. Before joining the KTLA team, Cindy worked as a multimedia journalist and breaking news reporter at the Ventura County Star.

She is a graduate of Cal State University Northridge, where she earned duel degrees in journalism and Central American studies, with a minor in Spanish-language journalism.

In 2017, she was named one of Los Angeles’ most influential Latina journalists by the California Chicano News Media Association. She is fluent in Spanish and Spanglish.

A native of Los Angeles, Cindy enjoys going to Dodger games, checking out shows at local venues and cuddling with her two dogs.


Recent Articles
  • Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue Capt. Mike Kreza is seen with his family in an image posted to GoFundMe on Nov. 3, 2018.

    Memorial Service Held for Costa Mesa Fire Captain Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

    Loved ones said their final farewells to Mike Kreza, a Costa Mesa fire captain who died after being struck by a suspected DUI driver while riding his bicycle earlier this month, during a memorial service Friday. Kreza was training for a triathlon and riding his bike on Nov. 3 near his Mission Viejo home when he was struck and critically injured by a van, authorities said. He died from his injuries at a hospital two days later. He’s survived by […]

  • A burnt structure remains standing surrounded by downed power lines and trees at Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    Thousands More Residents Return Home as Containment in Woolsey Fire Grows to 78%

    More residents were being allowed back in their homes Friday as firefighters made progress against the Woolsey Fire, which was torched an area the size of Denver and more than 700 structures across Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The destructive blaze, which has also claimed the lives of at least three individuals, was 78 percent contained after failing to spread for a second straight day, Cal Fire officials said in an evening update. But the number of homes and other buildings […]

  • Andy Olivera is shown in a photo at a vigil on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teen Training for Marathon Killed in Westlake Hit-and-Run Crash, Friends Say

    Police are asking the public for help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a teen who was training for a marathon in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier this month. The crash occurred just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 10 near the intersection of Virgil Avenue and First Street, the Los Angeles Police Department stated. Video posted by the LAPD to YouTube on Thursday showed the victim jogging in the street when he is struck […]

  • A man is in custody after a pursuit ends in Seal Beach on Nov. 16, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pursuit Driver Taken Into Custody in Seal Beach After Truck Flips Over in PIT Maneuver

    A driver of a stolen truck was taken into custody in Seal Beach Friday morning after authorities used a PIT maneuver to stop the chase, causing the truck to flip over and large items to spill on the roadway. The driver then ran from the scene, but was tackled by authorities in a parking lot nearby, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The pursuit apparently began in the Long Beach area, before the driver of the truck ended up in Buena […]

  • Vehicles damaged and a property destroyed in the Woolsey Fire are seen on Sierra Creek Road in Agoura Hills on Nov. 15, 2018. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images)

    Subsiding Winds Allow Firefighters to Halt Woolsey Fire’s Growth as Gov. Brown, Interior Sec. Zinke Survey Damage

    Firefighters are getting a handle on the Woolsey Fire, now entering its second week, as Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke surveyed the damage caused by the blaze. The deadly blaze burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has destroyed about 504 structures, while 57,000 remain under threat since it began Nov. 8, Cal Fire officials reported. On Thursday evening, firefighters said that — for the first time — the blaze had not grown during the day, […]

  • Matthew Mills speaks to KTLA on Nov. 15, 2018.

    Childhood Friend of Ron Helus Says Slain Sergeant Saved Him From Bully in Elementary School

    Matthew Mills’ first encounter with Ron Helus was in elementary school, when he saved him from being bullied. “I was in a bathroom and he stopped it from happening,” Mills remembered after a funeral service for the slain Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant. “He pulled me out because he knew I lived in the same neighborhood that he did.” Helus was older than Mills, but they stayed friends through high school. They trained in martial arts together and Helus even gave […]

  • A worker checks gas lines amid the rubble of a home burnt down in the Woolsey Fire on Filaree Heights Road in Malibu on Nov. 13, 2018. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    Disney Donates $500,000 to Help Those Impacted by California Fires

    The Walt Disney Co. has donated $500,000 to help people affected by wildfires continuing to burn in California, the company announced this week. The funds will go to the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund and the California Fire Foundation. The donation will be meant for “relief and recovery” efforts, and firefighters who are on the front lines of the blazes, officials said in a news release. “The firefighters are true heroes, and we honor their tireless commitment as they continue to […]

  • Hawthorne Man Accused of Fraud After Collecting Life Insurance of 2 Sons Who Died When He Drove Off San Pedro Dock

    A Hawthorne man is accused of fraud after collecting the life insurance policies of his two sons who died when he drove off a dock at the Port of Los Angeles in 2015, officials said. Ali Elmezayen, 44, is believed to have intentionally driven off a dock in San Pedro on April 9, 2015, two years after he bought the last of his insurance policies, according to the United States Attorney Central District of California. His two sons, who were […]

  • Firefighters work to put out hot spots in and around structures destroyed by the Woolsey fire as a plume of smoke rises from near the Chatsworth Reservoir in West Hills on Sunday. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

    Containment of 146-Square-Mile Woolsey Fire Reaches 30 Percent

    The firefight against the destructive and deadly Woolsey Fire is in its fifth day Monday as officials keep one eye focused on the constantly changing weather conditions. The fire had grown in size Monday to 93,662 acres – just over 146 square miles – and containment had increased to 30 percent, Cal Fire reported Monday evening. Favorable overnight weather conditions contributed to the fire’s minimal growth, Cal Fire stated. More than 3,200 firefighters are working to contain the fire. Winds […]