Derrin Horton anchors sports coverage for KLTA 5 News at 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 on weeknights, as well as L.A.’s No. 1 “Sports Final” show nightly at 10:45 p.m.

For the past 22 years, Derrin has hosted, anchored, reported and called play by play for some of the largest sports networks in America. Since 2004, Horton has hosted a variety of studio shows for NFL Network, including, “NFL Total Access,” “Point After,” “College Football Now,” and “Path to the Draft.” In addition to hosting, Derrin has reported from the sidelines for all of NFL Network’s productions, including “NFL GameDay Morning,” and “NFL Total Access on Location.”

Before joining NFL Networkm he spent the previous five years at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles where he anchored, “Sports Central,” and was the main feature reporter for Channel 9’s coverage of Los Angeles Lakers basketball. Telling stories is one of his genuine passions and while at KCAL, Derrin won an Emmy for his coverage of the Special Olympics.

Derrin was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in New York City. Derrin attended Syracuse University where he received a dual degree in broadcast journalism and political philosophy. At Syracuse, he joined the renowned student station WAER Radio where he learned the craft of calling play by play. He also received valuable writing and production experience during college interning and working at CBS Sports, WFAN Radio, WCBS-TV, WTVH-TV and WSTM-TV.

After Syracuse, he began his professional career in Canton, Ohio, as a radio broadcaster for WHBC-AM. Six months later, he moved to Greensboro, N.C., to host “Black College Sports Today,” and WXII-TV, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he covered Wake Forest, Duke, UNC and NC State football and basketball, as well as the NASCAR circuit.

After spending two years in North Carolina, he packed his bags and headed to the Midwest to anchor weekend sports for WLWT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. From there it was on to Chicago to Fox affiliate WFLD-TV where he hosted all the Chicago Bears programming, and covered the comeback of Michael Jordan with the Bulls. The next stop was KDNL-TV, in St. Louis where he covered the Rams first season in Missouri and Mark McGwire’s record-breaking home run chase with the Cardinals.

In September of 1998, Derrin moved to Los Angeles and began working for Fox Sports Net as a sideline reporter on the Conference USA package. He eventually began calling college football and basketball as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN. He’s also called games for ABC Sports, NFL Network and Fox Sports Net’s coverage of NFL Europe, as well as working as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ coverage of “The Road to the Final 4,” and NBC Sports’ “Bayou Classic.”

During his free time, Derrin enjoys volunteering for a number of causes and leads a men’s Bible study. He also enjoys being active by playing basketball and working out. He’s even competed against professional athletes in the Spike TV reality show “Pros vs. Joes,” where he finished second in the competition, losing in overtime.


Recent Articles
  • L.A. Rams to Be Featured on Next Season of ‘Hard Knocks’

    The next season of the reality show “Hard Knocks,” from HBO and NFL Films, will cover the Los Angeles Rams as they transition from St. Louis to L.A. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on May 12, 2016.

  • L.A. Rams Select Cal QB Jared Goff With No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft

    Cal quarterback Jared Goff was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams as the team’s No. 1 pick during the NFL draft Thursday evening in Chicago. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the choice to applause. Newly returned to Los Angeles, the Rams had made a trade with the Tennessee Titans to get the first pick. Goff, 21, grew up in Novato, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pounder is a junior at UC Berkeley. Before the draft, Goff told the […]

  • Terrell Owens Provides Monrovia High School Football Player With Needed Size-17 Shoes

    In this Problem Solvers installment, NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens surprises Jordon Woods, a Monrovia High School football player with some much-needed size-17 athletic shoes provided by Adidas. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

  • Max Man TV Teams Up With Fighting Champ Germaine Yeap to Prank Gym Owners

    Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, May 25, 2015.

  • High School Football Star Goes Viral With Video of One-Handed Grab

    Pennsylvania high school football star Khaleke Hudson has become a viral star as well after tweeting out video of a one-handed grab, which he made while jumping over someone. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, May 25, 2015.

  • Steve Ballmer’s Signature Enthusiasm on Display at Clippers Fan Festival

    Doc Rivers introduced Steve Ballmer by saying, “Today is not even about us. It’s about this other guy, that just happens to have 2 billion in his pocket.” Ballmer was introduced off stage, walking through the throngs of fans and screaming as loud as he could. It was like a boxer being introduced before a big fight, with Eminem blasting through the speakers. Ballmer gave the players hugs, then stood on stage and yelled into the microphone. It was not […]

  • Young Japanese Athletes Connecting to Their Roots Through Basketball

    A Japanese youth basketball organization is scoring points for keeping young Los Angeles Athletes connected to their roots. Yonsei’s cultural exchange program was created 21 years ago in an attempt to bring young Japanese Southern California basketball players together with players in Japan. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

  • Dodgers Prepare for Home Opener Against Giants – Derrin Horton Reports

    Fans filed in to Dodger Stadium for the club’s home opener against the Giants Friday. Derrin Horton reports from Dodger Stadium for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on April 4, 2014.

  • Black History Month: James Avery

    KTLA pays tribute to Hollywood Dreamer James Avery, the actor best known for his role as Uncle Phil on the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

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