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Sam Rubin is the entertainment anchor for the KTLA Morning News, the No. 1 news program in Los Angeles.

Since joining the show in 1991, he has established a reputation as someone who goes beyond the entertainment headlines of the day. His insights and exploration of the deeper meaning and impact of the stories within the entertainment industry generate conversation within the business, as well as outside it.

Sam is a multiple-Emmy winner; has received the Golden Mike Award for best entertainment reporter; has received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association; and has been named best entertainment reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Sam was honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with its 2013 Impact Award for outstanding integrity in broadcast journalism.

He is the author of two published books, and has seen his work published in both print and online around the world. Sam regularly appears on BBC television and radio in the United Kingdom, and is a regular contributor to Triple M radio and Channel 9 television network in Australia.

Sam is one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the United States with more than 200 members. In 1996, the BFCA began the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, now regarded in the same tier as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. The 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, hosted by Sam, was seen in more than 2 million homes, making it the No. 1 rated show in Los Angeles and other major cities. It was also the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter that evening and generated more than 500 million impressions online.

Sam is the owner of SRE, Inc., a television production company that has produced more than 200 hours of broadcast and cable programming, including several “Live From” red carpet shows and 120 episodes of the talk show “Hollywood Uncensored.”

Off the air, Sam supports various non-profit organizations including putting together a KTLA team for the annual MS 150 Bay to Bike Tour, the premiere cycling event in Southern California raising funds to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. He also is interested in revitalizing Los Angeles schools, including support for literacy programs and events such as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies and rhetoric at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Sam lives in Brentwood with his wife Leslie and their four children.


Recent Articles
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    After publishing a whole book on selfies, Kim Kardashian West said Tuesday that’ she’s “over” selfies. Sam Rubin reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 20, 2018.  

  • Kim Kardashian West Weighs in on Separation of Immigrant Families at Border: ‘It’s Heartbreaking’

    Kim Kardashian West weighed in on the controversial Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border, calling it “heartbreaking.” Sam Rubin reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 20, 2018.

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    ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Canceled by ABC After Star’s Racist Twitter Rant Against Ex-Obama Aide Valerie Jarrett

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    Lucifer star Tom Ellis was on the KTLA 5 Morning News with Sam Rubin Thursday to discuss Fox’s cancellation of the series and recent efforts — like #SaveLucifer and #PickupLucifer — to keep the show alive.

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    Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film “Superman,” died Sunday at her home in Montana, her manager confirmed to CNN. She was 69 years old. According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels: “Superman II” in 1980, “Superman III” in 1983 and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” in 1987. […]