Samantha Cortese is an anchor, reporter, and cohost of “5 Live,” KTLA’s digital-only newscast.
The Palm Desert native previously worked at KGUN-TV in Tucson where she was a morning anchor. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at KESQ-TV and KPSP-TV in Palm Springs. She also worked as a morning news producer and web editor.
Samantha graduated Chapman University with a bachelor’s in fine arts in broadcast journalism. Samantha was a founder, producer and anchor for Chapman News, Orange County’s only local news broadcast. She started her career at KPSP while still attending Chapman University full time, making for quite the commute (she survived with podcasts).
Samantha’s been nominated for an Emmy Award, won a Cecil B. DeMille Award for Best TV Show, and was nominated for the Mir Tukhi Award for Excellence in Journalism. Samantha was also awarded the first NPG Award for Social Media Excellence for her ability to engage viewers online.
Samantha is the host and producer for KTLA’s investigative true crime podcast “California Crime: The Disappearance of Jonathan and Audrey.” Listen here.
Samantha was a collegiate cheerleader and coach, and is a serious college football fan.
Her hobbies include traveling (mostly to catch a PAC12 game), all things Disney, and loving her dogs: a rescue Havapoo named Magic and Lagotto Romagnolo named Cannoli.