Samantha Cortese

Samantha Cortese is a digital multimedia journalist and cohost of “5 Live,” KTLA’s digital-only newscast.

The Palm Desert native joined the station from KGUN-TV in Tucson where she was a morning anchor. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs. She’s also worked as a morning show producer and web editor at KPSP-TV.

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 joined the team at CBS Local 2 while still attending Chapman University full time, making for quite the commute (she survived with podcasts).

Samantha’s been nominated for an Emmy Award, and while at Chapman, won the Cecil Award for Best TV Show and was nominated for the Mir Tuhki Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Samantha was a cheerleader at Palm Desert High School and Chapman University. She later coached cheer at PDHS. As a serious college football fan, she says cheerleading was her way to have an effect on the game without actually playing.

Her hobbies include traveling (mostly to catch a Pac-12 game), all things Disney and loving her rescue Havapoo named Magic.

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