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.

Recent Articles
  • 28-Year-Old CEO Brings Health and Convenience Right To Your Door

    Laureen Asseo, the 28-year-old CEO and founder of Fresh n’ Lean, the largest organic ready-to-eat meal delivery company in the country, spills the routine that powers her career of making people healthy through nutrition.  Laureen was only 18 years old when she founded the company out of her one-bedroom apartment, but over the years, the business grew rapidly and currently operates out of a 55,000 square foot facility with hundreds of employees. She achieved all this without a single cent […]

  • Back To School With Lifestyle Expert Josh McBride

    Lifestyle expert, Josh Mcbride joins 5 Live with all the essential products you’ll need to start the new school year: Vital Proteins Collagen Water, CōTZ Face Prime & Protect SPF 40 – Tinted, La Victoria Salsas, Neutrogena HydroBoost, Tiege Hanley skin care subscription. This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on Aug. 16, 2019.

  • SoCal Jeweler Gorjana Sparkles at New Malibu Location

      Gorjana, the Laguna Beach based jewelry brand, announces the opening of their 11th retail location at Malibu Country Mart. The Southern California jewelry designer known for her effortless and laid-back style continues an impressive retail expansion for her affordable, chic and modern brand.  Founder, Gorjana Reidel visits the 5 LIVE studio to talk about her newest location, The Birthstone Collection, and the Ana Collection that pays homage to her Serbian roots. You can visit the Gorjana Malibu Country Mart […]

  • New Music Friday: Motown Meets Los Angeles as Devon Gilfillian Rocks Tribute to Mickey Mouse

      Artist Devon Gilfillian talks to KTLA 5 Live for New Music Friday about how Mickey Mouse inspired fashion, art and culture for the last 90 years, becoming The True Original. Devon performed at the Levi’s Haus of Strauss Summer of Music kickoff in Los Angeles. Find him at @devongilfillian. This segment sired August 7, 2019.

  • Montage Laguna Beach Celebrates National Watermelon Day

      Chef Benjamin Martinek from Montage Laguna Beach’s Studio restaurant joins 5 LIVE with a summery Watermelon & Tomato Ceviche to celebrate National Watermelon Day, which is August 3.  The dish combines the best-of-the-season Watermelon and Heirloom Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes, resulting in a totally refreshing colorful summer dish exploding with plenty of flavor and satisfying textures. Studio is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has amazing panoramic views. It is built in the Laguna Beach craftsman style, […]

  • New Music Friday: Elle Winter

      This week’s #NewMusicFriday is a stellar performance from artist Elle Winter.  She performs  her latest single “Do You” off her debut EP expected this fall. Elle was born and raised in New York City and was discovered by Disney at age 13, competing on its“Next Big Thing” program alongside stars like Chloe x Halle. In February 2019, Elle signed to RED MUSIC, a label venture of Sony Music Entertainment. You can follow Elle’s musical journey on Instagram @ElleWinter This […]

  • We Ordered The Cake That Will Help You Take Out Your Aggression

      KTLA 5 Live worked with LA Smash Cakes to celebrate host Natalie Lizarraga’s birthday. The cakes are molded out of chocolate and come with a mallet to crush them open, revealing the candy cornucopia inside. Find more info at This Segment aired August 6, 2019

  • andSons Chocolate

    This Beverly Hills Chocolate Is Edible, Bite-Sized Art

    We don’t want to oversell the latest 5 Live Field Trip, but it might be the most beautiful thing we’ve ever done. It’s all because of the subject matter: andSons Chocolatiers. The shop reopened earlier this year in Beverly Hills. Brothers Phil and Marc Covitz carry on their mother’s legacy; she first opened a chocolate shop on the same corner of Brighton Way 35 years ago. Instagram celebrity pastry chef Kriss Harvey works on the flavors and style of each […]

  • Hotel Erwin Wants to be Your Favorite Rooftop in Venice

    The 5 Live crew took a field trip to Hotel Erwin in Venice, where Erwin’s Kitchen & Cocktails recently opened. Executive Chef Aaren Gutierrez then joined them in studio to show them some of her healthy and gluten free dishes. For more information about the new hotel, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This segment aired on the KTLA’s 5 Live on May 9, 2019.  

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