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
  • Atrium: Los Feliz’s Happy Hour Hidden Gem

      Located on the historic Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz, the newest culinary kid on the block is leading a new Eastside culinary renaissance within its highly populated and dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles.  Atrium, can be found nestled inside a pocket along Vermont Avenue. The 5 LIVE crew enjoyed happy hour on the outdoor patio while tasting the amazing small bites from Executive Chef-Partner Hunter Pritchett. This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on June 25, 2019

  • Ethel M Chocolates Opens Glendale Location

      This June, Las Vegas-based chocolate company, Ethel M Chocolates, known for their liqueur-infused chocolates and world-famous pecan brittle makes their first foray into Los Angeles with a brand-new store and experiential tasting room. Lisa Vannerson, Marketing Manager at Ethel M, joined the 5 LIVE crew to talk about their new L.A. location. Ethel M Chocolates will celebrate the opening of their new Glendale store with a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. […]

  • Celebrate National Burger Month With dineL.A. Burger Trek

    In honor of National Burger Month, the 5 Live Crew tastes some of the featured burgers from dine L.A. Burger Trek. For more information about the dineL.A. Burger Trek in 2019, visit This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on May 24, 2019.      

  • National Rescue Dog Day With Paw Works

    Paw Works founder Chad Atkins and some adorable puppies joined the 5 Live crew to talk about National Rescue Dog Day. This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on May 20, 2019.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Mural Attracts Crowds at NoHo Coffee Shop

    The 5 Live team visited a “Game of Thrones” mural attracting crowds to locally-owned Joe Coffee in the NoHo Arts District, days ahead of the epic show’s finale on Sunday. Regulars say Joe’s coffee drinks are as eclectic as the art on the walls. This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on May 17, 2019. View this post on Instagram Winter is here!! Are you ready? ❄️ #gameofthrones #mural #chalkmural #noho #localartist #GOT #coffeeshop #gameofjoes #youwinoryoudie #season8 A post shared […]

  • Creators of 626 Night Market Preview Upcoming O.C. Events

    The creators of the wildly popular 626 Night Market joined the 5 Live crew to talk about the variety of food that will be offered at their upcoming Orange County events. The foodie gathering will be held at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on May 17 to 19, June 14 to 16 and August 23 to 24. For more information about the event, as well as the food and merchandise vendors visit the OC Night Market […]

  • Paw Works Founder on How Nonprofit Has Been Successful in Rescuing Animals

    Paw Works founder Chad Atkins joined the 5 Live crew to discuss their efforts to rescue and rehabilitate animals that otherwise would have been euthanized. The four (adorable) puppies Chad brought along were among eight that were recently rescued. For more information about the nonprofit, visit their website, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

  • How to Spoil Your Mom the Italian Way

    Chef de Cuisine Luca Moriconi and his mother joined the 5 Live crew to talk about the weekend celebrations at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, which features three mom-centric events. Find out more on the restaurant’s website This segment aired on KTLA’s 5 Live on May 10, 2019.

  • 5 Live Visits Hotel Erwin and Chef Aaren Gutierrez Joins the Crew in Studio

    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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