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
  • How to Love Yourself More Than Your Dating App

    Giovanni Moujaes joins 5 Live on Valentine’s Day to discuss what years of “swiping” on dating apps has taught him. Giovanni might look familiar because he often fills in on 5Live. Follow him on Twitter at @giovannimoujaes  This segment aired on 5 Live on Feb. 14, 2019.

  • Will Neff, Comedian and Actor, Talks Digital Media

    Comedian and actor Will Neff talked about digital media layoffs and joined 5 Live crew in reading some news headlines. Will is a friend of Andy’s who worked with the 5 Liver on Hot Wheels. Follow him on Twitter at @Thrilliamneff

  • Christina Cooper appears on KTLA's 5Live on Jan. 15, 2019.

    Christina Cooper of ‘Dear White People’ on Her Latest Project, ‘South Central Love’

    Christina Cooper of the Netflix series “Dear White People” spoke to KTLA’s 5 Live about producing, writing, directing and starring in her first film, “South Central Love.” See more information on the project’s Instagram page at @southcentrallovethemovie or Cooper’s Instagram @thechristinacooper.  

  • Entertainment Expert Jasmine Simpkins on R. Kelly Documentary

    In a 6-part documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” several people accuse the singer of being controlling and both sexually and physically abusive. Some victims say the abuse began when they were teenage girls. Senior producer for Hip Hollywood, Jasmine Simpkins, appears on KTLA’s 5 Live on Jan. 7, 2019.

  • Shake Shack’s Culinary Director Mark Rosati Visits 5 Live

    Shake Shack is offering a free burger every time a customer orders a burger online or on the Shack App using the code “THANKYOU18.” The offer is available at all Los Angeles locations until Jan. 2, and is only valid for one-time use. Shake Shack’s Culinary Director Mark Rosati appears on KTLA’s 5 Live on Dec. 28, 2018. More information is available on

  • Chef Kyle Johnson Shares NYE Dinner Menu at Bourbon Steak Los Angeles

    Chef Kyle Johnson, of Bourbon Steak Los Angeles, appeared on KTLA’s 5 Live on Dec. 27, 2018, to highlight some food selections to be served on New Year’s Eve. Get more info at  

  • West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. Restaurant on New Year’s Eve Rooftop Masquerade Party

    Chef Louis Tikaram and Grant Smillie, of West Hollywood’s  E.P. & L.P. Restaurant, appeared on KTLA’s 5 Live on Dec. 21, 2018, to dish on the menu and details of their New Year’s Eve rooftop masquerade party. Get more info at  

  • KTLA’s Podcast Producer Bobby Gonzalez Visits 5 Live

    Bobby Gonzalez , producer and host of KTLA’s podcast “Spoken Dreams,” visited 5 Live to talk about interviewing Gene Simmons and Dolly Parton, and working on KTLA’s The News Director’s Office. Listen to Spoken Dreams on iTunes. Bobby’s interview with Dolly Parton can be found on

  • Chef Adam Sobel of Cal Mare, an Italian restaurant at the Beverly Center, prepares sea urchin risotto on KTLA's 5 Live on Dec. 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cal Mare Chef Adam Sobel Prepares Sea Urchin Risotto

    Chef Adam Sobel of Cal Mare, an Italian restaurant at the Beverly Center, prepares sea urchin risotto on KTLA’s 5 Live on Dec. 18, 2018. Click here for more information.

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