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
  • Five Dinners, One Night: 5 Live dineL.A. Restaurant Crawl

    Winter 2020 dineL.A. Restaurant Week features two weeks of set menus at some of the city’s best restaurants, starting January 17th and running through the end of the month. KTLA 5 Live tried 5 menus in one night to showcase what local hotel restaurants have to offer. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but really you’re just getting a good deal at some of the best hotel restaurants in Los Angeles. Chefs across the hospitality industry tell us they’re renovating […]

  • Give the ‘Gift of Good Fortune’ by Eating Savory Sicilian Food for a Cause

    The 5 Live Field Trip series takes a trip to Italy — on Beverly. In the spirit of the holidays, Osteria Cal Mare Owner & Chef Adam Sobel invites guests to “give the gift of good fortune” (that’s bona furtuna in Sicilian). Sobel crafted a nightly tasting menu, with a portion of proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. The menu celebrates the best of Bona Furtuna’s estate-grown olive oil, heirloom tomatoes, ancient grains, and hand-harvested herbs and seasonings. For more […]

  • Cake Monkey Christmas Tree S'mores

    Taste Nostalgia with Cake Monkey’s Christmas Twist on Childhood Favorites

    Cake Monkey visited 5 Live with whimsical versions of childhood favorites. For 10 years, they’ve made riffs on the Ding-Dong, the HoHo, the Sno-Ball, the Pop-Tart, and more. Elizabeth Belkind, a pastry chef who studied under Nancy Silverton while at Campanile, brings the team an array of treats: ​​​​​ Roll in the Hay (riff on Zinger) – Vanilla Cake with Lime Buttercream, White Chocolate Crunchy Pearls and Raspberry Jam, lightly rolled in Coconut El Rollo (riff on Ho Ho) – […]

  • Delicious, Chunky Sips: We Tried Cocktails Made with Fat

    Delicious, Chunky Sips: We Tried Cocktails Made with Fat

    It’s hard to find, but it’s worth the hunt. Birds and Bees, a mid-century modern alcohol-only bungalow, is hidden under a parking lot in Downtown LA. Every month it makes a new menu to challenge the mixologists behind the bar. KTLA 5 Live’s Field Trip series goes to Birds & Bees to try the new trend, and November’s special ingredient: FAT. Birds and Bees is located at 207 S Broadway B, Los Angeles.

  • How One Woman Turned Kombucha Into a Successful YouTube Channel Kombucha home brewer Angelica Kelly turned a love for Kombucha into a successful YouTube channel. We debunk some of the mysteries and misconceptions of “Booch,” explore how easy it is to start brewing at home, and try some of her fermented concoctions. The channel is so successful Kelly has written the Kombucha Crafter’s Logbook, now available in stores. This aired on KTLA 5 Live on Oct 21, 2019.

  • World’s Most Sought-After Coffee Hits L.A. Shop for $15 a Cup

    5 Live loves coffee, so when we heard the elusive Gesha beans hit stores in Los Angeles, we had to try it. Caffe Luxxe recently announced the launch of its very first Gesha, which some consider the world’s most sought-after coffee varietal, from the award-winning Doña Elvira’s family-owned Finca Alto Jamarillo in Panama. Some companies purchased Geshas at auction for $1,000 per pound. Caffe Luxxe’s Gesha earned one of the highest cupping scores ever- coming in at 98 points. Learn […]

  • Sushi Making with Chef Masa from ONYX

    Roll Sushi Like a Pro With Chef Masa From ONYX

    Chef Masa Shimakawa of ONYX at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is in the 5 Live studio to show us how to make sushi at home! From sourcing quality seafood, to cutting the fish and wrapping a perfect roll, Chef Masa shows us a technique using ingredients available at any super market. Yes, there is a huge, huge knife. Actually, there are two of them. It’s wild. If you have trouble getting the hang of it, don’t fret; ONYX is welcoming […]

  • CBD, Cold Brew and Latte Art to Celebrate National Coffee Day in L.A.

    CBD, Cold Brew and Latte Art to Celebrate National Coffee Day in L.A.

    Tamas Christman of Dragonfly Coffee Roasters joined KTLA 5 Live to talk about trends and tastings for National Coffee Day. Christman explains why he likes Blue Bottle cold brew above all others, and discusses the trend of hemp oil, otherwise known as CBD, coffee. He will be at Carrera Cafe on 8251 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles for coffee sampling on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. This segment aired September 27, 2019 on KTLA 5 Live.

  • Halloween Themed Food at Disneyland Is So Good It’s Scary

    Food and KTLA 5 Live go together like Mickey and Minnie, so the team had to check out the new treats at the Disneyland Resort for Halloween Time. Chef Cane Littrell shows us the festive foods he and his team spent months creating in Disney’s kitchens. Visitors can find sweet treats like pumpkin spice churros and dead-cadent funnel cake, to hearty dishes like the long-forgotten dueling tacos and ‘we’ve BEAN dying to MEAT you!’ red beans and rice soup. Disneyland […]

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