Sareen Habeshian is a part-time digital news producer at KTLA. She also works at the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, where she manages production of podcasts and media content, and works on research projects in a bilingual capacity. She is also a reporter and editor for English-language content at CivilNet.am. A Los Angeles native, Sareen holds a master’s in journalism from USC, and bachelor’s in media studies and Armenian language and literature, with a minor in Middle Eastern studies, from UC Berkeley. She is fluent in English and Armenian.


Recent Articles
  • Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Corona on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Brother of Man Who Died in Corona Plane Crash Speaks Out, Identifies 4 Victims

    A family member identified the four people that were killed when a plane crashed and caught fire after taking off from Corona Municipal Airport on Wednesday. Eddie Rodriguez of La Mirada told KTLA on Thursday that he lost his brother Danny Rodriguez, sister-in-law Teresa and friend Paula Mitchell in the crash. The plane’s owner, 85-year-old Joseph Zingali, was also on board and may have been at the controls although it is still unclear, Rodriguez said. Authorities have yet identified the […]

  • Robert Chelsea is seen in photos before and after a crash that caused extensive burns to his face, and after a facial transplant. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Man Who Suffered Burns From Crash Says He’s Oldest Person and 1st African American to Receive Facial Transplant

    A Los Angeles man who suffered extensive burns in a crash told KTLA on Thursday that he successfully underwent a facial transplant procedure that made him the oldest person and the first African American to get a face transplant. Robert Chelsea, 68, said he is recovering from a successful and extensive 16-hour surgery he underwent in a Boston hospital in July. “After enduring more than 30 surgeries, three years of tests, physical and psychological evaluations, and a longer than usual […]

  • Nicolas Brady Kennedy and Ashley Marie Walker are shown in photos during a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news conference on Sept. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Georgia Woman Gets 16 Months Jail for Posing as L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy to Scam Victims Out of $16K

    A woman was sentenced to 16 months jail time for her involvement in a fraud scheme that included posing as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy and scamming six people out of $16,000 in gift cards, authorities said Thursday. Ashley Marie Walker was convicted on Jan. 15 of attempted extortion and accessory after the fact for her role in assisting in multiple fraud attempts and destroying evidence after the primary suspect, Nicolas Brady Kennedy, was arrested, the Los Angeles […]

  • Jesse Esphorst is seen on April 13, 2016, during the Pioneer League baseball opener. (Credit: Robert Casillas / Daily Breeze )

    2 Drivers Found Guilty of Killing 16-Year-Old Torrance Baseball Player After Running Red Light

    Two drivers in a crash that killed a 16-year-old baseball player in Torrance three years ago have been found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving, officials said Thursday. Darryl Leander Hicks Jr., 31, of Los Angeles and Tung Ming, 24, of Rancho Palos Verdes were both found guilty Wednesday of one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving on a highway causing injuries and death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release. […]

  • Two people were shot in Long Beach on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Surround Home, Arrest Man After 2 People Shot in Long Beach

    Police surrounded a home and arrested a man suspected of shooting two people, one fatally, in Long Beach on Wednesday evening, officials said. Officers were in the area of Sante Fe Avenue and West 19th Street around 6:30 p.m. when they heard gunshots nearby, Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Shaunna Dandoy said. The officers found a male and a female victim on the 1600 block of West 19th Street, both of whom had gunshot wounds to their upper torso, according […]

  • A puppy was rescued after it got its head stuck in a spare tire in Coachella on Jan. 22, 2020. (Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services)

    3-Month-Old Puppy Rescued After Getting Head Stuck in Spare Tire in Coachella

    A 3-month-old puppy was rescued by firefighters after getting her head stuck in a spare tire in Coachella on Wednesday, official said. The Riverside County Department of Animal Services responded to a call about an Australian cattle dog stuck inside a spare tire. They used oil to lubricate the puppy’s neck to try to slide her head out but her neck was too swollen, the department said. The puppy was taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms […]

  • Los Angeles City Hall is seen in this file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    Los Angeles Faces 40% Increase in Hate Crimes Since 2016, LAPD Data Shows

    The city of Los Angeles saw a 10.3% increase in hate crimes from 2018 to 2019, according to new data shared at a Los Angeles Council Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday. Hate crimes have steadily increased in the city, rising 40% from 229 reported acts in 2016 to 322 in 2019, the Los Angeles Police Department announced at the meeting. The largest increase in hate crimes were against the Muslim community, with a 150% increase from 2018 to 2019, according […]

  • A USGS map shows a magnitude 3.6 earthquake that struck near Granada Hills on Jan. 21, 2020.

    3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Granada Hills: USGS

    A magnitude 3.6 earthquake rattled Granada Hills Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck around 11:41 p.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles about 2 miles north-northeast of Granada Hills, 3 miles from San Fernando and 6 miles from Northridge. Thousands across the region reported feeling weak to moderate shaking to USGS, including residents in the San Fernando Valley, Oxnard, Glendale, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Anaheim, Santa Ana and parts of the Inland Empire. The Los Angeles Fire […]

  • Jeremy Richard Olivas, 27, who died in a chain-reaction crash on Jan. 9, 2020, is seen in an undated photo shared by his partner.

    Officials ID Whittier Man Who Died Inside Burning Car After Alleged DUI Driver Caused Chain-Reaction Crash

    A man killed in a fiery crash when an alleged DUI driver rear-ended him on the 60 Freeway was a 27-year-old Whittier resident, officials confirmed Tuesday. Jeremy Richard Olivas was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang in Industry on Jan. 9 around 10 p.m. when a driver in a 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Promaster Van failed to stop for halting traffic and plowed into the back of his car, officials said. The Ford burst into flames and left the victim trapped […]

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