Vera Jimenez is KTLA 5’s meteorologist for the KTLA 5 News at 6, 6:30, 10 and 11 on weeknights.

Vera was born in Mexico and moved to Southern California when she was 3. Most of her family still lives in Garden Grove. She went to Bolsa Grande High School and Santa Ana Community College.

She later attended Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with honors in religious studies. It was during her time at SACC that she started in broadcasting. She interned at KIK-FM in Orange and then got a job producing traffic for Shadow Broadcasting. She landed a fill-in job doing traffic overnights at KFWB-AM. The best learning experience came while at KNX-AM, where she was an airborne traffic reporter.

Vera eventually got a chance to work on television — first for KABC-TV and then for KCBS-TV, both here in Los Angeles. While at KCBS-TV, Vera went back to school to study meteorology from Mississippi State, earning her certificate in August 2009.

Vera has earned two Emmys, three Golden Mikes and three Golden Pylons.

Recent Articles
  • Heavy rain caused widespread flooding on the 710 Freeway at the 91 interchange on March 20, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Spring Storm Brings Heavy Rain, Lightning, Hail to SoCal; 710 Fwy Reopens After Flooding Prompts Closures

    The first day of spring got off to a wet start in Southern California Wednesday as a cold weather system brought wild weather to the region, including torrential downpours, thunderstorms, lightning and hail. Nonstop rain drenched the Compton area for nearly 2 hours after noon, dropping more than 3/4 inches of rain in the span of an hour. By late afternoon, a total of 1.57 inches was reported at Compton Creek, according to the National Weather Service. The heavy rain […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

    This cauliflower buffalo bite recipe is a perfect way to get more veggies in your diet. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, use regular flour and butter, if you have that on hand. I tried the recipe with Frank’s Red Hot Wing Sauce and Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce. Both are equally tasty, but I thought Franks had a bigger kick. Give it a try and let me know what think send your comments, questions and recipes to […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Cherry Junk Cake

    This recipe came from Mary Bryant of Rochester, New York. She said the minute it came out of the oven the kids were standing by with their forks ready to chow, and I can completely understand why. It is so simple we put a clock on it just so you can see how quickly it comes together. I didn’t even spray the 9X13 inch pan before we started! My husband said it made the house smell like Cherry Pop Tarts! […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie

    Learn how to make Vera Jimenez’s brown paper bag apple pie in this segment that aired on the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Dec. 14, 2018. Here’s the full recipe with Vera’s notes: My favorite thing about this recipe is the sweet, comforting aromas that wafted through my home as it baked. It smelled of family, friends and most of all love! You’ll need about 30 to 40 minutes of preparation time for this recipe depending on your peeling […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Vegan Cranberry Casserole

    This segment aired on the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Nov. 23, 2018.

  • Cooking With Vera: Party Potatoes

    This segment aired on the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Friday, Sept. 21.

  • Friday Forecast: Still Warm, But Cooler Weather Headed Our Way

    Look for another round of warm temperatures Friday before the cool down arrives over the weekend. Vera Jimenez has KTLA’s forecast for Sept. 30, 2016.

  • Thursday Forecast: Still Warm Tomorrow Ahead of Cooler Weekend Temps

    Look for another day of above average temperatures before the region begins to cool down this weekend. Vera Jimenez has KTLA’s forecast for Sept. 29, 2016.

  • Wednesday Forecast: Slight Chance of T-Storms and Cooler Temps

    Look for slightly cooler temperatures and a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday. Vera Jimenez has KTLA’s forecast for Sept. 28, 2016.  

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