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
  • Cooking With Vera: Green Rice

    This green rice recipe brings traditional brown rice to life. The tomatillos give it a bit of tang, reminiscent of citrus. I love folding in the cilantro at the end because it wilts it just enough, but it still has that lovely freshness that’s a great contrast to the nuttiness of the brown rice. If cilantro doesn’t agree with your taste buds, feel free to leave it out. One of the most important steps in this recipe is making sure […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Citrus Arugula Orecchiette

    This Citrus Arugula Orecchiette recipe is perfect for your vegetarian and vegan friends because it doesn’t even have cheese — but if you don’t need it to be vegan, top it with your favorite. It’s quick to make and a crowd pleaser! Ingredients: • 1 lb. of orecchiette, cooked according to instructions • ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil (plus more to drizzle on pasta in end) • 1 7 oz. bag arugula • 1 lb. of cherry tomatoes […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Strawberry Bread

    It’s strawberry season, and if you’ve had enough Strawberry Shortcake, here’s something a little different. This recipe came to us from Dawn Maxin. Her son Greggory and daughter-in-law, Gillian, created this deliciously moist Strawberry Bread. Greggory is in the Army and about to graduate from culinary school in Virginia. It’s all about the fresh strawberries! Send your comments, questions and recipes to If we choose your recipe, you can get a Cooking With Vera Apron. Ingredients: • 3 cups of […]

  • Cooking With Vera: Eggcado Salad

    This recipe is perfect for left over Easter eggs! It’s a delicious twist to the classic mayo salad. The avocado, lemon and hot sauce add a touch of tang and spice. This is vegetarian friendly on toast or crackers and is great on Keto if you have it on lettuce wraps, endive or baby romaine boats, or as a dip for cucumbers and peppers. The best part about it is, you’ve already done all the cooking, and there are only […]

  • 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.

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