<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - About Us]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/about-us http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:20:23 -0700 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:20:23 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Window Washers Hoisted to Safety]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:20:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_window_washer_rescue_vikki_noon_1200x675_336357955983.jpg Urban Search and Rescue personnel rescued two window washers Wednesday after they were stuck in platform suspended from the rooftop of an Irvine high-rise building. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Raw Video: Window Washers Stuck]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:23:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_window_washer_raw_1200x675_336344131644.jpg Urban Search and Rescue personnel rescued two window washers Wednesday after they were stuck in platform suspended from the rooftop of an Irvine high-rise building.]]> <![CDATA[Mateo Melero, CSUN 2015]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:01:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mateo+melero+headshot+crop.jpg

Whether the assignment was writing about a woman losing her beloved pink-toed lizard, or drugs stuffed in the gas tank of an SUV, I never had a boring day while working on NBC4's digital team.

There were never any coffee-fetching duties or menial tasks on my plate when I walked into the newsroom -- just a slug with my name on it and a story to write.

The internship wasn't always easy. It is a demanding job, and deadlines were sometimes immediate. The demand for quality reporting was firm, and the support from team members was endearing.

Working with straightforward, veteran journalists did wonders for my skills in a short amount of time.

They never turned me away when I had questions and never made me feel bad when I made a mistake. Instead, they always guided me into the right direction and treated me like a professional.

This was beyond motivating; it was empowering.

On paper it seems like a simple job, but NBC leads the industry, and with that comes a high standard demanded out of its reporters, editors, web writers and especially its interns.

Submit your resume and put your skills to the test. It's worth a try.

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<![CDATA[Kevin Truong, UCLA 2016]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:06:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/kevin+truong+crop.JPG

Journalism is often unpredictable, stressful and exciting, but its never boring. An internship with NBCLA.com is very much the same.

I walked onto the Universal Studios lot on my first day with a tie, a notebook and plenty of butterflies about what to expect from my very first internship.

It was only after stepping into the newsroom that I realized I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. The office was brand spanking new, brightly lit screens seemed to fill every nook and cranny and a constantly moving ticker overhead spelled out the day’s headlines.

I was yet to discover that many of my own stories would get their own time to shine in LED lights.

After a brief introduction to the coffee machine that I got to know quite well through weeks of early mornings, I sat down at my desk for the first time.

Almost immediately afterwards I was assigned a story. I didn’t even have my ID card yet.

Over the next few weeks I got a primer on what it means to be a web journalist in today’s fast-paced news environment while at the same time fine-tuning my writing and reporting skills.

During my internship I saw my byline above dozens of stories, running the gamut from car crashes, municipal malfeasance and, of course, the occasional missing iguana.

I helped out in coverage of huge local breaking news events and had some of my stories picked up by NBCNEWS.com.

I even went out in the field on a ride-along with an undercover police officer during a story about child sex trafficking in LA.

Throughout the entire exhilarating process of learning on-the-fly, I never felt like I was "just an intern." Instead, I was treated as an important member of NBC4’s web team.

I pitched stories at the daily morning meetings and examined social media strategy with web analytics that gave me a real world lesson on how modern media organization push content across different platforms.

Coming from a print background I was also able to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the broadcast journalism world by working closely with a bevy of talented and passionate reporters.

I may not have known exactly what to expect when stepping into the NBC4 newsroom for the first time, but after stepping out at the end of my internship, I was certain that I gained skills and experiences that made me a more confident and well-rounded journalist ready to cover the news both online and off.

Link: Read Kevin's stories

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<![CDATA[Extreme Heat Strains Energy Grid]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:11:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_heat_conan_noon_1200x675_329995843762.jpg The wave of extreme heat searing Southern California is straining the region's energy grid. Conan Nolan reports live for the NBC4 News at Noon Sept. 16, 2014. Credit: Dennis Lahti]]> <![CDATA[Jeanne Kuang, Northwestern 2016]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:25:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jeanne+thumbnail+crop.jpg

NBCLA.com was my first news internship, so I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the shiny new Universal City newsroom on my first day. I thought, "If they just let me sit in here and throw a short news brief at me every now and then, for the intern, that would be fine.'"

I ended up writing two articles on my first day and many, many more during the 10 weeks I spent at KNBC this summer. I wrote about crime, city officials, the drought, immigration and countless other topics.

The internship is writing-heavy, which aligned well with my career aspirations. Writing two or three articles of mostly hard news every day was the perfect practice for someone who wants to go into print or web journalism, and one-on-one editing sessions with the digital producers taught me to adopt a sharper and more critical sense of news judgment. I learned how to organize stories and how to write concisely and effectively.

When I wasn’t writing an article, working on something website-related, writing tweets or calling a police department, just being in the newsroom was an opportunity to learn.
As an NBCLA digital intern, I was part of the digital team. I watched how the digital producers handled breaking news and I joined in during daily meetings as the team discussed which stories to promote on social media.

I also got to see how a broadcast news station works, something I had never had a glimpse of before. The digital team works with the broadcast side to get the most thorough and up-to-date reports, and during my time at the station I got a better sense of the role media plays in society and how the media can engage its audience, particularly for a quality station like NBC4 with close ties to the large, diverse, eventful Southern California community around it.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started my NBCLA internship. But it’s been an invaluable experience that really set the bar. After 10 weeks with a team of very skilled, very helpful professionals, I know I’ll have a lot to expect from future internships.

Link: Read Jeanne's stories

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<![CDATA[AM Forecast: Sunny Skies]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Crystal_AM_forecast_8-14_1200x675_318025283662.jpg AM clouds near the beaches expected to clear by afternoon. Crystal Egger has the forecast for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[Adrian Arambulo ]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:51:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_158495_0544_INTERNETCROP.jpg

Award-winning reporter Adrian Arambulo is a co-anchor and general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. He anchors NBC4’s weekend edition of “Today in LA,” and co-anchors NBC4's 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. News on Saturdays, alongside Kathy Vara. He also can be seen weekly reporting for NBC4 News at Noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Recognized for his in-depth coverage of breaking news, Arambulo has reported on a variety of news stories from Hurricane Ike and the Fort Hood shooting massacre, to more recently the murder of a Navy SEAL sniper by a fellow veteran and the aftermath of the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. On the lighter side, Arambulo was sent to St. Louis and San Francisco to cover the Texas Rangers' World Series runs and the opening of the Bush presidential library, where he witnessed five presidents on one stage.

Arambulo comes to NBC4 after spending six years at KDFW-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he served as a weekend morning anchor and reporter for the ‘Good Day’ morning show. Prior, Arambulo was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for KLAS in Las Vegas, and earlier he served as bureau chief for KGBT in Brownsville, Texas, where he reported on as many as 10 stories in a single day.

Over the course of his career, Arambulo has been recognized with a number of industry awards, including two Lone Star Emmys for ‘Best Live News Reporter’ and for ‘Breaking News: Continuing Coverage.’ He also has won two Las Vegas Electronic Media Awards for ‘Best Light Feature’ and ‘Best Spot News,’ and his reporting has been honored by the Texas Associated Press.

Arambulo is passionate about being a journalist because it gives him the opportunity to learn something new every day, travel to different communities, meeting inspiring new people, and share their stories. Arambulo believes it’s his responsibility to provide viewers with news that impacts their lives. He especially enjoys covering stories about people overcoming obstacles and those who step up to help others.

Arambulo feels strongly about giving back to the community and has emceed several March of Dimes fundraising events, and is excited to explore and support worthy causes in the Southland. While not working, he can be found hacking up the golf course, traveling or trying out latest food truck on the block.

Born and raised in Chicago, Arambulo graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago, where he wrote for the school newspaper and served as anchor and news director for the school's radio station. He currently resides in the Pasadena area.
 



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<![CDATA[Who We Are]]> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:55:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/january-set-refresh-nbc4.jpg

On Jan. 16, 1949, KNBH, the station now known as KNBC or NBC4, began broadcasting on Channel 4 to the Los Angeles Designated Market Area (DMA).

At that time, it was one of seven VHF stations licensed for operation in the market. KNBH, which stood for National Broadcasting Hollywood, was one of three stations in the market representing a national broadcasting chain.

The station, which was owned by the National Broadcasting Company, debuted with three hours and forty minutes of programming, which followed a 15-minute test-pattern-and-music session. Inauguration night launched with an eighteen-minute newsreel, "Review of 1948," the market's first variety program "On With the Show," and the station's first live program "The Pickard Family," featuring Dad and Mom Pickard and their four children singing familiar American songs.

By October 1949, KNBH had extended its operating schedule from five to seven days a week, with approximately 26 hours of television programming each week. The station continued to make major technical advances and was the leading promoter of television as the premiere advertising medium. In October 1950, KNBH transmitted the first commercial telecast of a sports event, a Los Angeles Rams Football Game, via the Los Angeles/San Francisco inter-city MicroWave Relay.

KNBH again made history in April 1951 when the first telecast, originating in the East, was presented to West Coast viewers on the same day. The station broadcast General Douglas MacArthur's speech before Congress less than five hours after it had been originated in Washington, D.C. In November 1962, the station relocated to the NBC Burbank facilities, its current location, and changed its call letters to KNBC.

When the station launched in 1949, Los Angeles was the fifth largest city in the United States, with only 80,000 television sets within 100 miles of the station's Mount Wilson transmitter. Today, the LA market is the second largest in the country and Channel 4 is viewed in more than five million households, reaching 15 million viewers regularly. The station now operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

KNBC was one of the first stations in the market to launch its own web site in August 1995. The site, located at www.nbcLA.com, receives almost one million unique visitors per month. On Oct. 24, 1998, KNBC was the first station in the market to broadcast a High Definition signal.

In addition to carrying the network's award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, KNBC produces thirty hours of live, local news programming each week. A dominant station in the market, KNBC is known for the quality of its daily newscasts, its community outreach and its coverage of major breaking news.

More Reading: NBC4 Reporters, Anchors | NBC4 Names Todd Mokhtari Vice President of News | Steve Carlston Named President and GM of NBC4

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<![CDATA[Annette Arreola]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:25:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_3349+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Annette Arreola joined NBC4 Southern California as a general assignment reporter in 2011. A Southern California native, she’s thrilled to be reporting for the station she remembers watching while growing up.  Her most recent news stories can be seen here.

Arreola is passionate about her role as a broadcast journalist and deeply respects being in a position to bring the community reliable and credible information. Arreola can be seen on the Today in LA and News At Noon newscasts.

Since joining the NBC4 team, Arreola has been recognized for a number of stories, including her two-day coverage of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission to the California Science Center, as thousands of people watched on. Another one of her memorable news pieces was on ‘Human Traffiking” in Riverside County in which she spoke to several escape victims who recounted their stories.

Other highlights of her career include covering some of California's largest wildfires, including the Zaca Fire along the Central Coast in 2007. She also recalls her coverage of the breaking news of Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, and her in-depth piece that looked at Hispanic farm workers in Santa Maria affected by the HIV virus and the cultural challenges they faced.

Prior to joining NBC4, Arreola spent two years as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for KTNV Channel 13 in Las Vegas. A first generation Mexican American and fluent in Spanish, she also served as a general assignment reporter for KRCA -Estrella TV in Los Angeles, and bureau chief at KPMR Univision in Santa Barbara.

While not out in the field gathering news, Arreola enjoys spending quality time with her large extended family. She and her husband also enjoy traveling. One of her life-long dreams is to get her pilot’s license.

Arreola is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the California Chicano News Media Association. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
 

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<![CDATA[Kim Baldonado]]> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:31:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_4717+INTERNETCROP1.JPG

Kim Baldonado is a three-time Emmy Award-winning reporter for NBC4 Southern California. As a well-respected, well-rounded journalist, Baldonado is equally comfortable reporting live on breaking news as she is on feature pieces, which she also writes and produces. Joining the station in 1995, her most recent news stories can be seen here.

Baldonado is known for tackling complex issues. Her exceptional writing and storytelling are always presented in a thought-provoking way that informs and educates. She has been honored for taking on such topics as the decline in public education in Los Angeles and the changing face of homelessness in Southern California. Baldonado specializes in education reporting and often serves as NBC4’s correspondent for the NBCUniversal Education Nation Summit.

She is also passionate about reporting stories that are historically significant, such as her coverage of Pope John Paul II’s important visit to Cuba, which led to progress in religious freedom for the Communist nation. She also covered the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and the massive 1996 Latino and immigrant civil rights march in Washington, D.C. that attracted tens of thousands of demonstrators from across the country.

Baldonado came to NBC4 from KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, where she worked as a reporter. She began her broadcast journalism career as a news assistant at the San Francisco ABC-owned station. After that, she became an assignment editor for another Bay-area station before moving to Los Angeles to be a field producer for KTTV.  While there, she honed her reporting, writing and editing skills while making a professional reel which would lead to her first job as on-air reporter at a station in Palm Springs.

During her tenure at NBC4, Baldonado has received a myriad of professional awards. She won a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for her work on the half-hour special “LAUSD: Battle for Control,” and a Los Angeles-area Emmy Award for the special “Forgotten Neighbors.” Her other honors, include two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, several Golden Mikes and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award.

Baldonado is a big believer in giving back to the community. She volunteers countless hours speaking to students about the importance of education and pursuing a college degree. She and NBC4 have joined forces with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) to establish the NBCUniversal/NBC4 Scholarship, the first of which will be awarded by HSF in 2013. Baldonado credits the organization for helping her earn a degree in Social Science from U.C. Berkeley.

When not working or participating in community activities, Baldonado spends a good deal of time with her Little Sister from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization. Baldonado grew up in San Gabriel, California and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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<![CDATA[Carl Bell]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:34:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_3074+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Carl Bell is the weathercaster for NBC4 Southern California He became part of the NBC4 Southern California news team in September 2003.  


Bell began his career in television as a page at the NBC Burbank Studios in 1983. In 1984, he received his first job as an on-camera weathercaster at KECY-TV (CBS) in El Centro, California. He moved to Monterey, California in 1985 to be the weathercaster for KMST-TV (CBS). In 1989, while working for KMST-TV, (the second was garnered at KCAL).
Over the course of his career, Bell has won two prestigious Golden Mike Awards and two Associated Press Awards for "Best Weather Segment."

Prior to joining NBC4, Bell was the weekday afternoon weathercaster at KCAL. He joined KCAL in 1990 and became well known in the market for combining his weather segments with community outreach. He spoke to hundreds of Southern California school children during his tenure at KCAL with his "Classroom Weather" segment and visited scores of viewer homes with his popular "Carl's Backyard Weather" reports.

Raised in Southern California, Bell is a graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale and from the University of Southern California. He is married and two children.
 

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<![CDATA[Michael Brownlee]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:50:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_148481_0291+Web.jpg

Michael Brownlee anchors the NBC4 News at Noon.  Joining the station in 2011, his most recent news stories can be seen here.

Brownlee is a natural for news. He uses the right balance required for the early-risers to get their news delivered with an energetic, accessible personality, while providing the important news viewers need to start their day.

Brownlee’s journalistic passion is the feature piece that allows him to interact with the story.   Whether it is donning a fencing outfit to further the audience’s understanding of the sport, testing a product, or simply talking to different people to get a unique perspective on a news story, Brownlee is always game to collaborate and deliver distinctive reports to the audience.

Brownlee grew up in San Diego, where his parents worked for rival television stations. At an early age, he was fascinated by television and would practice reading news scripts brought home by his father.

He began his career in radio promotions, transitioning into television in 1995 when he became a general assignment reporter at the NBC Affiliate Yuma, Arizona.  Before long, he was promoted to an anchor position at the station. After that, he was reporter for the syndicated video magazine show “Real TV.”

Prior to joining NBC4, he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for My13News, and before that, was a fill-in anchor and general assignment reporter for the KCOP/KTTV duopoly in Los Angeles. Additionally, he worked as a general assignment reporter at CBS2 in Los Angeles for three years.

In addition to his news career, Brownlee has made television appearances on such shows as "Everybody hates Chris," "Boston Legal," "Charmed" and "Strong Medicine." He has also had roles in the theatrical films "Bruce Almighty" and "War of the Worlds."

Brownlee graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from San Diego State University, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Also, Brownlee has won a Golden Mike Award for Best Sports Reporting. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[John Cádiz Klemack ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:37:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_158495_0099_INTERNETCROP.jpg

John Cádiz Klemack is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the news team in 2008, he is lauded for his versatility and breaking news journalism skills. His most recent news stories can be seen here.

Klemack has covered some of the highest profile stories in Southern California. He was the only local reporter on the Christopher Dorner manhunt to investigate Dorner's Las Vegas residence, and was in San Bernardino County when the Dorner Standoff came to a peak. He also covered the tragic Oklahoma Tornado, and continues to lead the coverage on investigations into the LA County Department of Child and Family Services.

Additional national news stories include, the death of Michael Jackson and the criminal trial of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray; the live report from Cancun, Mexico when authorities found the body of a Hollywood producer's wife; and the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.

Klemack has been honored with a number of industry awards, including being part of the team that that won an L.A. Emmy Award for NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: 20 Years Later.’ He also is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Continuing Coverage’ of the West Virginia Floods, an Ohio Valley Emmy Award for ‘Producing’ news segment, ‘Gridiron Glory,’ an Ohio Associated Press Award for ‘Best Spot News,’ and multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for ‘Best Reporter,’ ‘Best Spot News’ and ‘Best News Series.’

Prior to joining NBC4, Klemack spent four years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, he covered the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping and the arrest and prosecution of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. Earlier, he served as the morning news anchor and general assignment reporter for WOWK-TV in Charleston, W.Va. He also worked as a statewide news correspondent for the station's three-affiliate network.

Klemack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The son of a Polish-American father and Cuban refugee mother, he is bilingual, having spoken Spanish since his childhood in Grove City, Ohio. He also is a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

When not working, Klemack is dedicated to tackling marathons and triathlons and enjoys international travel with his wife. They currently reside in Sherman Oaks.
 



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<![CDATA[Hetty Chang]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_1170+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Hetty Chang joined NBC4 Southern California as a multi-media reporter in 2013, covering the Long Beach and South Bay communities. After spending a decade in front of the camera, Chang is now both in front and behind the lens, often shooting and editing her own pieces. She can be seen Monday - Friday on NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m.  Her most recent news stories can be seen here.

A Southern California native, Chang is thrilled to report for the station she grew up watching. She feels honored to report alongside the most respected journalists in the Southland. Chang returns to NBC4 after serving a digital media fellowship at the station through a pilot program between NBC4 and the Asian American Journalists Association in 2011. Under the fellowship, Chang worked closely with the station’s digital media team and gained valuable experience across multiple media platforms, which she brings to her current position at NBC4. Previously, Chang reported for the NBC stations in Reno and Las Vegas.

An Emmy Award nominated journalist, Chang quickly gained the respect of her colleagues as a hard worker and tenacious reporter. She has covered a number of memorable stories that have garnered national attention, most recently the Christopher Dorner investigation. She has also been recognized for her coverage of the OJ Simpson robbery case and her award-winning coverage of Nevada's hard-hit economy. Chang also conducted one of Barack Obama’s last interviews before he won the 2008 presidential election.

Chang is passionate about the diversity and culture in Southern California and believes that many of the most intriguing stories come out of such communities. She feels responsible for reporting timely and accurate news and is privileged to be in a position to deliver information that has an impact on viewers.

While she loves the adrenaline of breaking news, Chang has a passion for stories that tug at the heart strings. Some of her favorite pieces involve humble people who do great things for others and never seek attention for their kindness and generosity.

While not working, Chang enjoys yoga and working out, which helps balance her appetite for delicious foods! She is grateful to be back in Los Angeles after 10 years and values spending more time with her family who also lives in the area.

Fluent in both Mandarin and Spanish, Chang is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit organization that encourages professionals to consider careers in journalism and news management. Chang graduated from Whitney High School in Cerritos, CA, and received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Ted Chen]]> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_2723+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Ted Chen serves as a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 1995, Chen can be seen weekly on NBC4 News at noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Chen has reported on many major news stories. He covered the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing China, reporting live on the gold-medal winning accomplishments of Team USA, as well as the impact of economic transformation in a country of more than one billion people.

Chen has a passion for politics and has reported on major political stories, and, has covered elections for more than 20 years. In 2002, Chen traveled with then Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn on his historic economic development trip to Asia and filed live reports from Seoul, South Korea and Beijing, China.

In 2004 and 2005, Chen covered the Scott Peterson Trial in Redwood City, California.

A journalist known for his versatility, Chen also covers such Hollywood events as the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards.

Chen came to NBC4  from KGTV in San Diego, where he began in 1993 as a general assignment reporter and substitute anchor for the weekday morning and weekend newscasts. During his tenure at KGTV, he covered significant events such as the assassination of Mexico’s presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Malibu firestorms.

Prior to KGTV, Chen was a general assignment reporter and substitute weekend anchor at KSEE-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, California.

Before that, he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for KRNV-TV in Reno, Nevada. At KRNV-TV, Chen provided extensive coverage of major stories including the Oakland firestorms.

In 2002, Chen was honored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Workshop on Journalism, Race & Ethnicity for his series of news stories on Asian Americans. The pieces covered Asian American political power, the role of Chinese schools in shaping Chinese American children, and the forgotten heroes of Chinese American World War II veterans.

He received a San Diego Press Club award in 1995 for his story on "Area 51," the top secret military base in Southern Nevada used for testing highly sensitive military aircraft. UFO buffs believe the same area was used for alien research covered up by the government.

For his coverage of a same-sex commitment ceremony in San Diego, he received an award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Chen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, as well as The Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel and regularly serves as master of ceremonies for many community events in Los Angeles and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California in San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. 

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<![CDATA[Fritz Coleman ]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:06:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_2319+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California's weathercaster for NBC4 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982 as the weekend weathercaster, and moved into weekdays in June 1984. 

Coleman has been named "Best Weathercaster" in nearly every major paper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register, the San Bernardino Sun and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News. 

Coleman moved to Los Angeles in 1980 from Buffalo, New York, where he worked as an on-air radio personality. Prior to that, he was a disc jockey and radio talk show host at various stations throughout the country. From 1980 until he joined NBC4 in 1982, he worked as a stand-up comic at various clubs throughout Southern California. He has also made a number of appearances on the "Tonight Show" and other non-scripted and scripted television programs.  Coleman devotes much of his free time to charitable activities and frequently organizes evenings of entertainment for local service and civic organizations, as well as serving as master of ceremonies for dozens of Southern California community events. He has won a number of awards and honors for his dedication to community service. In 2004, he won two Humanitarian of the Year Awards – one from Shelter Partnership and the California Hospital Medical Center. The City of Los Angeles named Coleman a "Treasure of Los Angeles" in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross. Coleman has also been honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Salvation Army for his long-time commitment to the organization.

A long-time stand-up comic, Coleman has performed at The Improvisation, The IceHouse and other Southern California comedy clubs. He has used his humor in a number of series and specials that have aired on NBC4 over the years including "What a Week" (1990 – 1991), "It’s Fritz" (1988-1990), "Fritz and Friends" (Special) and "The Perils of Parenting" (Special). He received four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work on the NBC4 comedy specials and series.

Coleman has written, produced and starred in three one-man plays. His first production "It's Me! Dad!" won the coveted 1997 Artistic Directors Award. A humorous and touching account of what happens when a "baby boomer" tries to recount his own life for his young children, the play shows how the father comes to grips with the passage of time and the skeletons in his own closet. The production also aired successfully on public television in Los Angeles.

"The Reception," Coleman's second play, is an insightful and hilarious look at relationships found at an imaginary wedding reception - the bride’s second marriage -- the groom's third. His most recent play, "Tonight at 11!" is an insider’s look at a typical local newscast. A rollercoaster ride between funny and poignant, Daily Variety called it, "surprising, incisive and powerful."

Originally from Philadelphia, Coleman attended Salem College in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television and film. Coleman is an avid runner, rollerblader and skier. He lives in the San Fernando Valley and has two sons and a daughter.
 

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<![CDATA[Angie Crouch]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Angie+Crouch.jpg

Emmy Award winning journalist, Angie Crouch, joined NBC4 in 2004 as a general assignment reporter and has covered a variety of important issues impacting Southern Californian residents. She reports weekly on NBC4 News at Noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and her most recent news stories can be viewed here.

 

Over the years, she has been recognized for her coverage of the Inauguration of Barack Obama, the death investigation of Michael Jackson, California's massive Station fire and Mudslides, and the Earthquake in Haiti. Additional feature story highlights include, flying an F-16 with the U.S. Thunderbirds; reporting underwater in a Shark Cage; and following the story of Zac Sunderland, the youngest American to sail solo around the world.

Crouch takes pride in being of service to the community, which she believes is the core purpose of her role as a broadcast news reporter. She commends NBC4 for its long history of journalistic integrity and for giving her the autonomy required to deliver stories to the community that haven’t been heard.

Crouch has earned many awards for her work including, an Emmy for Best Documentary for "A Millionaire's Murder;" an Associated Press Award for "Teens Doin' Time;" a United Press International Award for "Living with AIDS;" a Los Angeles Press Club Award for breaking news coverage of the Los Angeles Wildfires; and a Los Angeles Emmy, Golden Mike and Los Angeles Press Club Award for "Year of Living Dangerously," the story of the youngest sailor to circle the globe.

Crouch is also a gifted poet, writer, photojournalist, and a passionate supporter of charitable causes for children.

She has received many awards from charitable groups including the Good News Foundation's Community Service Award for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the Agape Orphanage in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She also spent a month living in a remote village in South Africa volunteering with AIDS orphans and was nominated for an Emmy for the story she shot and produced about the orphans. She is currently working with a number of relief agencies helping victims of the Haiti Earthquake, is active in fundraising for the global Movember campaign to cure Prostate Cancer and runs a program called Steppin' Out! which introduces inner-city children to culture and arts. She serves on the Board of Directors for LACER after-school program in Hollywood, California.

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<![CDATA[Crystal Egger]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Crystal_Website_Crop.jpg

Crystal Egger is NBC4 Southern California’s meteorologist for the station’s morning newscast, “Today in L.A.,” airing Monday-Friday, 4:30 a.m.-7 a.m.

No stranger to local weather conditions, Egger was born and raised in Southern California. She joined the NBC4 news team from The Weather Channel, where she served as a meteorologist reporting on national weather forecasts and breaking weather news for a daily, multi-hour live program during Prime-Time. During her time there, Egger provided national weather updates for NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weekend TODAY Show.

Prior to The Weather Channel, Egger served as the morning meteorologist at KDVR, a Fox affiliate, in Denver, CO, where she covered the powerful 2008 Windsor tornado and earned several regional Emmy nominations for her work on weather specials. Egger was also the weather anchor for the ABC affiliate KIFI in Idaho Falls, ID, as well as anchor, producer and weather forecaster at Cable News 16 in San Diego.

Egger completed the meteorology program at Mississippi State University with honors and was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval and the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

When not reporting on Southern California weather, Egger enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family and friends. She and her husband are happy to be back home raising their two children.
 

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<![CDATA[Holly Hannula]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:17:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Holly+Hannula_Retouched_Final1.jpg

Holly Hannula is the traffic anchor of NBC4’s weekday morning newscast “Today in LA.”

Hannula comes to NBC4 with a wide-range of broadcast television experience. For three years she worked on the syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz” as a co-host and west coast correspondent. She was also the fill-in weather anchor and produced weather segments.

Over the course of her career, she has hosted and reported for a variety of shows across a diverse network portfolio including Fuse, Extra, TV Guide, E! Entertainment and the Discovery Channel. In 2003, she also worked at Telemundo’s Mun2 Television as the host for “FuZion” and “The Report.”

Hannula graduated with a B.S. degree in Broadcasting and Art History from the University of Miami. Her love for broadcast journalism began working for the university’s television station, UMTV, as a sports and lifestyle anchor and reporter.

She lives in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles with her two dogs, is an avid hiker and practices yoga. She’s also active in the community and volunteers to help distribute food to the homeless.
 


 

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<![CDATA[Joel Grover]]> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:16:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_4091+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Do you have a tip for Joel? Email him: Joel.Grover@nbcuni.com

Award-winning journalist  Joel Grover has been an investigative reporter for NBC4 Southern California since 2003. He is nationally known for his undercover investigations, which often expose consumer fraud and government wrongdoing.  His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Grover has won nearly every major award for investigative reporting, including the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, 20 Emmys, six National Edward R. Murrow Awards, two IRE (Investigative Reports and Editors) Medals, and three Society of Professional Journalists Medals.

His investigations have resulted in millions of dollars in refunds to consumers, changed laws, and sent people to prison. His expose of the Los Angeles County Health Department's restaurant inspection program prompted creation of an A-B-C grading systems for L.A. County eateries. His reports on Jiffy Lube, the nation's largest car repair chain, resulted in nationwide changes in the company's practices and policies. His investigation of Southern California car dealerships resulted in prison sentences for six top managers and a settlement returning $1.5 million dollars to customers.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Grover began his broadcasting career in Grand Junction, Colorado. Before coming to NBC4, he was an investigative reporter for KSTP in Minneapolis and KCBS in Los Angeles.

Most of Joel's Investigations start with a tip.  If you have a story for Joel to investigate email him Joel.Grover@nbcuni.com

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<![CDATA[Toni Guinyard]]> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:31:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_5914+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Toni Guinyard, an Emmy award winning journalist, joined NBC4 Southern California as a general assignment reporter in 2006. Her most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Over the course of her two-decade career, Guinyard’s work has earned her several honors, including three Los Angeles Emmy Awards for her live coverage of the Malibu Fires; her coverage that showcased the talents of senior citizens in Los Angeles; and for her story on “Microplastics.” She also received two additional Emmy Awards for being part of an “Outstanding Newscast” at NBC4. Her feature, “Empty Lots, Empty Promises,” highlighting the lack of redevelopment in South Los Angeles, also won her recognition as a national finalist for the 2007 Harry Chapin Media Awards.

She was honored again in 2011 by the Association of California School Administrators Region XVI for her outstanding coverage of public education. She also received Bronze Telly Awards for outstanding local programming for “The Teacher’s Hour” and for “Transforming Education with Superintendent Brewer,” in which she explored academic and educational policies within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Additional honors include: an Associated Press Awards for spot news coverage of the Menendez trial and Malibu fires; a Golden Mike Award for coverage of the Los Angeles Riots; a Greater Los Angeles Press Club Award of Excellence for the “Menendez Verdicts;” and a New York Festival Bronze Award for “The King Verdicts.”

Guinyard is passionate about her role as a broadcast journalist. She relishes in the opportunities she has to integrate with diverse communities throughout Los Angeles and marvels at the community trust she has established as an ambassador of NBC4. She believes the community is eager to share their stories and is grateful that they confide in her to tell them.

When Guinyard is not out in the field reporting, she finds relaxation in cooking and baking. She also has a passion for teaching and once served as an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The daughter of life-long educators, Guinyard believes she would have become a teacher if she didn’t pursue her broadcast journalism career.

She is a graduate of Florida State University.

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<![CDATA[Daniella Guzman]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Daniella_Guzman_Internet_crop.JPG

Daniella Guzman is the co-anchor of NBC4’s weekday morning newscast “Today in LA” and general assignment reporter for all newscasts at the station. Her most recent news stories can be seen here.

Guzman has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air to help viewers start their day.

Known for her dynamic reporting, she has covered many prominent news stories throughout her career, including hurricanes Ike, Dolly and Gustav. Guzman was one of the first reporters on the scene during the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. From Texas, she went to work for NBC5 Chicago and covered a fast-moving blend of the latest breaking news stories and issues important to local residents.

Earlier in her career, Guzman was an anchor and reporter at KPRC-TV and Telemundo station KTMD in Houston. She was also at the Univision network in Miami. Adding to her broadcast experience, she also worked in print media, advertising and public relations.

A native of Texas, Guzman is fluent in Spanish.  She graduated with a B.A. in bilingual journalism and communications from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.  She lives is the Los Angeles area with her husband and daughter.

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<![CDATA[Patrick Healy]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 20:54:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_5172+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Patrick Healy is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Since coming on board in 1984, Healy’s been an iconic figure on the NBC4 weekly newscasts.  His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Known for his journalistic consistency and integrity, Healy is a dominant force in breaking news and reporting issues of consequence.  He is experienced at covering the legal system, and has reported gavel-to-gavel  a number of high- profile court cases, dating back to the controversial trial that acquitted four police officers of excessive force in the landmark Rodney King case.  He was the lead reporter on the Bryan Stow beating case and trial of his attackers, the trial of Conrad Murray, MD, as well as the student molestation case involving former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt.

Healy was the first reporter in the country to break the news about secret tapes made by Charles Manson follower Charles “Tex” Watson and the efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department to obtain them.  The story became national news.   Healy is also particularly proud of his “Life Connected” segment that profiled veterans with post traumatic stress disorder assembling sensors intended to help reduce traumatic brain injuries among soldiers currently serving in combat areas. 

Healy has won a number of honors for his exceptional reporting.  He was part of an NBC4 team that won the 2012 Golden Mike for best spot news reporting of the situation surrounding Los Angeles Unified Police Officer Jeffery Stenrous.  He has been honored twice by the Los Angeles Press Club for outstanding hard news reporting, won an additional Golden Mike for best spot news coverage and a local Emmy for the arrest of the infamous “Night Stalker” suspect.  He also received an Associated Press (AP) Award for best news writing and two AP Certificates for best miniseries and best spot news.  Most recently he was honored with a John Swett Award for his "Teacher Jail" investigation that exposed shortcomings in the school district process for handling allegations of teacher misconduct.

Healy graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, which he credits for helping him grasp the scientific and mathematical elements of stories he’s encountered over the years.  It was at UCLA that he developed a passion for reporting, holding a series of positions at the Daily Bruin Newspaper, working at KLAC Radio and interning for the Los Angeles Times. He began his career in broadcasting at KTTV as a writer/producer.

An avid mountain biker and distance runner, Healy  regularly emcees at local charitable and community events.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.
 

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<![CDATA[Chuck Henry ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:17:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_2033+INTERNETCROP1.jpg

Chuck Henry is co-anchor of NBC4 Southern California’s NBC4 News at 5p.m., 6p.m. and 11p.m.. Joining the station in 1994, his most recent news stories can be seen here. 

Known for his versatility, Henry has been lauded for both his hard news reports and for his lighter stories. He was one of the only television reporters allowed to visit and report from “the most bombed place on Earth,” the Nevada Test Site that was ground zero in America’s nuclear testing program. Henry’s report on security weaknesses on the backside of the Los Angeles Airport prompted the City Council to hire expert security consultants from Israel to assess and fix the problems. To expose the plight of domestic violence victims, Henry was the only reporter ever to be allowed into the secret Good Shepard Shelter and granted interviews with residents and managing staff.
 
His feature series “Rock ‘N Roll Treasure,” which highlighted an insider’s treasure trove of never before seen photos and memorabilia of rock icons landed Henry a Golden Mike, Los Angeles Press Club Award and Los Angeles Emmy nomination. He also was the only reporter to find and reveal the whereabouts of the original Grauman Chinese Theater footprints of Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Sid Grauman.   Henry’s 2009 body of work earned him the Los Angeles Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Reporting, which he received from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010.
 
Prior to joining NBC4, Henry was a news anchor/reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1993 and from 1971-1978.  He also served in a number of other positions at the station including director of specials and producer.  
 
From 1978 to 1982, Henry was an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago.  He began his career in broadcasting in 1966 at KHVH-TV in Honolulu, where he was a reporter and anchor. He also worked briefly at KENI-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.
 
In addition to his work in local news, Henry is the executive producer and host of the Emmy award-winning "Travel Café,” a half-hour program that examines interesting places, cultures and cuisines. From 1984 to 1991, Henry was the host and producer of the popular travel magazine program, “Eye on L.A.” He has visited virtually every continent in the world as host of these programs.
 
Henry has won dozens of awards and honors for his work as an anchor, host, reporter, director and producer. These include Los Angeles Area Emmys, Golden Mikes, Los Angeles Press Club Awards and a national Cable Ace Award for Best Host of a Series.
 
A native of Los Angeles, Henry is married and has four children.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Bruce Hensel]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:18:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_158495_1141_INTERNETCROP.jpg

Dr. Bruce Hensel is the Chief Health, Medical and Science Editor/Correspondent for NBC4 Southern California. His award-winning medical pieces can be seen weekdays on the station’s 5PM and 11PM newscasts. “Ask Dr. Bruce,” a segment featuring viewer-submitted health questions answered by the Dr. Hensel, airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the “NBC4 News at Noon.”  His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

During his tenure at the station, Dr. Hensel hosted an array of stand-alone specials, including the Emmy Award-winning “Autism: the Hidden Epidemic,” Bioterrorism: Lines of Defense,” “4 Your Health” and “Health Fax.” His medical pieces often appear on other NBC Owned and Operated Stations.
 
Dr. Hensel is an award-winning journalist and a practicing physician who is board certified in two specialties - Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His unique qualifications and ability to convert complicated medical information for a broad audience have made him one of the Country’s most pre-eminent health journalists. 
 
In addition to his work on television, Dr. Hensel is a full Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA, Regional Director for Emergent Medical Associates and Chief Medical Officer of Language Access Network, a medical interpretive services company.
 
He is also the host of the nationally syndicated call-in radio show, “Take Charge of Your Health with Dr. Bruce.” Dr. Hensel is the author of Smart Medicine: How to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Get the Most Out of Your Medical Care, co-creator/co-executive producer of the highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary “The Opposite Sex,” and is credited as one of the founders of the High Ethics and The Internet Committee, which was formed for the protection of privacy and to insure validity of health information on the internet.
 
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Hensel received a 2013 Los Angeles Area Emmy for Oustanding News Feature Reporting and an Edward Kennedy Award for Community Service.  He has amassed six other individual Emmys, three show Emmys, three Golden Mikes and two Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival Awards. The American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the California Medical Association and the City of Los Angeles have also honored him for his outstanding contributions and achievements in health care reporting. 
 
Prior to joining NBC4 in 1987, Dr. Hensel spent five years at NBC in New York. His first on-air reporting position was at KCOP in Los Angeles, where he did a weekly segment called “Dr. Hensel’s Medical Journal.” After that he was the host of the USA Cable show “Alive and Well.”
 
A graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political theory, Dr. Hensel also studied journalism at both UCLA and Columbia University. He attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received his internship and residency training at Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital and at UCLA. 



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<![CDATA[Carolyn Johnson ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:22:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Carolyn+Johnson_bio+copy.jpg

Award-winning journalist Carolyn Johnson is the co-anchor of the NBC4 News at Noon and the 6 p.m. newscasts. Her most recent news stories can be viewed here.

With more than 20 years of journalism and production experience, Johnson has been both in front and behind the camera reporting and producing numerous programs and specials. Known for her reporting on health and science, one of her most memorable stories was in 2011 when she traveled to West Africa’s Sierra Leone to cover maternal and child health issues.

Over the course of her career, Johnson has been recognized for several industry awards, including a 2009 Emmy Award for Best Evening Newscast, the Eugene Block Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of San Francisco Human Rights Issues, and the John Swett Award for Outstanding Locally Produced Education Series.

Prior to joining NBC4, she was an anchor and reporter at KGO ABC7 for sixteen years in San Francisco. She was also a reporter for KSBY in San Luis Obispo.

Her journalism career began working for Stanford University’s campus radio station, which led her to local television station internships in Los Angeles.

Johnson graduated from Stanford University with honors and holds B.A. degrees in psychology and communication. She is married and has two children.



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<![CDATA[Whit Johnson]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:43:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_0872+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Emmy award-winning journalist, Whit Johnson is the co-anchor of NBC4's weekday morning newscast "Today in LA" and is also a general assignment reporter for all newscasts. His recent stories can be viewed here.

Whit’s television news career has taken him from coast to coast and back, giving him a unique combination of local, national, and international experience. Since joining NBC4, Whit has traveled to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics; reported from Boston for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 run for President; he covered the Navy Yard mass shooting in Washington, DC and the fatal crash landing of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.

When former LAPD officer, Christopher Dorner, went on a killing spree, Whit reported on the manhunt from snowy Big Bear. Days later, during Dorner’s final deadly standoff, Whit co-anchored the station’s breaking news coverage for more than nine hours straight.

In 2013, Whit earned a Los Angeles Emmy for a multi-part investigation into complaints that a local auto repair shop and towing company were overcharging people by thousands of dollars.

Whit came to NBC4 from Washington, D.C., where he was a network correspondent and fill-in anchor for CBS News. In that role, he earned many accolades for his reporting from the White House, Capitol Hill, and on foreign policy issues. Whit says one of his most memorable career experiences was an overseas assignment in 2011, with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Stops on his trip included Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Whit met with rebel forces in Tripoli less than 48 hours before Muammar Gaddafi was killed and he was among the first reporters to interview Secretary Clinton minutes after the news broke.

Earlier in his career, Whit was an evening weekday anchor and reporter for KSL-TV, an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. He began his on-air career as an evening weekend anchor and reporter for KNDO/KNDU-TV, the NBC-affiliated duopoly in Yakima/Tri-Cities, Washington.

Whit credits his stepfather and legendary TV/radio host, Dr. Dean Edell, for introducing him to the world of broadcasting. Whit's love for journalism truly emerged when he served as a sports announcer for his high school radio station.

Whit was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after his career has taken him through four states and Washington, D.C., he’s proud to consider the entire state of California his home.

When not working, Whit enjoys jogging, playing soccer, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Whit graduated with a B.A. degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting from San Francisco State University. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, his two daughters and rescue dog, Nemo.

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<![CDATA[Robert Kovacik]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:38:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_5249+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4's newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 pm and 11 p.m.  His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Kovacik, who joined the station in 2004, is known for bringing viewers in-depth coverage of international events from a local perspective. He was NBC4’s correspondent for the 2013 Papal Conclave in Rome and the year before was assigned to the Summer Olympics in London; he was later honored by the British Consul-General of Los Angeles for his reporting of the Games. Kovacik also earned Emmy Awards for both international assignments, in Great Britain and Italy.

One of his most compelling live shots occurred right here in Southern California covering an extensive manhunt for an alleged murderer. The suspect suddenly appeared and surrendered to Kovacik while live on the air. His coverage of the event was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Golden Mike and a Los Angeles Press Club Award for breaking and spot news reporting.

Kovacik's exclusive examination into the Los Angeles Fire Department’s 911 response times prompted the Mayor to call for an audit of the LAFD. His reporting on the investigation surrounding President Clinton’s impeachment was included in the Kenneth Starr Report, and his groundbreaking expose into overcrowded LA animal shelters helped force the city to change its laws.

Over the course of his career, Kovacik has been recognized with several industry accolades. He was most recently named Television Journalist of the Year in 2013 at the 55th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. Last year he was nominated by his peers and elected as President of the Los Angeles Press Club, where he is currently serving his first term.

Early in his career, Kovacik became the youngest anchor in the nation's largest television market, New York City, when he was named anchor of KCET's overnight venture, “Nightworld.”

He is passionate about causes that impact Southern Californians and participates regularly in community events throughout the region.

Kovacik is an honors graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he also graduated with honors. 

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<![CDATA[Elita Loresca]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:26:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_0370+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Elita Loresca is a Meteorologist with NBC4 Southern California.  She joined the station in 2007.

Loresca came to NBC4 from WSVN in Miami, where she was the meteorologist on the top-rated morning and noon newscasts since August 2004.

Loresca covered two of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history. Starting on her first day at WSVN, Loresca began forecasting the 2004 hurricane season with Hurricane Frances. In 2005, Loresca contributed reports for her station from the National Hurricane Center during hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Earlier in her career, Loresca was the morning and noon meteorologist on KGPE-TV in Fresno, California. Before that, she was the noon meteorologist and assignment editor for KGET-TV in Bakersfield, California.

Loresca began her career as a news associate at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for the assembly of scripts and teleprompter operation during the newscasts. She also assisted the assignment desk.

Loresca is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism Program at Cal State Fullerton and earned the Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University.  She is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.  In 2010, she earned the AMS Seal of Approval.

Born in the Philippines, Loresca moved to Southern California when she was 10 months old and grew up in both downtown Los Angeles and Chino. Loresca is actively involved as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and The National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth (NANAY), a non-profit Filipino organization.

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<![CDATA[Randy "Mac" McIlwain]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:07:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/randyNUP_+164807_0482+copy.jpg

Award-winning journalist Randy McIlwain is the consumer reporter for NBC4 Southern California’s Investigative Team. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

With more than two decades of journalism experience, McIlwain is known for his enterprise reporting.

His instinctual nature to read people and situations -- coupled with an insatiable curiosity to find answers -- serve him well to secure compelling stories that will protect and inform our viewers.

Prior to joining NBC4, McIlwain was a general assignment reporter for NBC 5/KXAS in Dallas from 2003 to 2014. He covered the slayings of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McClelland, and his wife, Cynthia McClelland, who were shot by a former Justice of the Peace.

Previously, McIlwain was a senior investigative reporter at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City for six years. There, he was trained to storm track and in 1999 covered the first recorded F5 tornado in the area.

After graduating college, he began his career as a general assignment reporter at WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, and then was an education reporter for WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. McIlwain’s most memorable interviews were on the campaign trail with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

Over the course of his career, McIlwain has received numerous broadcast accolades including a Regional Emmy Award for Breaking News, Associated Press and many civic honors for his community involvement. He also was awarded top honors for his investigative piece about the cost of health care in city jails by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

McIlwain grew up in Canton, Ohio. Carrying on a family legacy of civic engagement, he’s an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Urban League, the Rotary International and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is fluent in Portuguese.

He holds a B.A. degree in speech communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has a son.
 



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<![CDATA[Mekahlo Medina]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:43:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_3155+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 2006, Medina can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 News at Noon as well as the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. His most recent stories can be viewed here.

Medina is one of the station’s most prolific social networkers. He’s also highly engaged with viewers on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Path, a mobile social network. He uses his news stories across multiple social media platforms in both the digital sphere and on television. He is also known for leveraging the ‘second screen’ experience by encouraging the station’s viewers to engage on Twitter and Facebook.

Medina joined NBC4 as an anchor and manager of “News Raw,” a news show that aired on the station’s digital channel, which focused on hyper local news coverage, culture, technology and social media. Coincidentally, Facebook and Twitter were taking off around the same time and Medina used these social media outlets to offer content that he reported on NBC4.

Prior to joining NBC4, Medina was a general assignment reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV in Albuquerque, and KTSM in El Paso.

Medina currently serves as President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is also secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, and is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina is also a prolific painter and enjoys writing poetry about the Latino experience.

Medina graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and speaks Spanish fluently. 

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<![CDATA[Conan Nolan]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_5008+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Conan Nolan is a political reporter for NBC4 Southern California and anchor of 'News Conference,' the longest running political/public affairs program in Southern California television. Joining the station nearly 25 years ago, Nolan's most recent news stories can be seen here.

As NBC4's political reporter, Nolan covers state and local politics and is well-known for his interviews with top political leaders on 'News Conference,' which airs Sundays at 9 a.m.Nolan covers news stories that have had a profound impact on the region, the state and the nation – from political debates, earthquakes ,fires to some of Los Angeles more famous freeway pursuits. Nolan has also reported on behalf of NBC News from Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and from Pakistan and the Afghan border during the invasion of Afghanistan. He also reported from Rome on the death of Pope John Paul the Second and from Lebanon on Arab reaction to the anniversary of September 11th. He received an Emmy Award for his reports on child refugees in the Pakistani frontier and a Golden Mike Award for a report on the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu and the consequences of global warming.

Prior to joining NBC4, Nolan was a general assignment reporter at KSBW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Salinas, California. In 1981, he worked as a news reporter and weekend sports anchor for KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo. Prior to that, he served as the assistant news director for KVEC-AM radio and political reporter for KCBX-FM radio also in San Luis Obispo.

Nolan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California-Davis. He grew up on a ranch in Los Osos Valley along California's central coast and attended schools in San Luis Obispo, plus two years of study at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is married, has a son and lives in Glendale.
 

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<![CDATA[Fred Roggin ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:41:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Web_Roggin_NUP_160386_0009_CROP.jpg

Fred Roggin is the award-winning weekday sports anchor for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 1980, Roggin’s sports reports are featured Monday through Friday on NBC4 News at 6PM and 11PM. His most recent news stories can be seen here.

In addition to anchoring NBC4’s weekday sports news, Roggin is the host of ‘Going Roggin,’ a new 30 minute sports commentary program that airs Sundays at 12 midnight, following the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. He is also the creator and host of ‘The Challenge,’ NBC4's multi-platform half-hour post-game show, which airs following ’Sunday Night Football.’

As the leading sports anchor in Southern California, he has earned 30 local Emmy Awards, 22 Golden Mike Awards, three prestigious Associated Press Awards and numerous Press Club Awards for his sports segments, specials and series. Roggin also was bestowed the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement from The Los Angeles Press Club in 2013.

Roggin is one of the few local NBC4 sportscasters who also work for the NBC Network during the Olympic Games. He was a network host and reporter for the Games in London, Vancouver, Beijing, Athens, Turin, Sydney, and Salt Lake. On the local level, Roggin has covered every Olympics since 1984.

Roggin joined NBC4 as the weekend sports anchor and weekday reporter. In June 1986, he became the station's primary sports anchor and reporter. Roggin expanded his role at the station in 1985 when he created and became host and executive producer of ‘Sunday Night Sports.’

Well-known for his use of humor and satire in his sports reporting, Roggin created segments such as the ‘Hall of Shame,’ which features video clips of humorous and unforgettable sports moments, and ‘Roggin’s Heroes,’ which highlights remarkable or extraordinary plays occurring in the world of sports. ’Roggin’s Heroes’ was developed into a nationally syndicated, weekly show in 1990.

Roggin began his broadcasting career in 1976 as a sports anchor, reporter and play-by-play announcer for KIKO Radio in Globe, Arizona. In 1977, he became the sports anchor, reporter and sports director for KBLU Radio and KYEL-TV in Yuma, Arizona. The next year, he became the sports director and anchor for KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and during that same year moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the weekday sports anchor at KPNX-TV.

Originally from Detroit, Roggin was raised in Phoenix and attended Phoenix College, where he studied broadcasting. Roggin is married, has five children and lives with his family in the San Fernando Valley.


 



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<![CDATA[Gadi Schwartz]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:22:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_158495_0372_INTERNETCROP.jpg

Gadi Schwartz is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. An award-winning journalist, he reports weekly for NBC4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. His most recent news stories can be viewed here.

Schwartz joined NBC4 after spending nearly a decade at KOB-TV, the NBC affiliate, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a weekend co-anchor and managing investigator for the “4 On Your Side” Investigative Unit.

As a journalist, Schwartz believes it is his responsibility to hold the powerful accountable and expose stories of injustice in hopes of bringing about positive change. He is lauded for his investigative journalism skills and has been credited with breaking some of the most important and memorable investigative stories in New Mexico’s recent past, including an expose into a Public Regulation Commissioner’s embezzlement of government money and prescription drug addiction. Other news stories he has uncovered have led to high level resignations, landslide elections and political reform.

The son of Sergio Schwartz, a former journalist for Univision in Albuquerque, Schwartz spent much of his childhood shadowing his father. He believes broadcast journalism builds a sense of community, and despite the differences that may exist, people have far more in common.
Of Hispanic descent and fluent in Spanish, Schwartz was born in Guatemala City, and moved with his family to Belen, New Mexico, and later to Albuquerque when he was seven. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Journalism with a minor in International Relations.

Over the course of his career, Schwartz has received multiple industry awards, including two honors from the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association for ‘Best Investigative Reporter’ and ‘Best Reporter.’ He also received a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for ‘Feature Reporting’ in 2012, was recognized for “Best General News’ and ‘Best Editing’ by the Associated Press New Mexico.

Schwartz enjoys photography and engaging in outdoor sports, including kayaking, skiing and rock climbing. Since moving to Southern California, his latest undertaking is learning to surf.
 



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<![CDATA[Tony Shin]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:27:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_5413+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Tony Shin joined NBC4 Southern California as a general assignment reporter in 2013. Primarily covering stories originating from the Inland Empire, Shin can be seen on the NBC4 news at Noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. His recent stories can be seen here.

An Emmy award-winning reporter, Shin has covered a number of notable national stories, most recently the capture of Christopher Dorner, in which he gave numerous live reports for NBC stations all across the country. He also was recognized for securing an exclusive interview with one of the injured victims of a deadly tour bus accident in San Bernardino in 2013.

Shin has been honored with five Emmy awards, including breaking news, investigative reporting, general assignment reporting, on camera talent and team coverage. He also has received two Golden Mike awards, including one for writing.

He has been praised for his top-notch, ‘breaking news’ skills and passion for his work. He believes it’s critical to earn viewer trust and does this by telling the most comprehensive, accurate and balanced story possible. He has been recognized for his stories around uncovering crime, corruption and public safety, especially one that exposed a San Diego police officer who tore up traffic tickets for his friend who was a deputy district attorney in San Diego.

Shin feels strongly about giving back to the community. For years, he has volunteered his time emceeing several events, including the Vietnamese Tet Festival, Chinese New Year, the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation's "Walk for Thought," military events on the U.S.S. Midway, among others.

Prior to joining NBC4, Shin was a general assignment reporter for NBC’s San Diego affiliate, KNSD-TV, for nearly 10 years. He started his on-air career at KTVN-TV in Reno, followed by two years of reporting at WAGA-TV in Atlanta.

Shin was born in Seoul, Korea but later moved to Southern California and grew up helping his family run several small businesses. In his free time, he can be found on the golf course, following sports on TV or eating Korean food. He also enjoys beach days and soaking in the beautiful sunshine with his wife and two sons.

Shin graduated from the University of Nevada with a degree in broadcast journalism.
 

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<![CDATA[Mario Solis]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:34:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_1599+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Mario Solis is NBC4’s award-winning weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter.  He joined the station in August, 2002. His most recent news stories can be seen here.

Solis has more than two decades of sports broadcasting experience. He has covered nearly every major sporting event, including the Olympic Games and the World Cup. In addition to his duties as sports anchor and reporter at NBC4, Solis is the Spanish-language announcer for HBO’s “World Championship Boxing.” 

Prior to joining NBC4, Solis worked for the Telemundo Network and its owned and operated Los Angeles Station KVEA. He served as a sportscaster, executive producer and host on several network and local programs, including “Marcador Final,” which became the longest running and highest rated sports wrap-up show in Los Angeles.  

Solis began his broadcasting career in 1986 at KCBS in Los Angeles, where he briefly worked on the assignment desk and served as a field producer, before moving to NBC4 to become and editorial assistant. His real aspiration, however, was to become a sportscaster.  Only one month after joining NBC4, he received the fateful call from KVEA Channel 52, that would change the direction of his career.  In 1986, he would become KVEA’s very first sportscaster.  Shortly thereafter, Univision spotted the young talent and pursued him to join their company as a network news sports anchor, a position he held for seven years.  In 1994, he returned to Telemundo where he worked for both the network and KVEA until he joined NBC4 in his current capacity in 2002.  

During his career, Solis has fronted a number of sports-related radio shows and has picked up the microphone for countless national and international sporting events.  He has been a sideline reporter for NBC’s Arena Football,  the play-by-play announcer for Fox’s NFL Sunday-Latin America, Major League Soccer on Telemundo and served as host/analyst for Major League Baseball telecasts on KVEA.  

Solis has received a number of accolades for his work and for his efforts as part of a sports broadcasting team, including several local area Emmys, Golden Mikes and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Sports Reporting in 2004. 

A  Los Angeles native, Solis earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the
University of Southern California. 

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<![CDATA[Gordon Tokumatsu]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:34:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_4229+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Gordon Tokumatsu is an Emmy award winning general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California.  Joining the station in 1993, his most recent news stories can be seen here.

Tokumatsu has covered several high profile news stories since joining NBC4, including a piece about an LAPD officer who ticketed an elderly woman for moving too slowly in a crosswalk. The story sparked National interest and was picked up by a number of media outlets. Tokumatsu was the first to reveal the identities of two men arrested in the deadly 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery/shoot-out, and the first to report on the controversial harvesting of corneas by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Tokumatsu also covered the tragic Oklahoma City bombing and the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Prior to joining NBC4, Tokumatsu served as a general assignment reporter for KCRA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento.He also hosted and produced Perceptions, a quarterly documentary-style Asian public affairs program. In 1992, he provided sole live coverage of Hurricane Iniki from Hawaii for all satellite news networks. His reports were aired Worldwide via the NBC News Channel and other outlets.

Before that, Tokumatsu was a general assignment reporter for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and started his TV career at KESQ-TV in Palm Springs, California. He was bitten by the broadcasting bug while working as a newswriter at KNX News Radio in Los Angeles.

A native of Hawaii, Tokumatsu is half  "Nisei," or second generation Japanese-American. He is also half English/Norwegian. He dedicates much of his time to supporting Asian community events, and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. He enjoys writing mystery fiction, camping, working out and mountain biking. Tokumatsu lives in Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Valles]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:53:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_2844+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Award-winning journalist Michelle Valles co-anchors NBC4's morning news "Today in LA" on weekends and fills in as a general assignment reporter during the week.  Joining the station in 2012, her most recent  news stories can be seen here.

As a co-anchor, Valles interviews authors, filmmakers, dignitaries, and other local experts to cover issues with more depth and clarity. She points to her coverage of Rodney King’s death as one of her most memorable assignments at NBC4. She anchored the station’s first breaking news report on that story, and continued reporting from the field until well into the evening the day the story broke.

Other career highlights include covering a two-part investigation on Americans being unfairly detained in a Federal Mexican prison; the notorious Juarez murders; Mexican orphanage conditions; U.S. Mexico border protests, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Lady Bird Johnson’s death and 9/11. She also was intrigued by her candid and exclusive interview with Willie Nelson regarding his marijuana use and his efforts to decriminalize the drug in the U.S.

Valles was voted Best Anchor by the Texas Associated Press, the Austin Chronicle and Rare Magazine. She was also part of the news team that won the Best Newscast Award from the Texas Associated Press in 2007 and was selected by the Austin American Statesman to be included in their prestigious Fortunate 500 List for community service for seven consecutive years.

In addition to her work as a broadcast journalist, Valles appeared nationally on the HBO Latino series Habla Texas, and was also the co-creator, writer and co-host of the hour lifestyle show Austin Live. Other ventures include acting and writing. Valles appeared in the ABC Family series The Lying Game, the feature film When Angels Sing and the musical A Ride with Bob. She also authored a column offering a woman’s perspective on men’s issues for the magazine, Austin Man.

Dedicated to community service, Valles served as a national ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and co-hosted a number of locally-produced MDA Jerry Lewis Telethons. She has volunteered with a number of organizations that support children’s educational programs and efforts to eliminate mental illness stigmas.

She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
 

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<![CDATA[Vikki Vargas]]> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_158495_0302_INTERNETCROP.jpg

Vikki Vargas has been part of the NBC4’s news team for more than 30 years. Based in Orange County, she is the Bureau Chief responsible for gathering and covering the region’s major news stories weekdays for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Her most recent news stories can be viewed

here.

Recognized for her versatility and journalistic integrity, Vargas has covered a number of national and international stories while at NBC4, from the Republican National Convention to the release of the American hostages in Iran. Her most recent and notable local stories include the Christopher Dorner manhunt, the Seal Beach hair salon massacre and the federal indictment of Orange County's former Sheriff Mike Carona. She also covered the San Diego murder of Chelsea King in 2010 and provided non-stop, live coverage of the Santiago Fire in 2007.

During her career, Vargas has won numerous honors and awards for her professional achievements and community involvement, most recently the Sky Dunlap Award, the Orange County Press Club’s highest honor for career achievement and community service. She was also part of the team that won a national award from the Society of Professional Journalists for online deadline reporting on the lock down at Cal State Fullerton in 2012. Additional awards include a Golden Mike, a State Bar Association Award for ‘Outstanding Reporting,’ the Orange County Press Club Award for ‘Best News Reporting,’ and she was part of the team that won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for ‘Best Newscast’ in 2008.

She also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Media and received an Avance Award from the Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media and was named Latina of the year by the National Latino Peace Officers Association in 2006.

In 2007, Vargas chaired the year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of California State University Fullerton, her alma mater. A decade earlier, she received the Vision & Visionaries Award from the college, the highest possible tribute given by the school to alumni. Recently, Vargas, in partnership with NBCUniversal, established the ‘NBC4-Vikki Vargas Scholarship,’ which is granted to a Cal State Fullerton journalism student annually.

Vargas is passionate about giving back to the community. In 2011, she received the General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award from the Orangewood Children’s Foundation for her work with foster youth in Orange County. She also is highly involved with the Guardian Scholars program at Cal State Fullerton, which gives scholarships to former foster youth.

A native of Downey, she resides in Orange County with her husband and daughter.
 



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<![CDATA[Beverly White]]> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:10:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_4394+INTERNETCROP.JPG

Beverly White joined NBC4 Southern California as a general assignment reporter in 1992 and can be seen weekly on NBC4 News at 5p.m., 6p.m. and 11 p.m. Her recent stories can be viewed here.

An accomplished journalist of nearly 30 years, White has covered a variety of breaking national stories for NBC4, most recently the Boston Marathon bombings and the Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Local high profile stories include the Calabasas mid-air airplane collision and the Seal Beach hair salon shooting, which was the deadliest mass killing in Orange County history.

In 2012, White received the Distinguished Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. She was also named one of THE 50 Fabulous Women of 2013 by THE Magazine, a lifestyle publication covering the San Gabriel Valley. In 2008, she was honored with the Leadership Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Killeen Independent School District in Killeen, Texas.

Prior to joining NBC4, White was a reporter at WTVJ, an NBC affiliate in Miami, where she was on the 1992 Peabody Award-winning team that covered Hurricane Andrew, and earlier, she anchored the morning weekday newscast for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. She began her career in her home state of Texas at KCEN-TV, an NBC affiliate in Temple/Waco, and KENS-TV in San Antonio.

Over the years, White has shared her time and talent, giving speeches and presentations to colleges, community and civic groups. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, White is a past president of the local affiliate chapter, the Black Journalists Association of Southern California. She has been a Scholar in Residence at Citrus College in Glendora and an adjunct professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.

White holds a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in the Pasadena area and enjoys traveling with her husband and hiking with their terrier, Deuce.

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<![CDATA[Colleen Williams]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:46:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_154811_14753+INTERNETCROP.jpg

Colleen Williams serves as co-anchor of NBC4 Southern California’s weekday newscasts, NBC4 News at 5 p.m and 11 p.m., alongside Chuck Henry. She joined the station in 1986. Her most recent news stories can be viewed here.

An award winning journalist of more than 30 years, Williams is one of the most-recognized anchors in Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous industry honors, including multiple Emmy and Golden Mike Awards in the category of ‘Best Newscast 30 Minutes or Under.’ She also was recognized with a Golden Mike for team coverage of the Chatsworth train crash, and an L.A. Emmy Award for ‘Best Light News Story’ for  'toll Booth Bandits.' Additional awards include an L.A. Emmy and Golden Mike for her work on NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: Rubble to Rebirth;’ and a Golden Mike and Associated Press Award for her coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games Centennial Park bombing for ‘Best Live Coverage of a News Story.’

Prior to joining NBC4, Williams co-anchored the 5 p.m. news at KCBS-TV, and before that she served as co-anchor of the noon and weekend newscasts at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Earlier in her career, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast at WOWT-TV in Omaha.

Attending Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, Williams started her career in broadcasting at the Omaha Public School System, radio station KIOS-FM.

Williams is passionate about supporting social causes impacting Southern Californians.  She particiticipates annually at fundraising events for the Rape Crisis Center in Riverside and Casa de Las Amigas, a rehabilitation center for women, in Pasadena, among many other organizations.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Williams moved across the United States and Canada as an Air Force “brat.” She met her husband, an Air Force major, while on assignment during the Persian Gulf War. They have a grown son and reside in Pasadena.
 

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<![CDATA[Download NBC4 Weather App for iPhone, iPad, Android]]> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:16:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/umbrellas2.jpg

NBC 4 Southern California is proud to announce a full-featured weather app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

To download our free weather app, search for "NBC LA Weather" in the App Store or Google Play Store.

The most trusted local weather information for Southern California is now available whenever and wherever you want it, delivering real-time forecasts, interactive maps, severe weather alerts, stories and everything else to plan your day.

Features:

  • Track storms with a highly responsive interactive map
  • Watch up-to-the-minute detailed forecasts from NBC 4 Southern California's Weather Team
  • Get all the latest weather, sports and news headlines.
  • Stay ahead of the weather with both vertical and horizontal map with looping
  • Use the best radar in the weather industry
  • Watch the highest resolution satellite cloud imagery available
  • Use fully integrated GPS for current location awareness
  • Scan accurate 10-day forecasts with both daily and hourly detail
  • Save your favorite locations
  • Share weather videos and photos with NBC 4 Southern California while you're on the go

DownloadiPhone | iPad | Android



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<![CDATA[NBC4 Newscast Changes for Wednesday, June 4, 2014]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:35:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-genericsla-nbc4-logo-2.jpg

NBC4 will have an adjusted newscast schedule for Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

  • 4 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. - NBC4 News
  • 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - NBC4 News - This newscast may begin later than 8:30 p.m. if the NHL game runs long.
  • 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. - NBC4 News

These newscasts will air in place of our regular NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. because of the Los Angeles Kings' Quest 4 The Cup.

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<![CDATA[NBC Provides Unprecedented Olympics Coverage]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:36:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/jumper-Olympics-P2.jpg NBC networks and platforms will provide thousands of hours of live Olympics coverage. NBC will also provide NBC Extra, a new app that will take you inside the games through live streams and athlete bios.

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<![CDATA[News Conference: Jean-Lou Chameau - CalTech President]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:57:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7569314_NCSEG210_09_722x406_2149851624.jpg Jean-Lou Chameau, President CalTech, talks with Conan Nolan, about a British magazine ranking CalTech as the greatest research university in the world and his schools search for the next Steve Jobs.]]> <![CDATA[Monday Bites at Doughboys on West Third]]> Mon, 16 May 2011 08:52:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MBDoughboys520_722x406_1928221978.jpg This westside restaurant is serving up some of the best porridge in town.]]> <![CDATA[Meteorologist Byron Miranda to Join NBC4 LA as Weekend Weathercaster]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:13:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/Meteorologist+Byron+Miranda+to+Join+NBC4+LA+as+Weekend+Weathercaster.jpg

Veteran Meteorologist Byron Miranda will join NBC4 LA as a weekend meteorologist on May 2, 2011, it was announced Monday by Vickie Burns, Vice President News and Content. In addition to providing weathercasts for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, Miranda will also serve as a fill-in weather anchor during weekday news programs.

Miranda comes to NBC4 LA from KGTV, the ABC Affiliate in San Diego, where he was the chief meteorologist and weathercaster on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts since 2009.
 
"Byron is a charismatic, seasoned meteorologist who will make a great addition to our team," said Burns. "He has worked in the Los Angeles area and is familiar with the market, and the market is already familiar with him -- it's a win-win for everyone."
 
From 2002 to 2005, Miranda worked at KCBS in Los Angeles as the chief meteorologist for the station's Monday through Friday evening newscasts. In 2003, he was awarded a Golden Mike Award for "Best Weathercaster in Southern California," and he is an Emmy-award winner from his work in Chicago. Miranda has also worked in a number of other major markets including Chicago, San Francisco, and had a national presence on CNN for six years.
 
Miranda began his career as an assignment editor in Oakland. Before finding his way onto television as meteorologist, he was also an Oakland police officer and an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force.
 
Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, East Bay and has completed the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology Program. He is a member of the National Weather Association.

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<![CDATA[NBC's John Wallace Promoted; Valari Dobson Staab Joins Team]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:48:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/John+Wallace+and+Valari+Dobson+Staab.jpg

On Monday, NBCUniversal announced two key leadership changes.

John Wallace is being promoted to president of NBCUniversal Media Works, and Valari Dobson Staab will take over his former position as president of the NBC Local Media group.

NBC full news release below:


NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES TWO KEY LEADERSHIP ROLES

Valari Dobson Staab Joins Company as President, NBC Local Media
John Wallace Promoted to President, NBCUniversal Media Works

NEW YORK – April 4, 2011 – NBCUniversal today announced two key leadership roles, naming Valari Dobson Staab as President, NBC Local Media group and promoting John Wallace to President, NBCUniversal Media Works. Wallace, who will begin his new role immediately, will continue to oversee the Local Media group until Staab officially joins the company in June.

Staab comes to NBCUniversal from the ABC Owned Television Stations, where she was the President and General Manager of KGO-TV, the market leading station in San Francisco, since 2002. As President of NBC Local Media, she will be responsible for NBC's ten owned-and-operated television stations, its local online properties, and digital out of home division. She will also oversee the local lifestyle programming production company LX.TV and the in-house marketing and promotion company Skycastle Entertainment.

Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting, to whom Staab will report, said, "We're thrilled to have an executive of Valari's caliber join our Local Media group. Throughout her career in local television she's had tremendous success growing the businesses she's worked for and placing a premium on creating quality local news that resonates with viewers. She will do an outstanding job building on the great work of our Local Media group as we continue to invest in our stations and establish them as leaders in their markets."

Wallace, who served as President, NBC Local Media since 2007, will be responsible for the company's technology and studio operations, including the areas of information technology, digital projects and services, sourcing, environmental health and safety, and crisis management. He will also oversee NBCUniversal's multi-million square-foot real estate portfolio, which includes Rockefeller Center in New York and Universal City in California. Wallace takes over for John Eck who will be leaving NBCUniversal.

Pat Fili-Krushel, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal, to whom Wallace will report, said "John has shown tremendous skill and creativity running our Local Media group, reshaping the organization and guiding the stations through a time of digital transformation. I look forward to his continued ingenuity running our vast technical and studio operations, helping to keep NBCUniversal at the forefront of today's rapidly evolving digital landscape."

Fili-Krushel added, "I'd like to thank John Eck for his many years of service at NBCUniversal, culminating in his role leading our Media Works organization. John also played an integral role in the NBCUniversal and Comcast integration, helping to ensure a smooth transition between the companies. He has made a lasting impact on NBCUniversal."

As President and General Manager of KGO-TV, Staab oversaw the No. 1 rated television station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under her direction, KGO-TV grew in ratings and profitability and was the most watched television station in the market, earning four Local Emmy Awards and two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Overall Station Excellence.  She spearheaded the development of two locally produced shows, "The View from the Bay" and the live, local talk show "7Live," and significantly improved KGO's digital efforts both online and through mobile applications. In addition, Staab orchestrated several new business opportunities that generated incremental revenue for KGO, including the production of two shows for the Live Well Network and a partnership with an independent Bay Area television station to provide them with an ABC-branded newscast.

Prior to KGO-TV, Staab spent 15 years at the ABC stations group, serving in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including President and General Manager of WTVD in Raleigh Durham, President and General manager of KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA and Director of Creative Services for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

During his tenure as President, NBC Local Media, Wallace worked to redefine the local group and diversity its portfolio. He made significant investments in the division's local content offerings, acquiring LX.TV in 2008, creating an internal digital media group and reshaping the station's daytime programming portfolio. He also spearheaded the creation and launch of the NonStop digital channels, round the clock local news, information and lifestyle channels, in four of the group's ten markets.

Before that, Wallace was the Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal's Television Operations and Production Services, where he ran broadcast operations across the company's extensive television properties, including the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, its cable networks and the owned-and-operated station groups. Previous assignments include leading the operational integration of the NBC and Universal merger and serving as the Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations for NBC's Owned stations division. He joined the company in 1988 as a member of the NBC Page Program.

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<![CDATA[KNBC Wins Big at Golden Mikes, Takes Home Six Awards]]> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 18:00:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/golden-mike.jpg

KNBC won two out of the three RTNA Golden Mike Awards for Best Newscast, including Best Daytime News Broadcast (any length airing between Midnight and 4PM) and Best 30-Minute News Broadcast (airing between 4PM and Midnight). 

“Today in LA” at 6AM took home the prestigious honor for top Daytime Newscast and The “Channel 4 News” at 6PM shut out its competitors to take home the honor for Best 30-Minute News Broadcast.
 
Additionally, KNBC was lauded with Best Documentary, Best Hard News Series Reporting, Best Light News Series Reporting and Best Video Editing of a Hard News Story Series or Special at Saturday night’s 61st Annual Golden Mike Awards in Universal City.
 
"It's very gratifying to be honored by your industry peers who know exactly what it takes to complete an investigation or put together a newscast on a daily basis", said Vickie Burns, KNBC Vice President of News and Content. "Winning two of the top three honors for Best Newscast and being recognized for addressing issues important to our community is a terrific acknowledgment of the ability and dedication of the team", she added. 
 
"No Place to Park," an investigation by Joel Grover and Producer Matt Goldberg into the city-wide parking problems caused by the fraudulent use of disabled placards won Best Hard News Series Reporting. Goldberg, who also edited the series, took home the trophy for Best Video Editing of a Hard News Series. Jose Hernandez and Scott Meadows served as photographers on “No Place to Park.”
 
“LA Heroes: The Untold Stories of Haiti,” a half-hour documentary that showed dramatic footage of Los Angeles County Firefighters saving lives after the devastating earthquake in Haiti was honored with Best Documentary. Robert Kovacik hosted the special. Rebecca Nieto was the program’s executive producer. Tommy Bravo and Scott Meadows served as photographers; Dino Castro and Lindsey Jackson were credited as editors, while Dave Seger worked audio and Sue Monroe provided critical engineering support.
 
“Rock ‘n Roll Treasure,” a series that revealed never-before-seen photos of the legendary John Lennon’s Lost Weekend and other rock bands landed a Best Light News Series Reporting Golden Mike for Anchor/Reporter Chuck Henry and producer Tara Wallis.
 
The Golden Mike-winning broadcast of "Today in LA" at 6AM was produced by Jeff Evans. Alycia Lane and Kathy Vara anchored the program. Elita Loresca and Sean Murphy were the weather and traffic anchors.  The "Channel 4 News" at 6PM broadcast was produced by Marissa Sifuentes. The show was anchored by Chuck Henry and Ana Garcia. Pablo Pereira and Fred Roggin were the weather and sports anchors.
 
Former KNBC television anchor Kelly Lange and Anchor Jose Ronstadt from NBC Universal’s Telemundo station KVEA were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
 
 The Golden Mike Awards were presented at the Universal Hilton Hotel this past Saturday in a ceremony to honor the best in radio, television, and internet broadcast journalism excellence in Southern California. The Golden Mikes are presented annually by the RTNA, the non-profit group representing broadcast newsrooms in Southern California.
 

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