Former KTLA Reporter Thriving at Vegas Anchor Desk

From 2008 to 2010, Marie Mortera was a regular contributor to the KTLA Morning News. In between, she has worked for Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3, as a weekend and now weekday anchor of the channel’s 4 p.m. newscast.

All in all, it’s been a pretty meteoric rise for the Filipino-American San Francisco native, who won an Edward R. Murrow Award during her first career stint in Yuma. What makes it all the more interesting is that Mortera’s return to Vegas aligns her with Sin City’s large, growing Filipino-American community. She tells The Asian Journal:

“The community is a strong force. Many Asian-Americans have become leaders in the city.” She noted that the community has started to recognize its own skills, talents, and cultural significance to the city. “And we’ve put them to wonderful use in Southern Nevada ‘s melting pot,” she said.

Mortera has also garnered attention for her no-nonsense “Crime Tracker” segments on KSNV. And she vows to continue trying to master her native Tagalog language, on the side of her front line media duties.

[Photo by Linda Quakenboss]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.