Los Angeles Stations Go Live for Endeavour Arrival

By Merrill Knox 

As the space shuttle Endeavour made its final flight around Los Angeles Friday afternoon, every major station in the region was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

KNBC anchors Michael Brownlee and Kathy Vara began anchoring coverage just before 9:30amPT. They were joined by Colleen Williams at Griffith Observatory, John Cadiz Klemack in Palmdale, Sean Murphy at the Santa Monica Pier, Ted Chen at Edwards Air Force Base, Toni Guinyard and Chuck Henry at LAX, Patrick Healy at the Nasa Propulsion Center and Antonio Castelan in El Segundo.

KTTV had several anchors participating: Phil Shuman, Carlos Amezcua, Araksya Karapetyan, Lisa Breckenridge and Jeff Michael. Meteorologist Maria Quiban and Pablo Pereira handled the weather reports, and reporters were live across Los Angeles, including Bob DeCastro and Gigi Graciette at LAX, Mar Yvette at a restaurant near LAX and Gina Silva at Griffith Observatory. Hal Eisner and Tshaka Armstrong also contributed.

KABC’s Phillip Palmer and Jovana Lara anchored coverage from the studio, with Rudebeh Shahbazi at the Santa Monica Pier, Q McCray in El Segundo, Leo Stallworth in Palmdale, Eileen Frere at Disneyland, Carlos Granda at Griffith Observatory and Rob Hayes at LAX.

KCBS had anchors Sabilia Vargas and Kent Shocknek. Amy Johnson was live from Edwards Airforce Base, Melissa McCarty in Santa Monica, Michelle Gile in El Segundo, Kristine Lazar at the Ted Alexander Science School, Randy Paige at Griffith Observatory, Dave Lopez and Joy Benedict at LAX and Greg Mills in Pasadena.

Leila Feinstein and Glen Walker anchored on KTLA. Also contributing were Elizabeth Espinosa, Allie MacKay and Eric Spillman at LAX, Gayle Anderson in El Segundo, Chris Burrous at Edwards Airforce Base and Lynette Romero at the Griffith Observatory.