So yesterday's news about the new anchors at Channel 5 left unresolved what would become of the current 10 p.m. anchors Leila Feinstein (a holdover from the Hal Fishman era) and Jason Martinez. The memo with their new assignments has just gone out from station general manager Don Corsini and news director Jason Ball. The memo is after the jump.
From: Ball, Jason R.
Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:42 PM
Subject: Message from Don Corsini and Jason Ball
At time when healthcare and wellness are top of mind for every Southern California family, it seem appropriate that KTLA-TV’s Leila Feinstein will now create and produce a daily healthcare initiative.
Leila has been a part of the KTLA 5 News team since 2001. In that time she has one [sic] a Los Angeles Press Club award and a Golden Mike award for a report on a local quadriplegic surfer. Her volunteer work includes teen mentoring and working with victims of domestic violence. Leila also knows American Sign Language and volunteers with Deaf [sic] children in the community. Leila began her broadcasting career with CBS News while obtaining her M. A. in broadcast journalism at NYU. She has a B. A. in political science and theatre/dance from Brown University. While in school, Feinstein won a student Emmy Award for her investigative report on the police abuse of homeless people in New York City. Her reports will air daily in all KTLA 5 newscasts as well as be featured on key Tribune Company websites.
Leila’s work will be supported by content from Tribune Company’s new internet venture healthkey.com. Health Key is a comprehensive resource for health and wellness information. The site pulls together a team of experts including cosmetic surgery expert Dr. Robert Rey, sexual health expert Dr. Laura Berman, and Integrative exporter Andrew Weil, M.D. Healthkey.com features information on women’s health, fitness, wellness, and insurance issues.
Look for Leila’s reports starting in mid-September.
Jason Martinez also has a new role with the KTLA 5 News team. Jason will co-anchor the KTLA 5 Weekend Newscast with Cher Calvin. This hometown boy joined the KTLA family in January 2009. He was born in Torrance and grew up in Moreno Valley. He graduated with a BFA in Film & Television from Chapman University where he was the recipient of the Chris Harris Award, the school's highest broadcast journalism honor. Jason's career has taken him across the country beginning in Toledo, Ohio. Most recently, Jason anchored the morning news in Fresno where he earned three Emmys. Throughout his career, Jason has been an active member of the Hispanic community serving as emcee for the Latino Peace Officer's Awards Banquet, The Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala and the Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Awards Banquet. He's also very active in causes benefiting police and fire departments. Jason's father served as Governor Schwarzenegger's secret service director for several years in downtown LA before retiring from the California Highway Patrol in 2009.
Good family tidbit on Martinez's dad. But what's an Integrative exporter, and is the first word really a proper name?