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About Elizabeth Espinosa

Elizabeth Espinosa is an Emmy award winning television personality recently named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of "Hollywood’s Most Powerful Latino Talent Under 40 in the Entertainment Industry". Elizabeth was also handpicked by Oprah Winfrey to join the network's first reality tv show in 2011. Elizabeth is also very proud to be the first Latina on KFI-640 AM's weekday lineup, the number one talk radio station in the country, on her new weekday show from 1-3pm. She also continues to report for KTLA-5's primetime newscasts and can also been seen on CNN/HLN as a contributing anchor.

Elizabeth is also a special needs advocate and supports a number of important charities across the country, including the Epilepsy Foundation of America and The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.

She has also held past hosting roles on her own CNN prime-time daily talk show Sin Limites, the San Diego FOX Affiliate, Univision’s flagship Los Angeles station, K-MEX 34, FOX 11 ‘s “Good Day LA,” and the national correspondent for “Good Day LIVE.” Politicians, including President Obama- appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, California State Senator Gil Cedillo and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, have all honored Elizabeth for her contributions to the community and to humanity.

About Rick Reiff

Rick Reiff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, four-time Golden Mike winner and Emmy nominee.

He previously produced and hosted the station's "SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff" for 10 seasons. "SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff” won the Golden Mike for Best News Public Affairs Program in Southern California, Division B, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for a local Emmy award in 2013.

He is editor at large and former editor of the Orange County Business Journal and wrote its popular "OC Insider" column for 15 years. He is also a media professor at Chapman University and a public speaker.

He was a staff writer with Forbes magazine and a reporter at the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where he was the lead reporter on a team that won a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Goodyear's battle with a corporate raider.

Reiff is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

He is married to Mary Ann Brown, executive vice president of Pacific Life Insurance Co. He has a daughter, Jennie Reiff; a son-in-law, retired OC Fire Authority Capt. Steve Miller; and three Miller grandchildren, Elias, Anna and Oliver.

About Helen Kumari

Helen Kumari is the Managing Editor for “Studio SoCal.” Helen is a veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience in television news, including 12 years as a live on-camera reporter with a specialty in breaking news. Helen has been awarded several Emmys for her work as a writer and a reporter in the Los Angeles area.

Currently, Helen has been working as a freelance L.A. Correspondent for The Boston Herald, ABC News, The New York Post and several TV shows. She has also held past roles as a reporter for CBS2, NBC4, KTLA5, FOX11, and NBC TV stations in Bakersfield and Las Vegas.

About David Nazar

David Nazar is a ten-time Golden Mike award-winning television news reporter with over 20 years of broadcast journalism experience at PBS SoCal and NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates across the country.

David has had exclusive reports on everything from fires, landslides and drug raids to government surveillance cases, corrupt political officials and homeless students. He has also been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and is a graduate of Cal State Northridge.

David provides Southern California with comprehensive and substantive field reports and news coverage from all over the region.