Gino Lamont

Gino LaMont

Gino was born and raised in Orange County, California and hasn’t ventured too far from home.

Sara Sanchez

Sara Sanchez

Sara Sanchez is a native of California’s Central Coast. She joined NBC Palm Springs/KMIR News in August 2017. 

Thalia

Thalia
Hayden

With 20 years in television news, Thalia is a veteran journalist on a mission to help Americans get healthy.

Jerry Steffen

Jerry Steffen

A Wisconsin native, Jerry Steffen spent most of his professional career at WKMG-TV in Orlando before relocating to the Coachella Valley in December, 2009 to join KESQ.

Manny

Manny The Movie Guy

Manny the Movie Guy has always had a passion for movies. His love of film criticism started while working for his school newspaper at Purdue University in Indiana. Upon graduation, Manny was offered a full-scholarship to complete his Post-Baccalaureate degree in Film at the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. Currently, Manny is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) where he votes for the yearly Critics Choice Awards. Manny the Movie Guy is a multiple Emmy-award winning film critic/host based in Palm Springs.

Sandie Newton

Sandie Newton

Sandie is an award winning journalist who began her career at KTTV in Los Angeles as cohost of PM Magazine. She continued her career in LA covering entertainment news for KCAL, hosted the award winning Hollywood Insider on USA Network and contributed to the long running HOUR Magazine, Breakaway, A Whole New You as well as One on One with John Tesh.

Nico Payne

Nico Payne

Nico Payne joined NBC Palm Springs as a Multimedia Journalist in January 2020. A Southern California native, he began his career at CBS2/KCAL9 News in Los Angeles, CA where he spent five years mentoring under some of the best in the broadcast industry including Suzie Suh, Pat Harvey, and Paul Magers to name a few.

He later began his on-camera career as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at KYMA in Yuma, Arizona.

Regina

Regina
Yurrita

Regina Yurrita is a bilingual multimedia journalist who joined the NBC Palm Springs and Univision Palm Springs team in May of 2019. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, emphasis in broadcast journalism. Regina has a strong passion for story-telling and is proud to be covering stories that are primarily, but not limited to the eastern Coachella Valley. 

Olivia

Olivia
Sandusky

Olivia joined the news team in February, 2020. Before coming to Palm Springs, she spent almost two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KETK and FOX 51 in Tyler, TX. There she covered a variety of stories from devastating tornadoes to political town halls. Olivia got a master of science in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California. She also received a BA from the University of San Diego, where she was a division one softball player. Olivia is looking forward to returning to Southern California and sharing important stories with the desert community. 

Brandy Flores

Brandy Flores

Brandy is a passionate sports reporter/anchor. Before starting at NBC Palm Springs, she was a digital producer/host for Fox Sports covering the Angels, Clippers, Ducks and Kings. She also covered high school football in southern California as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Prepzone. Brandy grew up in Hemet, CA and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is very excited to share stories about the amazing athletes right here in the Coachella Valley.

Kamari

Kamari
Esquerra

Kamari Esquerra joined NBC Palm Springs in July of 2021. A Texas native, Kamari is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘Em Horns!) with degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Film.

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