Archives: Staff Members

Gino LaMont

Gino LaMont

Gino was born and raised in Orange County, California and hasn’t ventured too far from home. He began in the news business in 1995 starting as a photographer and floor director for KMIR News. He got his break in 1997 when a weekend weather spot opened up at a KMIR News. Gino then went on to co-host the popular morning show, KMIR Today, for the next 6 years.

Sara Sanchez

Sara Sanchez

Sara Sanchez joined KMIR News in August 2017. A native of California’s Central Coast, Sara moved to the Coachella Valley from Billings, Montana. In Montana, she was part of a team that launched a statewide morning show, Wake Up Montana.

Mike Everett

Mike Everett

Mike Everett started his career in Central Florida and has a B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Radio and Television Broadcasting. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and is a member of the National Weather Association.

Thalia Hayden

Thalia Hayden

Thalia joined KMIR News in February, 2012. Before that, she reported and anchored for WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, News 10 NBC in Rochester, NY and WCJB in Gainesville, FL. Before making the jump in front of the camera, Thalia spent many years behind the scenes. In fact, her first day on the job after graduating from Seton Hall University, was the same day as the September 11th attacks. She was starting as a Production Assistant at Fox 5 News in New York City.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith

A two-time Emmy Award winner who has been inducted into the Dayton (Ohio) Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Joe Smith is a respected broadcast journalist whose career has spanned the United States. As a business reporter for KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon, he earned an Emmy Award for news writing from the Northwest Chapter of the […]

Bryan Gallo

Bryan Gallo

Bryan has hosted several major events including fundraisers for Food For Thought, LA AIDS Project, Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bryan has been a team member on hundreds of successful community functions throughout California, creating a better quality of life for his community and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.

Amy Zimmer

Amy Zimmer

Amy is a graduate of St. John’s University where she earned a degree in Communications and double minor in Journalism and Sports Management. Amy was also a member of the D1 Women’s Volleyball Team. While attending the St. John’s, Amy worked at SportsNet New York (SNY) as a Production Specialist for the networks “Jets” unit. Amy also served as a freelance Color Analyst for the Big Ten Network, a Supervisor of the US Open, and a Production Specialist for CBS Sports Radio.

Vince Marino

Vince Marino

Vince was born and raised in Northridge, CA. Before moving to the Coachella Valley, Vince worked as a staff writer/reporter for KHTS AM 1220 in Santa Clarita, CA. His news reporting experience includes general local news, breaking stories, feature stories and natural disasters. While attending College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, he was involved with the student publication Cougar News and obtained internships with both KNBC and KABC in Los Angeles.

Lauren Day

Lauren Day

Lauren believes in the power of journalism to tell stories of all people. Her passion lies in meeting someone new each day and being able to share stories that matter to local communities. Lauren’s career blossomed during her internships at KHON2 News in Honolulu, HI, KABC-TV in Los Angeles and Fox News Channel. In her free time, Lauren loves to dance, eat and be outdoors. You can find her social dancing at salsa nights, trying new foods and adventuring throughout the Valley.

Manny The Movie Guy

Manny The Movie Guy

Manny the Movie Guy is an Emmy-award winning film critic based in Palm Springs, California. He’s a radio, newspaper, and TV personality who melts everyone’s hearts with his giggles. You can see Manny’s movie reviews and celebrity interviews on KMIR Today every Friday, KMIR Midday, and on KMIR News. Manny is also on The Filipino Channel on Balitang America every Friday from 5 to 5:30 PM.

Kitty Alvarado

Kitty Alvarado

Kitty says she’s living her dream as a reporter. Her career as a hair and makeup artist took a major turn after the attacks of September 11, 2001 when she realized life was too short not to follow her passion. Kitty says she puts her heart into every story she reports and is honored to be entrusted telling the stories of those living and working in the Coachella Valley.

Luzdelia Caballero

Luzdelia Caballero

Luzdelia Caballero joined KMIR News as a Video Journalist and Weather Anchor in June 2017. She was born and raised in San Diego and made her way over to Los Angeles when she became a Bruin. There she covered various stories with PBS and Univision while balancing school and playing for the UCLA Women’s Lacrosse team.

Max Rodriguez

Max Rodriguez

Covering the 2016 presidential election for National Public Radio, surrounded by passionate voters outside the White House, was unthinkable for Max just a few years ago. Max is class of 2010 from Coachella Valley High School, and all he’s known in his life is hard work and dedication. He grew up surrounded by a passionate community working their way to the American dream. After graduating high school, Max knew wanted to tell stories about his community.

Daytona Everett

Daytona Everett

Daytona Everett is a reporter for KMIR news. She joined the news team in June 2018. Daytona comes to Palm Springs, California from Columbia, Missouri where she worked as an anchor/reporter at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in mid-Missouri. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned a bachelor’s degree […]

Claudia Buccio

Claudia Buccio

Claudia Buccio was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico when she was nine years old. Growing up, she worked at her parents’ restaurant where she learned the art of interviewing and multitasking. After graduating from high school, she came back to California with the goal of becoming a bilingual […]