About Us

NBC Palm Springs first went on air September 15th, 1968, with the call letters KMIR in Palm Springs. The news station was based in the El Mirador Hotel which is where the station's call letters MIR came from. News operations eventually moved to Palm Desert and in 2017 Entravision became the station's new owner.

Our Mission

Ours is a simple mission. We want to keep our viewers informed and we want to tell their stories.

Olivia Sandusky

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. 

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien joins NBC Palm Springs from Toms River, New Jersey via San Angelo, Texas where he spent the last three years as an anchor and executive producer at KIDY/KXVA FOX West Texas. Before beginning his career in news, Tim was a host and producer at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks and Rangers from 2013-2018, and producer for the MLB and NHL Network from 2014-2016. Tim is excited to experience the other side of the country and call the Coachella Valley home.

Thalia

Thalia Hayden

With twenty years in television news and more than a decade in the Coachella Valley, Thalia is a veteran journalist on a mission to help our community 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. A student of the University of Wisconsin system and a Madison Media grad, Jerry fine tuned his meteorology skills at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Chloe Carlson

Chloe Carlson

Shortly after graduating from Biola University in 2018, Chloe started working at Fox Sports in Los Angeles where she produced segments that aired during the World Series. After about a year, Chloe wanted to try her hand on-air, so she moved to South Carolina to be closer to her husband and started her career as an MMJ. Shortly before her two year mark there, Chloe jumped to Portland, OR to try her hand at lifestyle TV. When she found out her husband was stationed in Twentynine Palms, Chloe made the move to Palm Springs, and shortly after started at NBC.

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.

Carmela Karcher

Carmela Karcher

Carmela Karcher joined NBC Palm Springs in January, 2022. Carmela was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of Oregon in June, 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications. Before NBC Palm Springs, Carmela worked in Chico, California as a multimedia journalist covering everything from local politics to massive wildfires. Carmela’s passion for journalism started in high school when she formed her own sports broadcasting program.

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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