The Career of Laura Diaz
Born in Santa Paula, California, a very small community located in Ventura County in California, Laura Diaz is a first-generation Mexican-American and a very well-known television anchor in the area of Southern California.
Her career as a television anchor began way back in 1985 when she did the weekend spots on TV. In 1988, only three years later, she was hired by KABC-TV to do the evening newscasts during the week at 6:00 p.m. The year 1997 was a historic year for Laura Diaz when she became the lead anchor for the station’s newscasts at 5:00 and again at 11:00 p.m.
This promotion made her the first Hispanic and the first woman to have such a prestigious position at a television station in Los Angeles that was completely aired in English. In addition, this assignment enabled her to cover many stories that were historic and captivated the station’s audiences, such as the Los Angeles riots, where she along with her crew of cameramen encountered threats at gunpoint from those involved, and the Northridge earthquake.
Throughout all of her TV appearances, Laura Diaz Fox 11 has remained calm, on the ball and perhaps that is one of the things that captivates the audience and brings them back for more. She has a natural talent when it comes to the camera and entertaining people.
In September 2002, Laura Diaz moved to KCBS-TV and became the co-anchor of the news at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. on the CBS affiliate station. At first, Harold Greene was her co-anchor who was then later replaced by Paul Magers. She was able to do a lot of traveling for the station and covered stories on Ground Zero in New York City, illegal immigration in the town of Sasabe on the Mexican border and prison overcrowding in the Caliatria State Men’s prison near the Salton Sea.
In addition, she was part of the 11:00 news team that was a first-place winner in the sweep of May 2006, which was the first last news victory for the station in a sweep month in which the Olympics were not held since the 1960s.
When the groundbreaking Vista L.A. television series first aired on KABC-TV, Diaz was one of the original hosts. This program was the first in Southern California that was public affairs related in nature and served the Latino audience in the region who spoke English as well. The coveted Imagen Award was given to the show twice when Diaz was one of its co-hosts. Her work on the show also enabled her to win three Emmy Awards.
In April 2010, Diaz became the single anchor of the CBS2 News at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. during the weekday evenings. During that time, she also produced and hosted a special series for the station, called “Eye on Our Community.” This TV show aired a broadcast that she produced on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
She then left the station to produce shows under her own banner. “Eye on Our Community” and Diaz won an Imagen Award as the Best Informational Program.
In May 2012, Laura Diaz received an offer from and joined the weekend news broadcasts of FOX owned stations KTTV and KCOP in Los Angeles as a co-anchor staring along with Susan Hirsuna. She continues to provide excellent reporting and serve as a role model for the Hispanic community of southern California.