Heather Dawson created the news magazine show Southern California Life as a way of providing positive news to the Southland. After several years of success, Heather expanded the newsmagazine show to the entire state of California. California Life with Heather Dawson is now airing Nationwide on over 200 stations in 50 million households. Prior to California Life, Heather became one of the youngest News Directors in the business working as a Multi-Media Reporter/Anchor at KHIZ. Heather then went on to Anchor the #1 rated newscast on NBC in Palm Springs as well as UPN in San Diego and KVMD in Los Angeles. Heather was the International Model Search Winner and Cover Model for American Swimwear Magazine. She was also featured on Baywatch, Bold & The Beautiful, Renegade.
Audra Stafford is an Emmy Award winning Reporter who shares her love of entertainment and California with California Life! As the entertainment reporter for CW in San Diego and BroadwayWorld.com, Audra has covered such star-studded events as the Academy Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards and Dancing With the Stars. She was also one of only two journalists in the nation to be embedded in a production of CATS during its national tour.
Concetta DeLuco is a seasoned Reporter who honed her skills working at CBS & NBC affiliates in Tampa as well as an actress in Los Angeles, online editor for the Cooking Channel food blog, an amateur chef working on her own food & lifestyle blog, playwright dabbler and avid LA explorer.
David Wylie is an award winning news reporter who has been covering Southern California on both radio and television for more than 20 years. Born and raised in the Pasadena area, David is a life long resident of the Southland.
From New York to California, Georgette has experienced the best of both worlds in the anchor chair and out in the field at CBS in Palm Springs and FOX News Sacramento. Georgette is empowered to dedicate her voice to sick kids and the elderly at various hospitals across the country. Her voice can also be heard on many TV & radio commercials. Georgette is a proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association AAJA.
As a lifelong motorsports enthusiast, J.R. has been able to weld together his love of anything that has wheels and his broadcast career, with assignments as a producer and announcer for motorsports programming on outlets such as Speed TV, The Outdoor Channel and Fox Sports Net. Through his career in broadcasting, J.R. has also spent time as a news reporter and anchor for Silver King Broadcasting and as a radio announcer for various stations in the So Cal region.
Jose has been in video production for almost 20 years working in master control, Live news photographer, director of live news casts and lead of the International News Network for military training as well as a News Stringer for various news outlets, along with contributions to California Life HD.
Professional Make-Up Artist MIRNA GONZALEZ creates a professional look on the Red Carpet, in the Studio, or in Print for California Life’s TV Host Heather Dawson.
Mirna’s credits include DISNEY, Grammy award singer Vikki Carr, TV News Anchors at UNIVISION, GREY’S ANATOMY, TV commercials, Music Videos, Local and National News programs, Print, & Celebrity Weddings covered by People Magazine.
Kaori is a well-known “geek” from Los Angeles who enjoys exploring the treats of California from food to entertainment on California Life. Kaori has been featured on various digital and internet shows including her own “geek” Youtube channel which features vlogs, gaming, and wrestling content. She is also a cosplayer and you may catch her at your next convention dressed up as one of your favorite comic book characters!
Madison is a travel enthusiast, fashion guru – avid blogger with 40K Followers and actress appearing on the popular YouTube shows Teens React, Adults React, and the React Channel created by Fine Brothers Entertainment.
A Native Californian, Madison’s passionate about all things lifestyle and relays those interests through her work by writing and reporting for California Life!
Marco Gutierrez is a Digital Media educator with over 10 years of media experience that include video production, web design, digital marketing and more. He is a natural teacher, and eager to spread knowledge. He is a native Spanish speaker and avid trekker of Mexican destinations like Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Guanajuato, Querétaro and more. Marco is the producer of the CLHD Puerto Vallarta series “Travelerios”.
Rick started with us as an intern while he was attending a video production class. This is where he met JR Ybarra who is one of our reporters/editors as well. At the time, JR was the instructor of his class back in 2011.
Rick’s work has been in many catalogs and all over the web. But his real passion, since he was 10 years old, has been flying model airplanes and helicopters. He has been in many national events, even in Japan, Jamaica and Costa Rica. Maybe that’s why he fly’s his drone so well. Humm…
We have tried to get Rick in front of the camera but he really likes the backside of the lens. He is very technical and can work out any problems we come up with.
In Memory of Tom Sparks
In memory of Tom R. Sparks (1976-2009), his family and friends have set up a scholarship fund at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication to help graduate students in Broadcast Journalism achieve their dreams. The scholarship will be awarded to students who share in Tom’s love of life, show a commitment to the field that Tom held so dear, and who display a touch of Tom’s eclectic personality. We hope that through this scholarship, Tom’s legacy at USC will live on for generations to come.