KTLA reporters remember Sam Rubin’s warm welcomes to the family

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The KTLA family shared some laughs and tears on Saturday morning as they remembered their longtime friend and colleague Sam Rubin.

Reporter Carlos Herrera recalled that the legend himself was the first coworker to send him a greeting when he started at the station four years ago.

“I’m what he called the new generation at KTLA 5,” Herrera said. “Sam Rubin was actually the first person to respond [to my introduction email]. Like, the Sam Rubin.”

Herrera recalled growing up in Hollywood and seeing Rubin, his new coworker, on billboards as a child.

“[Rubin] gets back to me and says ‘we’re glad to have you. Welcome to the KTLA family, you’ll quickly learn that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. I hope you have fun’,” Herrera remembered.

Herrera added that Rubin would often text message him to compliment his reporting skills, hair and his snazzy suits.

KTLA’s Lauren Lyster and Megan Telles share a hug while remembering legendary entertainment reporter Sam Rubin on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (KTLA)

KTLA’s Lauren Lyster remembered a moment from early in her time at the station when Rubin was preparing a story about singer Miranda Lambert. Rubin approached Lyster, who he thought resembled the country music star, and had the funny idea for Lyster to sing one of her songs on air.

Problem was, Lyster wasn’t familiar with any of Lambert’s music.

“He was involving me and so I learned the song real quick and I went and sang it on TV, which was horrible,” Lyster recalled with lots of laughs.

“But he didn’t have to extend an olive branch to a nobody at the station, a brand new person,” she said. “That was the kind of person he was to me and to so many people.”

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.