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Marta Waller (born 1951/1952) is an American marketing professional and educator, and a former television reporter and anchor, most notably with KTLA in Los Angeles, California, where she worked since 1984.
Early life and education
Waller began her career in television news in 1972 when she took a job as a production assistant at the KNBC Documentary Unit. She then trained as a sound technician, becoming one of the first women to be admitted to membership in IATSE #695. She freelanced for the three major US networks and traveled with CBS News, 60 Minutes and CBS Reports.
In 1982, Waller changed her focus. She went to work at KCOP, Channel 13, in Los Angeles as the assignment editor. In 1984 Waller worked in San Francisco at KRON as a freelance writer. Her next move was to KNXT (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles also as a freelance writer.
Her career at KTLA/CW began in late 1984 as a freelance news writer. Within a year, Marta was named producer of KTLA weekend newscast. During the summer of 1986, Waller began doing occasional stories as an on-air reporter. In September 1987, she was promoted to full-time reporter. She anchored the weekend edition of KTLA "News at Ten" from September 1993 until February 1995 with Larry McCormick. In 1995 Waller was named anchor of KTLA's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. After the trial, Waller resumed her "News at Ten" anchor duties until December 2004 when she became medical and special features reporter.
Waller provided medical reports and special features for KTLA. She later assumed a new role at the station as their Internet Anchor covering the Phil Spector trial, the Southern California firestorms and the O.J. Simpson hearings in Las Vegas on KTLA and the Los Angeles Times websites. On the first day of the Southern California fires, KTLA registered nearly 490,000 page views in the first 12 hours of the coverage.
She left KTLA in October 2008.
Waller is an owner/partner in K.I.S.S. Media, a social media marketing company based in Los Angeles. She also is a professor of International Marketing, Corporate Strategy and Communications Techniques at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense. She previously taught a course in news delivery at UCLA Extension.
Waller has won numerous awards for her reporting and anchoring. She won the Los Angeles Press Club Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award for anchoring KTLA's coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. She donated her time as one of the hosts of the Easter Seals Telethon and continues to support that charity.
Waller has played a reporter in several films and television shows.
- In the Heat of the Night episode: "Unfinished Business" (1991)
- Legalese (1998)
- Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
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