Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson created the newsmagazine show California Life with Heather Dawson as a way of providing positive news focusing on the Best of California. In 2017, Heather syndicated California Life, now airing Nationwide on over 300 stations and international streaming – named Top 50 California Youtube channels to follow! Heather started her career as 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.


Audra Stafford

Audra Stafford is an Emmy Award winning Reporter for CW in San Diego and, 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.


Ava Thuresson

Avalynn is a Model, Actress, Singer and on-air Reporter for California Life. Avalynn’s award winning talent show post holds the record for the most streamed video on the channel! Avalynn was one of 84 students selected for Grammy Camp link: here. Avalynn also hosts CCTV, plays piano and is an award-winning competitive dancer for CCDT.

Brent Weber

Brent Weber has worked as an award-winning network reporter and anchor for CNN, produced and hosted television series’ such as Action Figures TV, published the book The Sports Guy: Scorecard Scribblings From An Ordinary Journalist and produced the acclaimed documentary Real Live Angels, which earned Honorable Mention laurels from the Santa Monica Independent Film Festival in.


Concetta DeLuco

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, and Entertainment Tonight, and an amateur chef working on her own food & lifestyle blog.


David Wylie

David Wylie is an award winning news reporter and news director 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.


Elise Thuresson

Elise is an Actress, Model and on-air Reporter for California Life. Elise’s credits include: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Almost Maine, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui , Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan, Legally Blonde, Annie & The Nutcracker. Elise has written and directed plays in her local community where she performed at the La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory and The Old Globe Shakespeare Studio. Elise also loves to sing, play piano and is on the dance team at Claremont McKenna College.  

Esabel Sadek

Outside of her professional experience, Esabel is a travel enthusiast, lover of photography, and an avid writer. She is a leader in the Communication Development department of National Alliance on Mental Illness, specializing in social media marketing. She is also a reporter and staff writer for an independent newspaper, where she is able to mend her passion for journalism with her career. Esabel looks forward to her reporter role here at California Life!


Georgette Copes

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.


Jeremiah Hartwig

Jeremiah is an Actor, On-Field Host @rcquakes and Lifestyle Reporter for California Life. Jeremiah is an adrenaline enthusiast whose love of travel helps in his mission work for the charity LoveLikeDawson. Jeremiah’s credits include Pitch Perfect 3, A View From The Bridge, Black Comedy, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and CAMELOT contact:

J.R. Ybarra

J.R. has been able to weld together his love of anything that has wheels and his broadcast career for motorsports programming on outlets such as Speed TV, The Outdoor Channel and Fox Sports Net. 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.


Kaori Takee

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 Perry

Madison is a travel enthusiast, fashion guru – avid blogger with 200K 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 by writing and reporting for California Life!


Marco Gutierrez

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 producer of the Puerto Vallarta series “Travelerios”.


Michael Serrano

Michael Serrano is a videographer/photographer with a focus on online content. With a passion for storytelling, Michael creates invoking media for brands. He began his journey as a graphic designer freelancing in the industry. Michael is now a segment producer at California Life HD with Heather Dawson.


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.

Contact: Tom’s scholarship link