KYMA-DT ("News 11") is an NBC-affiliated television station in Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California, USA, broadcasting locally in digital on VHF channel 11. KYMA can be received over the air in Blythe, California in the Palo Verde Valley, and in the southeastern end of theCoachella Valley, and it transmits a clear signal to viewers in Mexicali, Mexico. KYMA also broadcasts This TV programming on digital subchannel 11.2.

Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California
Branding News 11
Slogan Where News Comes First
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Affiliations NBC

This TV (DT2)

Owner Intermountain West Communications Company

(Yuma Broadcasting Company)

First air date January 22, 1988
Call letters' meaning YuMA
Former callsigns KYMA (1987-2009)

KCAA (1982-1987)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

11 (VHF, 1988-2009) Digital: 41 (UHF, 2007-2009)

Former affiliations LATV (DT2, 2007-2009)
Transmitter power 22.3 kW
Height 493 m
Facility ID 74449
Transmitter coordinates 33°3′10.3″N114°49′43.5″W


Channel 11 had been home to Yuma's first television station, KIVA, which operated from 1953 until 1970, when it went off the air. The allocation lay vacant for ten years, but by 1980, applications had been submitted to revive channel 11 in Yuma, and on September 29, 1982, theFCC awarded an original construction permit to Elizabeth Overmyer with call letters KCAA. The station's early history was eventful, as Overmyer was forced to transfer control of the station to Cadmus, Inc. in November 1984. Cadmus then sold the station to Yuma Television Associates (later Manning Telecasting, then Yuma Broadcasting Company) in January 1986. The station changed its call letters to KYMA on July 27, 1987, reviving long-dormant call letters of a Yuma radio station, and began broadcasting in January 1988 as an ABC affiliate, later becoming an NBC affiliate in a swap with then-KYEL, which would later become KSWT. KYMA was granted its initial license on April 29, 1988. The station changed hands again on June 8, 1989, when Yuma Broadcasting was sold to Sunbelt Communications Company, and finally, KYMA and its parent company, were sold to James Rogers on May 21, 1996.


KYMA is an NBC affiliate, and its schedule is dominated by network and syndicated programming, including children's programming fromqubo. The station produces five daily newscasts weekdays, at 5:30 am, 12 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm, and two daily newscasts on the weekends, at 5 pm and 10 pm. (All times MST.) Until December 2008, it operated a news bureau in El Centro to provide additional coverage of the Imperial Valley.

In May 2007, KYMA added secondary programming on digital 11.2 from LATV, a bilingual music and entertainment network highlighting the Latin music scene. The affiliation lasted until late 2009, when KYMA replaced it with This TV.

Digital televisionEdit

On April 3, 1997, the FCC assigned UHF channel 41 as the digital companion channel for KYMA, and on May 25, 2000, granted a construction permit. KYMA applied for Special Temporary Authorization (STA) for reduced-power operations in order to get a digital signal on the air quickly. The STA was granted on June 7, 2002 and the station built temporary digital facilities, to eventually be replaced by full-power operations. In 2005, KYMA elected and was approved for channel 11 as its permanent digital channel, meaning its license for channel 41 would be returned to the FCC after the analog shut-off, at the time scheduled for February 17, 2009. Since operations on channel 41 would be temporary, KYMA requested to specify its low-power operation as its final pre-transition DTV facilities. The request was approved and the station was granted a license for its digital channel on September 20, 2006. KYMA was granted a construction permit for its post-transition operations on channel 11 on August 19, 2008. These facilities became operational on June 12, 2009, the new date for the DTV transition.

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

Station slogansEdit

  • Channel 11 The ones to watch! (1988–1990)
  • KYMA, The Place To Be! (1990–1991, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • KYMA, Yuma/El Centro's Station (1991–1998)
  • It`s A Whole New KYMA (1992-1993, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • The Stars Are Back on KYMA (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Where News Comes First (1999–present)

On-air staffEdit

Current on-air staffEdit


  • Ana Corpus - Weeknights "Early Editon" 5pm
  • Luis Cruz - Weeknights "Evening Editon" 6pm/ News Director
  • Nick Ciletti - Weeknights "Early Editon" and "Nightside" 5pm and 10pm
  • Rob Fram - Weekdays "Sunrise" 6am
  • Megan Munro - Weeknights "Evening Editon" and "Nightside" 6pm and 10pm
  • Maria Hechanova - Weekdays "Sunrise" 6am (also producer)


  • Jon Archuleta - general assignment reporter (also producer)
  • Rachel Elzufon - Imperial Valley reporter
  • Paul Gutierrez - general assignment reporter (also producer)
  • Maria Hechanova - general assignment reporter (also producer)
  • Mitch Punpayuk - movie critic


  • Matt Boyer - weekdays 6 and 10PM
  • Paul Gutierrez - weekends 5 and 10PM (also general assignment reporter)

Former on-air staffEdit

(In alphabetical order)

Personality Position Years at KYMA Currently
Kristen Anderson Anchor/Reporter 2000s AZ Morning Anchor KSAZ-TV Phoenix, AZ
Sergio Avila El Centro Bureau Chief 2004–2008 Reporter KGUN-TV Tucson, AZ[1]
Kathleen Bade Anchor/Reporter 1990s Main Anchor KSWB-TV San Diego, CA
Jake Bell Sports Anchor/Reporter 1999–2000 Children's Author
Lisa Breckenridge Anchor/Reporter 1990s Entertainment Reporter KTTV-TV Los Angeles, CA
Michael Brownlee Anchor/Reporter 1990s Reporter/Fill-In Anchor KTTV-TV Los Angeles, CA
Alejandra Cerball Anchor/Reporter 2007–2009 Reporter KGTV-TV San Diego, CA
Jeane Coakley Sports Anchor/Director 2004–2006 Sports Anchor/Jets beat reporter SportsNet New York NYC, NY[2]
Rachael Cohen Anchor/Reporter 2006–2010 Channel One News, New York, NY
Natasha Curry Anchor/Reporter 2001–2002 Anchor CNN Headline News Atlanta, GA[3]
Rayhan Daudani Reporter 1999–2001 Producer, NBC News, New York, NY NBC News
Alexis DelChiaro Morning Anchor/Reporter 2004–2006 Anchor "Good Morning San Diego" KUSI San Diego, CA[4]
Veronica De La Cruz Anchor/Reporter 2000s Anchor MSNBC New York, NY
Nineveh Dinha Anchor 2004–2006 Weekend Anchor/Reporter KSTU-TV Salt Lake City, Utah[5]
Liz Dueweke Anchor/Reporter 2007–2009 Weekend Anchor WJRT-TV Flint, MI
Carlos Faura Weather 1998–2001 Weather anchor KATU Portland, OR; most recently with KOLO Reno, NV 2001-2007
Rich Garcia News Director/Anchor/Sports Director 2001–2007 Assistant News Director WINK-TV Ft Myers, FL
Perette Godwin Anchor/Reporter 2000s Reporter KSWB-TV San Diego, CA
Jim Heath Anchor/Reporter 2000–2003 Statehouse Correspondent & Moderator of Capitol Square, ONNColumbus, Ohio[6]
Dave Hillman Meteorologist 2008-2010
Jim Howell News Director/Managing Editor/Anchor/Sports Director 1992–2001, 2002–2005 Sports Information Director/'Voice of the Matadors', Arizona Western College
Jessica Kartalija Anchor/Reporter 2000s Reporter WJZ-TV Baltimore, MD
Evan Kelly Anchor/Reporter 2000s Morning Anchor WCIV Charleston, SC
Chera Kimiko Anchor/Reporter 1990s Anchor KOKI-TV Tulsa, OK
Bruce Kirk News Director/Anchor 1998–2001 Faculty Member Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
Charles Leaf Anchor/Reporter 1990s Reporter WNYW-TV New York, NY
Edgar Linares Anchor/Reporter 2004–2007 Reporter KTVB-TV Boise, ID[7]
Dan Marries Anchor/Reporter 2000s Anchor KOLD-TV Tucson, AZ
Alan Marsden Evening Anchor 1995–1997 Anchor KHSL-TV Chico, CA
Raj Mathai Sports Anchor 1990s Sports Director KNTV-TV San Francisco, CA
Melissa Mecija Reporter/Anchor 2004-2007 Reporter KGTV San Diego, CA
Heather Moore Anchor/Reporter 2000–2002 Anchor KUSI San Diego, CA[8]
Alexandra Montoya Anchor/Reporter 1990's Tape Operator WSJV-TV South Bend, IN
Marie Mortera Anchor/Reporter 2000s Anchor/Reporter KSNV-DT Las Vegas, NV
Heather Myers Reporter/Anchor 2001–2002 Anchor, XETV, San Diego 6
Kaley O'Kelley Morning Anchor 2000s Co-Host 3TV's "Good Morning Arizona" KTVK-TV Phoenix, AZ
Julissa Ortiz Anchor/Reporter 1999–2000 Features Reporter Good Day Sacramento KMAX/KOVR[9]
Evanka Osmak Anchor/Reporter 2000s Anchor Rogers Sportsnet Canada
Kaushal Patel Anchor/Reporter 1999–2003 Anchor/Reporter, KGTV, San Diego, CA
Sean Potter Meteorologist/Reporter 1998–1999 Communications Specialist National Weather Service Silver Spring, MD
Elissa Rivas Anchor/Reporter 1997–2000 Anchor KTRK Houston, TX
Kimberly Romo Anchor/Reporter 2000s Morning Anchor KGUN-TV Tucson, AZ
Elizabeth Sanchez Anchor/Reporter 1990s Host of "A Place of our Own" PBS
Sara Sandrik Anchor/Reporter/Producer 2004–2006 Sub-Anchor/North Valley Bureau Chief KFSN Fresno, CA[10]
Brittney Shipp Reporter 2000s Weekend Weather Anchor KTVK-TV Phoenix, AZ
Ashlee Tate Midday anchor and weather 2003–2005 now Ashlee Tate DeMartino Weekend Weather Anchor KTNV Las Vegas, NV[11]
Tommy Tran News Anchor/Sports Director 2005–2010 Reporter KFSN-DT Fresno, CA
Brad Wills Weather Anchor 2003–2008 Weekend Weather Anchor KSWB San Diego, CA
Tiffany Wong Anchor/Reporter 2000s Weather/Reporter KABB-TV San Antonio, TX
Tammy Vo Anchor/Reporter 2000–2002 Weekend Anchor KGUN Tucson, AZ


  1. ^ "Sergio Avila bio". KGUN-TV website. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  2. ^ "Jeane Coakley bio". WISH-TV website. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
  3. ^ "Natasha Curry bio". CNN website. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  4. ^ "Alexis DelChiaro bio". MyFox Phoenix website. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  5. ^ "Nineveh Dinha bio". KSTU-TV website. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
  6. ^ "Ohio News Network/WBNS 10TV". Website.
  7. ^ "Edgar Linares bio". KTVB website. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  8. ^ "Heather Moore bio". KUSI staff bios. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  9. ^ "Julissa Ortiz bio". KOVR KMAX staff. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  10. ^ "Sara Sandrik bio". KFSN staff. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  11. ^ "Ashlee Tate DeMartino bio". KTNV staff. Retrieved 2009-03-31.

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