KTLA's Veteran Entertainment Journalist Sam Rubin Passes Away at 64

Legendary Reporter Sam Rubin Leaves Lasting Legacy in Hollywood.

by Nouman Rasool
KTLA's Veteran Entertainment Journalist Sam Rubin Passes Away at 64
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Sam Rubin, who served as the face of entertainment reporting for KTLA since 1991, has died. The longtime Los Angeles anchorman died last Friday of a heart attack at the age of 64 at his home. Rubin had last appeared on KTLA's "Morning News" on May 9, although he did not show up in his regular slot the following morning.

For three decades, at KTLA—one of America's oldest commercial TV stations—Rubin reported entertainment news from Hollywood. And in his typical positive, affable style, he became a big hit both on and off camera.

Not only was Rubin a familiar face on TV, but he was also a family man who shared tales of life with his wife and their four children. Chair and CEO of Nexstar, Perry Sook, described Rubin as an icon for the region and his industry, extending deep condolences to the Rubin family and the KTLA community.

"He will be deeply missed," Sook added. On-air tributes reflected the profound impact of Rubin’s career. KTLA anchor Frank Buckley, visibly moved while reporting Rubin's death, remarked, "Sam was a giant in local news and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades."

Beyond the Newsroom

Rubin’s career extended beyond the newsroom.

He was known for his 'gee whiz' approach to Hollywood’s dynamics and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, bringing a fan-like enthusiasm to his coverage. His production company, SRE, Inc., contributed over 200 hours of television, including popular red carpet shows and the talk show "Hollywood Uncensored." Moreover, Rubin co-founded the Critics Choice Association, which recognized him as a "guiding force." The organization noted, "Sam’s generous spirit and deep knowledge of Hollywood made him a trusted friend to viewers and a legend in the entertainment business." His accolades include a Golden Mic award, a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association, and the title of best entertainment reporter from the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rubin also authored celebrity biographies, including works on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Mia Farrow. Rubin's commitment to community was evident through his support of various causes, including the MS 150 Bay to Bike Tour and literacy programs in Los Angeles.

Rubin was an alumnus of Occidental College and is survived by his wife, Leslie, and four children. Rubin's death was mourned by many, reflecting a legacy that will surely live on in the history of entertainment journalism.