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Tritia Toyota
Born Oregon United States Portland, Oregon
Ethnicity Japanese-American
Education UCLA
Occupation News anchor
Adjunct Professor
Notable credit(s) KNX-AM
KNBC-TV Ch. 4
KCBS-TV Ch. 2

Tritia Toyota is a former Los Angeles television news anchor and a current adjunct assistant professor in anthropology, Asian-American studies and the media at the University of California at Los Angeles.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Portland, Oregon, Toyota earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970 and later earned a PhD in anthropology.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Toyota began her broadcast career in Los Angeles in 1970 as a radio reporter with KNX-AM.[4] In January 1972 she was hired as a general assignment reporter at KNBC-TV; she became weekend anchor there in 1975, and was promoted to the 5 p.m. news in late 1977 followed by the 11 p.m. newscast in 1978.

Toyota quit KNBC in March 1985 and, after a standard three-month period between contracts, signed on as a news anchor at KCBS-TV, where she was reunited with many of her fellow KNBC alumni (Jess Marlow and John Schubeck).

Initially anchoring at 6 and 11 p.m., by the early to mid 1990s Toyota was relegated to the morning and midday newscasts. On November 17, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that Toyota had left KCBS and that she previously had been removed from early morning and noon newscasts in September and October 1999. The story also reported that Toyota had been offered an opportunity to continue at the station and that she had declined. Toyota is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA. In 2009 she published a book "Envisioning America: New Chinese Americans and the Politics of Belonging".

Personal life[edit]

Toyota is married and lives in the Los Angeles area.

Cultural Influences[edit]

Los Angeles punk rock band The Dickies recorded a song called "(I'm Stuck in a Pagoda with) Tricia Toyota." It is unclear whether the misspelling of Toyota's first name was deliberate or accidental.[5]

Toyota is also mentioned in "The L.A. Song," a song by L.A. hip-hop group People Under The Stairs, from their 2002 album O.S.T..[6]

The TV news reporter character Tricia Takanawa on Family Guy may have been inspired at least in part by Toyota; KTTV Fox 11 reporter Tricia Takasugi has also been suggested as a source for the character.

References[edit]


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The Rafu Shimpo
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:35:41 -0800

Tritia Toyota will present “Who's Nikkei? 21st Century Community Transformations” at a public forum on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at West L.A. United Methodist Church. The topic is much discussed within the community. With the advent of multiple ...
 
The Rafu Shimpo
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:08:58 -0700

The final judges were: Adult English-language — Chris Komai, Todd Shimoda, Tritia Toyota; youth — Traci Akemi Kato-Kiriyama, Kristin Fukushima, Amy Uyematsu; Japanese-language — Yukikazu Nagashima, Eijiro Ozaki, Sunny Seki. The reception, which ...

The Rafu Shimpo

The Rafu Shimpo
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:03:00 -0700

The other judges were: Youth — Kristin Fukushima, Amy Uyematsu; Japanese — Yukikazu Nagashima, Eijiro Ozaki; English — Todd Shimoda, Tritia Toyota. In addition to Watanabe, Okamura and Seki, the contest committee members were Naomi Hirahara, ...

Nichi Bei Weekly

Nichi Bei Weekly
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:39:07 -0800

Tritia Toyota, adjunct professor of the departments of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at UCLA, stated in an e-mail that the project's Archival Collection Endowment is “an enormously important contribution to the study of Americans of Japanese ...
 
The Rafu Shimpo
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:07:30 -0800

Dr. Tritia Toyota, award-winning broadcast journalist, and acclaimed playwright Dr. Velina Hasu Houston will be featured speakers at the West Los Angeles JACL's holiday dinner on Monday, Dec. 9. Tritia Toyota and Velina Hasu Houston. Toyota is a former ...
 
LA Observed
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:08:57 -0800

Woo's political clout in Chinatown "afforded his son front-row seats at an ongoing performance that included the major actors in Los Angeles city politics" over more than 30 years, author and academic Tritia Toyota wrote in her 2009 book, "Envisioning ...
 
National Journal
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 05:26:22 -0700

But exceptionality does not make for typicality in any kind of study, so that's what we have to keep in mind,” said Tritia Toyota, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Large gaps are found in almost all of the ...
 
National Journal
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:18:45 -0700

But exceptionality does not make for typicality in any kind of study, so that's what we have to keep in mind,” said Tritia Toyota, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Large gaps are found in almost all of the ...
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