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Tritia Toyota
Born Letritia R. Miyake
(1947-03-29) March 29, 1947 (age 67)
Oregon United States Portland, Oregon
Ethnicity Japanese-American
Education UCLA
Occupation News anchor
Adjunct Professor
Notable credit(s) KNX-AM
Spouse(s) Michael R. Yamaki

Tritia Toyota (born March 29, 1947) 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] Toyota's real name is Letritia R. Miyake.

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 to lawyer Michael R. Yamaki and lives in Los Angeles' Brentwood area.[5] She met her husband while they were both students at UCLA in the early 1970s.

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.[6]

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..[7]

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.


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Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:11:51 -0700

One day, in fact, the cat jumped onto the lap of our noon anchor Tritia Toyota while she was on the air reading a story. Tritia, who was a fantastic anchor, never flinched, and I'm told the cat sat on her lap for the rest of the show.” “Anyway ...
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 ...
The Rafu Shimpo
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:49:03 -0800

“Despite George's outstanding successes as an entrepreneur, he never forgot his life experiences as an American of Japanese ancestry,” said Dr. Tritia Toyota, adjunct professor of anthropology and Asian American atudies and the Asian American Studies ...
UC Los Angeles
Tue, 18 May 2010 10:21:43 -0700

Commencement finally came seven decades later for Japanese American former students who had been forced to leave UCLA and enter internment camps at the beginning of World War II. To receive their honorary degrees, 48 of the nearly 200 students in ...
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Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:20:12 -0700

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Epoch Times
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:19:44 -0800

根据翠萨‧丰田(Tritia Toyota)2009年发表的“展望美国:华裔美国人与政治归属感”一书的描述,“凭藉胡国栋在唐人街30多年的政治影响力,他的儿子得以登上了洛杉矶市的政治舞台”。 自1972年负责为尼克松总统的竞选活动 ...
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:14:18 -0800

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