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Tritia Toyota
Born Letritia R. Miyake
(1947-03-29) March 29, 1947 (age 68)
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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Globalizing Asian American Politics pt 5 - Tritia Toyota

"Globalizing Asian American Politics" on May 20, 2010 as part of the Center's 40th anniversary celebrations. Professor Tritia Toyota shares her research about the "politics of belonging" for...

KNBC NewsCenter 4 11pm open October 1979

With John Schubeck and Tritia Toyota with Pat Sajak has weather. Taken after "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" 17th anniversary special on Monday, October 15, 1979 on KNBC 4 Los ...

The Dickies - I'm Stuck in a Pagoda with Tricia Toyota

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[I'm Stuck In A Pagoda With] Tritia Toyota

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CBS 2 Tritia Toyota News @ 11

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The Dickies - Stuck In A Pagoda With Tricia Toyota

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The Dickies-Tricia Toyota

Dickies - (I'm Stuck In A Pagoda With)Tricia Toyota (A&M 1979).

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KCBS News Los Angeles California 1990's

I recorded this when I spent 3 months in the LA Area . Tritia Toyota and Kyle Kraska.

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The Rafu Shimpo
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:03:45 -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 ...

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Rafu Shimpo
Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:20:12 -0700

Between 1994 and 1995, MANAA expressed outrage to KKBT FM's management that its morning show, The House Party, kept airing skits mocking well-known Asian Americans (Mike Woo, Tritia Toyota, Judge Lance Ito) with fake Asian accents. As tensions ...

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