Portrait of Polly Gonzalez when she was news anchor at KLAS Channel.
Polly Gonzalez was the first Latina evening news anchor in Nevada. she died March 28th 2005 in a car crash on the way to look at the desert wildflowers of Death Valley. Her two young daughters survived the accident.
Born in San José, CA., where she also attended college, Polly began her career in Monterey. She moved to Las Vegas in 1994 to be a new anchor and reporter for KLAS Channel 8. Along with her award-winning work in broadcast media, Polly spent much of her time mentoring young Hispanic students who were interested in pursuing careers in journalism. She had a firm belief that education could change lives and build a better world for everyone.
A park has been dedicated in her honor in northwest Las Vegas.
Polly is now featured in our galleries thanks to sponsorship from Bank of America supporting women’s contribution to Nevadan history.