In the summer of 2014, I joined the news team at Q13 Fox as a general assignment reporter.

Like most in television, I’ve lived and worked all across the country, but feel at home here in the Pacific Northwest.

My first job was editing tapes for the morning show at WPLG in Miami, FL. From there, I’ve worked as a reporter at KYMA in Yuma, AZ, KFOR in Oklahoma City, and most recently KING 5 here in Seattle.

I was born and raised in South Florida and graduated from the University of Florida. Go Gators!
In my free time, I enjoy Mariners games at Safeco, wine tasting in Woodinville, and walks along Alki Beach with my wife and our two dogs.

If you have a story, email me Amertz@kcpq.com or find me on Twitter @Ajmertz


Recent Articles
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    Woman found dead in Mill Creek apartment; cops arrest husband

    MILL CREEK, Wash. — Police are investigating a homicide after a woman was found dead early Tuesday morning in a Mill Creek apartment. Officers were called shortly after 4 a.m. to Heatherwood Apartments on North Creek Drive. Police found the suspect, a 52-year-old man, with a cut on his hand walking around the parking lot. Inside an apartment, officers found the body of a woman who had been stabbed. The victim was the suspect’s wife, police said. Developing: Millcreek Police […]

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    17-year-old girl airlifted to hospital after Arlington police shooting

    ARLINGTON, Wash. — Authorities say a 17-year-old girl is in critical condition at a Seattle hospital following a police shooting in Arlington. Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg says the girl arrived at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators said the shooting occurred on N. Olympic Ave. as police responded at 5 a.m. to what was described as “a disturbance between a male and a female.” They said the arriving officers separated the two, and that the girl had a knife […]

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    Snoqualmie and Stevens passes re-open; White Pass opening also expected today

    SEATTLE — Order was being restored to Washington’s three major mountain passes late Friday morning, after all three were closed overnight. The eastbound lanes of I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass opened around 1 a.m., and the westbound lanes opened just before 11 a.m. .@SnoqualmiePass open in both directions. Be prepared to drive in slushy conditions https://t.co/epj35Af0Fq — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) February 10, 2017 Just after 12:30 p.m., Stevens Pass opened as well. The Tumwater Canyon section of Highway 2, however, remained closed […]

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    More than 150 school districts delayed or closed because of dangerous, icy roads

    SEATTLE — Icy roads caused more than 150 school districts to either delay or cancel school altogether on Tuesday. Some of the major districts include: Seattle Public Schools – 2 Hours Late, No preschool, Buses on snow routes Tacoma SD – 2 Hours Late, No AM Headstart, No out-of-district transportation Everett Public Schools – 2 Hours Late, No out-of-district transportation Lakewood SD – 2 Hours Late, No out-of-district transportation. On Limited Routes Bremerton SD – 2 Hours Late, No AM […]

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    Frequent flier perk disappearing? TSA Pre✔️ change impacts travelers who don’t sign up

    SEATTLE — Frequent fliers may no longer get a free upgrade to the TSA PreCheck security lines at airports across the country. The Transportation Security Administration is reducing the number of non-vetted passengers who can receive the PreCheck screening without signing up. Since 2011, some travelers could go through lines without enrolling in the program. Many of them were travelers known to the airlines and were eligible on a flight-by-flight basis, according to the TSA. In an email, TSA spokesperson […]

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    ‘All students are welcome:’ Tacoma schools respond to Trump’s immigration policies

    TACOMA — Tacoma Public Schools told families the classroom will be a safe place for immigrant students. In a letter posted on the district website, Superintendent Carla Santorno said every school will provide a safe and private location where students may seek information and assistance to any immigration law enforcement issues. “Our schools will be a safe zone for immigrant students to learn and thrive,” said Santorno. “The diversity of our student body, our community and our staff is a strength […]

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    ‘We will actually catch them in the act:’ New security system targets copper thieves at Federal Way parks

    FEDERAL WAY — A new security system could help police arrest copper wire thieves targeting city parks and athletic fields. The city hired MacDonald-Miller to design an alert system that notifies police the moment someone attempts to steal the wiring. Parks director John Hutton says the system pinpoints the exact location of the suspects. “What makes this different than a surveillance system where you get pictures after the fact we will actually catch them in the act. We will catch […]

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    ‘It’s heartbreaking:’ Volunteers searching King County streets for yearly homeless count

    SEATTLE — Volunteers searched the streets of King County looking for homeless people early Friday morning. The one night count, now known as Count Us In, is used to determine the scope of the homeless problem each year. “In years past we’ve only counted known areas where we knew people to be. This time we are looking everywhere,” said All Home director and homeless advocate Mark Putnam. Over the past several years, Putnam says the number of homeless continues to […]

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    Tacoma considers opening youth homeless shelter; businesses concerned about location

    TACOMA — Despite concerns from nearby businesses, the city council is now considering a plan to open a young adult drop-in and overnight homeless shelter in South Tacoma. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department wants the council to authorize the purchase of a building located on the corner of South Tacoma Way and South 54th Street. “The city alone can’t address this problem. It takes a community and we feel that where this site is located in close proximity to […]

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    Sleeping 74-year-old SeaTac man dies after being struck in head by stray bullet

    SEATAC, Wash. — A stray bullet struck a 74-year-old man in the head while he was sleeping inside his home, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. He died several hours later, deputies confirmed to Q13 News. Investigators responded to a call of multiple gunshots in a neighborhood near 26th Avenue South and 128th street early Thursday morning. Detectives discovered that two homes were hit by bullets. “We didn’t even initially know about the man being shot. When deputies were […]