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After following TV jobs across the country, I am thrilled to call Seattle home. I’ve also worked at news stations in Minnesota, Utah, Indiana and Ohio.

I joined the Q13 Fox News team in 2011. You can catch me on the air co-anchoring Q13 Fox News at 4 and 5pm with Matt Lorch. I also co-anchor Q13 Fox News at 9 and 10pm with David Rose.

People ask me what I like about covering local news. My answer is simple. I enjoy being part of the community, and helping our viewers navigate through the days news. I take that responsibility very seriously.

I am also passionate about health issues. I recently joined the American Heart Association Board of the Puget Sound, and enjoy spreading the word about living a heart healthy life.

As a busy wife and mother of three, keeping my family healthy and safe is my number one priority. When I learn new ways to do that, I enjoy sharing that knowledge with our loyal viewers.

In my free time, I like to run. I’m also re-learning how to play the piano. Most of my off time, is spent with my family and friends, taking in all the the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer.

If you have a story idea you’d like to share, or a health topic you want me to investigate, send a note my way.

Recent Articles
  • Football safety: Push to add athletic trainers to sidelines of youth sports

    Concerns about concussion have many people worried about safety in youth sports.  Football’s always an easy target because big hits have been part of the culture for decades. Washington has led the way when it comes to addressing the concerns around concussions.  In 2009, the state passed the first return-to-play law in the country, requiring youth athletes be removed form play if a concussion is suspected. In addition to awareness, there are other steps being taken to make the sport […]

  • Healthy Living: 1/2 of all Americans now have high blood pressure under new guidelines

    High blood pressure making headlines.  This week the American Heart Association updated the standards for measuring high blood pressure.  Under the  new guidelines, a blood pressure of 130 over 80 is now considered high.  It used to be 140 over 90. Dr. Eugene Yang with UW Medicine says by lowering the standards, more people will be alerted to the risks associated with high blood pressure, and doctors can more aggressively look for ways to treat it. High blood pressure is […]

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    Healthy Living: FDA warns against herbal supplement, kratom

    (CNN) — The Food and Drug Administration dealt another blow Tuesday to supporters of kratom, warning about “deadly risks” associated with the botanical supplement often used to treat pain, anxiety and depression. Kratom also has opioid-like effects — at low doses, it acts like a stimulant; at higher doses, it sedates, dulling pain — which has also made it popular as an over-the-counter remedy for opioid withdrawal. “It’s very troubling to the FDA that patients believe they can use kratom […]

  • Healthy Living: Doctors warn new moms about eating placenta after birth

    Call it what you will, but doctors say a new trend has some moms eating their placenta after birth. Dr. Elizabeth Meade stopped by the Q13 studios to talk to Marni Hughes about why moms are doing this, the benefits and the health risks. Who is doing this and why?  We’re seeing it much more commonly.  When I trained 10 years ago this was something a few people did or would ask about, but now with celebrities doing it, moms […]

  • Concussion concerns: Changing the culture of football

    SEATTLE — Football is part of American culture. In fact, man of you will probably be watching games this weekend. But some wonder if the culture of football is getting in the way of safety. There are lots of reasons why we love sports and want our kids to participate — camaraderie, competition, hard work. And being part of a team. But the risk of concussions has some concerned about safety. Recently, we brought together a group of people to […]

  • Healthy Living: Obesity epidemic linked to rising rates of high blood pressure in kids

    The next time you take your child to the doctors office for a check-up, you may notice a change. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend all kids have their blood pressure measured, starting at 3-years-old.   Dr. Joseph Flynn with Seattle Children’s Hospital says high blood pressure in kids is a much more common problem than people realize.  He says about 3 1/2% of kids have hypertension and those rates have been going up in recent years.  […]

  • CPR

    Healthy Living: New CPR guidelines for 9-1-1 dispatchers and kids

      The AHA says more people will survive cardiac arrest if emergency dispatchers give hands-only CPR instructions over the phone and if children receive rescue breaths in addition to chest compressions.” The changes re-emphasize the importance of bystanders starting immediate chest compressions if they see an adult or child collapse in a suspected cardiac arrest.  Immediate bystander help has been shown to double or triple survival chances among the more than 350,000 Americans who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. The […]

  • Healthy Living: The best foods to buy organic

    If you’ve ever been stuck in the produce section of the grocery store wondering whether you should spend the extra cash on organic, you’re not alone.  For many of us, the difference is costly and can be confusing. Nutritionist and wellness coach Deborah Enos says when it comes to organic, do your homework.  According to the USDA, which oversees the National Organic Program They define “organic” and provide certification of which agriculture ingredients have been produced under conditions that meet […]

  • Healthy Living: Daylight Saving Time & your health

    Remember to reset your clocks this weekend.  On Sunday at 2am, we will fall back an hour for Daylight Saving Time.  Dr. Oneil Bains with Virginia Mason Medical Center is answering our questions about the time change and the impact it can have on mood, appetite and overall sleep. Does an hour make that big of a difference?  On the Fall side of things usually the adjustment is not so hard because most people are going to get an hour […]

  • Healthy Living: Dentist warns about charcoal teeth whitening products

    If you’re looking for a whiter smile, be warned, some products may do more harm than good.  That’s the advice from Dr. Larry Kuhl with Delta Dental of Washington. One of those products is charcoal.  Dr. Kuhl says charcoal has been around for hundreds of years, but only recently we’re seeing it in beauty products.  Charcoal toothpastes and powders claim to remove dark and pesky stains like coffee, tea and red wine on the teeth.  Dr. Kuhl says although charcoal […]