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I knew I wanted to be a television news journalist at a young age. Truthfully, it’s the only job I ever wanted. My career has taken me further west to Seattle, Washington where I work as an anchor/reporter at Q13 News – KCPQ. My job title includes both anchoring and reporting so I can continue to bring a wide skill set into the newsroom while working on both responsibilities.

As a news anchor and reporter at ABC 4 Utah, I soon learned the position made me an instant role model. As the first black primary weekday anchor in the state of Utah, I strive to be a great example while reaching out to Utah’s minority communities. That history-making accomplishment garnished international notoriety and a great responsibility.

I started my journalism career at Syracuse University where I held various positions on campus stations and newspapers before graduating. I spent the last three months of my collegiate career, starting my professional career working as part-time reporter at WSYR News Channel 9. My first taste of journalism sent me all over Central New York covering fatal snowmobile accidents, union disputes, and snow, snow, snow.

I also worked at KCRG TV9 News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I spent three years waking up bright and early to deliver the weekend morning news. I fell in love with the people of Eastern Iowa.

Before that, I worked at WSJV in South Bend, IN as a lead weeknight reporter at the tender age of 22, fresh out of college with the weight of the highest-rated newscast on my shoulders.

Born in Ft. Worth, TX but raised in the suburbs of Chicago, I’ve always had the itch to travel. I spent a semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. While abroad, I traveled Europe and Northern Africa experiencing and learning about cultures different from my own.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with bachelor degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from Syracuse University in May 2008.

Recent Articles
  • More Seattle police officers, patrols out for Memorial Day weekend following shootings

    SEATTLE – The Seattle Police Department says recent shootings shouldn’t make you fearful but vigilant. They say most of the shootings stem from three big fights that happened between gang members and what we’re seeing now is retaliation. Nonetheless, expect more officers out patrolling high traffic areas.   “We heard it was fun so we thought we’d check it out,” said Kim Yeung. Yeung and her two small children climb and stroll through Gas Works Park — a much different […]

  • ‘Hilton for the Homeless’: Is this the gold standard for homeless encampments?

    REDMOND, Wash. – One Redmond faith leader says his organization has figured out how to provide a safe and clean homeless encampment. We’ve all seen just how bad it can be. You’ll remember images of the ‘Jungle’ under I-5 in Seattle. Just last week, Seattle police swept another unsanctioned homeless encampment. The trash, the needles, the human waste litter the grounds. But residents of “Camp Unity Eastside” call their homeless encampment the gold standard. This weekend, organizers want your help […]

  • Residents rally to try to save Tacoma community center

    TACOMA — First Creek Neighborhood Association members lined Portland Ave shouting, “Save Our Park” and “Parks are for Everyone.” It’s all in reaction to plans to close the Portland Avenue Community Center to make way for a new facility. Those who call Portland Avenue home fear they’re being left behind and their kids will suffer. “It’s a really nice park to come to,” said parent Heather Bennett. The Portland Avenue Community Center is hope to open green fields for soccer and […]

  • Crews knock down eroded Burien bridge as part of $8 million replacement project

    BURIEN, Wash. – With temperatures in the 70s this weekend, heavy winter rain might be a thing of the past, but the winter is still haunting us. On Friday morning, crews began an $8 million bridge-failure project in Burien after rain caused severe erosion, compromising the bridge’s stability. Washington State Department of Transportation crews were called out to inspect the bridge back in February.  A WSDOT spokesperson says crews inspect bridges on a routine basis and whenever a weather-event may […]

  • 2 women and boy injured in fall from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend; one critical

    PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Two women and a 7-year-old boy were injured Thursday when they were ejected from a Ferris wheel and plunged 15-18 feet to the metal deck below, said Bill Beezly, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue public information officer. A 59-year-old woman suffered fractures and head injuries and was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where a hospital official said she was in critical but stable condition. A 47-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy were also injured but not […]

  • CAPTURED: Bellevue man pleads not guilty in attacks on 3 women walking alone in Seattle

    SEATTLE May 18, 2017  33-year-old James Montgomery pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court to three counts of Indecent Liberties and is being held on $500,000 bail. SEATTLE May 7, 2017 King County Prosecutors have charged 33-year-old James Richard Montgomery with 3 counts of Indecent Liberties. The charge is a Class A felony.  Seattle Police say they identified the Bellevue man as a suspect in attacks on three women after following up on a lead about a Chevrolet Cruze which was […]

  • Family files $10M lawsuit claiming negligence, abuse at state-run facility after alleged rape

    TACOMA, Wash. – The State Department of Social and Health Services is now facing a $10 million lawsuit alleging neglect and abuse at one of its facilities. The Rainier School in Buckley is a living facility for adults with developmental disabilities. In November 2016, a Rainier School staff member, Terry Shepard, was charged with second-degree rape for allegedly raping a resident. On Wednesday, her family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the state.   Shepard has been charged but is […]

  • New state law aims to tackle the over-prescribing of opioids

    SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new bill into law Tuesday that aims to shed light on how doctors over-prescribed opioids that got millions of people hooked, with some of them turning to a cheaper, more accessible option in heroin. The new law also puts life-saving tools in reach to keep addicts from overdosing. “When I took that very first pill, from that moment on I just liked it,” said former opioid addict Ashley Wise. We first introduced you […]

  • VIDEO: Suspects caught on camera firing the shots that killed 21-year-old Burien man

    BURIEN, Wash. – The family of a 21-year-old shooting victim is searching for answers. The mother and aunt of Eddie Plata Jr., known as ‘Junior,’ are pleading for the community to come forward with information to find his killer. “He was my spoiled brat. He was my left hip,” said the shooting victim’s mother, Carmen Requena. Requena remembers Junior fondly as she and her sister, Maria Rios-Gerstner, look at his pictures — memories they keep close to the heart. “He […]

  • Biggest year for Special Olympics Regional Powerlifting competition

    The Special Olympics Regional Powerlifting competition at the Washington Athletic Club saw its biggest year yet Saturday. About 75 athletes from 15 teams showed off their best bench press, squat, and deadlifting skills.