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I joined the Q13 Fox News team as an anchor/reporter in June 2013. After living in the deserts of Nevada and California for several years, it was nice to move somewhere with trees. I had almost forgotten what they looked like!

I was born and raised in New Jersey, but moved west to attend the University of Southern California. I’m still a die-hard Trojan and will proudly sport my cardinal and gold up here in Husky country.

My TV career has taken me around the country. I’ve reported and anchored in Palm Springs, California’s Inland Empire, North Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I also spent five years working in Las Vegas, where I became somewhat of an expert on casino buffets.

My husband and I are excited to explore the dining options here in the Pacific Northwest. We’re also big sports fans, so expect to see us rooting on Pete Carroll and the Seahawks when they play anyone but my beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

If you want to see what’s going on behind the scenes or have a story idea, connect with me on Twitter, @tina_patel.

Recent Articles
  • Local volunteers trying to keep memories alive with the Tombstone Project

    MARYSVILLE — Memorial Day is a sacred time at the Marysville Cemetery, as loved ones pay respects to those no longer with us. “It’s a good day. This is when we can celebrate people who have walked before us on the path,” Vietnam veteran Larry Taylor said Monday. But not every grave in the cemetery is adorned with flowers or flags. Some memorials are crumbling and sinking into the ground. Taylor doesn’t want the memories of the people behind those […]

  • Police investigating two violent robberies on Capitol Hill

    SEATTLE — Police are investigating two violent robberies in Capitol Hill this weekend. It does not appear these two robberies were connected, but they are concerning to people who live and work in the neighborhood. The first robbery happened early Saturday morning near Summit and Howell. Thieves took a man’s cell phone. When he tried to chase them, one of the thieves shot him in the leg. The second robbery happened early Sunday morning. The victims told police they were […]

  • Hundreds hold rally, march to protest police shooting in Olympia (VIDEOS)

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night in Olympia to protest a police shooting that wounded two brothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store. Police say the two were not armed with guns when they were shot earlier in the day by a police officer who confronted them. Protesters rallied first at a park, then marched about a mile to a building that houses the Olympia police headquarters and City Hall. They chanted […]

  • Tacoma voters may cast ballots on $15 minimum wage in November

    TACOMA — Tacoma voters may get the chance to decide if the minimum wage in the city will be raised to $15 an hour. This week, activists submitted thousands of signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. Bowling can be a lot of fun. But Reggie Frederick says running a bowling alley is a lot of work. He and his family have owned Chalet Bowl in Tacoma’s Proctor District for more than 30 years. “I went 20 years […]

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    Two dirty, hungry children found running through Walmart parking lot on their own

    FEDERAL WAY — Two kids were found dirty and alone, running around a local Walmart parking lot. The mother and daughter who found them say they called police when they got the feeling something wasn’t right. Maybe it was mother’s intuition. But Linda Duncan-Delgado knew there was a problem when she and her daughter pulled into the Federal Way Walmart on Mother’s Day. “I said this doesn’t look right, something is amiss here.” They saw a toddler covered in dirt, […]

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    CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Gunmen rob medical marijuana dispensary in Pierce County

    PARKLAND — Two armed men walked into a medical marijuana dispensary, put a gun in the clerk’s face, and stole cash and drugs. But they were caught on camera. Now detectives are hoping you can help catch them. “It’s not a matter of if they get caught, it’s a matter of when,” says Tesa Zanotelli, the owner of 8th Wonder in Parkland. She says the armed men knocked on the door Saturday night, when only one employee was working. “He […]

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    Woman trapped in backseat during carjacking; suspect leads cops on chase, crashes

    MILTON, Wash. — There were some terrifying moments for a woman trapped in the backseat of her friend’s car after it was stolen by a carjacker. He led police on a chase throughout King County, and only surrendered after crashing into a ditch. “Things like this don’t happen in real life, this is the weirdest thing,” says Lindsay Nemeyer. She is still in shock over what happened when she stopped at a convenience store near Federal Way Sunday afternoon. When […]


    Police searching for man who attempted to abduct 10-year-old girl in Kent

    KENT — Police say a 10-year-old girl was walking home from school when a man pulled up in his car and tried to grab her. She was able to get away safely. But now detectives are asking for help in identifying and catching the suspect. “I just talked to her a few minutes ago, asked her if she was OK and everything,” 14-year-old Alyzza Sein said Thursday. She became concerned when she heard a strange man approached her neighbor on […]

  • The Shell Arctic oil drilling rig when it arrived for a stop in Port Angles, Wash. (Photo courtesy of Heather Cerutti)

    Despite permitting issues, Shell’s Polar Pioneer oil rig expected to dock in Seattle today

    SEATTLE — Shell’s huge oil drilling rig Polar Pioneer, moored off Port Angeles, is expected to be moved into the Port of Seattle Thursday, despite the fact the city says it doesn’t have the proper permits to dock. “I think together we can fight this and stop this,” says Katrina Pestano of Shell No. She and a group of “kayak-tivisits” are preparing to hit the water to protest the arrival of the Shell rig in Seattle. “The ocean is our […]

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    Despite Port vote, Shell plans to move Arctic oil drilling rigs to Seattle terminal

    EVERETT — Despite protests from environmentalists and Seattle city leaders, Royal Dutch Shell is still planning to move its Arctic oil drilling rigs to a Seattle port terminal. One oil rig, the Noble Discoverer, docked in the Port of Everett Tuesday night. A group of “kayak-tivists” were waiting for them. “We’ve been calling it an unwelcome party,” says Cassady Sharp of Greenpeace. Another oil rig, currently moored off Port Angeles, is expected to be moved to Seattle this week. Even […]