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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
  • Seattle unveils ‘9 1/2 Block Strategy’ to curb downtown crime

    SEATTLE — The nine and a half blocks between Pike Place Market and Westlake Park are among the busiest in Seattle. Some say they’re also the most dangerous. “As you get closer towards midnight, I see more shady behavior,” says Christopher Cisneros, who works downtown. “I definitely notice a dramatic difference from back home in Boise,” says Cody Proctor, who is visiting Seattle for business. “The homeless population, the different stuff going on. I’m not afraid, it’s not scary, but […]

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    Snohomish County officers create task force to address rise in property crimes

    EVERETT — Detectives in Snohomish County say property crimes, like burglaries and car prowls, are on the rise. They know those types of crimes have a significant effect on the community. That’s why they say they are committed to stopping them. “He came in through the window,” says Cindy Frederickson, as she pointed out the place where a thief broke into her floral shop late Sunday night. He ransacked her counters and stole her cash register and point of sale […]

  • New bill targets slow drivers in left lane for ‘obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior’

    SEATTLE — When drivers were asked about their pet peeves on the highways, people driving too slow in the fast lane came up again and again. “It frustrates me, for sure,” said Dayton Jones. “I typically drive around cars a lot,” added Ivana Cho. “I get you’re being a cautious driver,” Lauren Marcus said. “But it’s almost as unsafe to go under the speed limit as it is to go over.” State Senator Michael Baumgartner agrees. Last week, he introduced […]

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    ‘I did not break the law': Indicted state auditor says he will not resign, will prove his innocence

    OLYMPIA — Democrats and Republicans in Olympia are in agreement: They are both calling for State Auditor Troy Kelley to step down, after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing millions and filing false income tax returns. Most of the accusations in the 41-page indictment have to do with Kelley’s business dealings before he was elected state auditor. But many say his job is to hold other state agencies accountable, and he can’t do that if […]

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    Animal activists upset as Woodland Park Zoo elephants leave for another zoo

    SEATTLE — Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo said goodbye Wednesday to its last two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, which were loaded into crates for a drive to their new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants were emotional as they watched Bamboo and Chai leave the zoo. Some had tears in their eyes. “It’s been an emotional long time for me,” said Marla Katz. Katz and many other animal lovers have criticized the conditions of […]

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    Family of woman killed by distracted driver wants to know why he wasn’t arrested

    FEDERAL WAY — King County sheriff’s investigators believe distracted driving was the cause of the head-on crash in Kent that killed one woman and sent two others to the hospital. The driver was not arrested. The family of the woman who died wants to know why not. “I understand accidents happen. But you have to be accountable for those actions,”  Cynthia Benion, the aunt of 25-year-old Sherri “Coco” White, said Tuesday night. “She’s not coming back. She left a son, […]

  • Plane returns to Sea-Tac after banging heard in cargo hold; worker found inside took ‘nap’

    SEATTLE — There are still a lot of questions about how an Alaska Airlines plane could have taken off from Sea-Tac with an employee asleep inside the cargo hold. After Flight 448 en route from Seattle to Los Angeles turned back and made an emergency landing, the employee walked out of the cargo hold on his own and admitted that he had fallen asleep on the job. That plane quickly took off again and completed its flight to Los Angeles […]

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    Bomb squad called to Friday Harbor after suspicious object brought to courthouse

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called to Friday Harbor after someone discovered what they thought were explosives and drove them to the courthouse. According to SanJuanIslander.com, a resident was cleaning out their father’s place on Sunday and discovered the suspicious material, and then drove it to the San Juan County Courthouse. The Islander reports deputies blocked off 2nd Street from Court to Guard Streets around 2:40 p.m. Authorities noticed the plastic was “sweating” and took photos […]

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    Everett City Council considering a ban on cheap booze

    EVERETT — The city of Everett is considering banning the sales of some types of alcohol to cut down on problems with public drinking and the homeless. But not all business owners are on board. On his way home from work Thursday, Kent Trainer stopped at the store to grab a cheap beer. “Hurricane’s pretty good and it’s only a dollar,” he said. Julz Berard said beers like Hurricane are some of the most popular items at Welch`s Foods. “They […]

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    Tenants being forced out near Chambers Bay so homes can be rented out for U.S. Open

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — In less than two months, the U.S. Open will be coming to the Pacific Northwest for the first time. There are not a lot of hotels near Chambers Bay, so many of the homes near the course are being put up for rent. Dawn Brundage was shocked when she got an eviction notice on her door last week. She knew her rental home was close to Chambers Bay golf course, and she had asked if she […]