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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.

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    Homeless in Seattle’s Interbay area have one week to leave RV ‘Safe Lot’

    SEATTLE — The city of Seattle set up temporary safe lots earlier this year, so people living in their cars and RVs would have a place to go. But one of those lots is closing next week, and the people living there don’t know where they’ll be able to go. It’s not easy living in a RV, but Danny Fletcher says it’s gotten better since the city opened a safe lot in Interbay. “As a group, as far as safety […]

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    REPORT: Former SeaTac city manager tried to map Muslims

    SEATAC, Wash. — The city of SeaTac is trying to damage control with its minority populations, after its city manager asked whether they could map where all the Muslims lived. That manager has now resigned his position. “It’s unfortunate that this is casting SeaTac in a bad light,” says former SeaTac Mayor Rick Forschler. In April, an investigator was hired by the city to look into complaints against city manager James “Donny” Payne. Payne had allegedly asked a staff member […]

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    Puyallup residents worried about developer’s plans to build warehouses on former farmland

    PUYALLUP – Big changes could be coming to the Puyallup Valley. Developers want to build a large warehouse complex on what had been historic farmland. But not everyone thinks that’s a move in the right direction. Kaylin Brenay moved to a home on 134th Avenue East about a year ago. It’s just outside Puyallup city limits, but feels like it’s way out in the country. “It’s our own little spot in the middle of the city,” she says. “There are […]

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    ‘We just stay home now’: Marysville drivers fed up with the SnoCo Squeeze

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Drivers are getting fed up with the “SnoCo Squeeze.” “There really is no way around it,” Joshua Wilson said Friday night. “If you even try to divert to take the side streets, forget it. It’s just a nightmare coming through,” adds Jodi Condyles. Once again this weekend, WSDOT is closing several traffic lanes on northbound Interstate 5, so they can replace aging expansion joints. Drivers say the project has been going on for a while. “It feels […]

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    New SR 520 Bridge noise is giving Eastside homeowners a headache

    MEDINA, Wash. — Traffic moving across the new State Route 520 bridge is a problem for many homeowners on the Eastside. They say when cars are driving at a faster speed, they make a loud sound going over the expansion joints on the bridge. More than 200 people have complained to the city of Medina about the noise. “It’s not the kind of white noise that you get use to, like an ocean,” says Alex Morcos, Medina’s mayor. “It’s these […]

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    Lakewood residents want to know how patients keep escaping from Western State Hospital

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Another patient escaped from Western State Hospital in Lakewood Monday. Police say the 31-year-old got away while he was in a group of patients being escorted to an outside activity area. They tracked him down and got him back into custody a couple hours later. But this latest incident is raising concerns about security at the facility. “Right after I moved here, people started escaping. Really?” asks Christina Hicks, who lives nearby. Lakewood Police say this afternoon, […]

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    Is the Pacific Northwest prepared for the Big One?

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    Homeowners near Gold Bar thankful that no homes were lost in wildfire

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    New wildfire breaks out near Gold Bar; Level 2 evacuation advisories issued to some

    >>UPDATE<< GOLD BAR, Wash. — A new wildfire broke out in Western Washington Friday — this one near Gold Bar. Snohomish County Fire District 7 said the Gold Bar Fire, also known as the Proctor Creek Fire, had burned about 75 acres by 9:30 p.m. and was spreading on Forest Service land. “Tough terrain for crews, inaccessible,” the district tweeted. At 4:47 p.m. Friday, crews were dispatched to a report of smoke on the hillside up Forest Service Road 62, […]

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    King County sheriff’s sergeant shoots knife-wielding man in White Center (VIDEO)

    SEATTLE —  A King County sheriff’s sergeant shot and wounded a 54-year-old man with a knife who was approaching the officer in White Center and refusing orders to drop the weapon Monday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said. The man, who the sheriff’s office said is believed to be a transient from the White Center area, was hit twice in the abdomen and listed in serious condition Monday night at Harborview Medical Center. The shooting occurred at SW 100th and […]