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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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    Mom starts Facebook group to help other parents learn about social media, keep eye on kids

    LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — Cyber bullying, online threats, and predators — those are just a few of the things parents have to worry about when their kids start to become active on social media. But one Lake Stevens mom may have found a way to help. Kelly Sammy started really thinking about social media earlier this year, when the body of 18-year-old Summer Smith was found just a few blocks from her home. “Her parents didn’t know what she was […]

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    Discarded drug needles being found in Arlington shopping centers, parks

    ARLINGTON, Wash. — Police in Snohomish County say the increase in heroin use is leading to another problem — discarded needles are now being found in public places. Tamara Blair likes bringing her family to the playground at Haller Park. “It just has a lot of equipment to play on, and it’s all fairly new. There are usually families our age around here and kids to play with,” she says. But Blair didn’t know police have been finding needles in […]

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    Capitol Hill residents concerned about increase in hate crimes, harassment

    SEATTLE — Is it safe for the LGBTQ community in Capitol Hill? That was the question discussed at a forum on hate crimes Tuesday night. Community and city leaders say something needs to be done to stop an alarming trend. Doug Hamilton has lived in Capitol Hill for more 20 years. He’d always felt it was a safe neighborhood until one night in July 2013. “This guy bursts out of that door over there and just started taunting us. He […]

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    Health department investigating whether chemicals were to blame in pet deaths

    LAKEWOOD — The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department says it’s a mystery what killed two pets at a home in Lakewood. Their investigators weren’t able to figure out what caused the strange odor that’s still plaguing the home two days later. Like a lot of pet owners, Donald Stilson has pictures of his cat and bird on his phone. One shows the relationship between Ninja and Poe. “Even though the bird was in the cage, it would play with the cat,” […]

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    Students at Seattle’s Ingraham High School diagnosed with whooping cough

    SEATTLE — At least two students at Ingraham High School have been diagnosed with whooping cough in the last few days, according to school administrators. Officials sent a letter to parents Thursday alerting them that in addition to the two confirmed cases, there are several more suspected cases of pertussis. “One student was diagnosed through our teen health center and was sent home,” Ingraham High School Principal Martin Floe said Thursday night. “One student was diagnosed outside the system.” That’s why […]

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    3 young kids found in Eatonville home filled with human waste, rotten food, maggots (PHOTOS)

    EATONVILLE, Wash. — A man and woman were arrested for reckless endangerment after their three young children were found living in a home full of trash, human waste, rotten food, dirty diapers and maggots, court documents showed Wednesday. The couple — Jason Bryan Slinker, 37, and Danna Marie Pallas, 31, were arrested and booked into the Pierce County Jail. They were charged Wednesday with reckless endangerment. They pleaded not guilty. The court documents said that sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Feb. […]

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    Prayer service held for students, community 4 months after deadly Marysville-Pilchuck shooting

    MARYSVILLE — Four months after the deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School,  students and community members came together Tuesday night at an interfaith prayer service to try to help in the healing process. Many say it’s hard to believe how much time has passed. “At times it feels like it happened yesterday,” says Emily Gregg, a sophomore. “But also at times, it feels like it happened so long ago.” On Oct. 24, freshman student Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot five other […]

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    Parents push for raised crosswalk, to curb speeders by elementary school

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    With property crimes on the rise, Magnolia residents willing to pay for private patrols

    SEATTLE — Residents in one Seattle neighborhood are fed up with the rise in home burglaries and car break-ins. They say the police don’t have enough officers to patrol their streets, so they’re considering hiring private security officers. John Johnson has only lived in Magnolia a few months. But he’s already been the victim of crime twice. “Last week, I left my car unlocked and it was ransacked and gone through and they emptied everything out,” he says. “They didn’t […]

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    Mom starts petition against plan to cut playground space at elementary school

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