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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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    Man shot in head at mobile home park in SeaTac by someone who came to his door

    SEATAC, Wash. — A man was shot in the head by someone who knocked on the door of his mobile home in SeaTac Thursday night, the King County Sheriff’s Office said. The man was rushed to the hospital;  his condition was not immediately released. The sheriff’s office said the shooting occurred at about 10:20 p.m. at the Firs Mobile Home Park at 20440 International Boulevard in SeaTac. The sheriff’s office said someone came to the door of one of the […]

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    Copper wire thieves hit Snohomish County neighborhood, knocking out street lights

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — The search is on for thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of copper wire from neighborhoods in Snohomish County. Steve Yandl volunteers for his homeowners association, doing what he can to make sure his neighborhood is as safe as it can be. So he was concerned when he started getting complaints about the street lights being out near Willis Tucker Park, about 3 miles east of Mill Creek. “There are a lot of trees right […]

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    Burglars rip off local charity that throws birthday parties for homeless kids

    RENTON, Wash. — Thieves broke into a city-owned building in Renton overnight and burglarized two local charities. The founders of Birthday Dreams say the break-in has been a nightmare. Birthday Dreams tries to make sure every child in Western Washington gets to celebrate their birthday, even if they’re homeless. “It’s sad being homeless, it’s not a fun thing,” says volunteer Nicole Maes. “So to get a cool birthday party is amazing for these kids.” Maes is helping the nonprofit organization […]

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    Family looking for answers after man shot, killed in Kent parking lot

    KENT, Wash. — Police are still searching for the gunman who shot and killed a man in a busy shopping center Wednesday night. His family is desperate for answers. Rona Yumang and Boon Tang were supposed to be celebrating their seven-year anniversary today. But instead of planning their upcoming wedding, she’s now planning his funeral. The 23-year-old’s body was found in his SUV, in the Target parking lot Wednesday. “He was just so nice, I don’t understand why anybody could have […]

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    Oregon college shooting renews debate over gun control laws

    SEATTLE — The shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., has renewed the debate over gun control. One victim’s family released a statement Friday saying they didn’t want to turn the tragedy into a gun issue. But President Barack Obama says this should be a call to action to pass stronger laws. Renee Hopkins is a survivor of gun violence. So hearing about another mass shooting in our country brings up some painful memories. “It certainly does, but I […]

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    Police find car used by gunmen in killing of 23-year-old Kent man

    KENT, Wash. — The Kent Police Department said Thursday night officers had found the car used by suspects in the shooting death of a Kent man in his SUV in the parking lot of the Target store Wednesday night. However, the police said, the suspects were still at large. The car was found in Renton, Kent police said. No other information was released, including the identity of the victim. Police said they were called to the parking lot at 26301 […]

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    Police investigate daytime shooting in heart of Seattle

    SEATTLE — Police are searching for two cars involved in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Seattle police said no injuries were reported in the shooting, which happened around 3:30 p.m. at 3rd Avenue and Bell Street. It is believed the occupants in the two cars exchanged gunfire before speeding away. Police swarmed the area, but did not located the vehicles involved. They shut down several lanes of traffic during the investigation. Police said they believe the shooting may […]

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    Parents of MPHS victims react after shooter’s father found guilty of illegal gun possession

    SEATTLE — The father of the teen who shot five classmates and then himself at Marysville Pilchuck High School has been found guilty on weapons charges. A federal jury convicted Raymond Fryberg on six counts of unlawfully possessing a firearm. Prosecutors say he had a restraining order against him, and should never have been able to purchase the gun his son used in the school shooting. When 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg shot five of his friends at Marysville Pilchuck High School […]

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    Jury finds father of MPHS shooter guilty of illegally having firearms

    SEATTLE — A federal jury has found Raymond Fryberg guilty of illegally owning firearms, including the handgun his son used to kill four of his friends and himself last year in a high school cafeteria. Fryberg, 42, was convicted of six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. A jury reached the verdict Tuesday afternoon after a 4-day trial in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Sentencing is scheduled for January 11. Fryberg’s son, Jaylen, used one of those firearms to fatally shoot four friends and […]

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    Victims in Aurora Bridge crash identified; NTSB says probe could take a year

    SEATTLE — North Seattle College has released the names of four exchange students killed Thursday afternoon in a crash on the Aurora Bridge that left dozens seriously injured. The victims of the collision, which involved a charter bus and a ‘Ride the Ducks’ tour vehicle, were identified as international students. The students were riding on the tour bus when it was struck by the duck boat vehicle. Among those killed was 49-year-old Claudia Derschmidt, of Austria. She had just enrolled […]