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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
  • Hundreds of Garfield High students stage walkout to protest possibly losing a teacher

    SEATTLE — Hundreds of students at Garfield High School walked out of class Thursday afternoon to protest the possibility of losing a teacher, because enrollment numbers are lower than the district originally thought they would be. “It’s just outrageous to cut a teacher,” said freshman Nebeyat Arayarin. “It’s almost three months into the school year, they should have figured this out in the first week.” Seattle Public Schools students have until the end of September to transfer. That’s why the […]

  • Students, teachers at Garfield High stage walkout to protest planned teacher reduction

    SEATTLE — Teachers and students at Garfield High School staged a walkout Thursday in protest of the district’s decision to terminate a yet-to-be-named core subject teacher. The walkout was voted on by the Garfield High School Parent-Teacher-Student Administration (PTSA) and associated student government. The elimination of a single core subject teacher, slated to take place in the ninth week of the school year, will affect around 150 student schedules, roughly 10 percent of the student body, the PTSA said. Moreover, […]

  • Thieves break into Sumner home, family sleeps through the burglary

    SUMNER — Todd O’Day calls the people who broke into his home early Sunday morning “very brazen.” He thinks they got in through a side door, broke into his garage, and then made their way into his kitchen. He and his 14-year-old daughter had fallen asleep on the couch nearby. That didn’t stop the thieves from rifling through his wife’s purse. “It’s different when I think I was four feet from where they were,” he says. “They had to literally […]

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    Police warn parents: Watch out for pot-infused ‘treats’ in kids’ bags this Halloween

    BELLINGHAM — Razor blades in apples aren’t the only thing parents need to look out for this Halloween. Now that pot stores are legal in Washington, police say parents need to make sure marijuana-infused edibles don’t get into their kids’ hands. Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham was the first store in the state to sell edibles.  A few months later, they’re still selling a lot. “They’ve been doing really, really well,” owner John Evich said Monday night. That might be […]

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    Family of actress Misty Upham raises questions about police during vigil

    AUBURN – The vigil for 32 year old Misty Upham was filled with Native American songs and prayers. “It’s uplifting in this time of sorrow to see so much support and compassion, an outpouring of love and concern,” says Misty’s father, Charles Upham. Many of the mourners were strangers to the young actress. But they knew of her work in movies like “Django Unchained” and “August: Osage County.” “She represented all Native Americans with what she did and her accomplishments.” […]

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    Local health officials recommend getting a flu shot now

    TACOMA — The flu season officially began two weeks ago. Even though no serious cases have been reported in our state, health officials are putting out a warning. Mary went to her pharmacy Wednesday to get a flu shot. She knows it’s still early in the season, but she didn’t want to wait. “I’m going to be 72 next month, and you have to have the senior one,” she said. “Usually by the time they have it at the pharmacy, […]

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    Seattle may be one of the ‘rattiest’ cities — but is that dangerous?

    SEATTLE — Rats have been spotted in stores, schools, and out on the streets. “It’s mostly late at night or early in the morning,” says Tristan Sellers. “There would be little swarms or families I’d see running between the bushes or across the street.” “I see them in the gutters, I see them shooting out between buildings and alleyways,” adds Marc Yeomans. A recent list by the pest control company Orkin, ranked Seattle as the sixth ‘rattiest’ city in the […]

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    Snapchat users see their ‘momentary, private’ pics, videos hacked, leaked online

    KIRKLAND — Hackers have obtained thousands of photos from Snapchat users who thought they were taking private photos that only lasted a few seconds. Fourteen-year-old Dane Garmin says he uses Snapchat all the time to make plans with his friends. “You can see each other, and it’s more interactive than just texting the person.” Snapchat pictures and videos are only supposed to be available for a few seconds. That’s what makes the app appealing to a lot of people. “I […]

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    Local nurses confident they can protect themselves against Ebola risk

    There have not been any Ebola cases in the northwest yet, but at least two medical facilities are preparing for the possibility of treating patients here. Virginia Mason and Harborview both say they have rooms ready. Doctors and nurses here have been paying attention to the Ebola cases in Texas, but they say they’re not worried about the virus spreading. “The possibility of it being a pandemic or coming up here, i don’t think we’re at that level yet,” says […]