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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
  • This dog was found Friday in South Seattle. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information on its owner.

    ‘The most emaciated dog I have seen in my career’; $5,000 reward offered in animal cruelty case

    SEATTLE — It’s one of the worst cases of animal cruelty the Seattle Animal Shelter has ever seen. Now they’re hoping a $5,000 reward will help them figure out who left a starving dog out in the cold at a construction site. The staff at the shelter has started calling the dog ‘Decker.’ He looks healthy and normal — until you see Decker from the back. “Everything about him is bone, there’s no muscle, there’s no fat,” says Ann Graves, […]

  • Jason Lynch tells how Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch went out of his way to return his lost wallet. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    Seahawks fan recounts thrill of getting lost wallet returned by Marshawn Lynch

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Remember when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch said before the Super Bowl that he seldom speaks to the media because he’s all about that action, Boss? Well, he’s all about that action off the field, too. During a trip to visit students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Tuesday, he found a lost wallet at a nearby gas station. He went out of his way to make sure that fan got it back. It’s not hard to guess who […]

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    Seattle family’s home hit first by fire … then burglars ransack it

    SEATTLE — First their home was damaged by fire. Now it’s been ransacked by burglars. “It’s trashed,” says Tana Whidbey, as she tries to figure out what thieves stole from her Columbia City home. It’s hard to tell because of the mess they left behind. “Everything was all over the floors, all the drawers had been emptied out onto the floor.” Whidbey and her family had temporarily moved out of their home in September, after a fire in their kitchen. […]

  • A Snoqualmie Ridge homeowner took this photo of what she said was an aggressive salesman. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    Snoqualmie Ridge homeowners on alert after suspicious salespeople come to their doors

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Homeowners in one Snoqualmie neighborhood are concerned that some aggressive salespeople who have been coming to their doors to try to sell vacuums and cleaning services may have been casing their homes. Some say they`re suspicious because they`ve heard about sales tactics like this in other cities where burglaries have become an issue. Natalie Ritchie`s neighbor took photos because she thought it was strange when a man showed up in their Snoqualmie neighborhood Monday trying to sell […]

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    Police looking for help identifying car prowler in Puyallup

    PUYALLUP — Car prowls continue to be a problem around Western Washington, but police in one city are hoping to identify at least one crook who was caught on camera. “When I grew up, you could leave your car unlocked,” said Arlene Luton. “You could leave your house unlocked.” She knows you can’t do that now, but she still never thought there’d be crime in her Puyallup neighborhood. “You just don’t expect it to come out to your home, you […]

  • "After 2 years in DPRK, Kenneth still has joy. He chose pizza as his first meal. It's good to have #KennethBae home," the family tweeted.

    Kenneth Bae’s family speaks about his homecoming

    SEATTLE – Kenneth Bae’s family says they are grateful the Lynnwood man has been returned to them, in good health. Terri Chung said it was emotional watching her brother walk off a plane at JBLM last night. “It’s finally happening. This is the moment we’ve been praying for and working towards for the past two years,” she says. “We had agreed that my mom would hug him first, and when I saw that, wow. It was a moment.” Bae had […]

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    Windstorm causes problems for drivers across Western Washington

    KIRKLAND, Wash. — High winds knocked down trees and power lines across Western Washington Thursday, leading to several problems on the roads. Marla Skaglund heard a tree come down, she just didn`t know where it had fallen. “I heard a big crash, I thought there had been a wreck on the hill.” But when she walked out to onto State Route 530 in Oso, she saw the tree on top of a tractor-trailer in the middle of the road. “I […]

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    Olympia woman not fooled by fake gun, fights back against robber

    OLYMPIA — A man tried to pull what turned out to be a pellet gun on woman in downtown Olympia. When she wasn’t fooled, he’s the one who ended up running to police for help. “I was mad,” says Kimberly Guajardo. “You just don’t get to do things like that to people.” Most people would probably be scared or upset if someone pulled a gun on them, but not Guajardo. Last night she stopped by the China Clipper bar downtown. […]


    Police investigating South Kitsap murder, posting of graphic photos online

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Detectives are investigating the killing of a woman in her South Kitsap apartment Tuesday and graphic photos of the crime scene that were later posted online by a person who claimed to be her killer. Detectives say the photos are disturbing, and they’re investigating whether they are indeed linked to what happened here. “Anytime we have images of this graphic nature that are posted on social media and perpetrate to be this crime scene, we are […]