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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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    Thieves going after expensive strollers in one Seattle neighborhood

    SEATTLE – Several parents in the Wallingford area of Seattle say strollers have been stolen from their front porch. Jordan Schwartz and his son spend a lot of time hanging out on their porch. So it bothers him that a total stranger came here in the middle of the night. “It’s unnerving to think we were inside asleep and someone came onto our front porch, went through our things and they stole something. “ It was a BOB stroller that […]

  • Molly the corgi was shot and killed in her backyard on Sept. 13, allegedly by a neighbor upset by a barking dog. (Photo courtesy of family)

    Thousands show support online for owners of corgi shot dead in Bellingham backyard

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A Bellingham couple is overwhelmed by the support they’ve received after their dog was shot and killed in their backyard, allegedly by a neighbor upset at barking in the area. Thousands of people have reached out to them online on the ‘Justice for Molly’ Facebook page. “To envision it still is hard,” an emotional Cary Chunyk said of the events of Sept. 13. He said Monday that Molly, his 13-month-old corgi, was in the backyard of his […]

  • SR 530 reopens to two-way, 50 mph traffic six months after deadly mudslide

    OSO, Wash. — State Route 530 between Oso and Darrington was reopened to two-way, 50 mph traffic Monday night — exactly six months after the deadly slide. “Contractor crews are done paving and striping the reconstructed road between Oso and Darrington,” the Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday. Heather Kelly, the 530 recovery team lead, is still amazed at the transformation of the area around the road. “Each week we come here and there’s more […]

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    Mudslide survivor reflects on the deadly disaster, six months later

    OSO – Tomorrow marks six months since that deadly mudslide in Oso. Today, first responders, family and friends gathered to remember the lives lost and continue the healing process. Robin Youngblood is one of the nine survivors of the slide. She was glad she could share today’s service with some of the others. “It’s always good to come together, we share something that others really can’t understand,” she says. “So being together i think is important to all of us.” […]

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    Shoplifters hit Fremont boutique, take hundreds of dollars’ worth of clothing

    SEATTLE — Police are hoping the public can help them identify two shoplifters who took several hundred dollars’ worth of clothing from a boutique in Fremont. Store clerk Fabienne Vigil didn’t think anything when two women walked into Bliss, just before closing Saturday night. “I was not in the suspicious mindset, I wasn’t thinking thieves,” she says. She watched as one took armfuls of clothes from a back wall. “I went up to her and said, do you want a […]

  • Veterans Wait and Die on Hospital’s Secret List

    VA Puget Sound to host town hall meetings for veterans

    SEATTLE — The Veterans Administration is still reeling from allegations earlier this year that veterans died while waiting to receive care at VA hospitals. This week, local leaders will meet with veterans to see if care here is improving at all. “Some of the waits were weeks, some were months,” says veteran Frank Selden, who tried to get care at the VA Puget Sound after suffering a severe back injury in Iraq. He said it was hard to get appointments, […]

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    Parents warn about the dangers of ‘salt and ice’ challenge

    MARYSVILLE – Parents in Snohomish County are putting out a warning about a ‘game’ that kids are daring each other to play. It’s called the ‘salt and ice challenge.’ Jason Erickson says his 13 year old daughter and her friends are good kids. But a couple weeks ago, those good kids got a bad idea. They decided to take what’s known as the ‘salt and ice challenge.’ “It’s where you put salt on ice and stick it on your hand […]

  • Jenny says she knew the suspect had stolen her identity and was committing crimes in her name, but she couldn’t do anything. “She was out there, and I kept getting warrants.” (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    Victim of identity theft says suspect used her name to commit crimes

    SEATTLE — Police say they’ve arrested a woman who was creating havoc in her own neighborhood. They believe she was not only stealing mail from her neighbors, but she was also stealing identities, too. “I wanted to go out and make a citizen’s arrest of her,” said Jenny, an identity theft victim who asked us not to use her last name. She said Thursday night that the past few months have been frustrating. She said she knew the suspect, Melissa […]

  • Surveillance photo of man suspected of a home invasion and stabbing a boy in the arm with a screwdriver. (Photo from Everett Police Dept. video)

    Home intruder stabs 11-year-old with a screwdriver; family fights back with knives

    EVERETT — Police have surveillance video of a man suspected of stabbing an 11-year-old boy with a screwdriver in his Everett apartment. They’re hoping someone can help them identify him. Debbie Geer heard the suspect getting away late on the night of Aug. 26. But at the time, she didn’t realize what was happening. “I heard running, a bunch of people running and screaming,” she said Wednesday night. “I’d say within 10-15 minutes of that, the police were here, the […]