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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

    ‘Not our dogs:’ Owner of 2 seized pit bulls denies his pets mauled woman

    TACOMA — Police say two pit bulls that attacked a woman in Pierce County were seized and are in the custody of animal control officers in Tacoma. The dogs were picked up from a home just a block away from the smoke shop where dogs attacked a woman in her 60s on Friday as she was preparing to go in to get a soft drink. Johnny Cannady, the owner of the two seized pit bulls, admits his dogs look like […]


    Crews battle brush fire in Puyallup; now 100-percent contained

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Firefighters say a large brush fire in Pierce County is now 100-percent contained. “I actually don’t even see any smoke anymore, other than right here right now,” says Bill Debord, as he was driving around his Graham neighborhood this evening. He was trying to figure out if he was going to have to evacuate. “My horse trailer is full of hay right now, so I either got to start throwing hay out and getting the horses […]

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    Tribal police ask for help identifying dogs that mauled woman in terrifying attack

    PIERCE COUNTY — New surveillance video shows the terrifying moments as two dogs attack a woman in her 60s. That woman was released from a Tacoma hospital Sunday evening, but her recovery is far from over. Puyallup tribal police are now sharing the surveillance video exclusively with Q13 FOX News, with the hopes that someone recognizes the blue nose pit bulls, that appear to be trained to fight, and can identify their owners. Donna Berto has bandages and bruises all over her body. […]

  • A tanker drops flame retardant on the brush fire in Mason County Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Jason Goldsby)

    Mason County fire destroys half-dozen homes, scorches 150 acres (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

    SHELTON, Wash. (AP) — A fast-moving wildfire in rural Mason County burned at least eight structures, including at least six homes, and scorched about 150 acres Friday, authorities said. State Department of Natural Resources’ Joe Shramek said late Friday night that there were no injuries and that everyone had been safely evacuated. But he said there was zero percent containment on the fire. But he said the night was calm and they hope to get better containment of the fire […]

  • Owner of Lynnwood salon catches suspected key thief on video, offers reward

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The owner of a salon in Lynnwood said someone brazenly walked into his business and stole his keys. Now he’s afraid the guy might return for more. The owner, however, caught the suspect on surveillance video. And he’s sharing the video with friends, neighbors and on social media in hopes of someone identifying him. He’s also offering a $500 reward for help in identifying the thief. Tina Patel has more in this video report:

  • Firefighters racing from one fire to another across region (VIDEO)

    TACOMA — Firefighting crews battled brush fires and homes and other structures across Western Washington Thursday. Q13 FOX News reporter Tina Patel has more on what firefighters are facing during this dry, hot weather:    

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    Washington girl with brain tumor gets call of support from ‘Princess Anna’

    AUBURN, Wash. — A 6-year-old girl from Auburn is in the fight of her life, battling a rare type of brain tumor. But her spirits have been high since she got a very special phone call from a character in her favorite movie. Avery Huffman might look like a little mermaid when she’s in the pool, but Ariel is not her favorite Disney character. She’s a fan of Princess Anna from the movie “Frozen.” Last week, Avery got a phone […]

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    Man critically injured in Beacon Hill house fire

    SEATTLE — A man is sent to the hospital with critical burns after his house goes up in flames. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused that fire in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Alex Wong said he was concerned when he was driving home and saw large plumes of smoke coming from his neighborhood. “I thought it was my house honestly.” He wasn’t the only one. Gizelle Gando says when her mom saw the smoke and flames, she […]

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    Social media helps reunite daughter with her father, 37 years later

    SEATTLE — It’s official! A Seattle woman has found her long-lost father after 37 years. Q13 FOX News first told you about this story a few weeks ago, when Tina Gomez turned to Facebook to see if she could track down her father. It turns out he only lived a couple of hours away in Vancouver, Washington. The two will be reuniting on Monday. “It’s so exciting, I really don’t know where to start,” Gomez said. Tina is still in shock that […]

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    Fugitive busted when spotted as an actor in small budget movie in Olympia

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A fugitive who was convicted of armed bank robbery and who walked away from a work-release program was found Friday because of his new job — actor in a small budget movie in Olympia. Jason Stange won a part in the movie “Marla Mae” after going to an open casting call in Olympia last month. He used his real name when trying out for the role. “I was casting for a very different person,” said writer/director Lisa […]