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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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    Residents of Wenatchee’s hard-hit Broadview neighborhood return to destruction, vow to rebuild

    WENATCHEE, Wash. — It’s hard to recognize anything in what used to be Ira Fagerland`s home. Piles of bricks and scraps of metal are all that remain. “We all expected to come back to a house that was burned,” he said Tuesday. “Knowing what occurred, we didn`t expect to see no damage. But there`s no way we anticipated this or expected this.” The Sleepy Hollow Fire destroyed 24 homes and three businesses from Sunday night through Monday. Fagerland’s home burned […]

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    24 homes, 4 businesses burn as Chelan County wildfire tears through thousands of acres

    WENATCHEE, Wash. — Officials said a brief rainstorm blowing through Wenatchee Monday morning brought some help to crews fighting devastating fires that had burned at least two dozen homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate. The Sleepy Hollow Fire began Sunday afternoon outside of Wenatchee and burned within the city limits late Sunday night, Rich Magnussen with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said. On Monday morning, more than 150 evacuees had checked into the Red Cross Shelter at Eastmont […]

  • Businesses go up in flames: ‘It was like Wenatchee was on fire’

    WENATCHEE, Wash. — Much of downtown Wenatchee was closed Monday night, hours after fire consumed several businesses and toxic chemicals were released into the air. Flames lit up the sky as fire swept through a row of warehouses, including the Bluebird Fruit plant. Down the street, employees at the Denny’s in downtown Wenatchee were in the midst of the morning rush hour. The manager, Brian Predmore, said, “I had a completely packed, full restaurant, people waiting in the entry way. […]

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    Record high temperatures expected this weekend across the Northwest

    SEATTLE — Western Washington is getting ready for a heat wave. The National Weather Service says there could be record highs throughout the state this weekend. Temperatures in the Seattle area are expected to hit 90, about 20 degrees higher than it should be this time of year. Wednesday’s warm weather was a good excuse for Logan McCole and his friends to get out on their boat. “This is great, we’ve been privileged all year long so far. So the […]

  • Search under way for horse that ran off in Pierce County; owner appeals for help

    ELBE, Wash. — A horse owner is asking riders, hikers and campers in Pierce County to keep their eyes open. Her horse ran off into the woods several days ago and hasn’t been seen since. Judy Johnston says the horses on her Olympia farm have been acting differently since Dino, a 15-year-old Arabian, went missing. “Horses are very emotional, the Arabians are.” On Friday, Judy and a friend took their horses to a trail in Elbe Hills State Forest in […]

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    State workers to get furlough notices starting Tuesday in preparation for possible shutdown

    OLYMPIA — State legislators still haven’t come to an agreement on a budget, which means furlough notices will start going out Tuesday to about 25,000 government employees. They will be told they will be out of work starting July 1. Deborah Brookshire and Ginger Bernethy work for the Employment Security Department, helping unemployed people around the state get benefits and find new jobs. But they don’t know if they’ll have a job themselves in a little over a week, because […]

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  • Kent Fire warns of possible scam, says they’re not affiliated with door-to-door solicitors

    KENT — The Kent Fire Department is putting out a warning. They say they have nothing to do with the salespeople who are going door to door, trying to sell vent and duct cleaning services. They’re now working with the police department to figure out if those solicitors are trying to scam homeowners. Victoria Chaplin says she doesn’t trust any solicitors who come to her door uninvited. “I’ve told my kids not to open the door, and I usually say […]

  • Investigation underway after 3 cats found beaten in Whatcom County

    CUSTER, Wash. — Whatcom County investigators are trying to figure out if someone in the town of Custer is responsible for several acts of animal cruelty. One cat was found beaten to death. Two others are recovering from serious injuries. Katie Graves named her cat after Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, because she says he was a fighter from the beginning. “I got him when he was a week old, he was found in a dumpster.” Mr. Wilson is going to […]

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    Police arrest suspect in theft of $4,000 worth of meat, other items from Auburn store

    AUBURN, Wash. — Police said on Wednesday they had arrested a suspect who is believed to have stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of fresh meat and health and beauty items from a grocery store in Auburn. The arrest was made Wednesday afternoon at the suspect’s residence in Kent, an Auburn police spokeswoman said. She added that the police department got a handful of tips on the suspect from the surveillance video that was aired on Q13 FOX News Tuesday night. […]