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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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    WHAT?! Thieves pull up, steal live Christmas tree from woman’s front yard

    FREDERICKSON, Wash. — A Pierce County woman is still in disbelief over the thieves who came to her house last week. All they stole was a Christmas tree — one that was still growing in her yard! “They drove over this tree and came here,” Stephanie Podzus said Tuesday as she showed what happened outside her Frederickson home. “I think they just pulled it because of the way it looks.” When she was getting her mail the other day, she […]

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    Strike 2: Thieves target a Renton youth baseball league for second time

    RENTON — A youth baseball league is down in the count, after thieves broke into their field and stole equipment for the second time. Nine-year-old Connor Ryan can’t wait until spring when he gets to play baseball again. “I really like the drills and practice, and I like running the bases,” he said Monday. He’s one of 400 kids that play in the Cascade Vista Athletic Club Pony League. His dad, Robert, is the club’s president. “I think we’re the […]

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    Port Angeles Salvation Army overwhelmed by community support after toys stolen

    PORT ANGELES — Salvation Army Major Scott Ramsey said Monday night the organization has been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received from the community since news came out that real-life Grinches stole toys that were going to be given to kids in need. Scott Ramsey said businesses donated, the local radio helped, and there were lots of walk-ins. They’ve gotten at least $15,000, 25 bicycles, and lot of toys, he said. Since they will be able to exceed the demand, […]

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    Rising rivers flood roads; more power outages expected in next round of storms

    ENUMCLAW — High winds are expected with the next round of storms. Medielaine Depouli says that means trees will probably be coming down in Enumclaw. She’s used to that. “The power goes out quite frequently and sometimes it goes out for days, and there’s no heat. So we bought a generator a few years ago.” She decided to get gas for that generator tonight, to be prepared. “Last time when we were without power, the winds were really blowing high […]


    Sand bags out as Puget Sound communities brace for flooding

    TACOMA – Urban flooding is a concern for many communities around the Puget Sound. We’ve seen what happens when the rains come too fast. Marcos Hernandez couldn’t believe it when Stadium Bowl in Tacoma flooded last month. “I’ve never seen anything like that, especially here.” It took days to clean his school’s football field. “There was still a lot of water down at the bowl, and a lot of mud.” The storms we’ve seen around the Puget Sound recently have […]

  • ‘Tis the season… for car prowlers, police warn

    OLYMPIA – If you’ve still got some shopping to do this holiday season, watch out when you head to the mall. Police in Olympia say they saw an increase in car prowls around shopping areas this weekend. Shoppers at Capital Mall seemed surprised when they heard about a series of break-ins in and around the parking lot. “It’s scary, because you want to feel safe just going to the mall,” says Edith Vanderwal. But police say the mall is a […]

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    Man robbed at gunpoint moments after getting off bus in Queen Anne

    SEATTLE — A Seattle man is sharing his story, after being robbed at gunpoint. He got away safely, but realizes now he could have done more to help catch the suspects. “I had no doubt if I didn’t do what he wanted me to do, he would have shot me,” says Mike, the husband of a Q13 Fox News employee. He took a bus to Queen Anne Tuesday night, an area he had always thought was safe. But he missed […]

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    The long road ahead: Woman allegedly beaten, burned by ex-husband is only starting to recover

    LYNNWOOD – She survived being beaten and burned, allegedly at the hands of her ex-husband. Now, a Lynnwood woman’s fiancé is talking about her recovery and the long road ahead. “It’s just unreal, an unreal situation,” Chris Anderson said. Anderson says it sounds like something in a movie. A woman goes to her ex-husband’s house, is beaten, and left in a burning home. But according to prosecutors, that is what happened to Brenda Welch on November 16. When firefighters pulled […]

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    Is one kind of security system better than another? Experts say yes

    SEATTLE – There’s no such thing as a safe neighborhood anymore. Break-ins and thefts can happen anywhere. That’s why more and more homeowners are investing in security systems, so they can keep an eye on their homes even when they’re not around. When Cydna returned to her Mercer Island home after Thanksgiving and found out it had been burglarized, she was devastated. “I certainly learned about an alarm system,” she said. “We had one in the past, but we didn`t […]