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Travis Mayfield is the Director of Digital Strategy at Q13 FOX, JOEtv and Portland’s CW for Tribune Media where he oversees the social media and digital strategy on all platforms.

Travis also serves on-air as Q13 News Social Media Editor.

Travis started his career in broadcast journalism at NBC’s Today Show in New York City, followed up with a year at KHQ-TV in Spokane all while still attending Gonzaga University. After earning a degree from GU Travis went to Montana where he produced, reported and anchored for NBC Montana.

Travis returned to Washington to work as a special projects reporter at KNDO-TV in Yakima before returning to Spokane to work as KXLY-TV’s consumer reporter.

Travis came home to Seattle in 2006. He first served as a reporter for KOMO News on the radio and television. He was then promoted to Community Network Manager, Executive Producer and Director of Digital Social Strategy for the Fisher Interactive Network before landing at Q13 FOX.

Travis’ work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, RTNDA, the Associated Press and in 2012 he received a Fisher Communications “Innovation” award. Travis was most recently nominated for an Emmy in 2012 and he serves on the board of governors of NATAS NW.

Travis was born in Oregon, raised in Port Orchard, Washington and now lives in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. He and his husband are the proud dad of twins.

Follow Travis on Twitter and Instagram @TravisMayfield (and you’ll probably get to see lots of photos of those twins).

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Recent Articles
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    Travis Mayfield: I laughed on TV this week. It was fake. But for a minute it felt real

    Fake it ‘til you make it. It sounds so cliché to write it, but I have lived that advice for my entire broadcast career. Now that advice just might save me. My first experience in local TV was an internship on a brand new show launching on KHQ-TV in Spokane. The host of that show, Debra Wilde, gave me the advice to just fake it until it was real. That was nearly 20 years ago, and I am blessed to still be […]

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    Travis Mayfield: My new relationship with my dead son and accepting his postcards from the stars

    Tommy is dead. I keep repeating that simple phrase over and over again. Sometimes I say it aloud. Other times I say it in my head. Half the time I stop and then add the phrase and he is not coming back. I know he is dead. I know he is not coming back. Yet if I do not continue to tell myself these facts I lapse into a space where for a few seconds my deeply damaged mind forgets […]

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    Grieving Q13 News reporter Travis Mayfield shares moving tribute of love after toddler son’s swift, tragic death

    You haven’t seen me on Q13 News in the last few weeks.  Many of you have reached out to ask me why.  I have tried to answer each of you as honestly as I was able to at the time. I have said that we had experienced a death in our family.  That the people of Q13 News and our parent company, Tribune Media, have been incredibly generous in allowing me to grieve our loss for as long as needed.  […]

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    Facebook is hiding messages in a ‘secret’ inbox — here’s how to find it

    If you have used Facebook’s Messenger app, you have probably seen the “Other” inbox — but did you know there’s yet another place where messages might be hidden? Facebook has a feature that sends you a “message request” when someone you are not friends with tries to send you a message. But those messages are being filtered. To view the “filtered” messages: Open Messenger app > Settings > People > Message Requests > See Filtered requests The majority of the messages will […]

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    TV Cookie Monster awakens some iPhones, iPads surprising AND delighting many users

    SEATTLE — A local woman may have discovered a bug in the latest update for the operating system that runs Apple’s iPhone and iPad and it starts with Cookie Monster. “Has anyone reported the ability of the Cookie Monster activating Siri and setting a timer for 14 minutes whenever the commercial comes on?” asked Shirley McNeil on Facebook Thursday. McNeil says she set up the new ‘Hey Siri’ feature which allows her to activate the virtual assistant with just her […]

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    State senator initiates review of racist geographic names

    SEATTLE — State Sen. Pramila Jayapal has initiated a review of ethnically and racially offensive geographic names in Washington state. The Democrat from Seattle is working with the state Department of Natural Resources to begin working to change the names. Jayapal acknowledges that some of the creeks and lakes with offensive names may be in remote places. But she says they still stand as a reminder of times when women and members of many ethnic groups were treated poorly. Jayapal and […]

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    Study abroad student sends life-sized cutout home so family won’t forget him, mom takes it from there

    LONDON, England —  An American student studying aboard in London says he was worried his family would forget him when he was away so he mailed his mom a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself. “I thought it would be funny if my mom checked the mail and there was a giant goofy cutout of me waiting for her,” Dalton Ross told  Upvoted. Dalton’s mom, Susan Talley, was apparently tickled by the gift.  So much so that she decided to take […]

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    Seattle Times: Tango lessons at a bar help stroke survivor walk for first time in 20 years

    SEATTLE — This is a story of strength, survival and willpower. Our news partner The Seattle Times reports Tho Nguyen suffered a stroke when he was 11-years-old. He’s 31 now and hadn’t walked on his own since that day 20 years ago. Facing depression and loneliness, he started searching for meetup groups and eventually found tango lessons on Tuesday nights. He came from Renton using King County Metro Paratransit, and rolled into the bar using his wheelchair. Instructor Gabriela Condrea […]

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    Local woman finds forever home for beloved dogs, ‘I got everything I wanted, except for the dying part’

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington — It may be the happiest possible ending to the saddest of stories. Kathleen Zuidema is dying. “It’s getting real now,” said Kathleen Zuidema from her home on San Juan Island. “Pain level and chemotherapy are no fun.” But at least Zuidema can focus on one fact. Her trio of beloved Australian Sheepdogs have a place to go once she is gone. “I get really mad sometimes that this is having to happen,” said Zuidema. “But what’s […]

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    Four South Sound Boy Scout camps have closed, may be logged

    SEATTLE (AP) _ Four Boy Scout camps in the South Sound have been closed and some are now being logged to raise money. Our news partners The Seattle Times report the Pacific Harbors Council of Boy Scouts of America has experienced a 40 percent drop in membership over the past decade. At the same times, the council’s expenses to run the camps and other activities have gone up. Ralph Voelker, scout executive for the council says they don’t want to be […]