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I have been a broadcast journalist and storyteller for more than a decade. I got my foot in the door by running audio at a TV station and I later got the chance to tell stories using video as a photographer. I then jumped in front of the camera to start reporting.
I’ve spent my career in my home state of Arkansas, but Seattle feels like home because my wife, Sydney, is from Oregon, so there are plenty of friends and family nearby.
I’m known around the newsroom as…
“The Guy from Arkansas,” and I take pride in that.
What keeps me going…
The opportunity to work with incredibly talented people who work hard to perfect their craft. A Christian from the Bible Belt, I always look for opportunities to serve people in need.
My greatest TV moment…
Winning an Edward R. Murrow Award.
TV moment I would like to forget…
I was caught on live television calling the Texas Rangers a “Sinking Ship”. The blooper lived in infamy online for several days and made lots of people laugh. I’m just glad I was able to laugh at myself too.
If I had free time I would…
Spend every minute of it with my family, out and about in the Evergreen State. Washington has to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, and I am so happy to call it home.
Contact me at tom@q13fox.com


Recent Articles
  • Tahoma School district adds security measures to keep kids safe

    MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — The Tahoma School District is in the lengthy process of spending $3 million on school improvements district-wide to improve student and teacher safety. Schools like Rock Creek Elementary were built decades ago when security wasn’t much of a thought. Now the district is making security a major priority. Bambi Fuller said, “In a perfect world we wouldn’t need that stuff but unfortunately things happen.” Fuller has two kids under the age of 13. She loves what […]

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    Police call gunshots fired at cops in Tukwila an ‘ambush’; neighbors scared after incident

    TUKWILA, Wash. — While serving a search warrant at a home in Tukwila, police say two men on motorcycles fired at least seven shots at officers and took off. Officers were searching for stolen vehicles at a home that they say is frequented by members of the Resurrection motorcycle “gang”. An attorney for Resurrection disputes the police description, saying Resurrection is a ‘club’ and not a ‘gang’. Police Cmdr. Eric Drever said, “There is probably nothing that you can do […]

  • On the Fire Lines: Thick wildfire smoke forces grounding of firefighting helicopters

    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. — Fourteen helicopters are assigned to help fight the Okanogan Complex Fire — the largest ever in Washington state — but this week they’ve often been grounded for safety. Q13 FOX’s Tom Yazwinski is in Okanogan County with that story:    

  • A wildfire, which is part of the Okanogan Complex, flares up (GETTY IMAGES)

    International help is on the way as largest fire in state’s history continues to grow

    TWISP, Wash. — Firefighters from overseas are coming to help battle the Okanogan Complex fire — the largest fire in Washington’s history — and other blazes around the state, officials announced Tuesday. The Okanogan Complex grew 2.6 square miles overnight Monday and now stands at 403 square miles, or more than 250,000 acres. There are 1,345 people battling the flames, officials said. As many as 2,000 Level 3 mandatory evacuations still exist around the town of Okanogan. E32 just pulled into fire […]

  • A makeshift fire truck puts water on a wildfire, which is part of the Okanogan Complex, as it burns through brush on August 22, 2015 near Omak, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    Massive Okanogan wildfire now largest in state history

    TWISP, Wash. — The massive fire burning in north-central Washington is now the largest in state history. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires has surpassed last year’s Carlton Complex blazes. Fire spokesman Rick Isaacson said Monday the Okanogan Complex was measured overnight at just over 400 square miles, slightly more than the Carlton fires, which also burned in Okanogan County. The latest group of fires grew by more than 26 square miles Sunday and is expected to spread even more in coming […]

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    New details emerge about incident in which 3 firefighters died, 4 were injured

    TWISP, Wash. (AP) — More details are emerging about the incident in which three firefighters died while battling huge wildfires in north-central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday a group of firefighters tried to escape the flames from the Twisp River Road Fire in two vehicles and on foot. One vehicle made it out of danger Wednesday, but the other vehicle crashed and was overrun by flames. That’s the vehicle in which the three firefighters died. Rogers said […]

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    3 firefighters killed near Twisp remembered as ‘big heroes protecting small towns’

    TWISP, Wash. — The three firefighters killed while battling a raging wildfire in north-central Washington were identified Thursday, as the community and state mourned their loss. Officials launched an investigation into what went wrong. The U.S. Forest Service identified their three firefighters as Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26 and Richard Wheeler, 31. They were based out of Washington’s  Methow Valley in the north-central part of the state. They were battling the Twisp River Fire, now part of the 80,000-acre […]

  • Bodies of 3 fallen firefighters removed in procession from Twisp

    TWISP, Wash. — The bodies of three firefighters killed battling a blaze in Washington were removed from the scene Thursday by a procession of emergency vehicles. Each man was taken out Thursday afternoon in an individual ambulance, escorted by more than a dozen fire and police vehicles with lights flashing. Firefighters along the route held their hands and helmets over their hearts. The Forest Service has identified the fallen firefighters as 20-year-old Tom Zbyszewski, 26-year-old Andrew Zajac and 31-year-old Richard […]

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    Zigzag lines on highway a mystery to some, but state says they could help save lives

    ARLINGTON, Wash. — Washington State Department of Transportation engineers say new zigzag lines painted on State Route 9 in Snohomish County should slow drivers down and hopefully save lives. Drivers who Q13 FOX news spoke with who saw the freshly painted lines on SR 9 told us they didn’t know what they meant. WSDOT engineers say the white zigzag is popular in Europe, and informs drivers about an upcoming crosswalk. “Making these locations as safe as they can be is what we’re […]

  • 17 charges filed against suspect in Puyallup rampage that left man dead

    TACOMA, Wash. — Pierce County prosecutors have filed charges of first-degree murder and 16 other counts against a man suspected of killing a 71-year-old and terrorizing dozens of people in Puyallup last week. 34-year-old Nathen Terault entered not-guilty pleas Monday in Superior Court. He was ordered held on $5 million bail. Police say Terault shot and killed Richard Johnson after rummaging through Johnson’s truck last Tuesday. According to charging documents, Terault then rampaged across town, firing at women, children and police. […]