Maria Arcega-Dunn

Maria Arcega-Dunn


I have often referred to my TV news career as a journey around the world. It began in Calgary, Canada, where I grew up, to living and working in cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Taipei and San Diego. Now I’m in the Pacific Northwest, making my home at Q13 FOX News in Seattle.

I love being a journalist, telling stories and making sure people have the latest and most important information. The fact that my profession can help draw attention to things that need to be changed is an important aspect of my job. I like knowing that what I do can influence and help make a difference for others. As a journalist, I also often get a front row seat to history in the making and it’s good to know I can take all my viewers along for the ride.

Outside of work, I enjoy working with people in my community and lending my time to organizations that help others is an important way for me to give back. When I actually find free time I love staying active, running, dancing, eating great food, painting and sculpting. Most of all, I enjoy hanging out with my son — he constantly amazes me.

I’m known around the newsroom for…

Being the shortest anchor at the station and the one with the longest name: Maria Cristina Buenaventura De La Ysla Peralta Arcega-Dunn. I’m also the official “How do you pronounce this foreign name?” expert in our newsroom.

What keeps me going…

My son Nicholas.

My greatest TV moment…

There have been so many, from covering the civil war in East Timor and being in the jungle covering Islamic extremists to covering the San Diego wildfires and being hoisted above Mount Palomar by a helicopter.

TV moment I’d like to forget

I passed out in the middle of a breakthrough surgery I was covering. I literally collapsed and fell on my face, and it was all captured on camera.

If I had free time, I would…

Travel with my son.

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