COVID-19 in Washington: Links and resources to help you during coronavirus pandemic

I am incredibly honored to be a member of the Q13 News team, working alongside some of the most elite journalists in the United States. I joined the company as a reporter in August 2019.

Growing up, I was a very shy girl with extremely low self-esteem. I thought I would never see the day when I could turn on a television and see myself on the screen.

Instead of hiding in the shadows, I took a chance on faith and stepped into the light. I won my first beauty pageant at the age of 16, and from then on, I began to see my potential. Taking that chance was the hardest, but most rewarding decision I have ever made. The adrenaline of pageantry and on-stage presentation jump-started my interest in journalism.

I am a proud alum of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. However, the road to the start of my career was not easy. I was rejected from job positions left and right. Just when self-doubt started to creep back into my life, I kept faith and persevered.

With patience, I was blessed with the opportunity to start my career in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, as a multimedia journalist at KPTM FOX42 News. After that, I was a multimedia journalist for KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I joined WWMT Newschannel 3 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as a reporter where I earned my first Emmy nomination.

Being the voice of the community has been one of the greatest honors, and I look forward to the many adventures my career takes me.

Recent Articles
  • Nursing home residents pen sweet notes to families while visitation is closed amid COVID-19

    EVERETT, Wash. – A nursing home in Snohomish County is using creativity to help lift the spirits of residents and staff, while visitation is closed during the coronavirus outbreak. View Ridge Care Center in Everett hasn’t had visitors in weeks. The nursing home closed its doors to protect residents and staff from exposure to COVID-19. Pete Wolkin, owner and director of operations, said their center has unfortunately been much quieter than usual. “[Professionals] have done studies and they have shown […]

  • Community in Kent donates medical supplies to those on the front line of COVID-19

    KENT, Wash. — Healthcare providers and first responders are putting their lives on the line to protect communities in Washington from exposure to COVID-19. However, their inventory of medical supplies to continue fighting the pandemic is running low. A community in Kent joined together to help fill the urgent need. Thursday, volunteers with Gateway Medical Alliance packaged and delivered supplies to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, one of the epicenters of coronavirus in Washington. “We have no idea what’s really going […]

  • Highline Public Schools offers childcare for working parents during COVID-19 pandemic

    DES MOINES, Wash. — Some working parents in south King County now have a place for their kids to go while schools are closed to reduce COVID-19 exposure. Governor Jay Inslee tasked school districts to create plans for childcare while kids are away from class during the coronavirus pandemic. Highline Public Schools began offering childcare for families within the district, Wednesday. Childcare will operate at Midway Elementary School and White Center Heights Elementary, weekdays from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. […]

  • Food banks need help providing for people during COVID-19 pandemic

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Some families are not able to afford essential items needed during the COVID-19 pandemic and food banks across the region are stepping up efforts to serve those in need. However, some of the non-profits are also in need of supplies and volunteers in order to continue serving the community. The Multi-Service Center Food Bank in Federal Way has been busy preparing bags of groceries during the outbreak. Dan Lancaster, MSC Food Bank director, said they have […]

  • Edmonds, Everett issue stay-at-home order as precautionary measure for COVID-19

    EDMONDS, Wash. – More communities across Washington are pushing for Governor Jay Inslee to announce a statewide stay-at-home order. Meanwhile, two cities in Snohomish County already have the mandate in effect as a precaution against COVID-19. City of Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson issued the stay-at-home order, which took effect late Sunday night. The order allows for essential activities like a trips to the grocery store, gas station and bank as well as medical appointments and care for a family member […]

  • Seattle area faith leaders share united message of healing during coronavirus pandemic

    SEATTLE – The impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak are causing uncertainty and trying times for many people. Those who are religious often rely on their faith for guidance. However, that can be difficult for some as congregations are following social distancing recommendations. Friday, Seattle area faith leaders joined King County officials explaining how they are adjusting worship and services during the pandemic, while still practicing faith. Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown, of Plymouth Church Seattle UCC, spoke at Friday’s news conference. […]

  • Family says beloved member of Seattle’s Leschi community died from coronavirus

    SEATTLE – Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood is in shock after coronavirus impacts a beloved community leader. The family of Steve Shulman, longtime owner of Leschi Market, said he died Wednesday evening from COVID-19. Shulman is considered a pillar in Leschi community. Customers and neighbors stopped by his store to pay their respects as a memorial grew near the front entrance in his honor. So many people were hurt by the sudden loss, but found joy remembering his legacy and commitment to […]

  • More people are enjoying the outdoors despite social distancing recommendations

    ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Several people at Tiger Mountain got outside Wednesday to take advantage of the sunshine and warmer weather. Many of them traveled in groups by car and walked some crowded trails. The question now—is outdoor activity safe to do if people are supposed to socially distance themselves to prevent COVID-19 from spreading? Jessica Baggett, a public information officer for Public the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Response team, said outdoor activity is recommended. She said walking, hiking, […]

  • Tacoma Public Schools offers free meals to students during COVID-19 closure

    TACOMA – Making sure no child goes hungry during school closures is a priority for Tacoma Public Schools. The district is offering free breakfast and lunch for all students while schools are shut down to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Scott Heinz, Tacoma Public School Board president, said so many children in the district depend on school meals to have something to eat for the day. “We know in a district of 30,000 students that’s high poverty, there are a lot […]

  • Small businesses use curbside service to stay afloat during statewide closure of social gathering places

    TACOMA – Small businesses are scrambling to come up with a plan to stay afloat during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many store owners said they are worried after Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide mandate to close social gathering places of 50 or more due to coronavirus concerns. “I was in politics 24 years, so I understand government’s got to take a stance. I think they’re taking a good stance. They’re concerned about the people, we’re concerned about the people,” said Joe Stortini, […]

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