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News doesn’t just inform us, it plays an important role in the choices we make everyday. It helps us understand the communities we live in and the people around us. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, angry, or sad. It can also be uplifting, make you laugh and even inspire you. News is about listening and telling a story. It’s about the facts, trust and empathy.

Being a journalist is more than a profession for me, it’s a passion. It’s about building relationships in the community where I live. It’s allowed me to travel the country and afforded me the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people along the way.

Over the years, I’ve become especially interested in helping people live healthier lives. The desire to be healthy is something we all have in common. I enjoy being able to pass along information that helps people make informed choices about their own health and that of their family. You can catch my “Healthy Living” segments each week on Q13 and make sure to send me topics or ideas you think I should be covering.

I landed in the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and am proud to call it home. This is more than a place I live, it’s where I am raising my family and setting down roots. I enjoy the mountains and the water, the culture, the wide variety of fresh seafood and yes, even the rain.

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Recent Articles
  • Healthy Living: Broken Heart Syndrome, it’s a real thing

    Veronica Gallardo’s face lights up as she walks through the halls of El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.  As a little girl, the community center became a second home.  Veronica was born in Seattle, and raised by Chilean immigrants. “When I was young, I would come here and see Roberto,” said Veronica about the founder of El Centro de la Raza.  “This building has so much character.” Heritage is important to Veronica, but there’s one part of her family history […]

  • Healthy Living: How to take care of your heart at any age

  • Healthy Living: Blood pressure scare prompts Tacoma woman to start walking

    February is heart health month and while heart disease is the number one killer each year of men and women, there is a lot we can do to lower our risk.  That starts with yearly well check visits to the doctors office to learn your numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and blood sugar.  Take blood pressure for example.  It’s often referred to as the silent killer because in many cases, people don’t know they’re at risk until something bad […]

  • Healthy Living: Heart disease #1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association

    According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. “We know that people who are overweight or obese have increased risk of heart disease and stroke,” Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, with the American Heart Association said. Every year in October, thousands of people join together for the Annual Heart Walk in Seattle.  It’s an event to raise money for research and awareness.   According to the AHA, 80% […]


    Healthy Living: Doctors say contraception is major health issue for women

  • Healthy Living: 1 in 3 women face domestic violence in relationships, research finds

    It’s estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men deal with dating or domestic violence in their relationship.  Often, they suffer in silence.  Kelly Starr with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic violence says they don’t have to.  There are a variety of resources available. If you need help right now, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE If you want to help someone in an abusive relationship, click here for a friends and family guide from the […]

  • Healthy Living: Daily dose of exercise key for woman living with stage 4 cancer

    Sometimes the best medicine isn’t medicine at all. “Everyday, this is my treatment and I look forward to this treatment,” Dana Manciagli said of her daily exercise routine at Life Time in Bellevue. Dana is living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, which means the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.  While there are treatments for metastatic breast cancer, there is no cure. “I don’t think about the statistics,” Manciagli said.  “But I do often think about the […]

  • Healthy Living: Moderate exercise can reduce breast cancer risk 20%, research finds

    Luanne Mills isn’t just exercising, she’s helping researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle unlock answers to cancer prevention.  Luanne took part in a recent study looking at the impact exercise has on reducing breast cancer risk. “We found those women who exercised enough to lose body fat and quite a few did, they had significant changes,” Dr. Anne McTiernan, the lead researcher of the study at Fred Hutch said. Dr. McTiernan and her team found that moderate […]

  • Measles: Seattle doctor says vaccine is safe & best protection

  • Taco Time Northwest employee wins $10,000

    William (Billy) Boyd loves his job, working at Taco Time Northwest in Arlington, Washington.  Getting a $10,000 check on top of that is like icing on the cake, or in this case, cheese on the taco. Billy Boyd working at Taco Time Northwest in Arlington, WA In May of 2018, Taco Time Northwest hosted a local job fair with the hopes of hiring 350 new employees.  The company sweetened the pot by offering the chance for one of those new employees […]

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