All Local Veterans’ Week on Q13 News

I am thrilled to be working at Q13 News.

Moving back to the amazing people and unrivaled beauty of the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true.

I grew up in Longview, Wash., and lived in the South Sound for several years before beginning my broadcasting career in Reno, Nev., as a photojournalist. I then moved more than 2,000 miles away to Greensboro, N.C., where my nearly 10-year long stint in the Deep South began.

After almost 7 years working as a photojournalist and reporter in Atlanta, I packed up my life and returned to my home state of Washington.

I love coffee, beer and sandwiches. I live in Seattle with my awesome dog.

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Recent Articles
  • ‘There are ways to get better, I promise you”: No-cost treatment for vets with PTSD

    SEATTLE — As part of Q13 News’ all local focus on veterans this week, we’re looking at what post-traumatic stress looks like for local soldiers, and what programs are out there to help those who sacrificed their own freedoms to safeguard our own. We spoke with the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, which hopes to help more service-members win the battle for their mental health. “When my uniform is on I’m an Airborne Ranger leader of paratroopers,” said Jon Nordin. […]

  • ‘This is a family’: Restaurant known for serving military changes owners, vows to continue honoring veterans

    TILLICUM, Wash. – If you or a family member have ever been to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you probably have eaten at a Pierce County restaurant renowned for its support for the troops. Galloping Gerties has been open for business in Tillicum for more than half a century, catering to travelers, military members and their families for generations. Even though the owners of the restaurant recently retired, the new lifeblood believes every day is Veteran’s Day at Gerties. The portions are […]

  • North Bend water safe to drink, person of interest sought

    UPDATE: The Sallal Water Association has informed members that the water, thought to have been contaminated last week, is now safe to drink.  Sallal received test result from samples collected on Friday, and the findings showed no traces of bacteria. Additional results on Saturday confirmed the water was safe. Sallal thanked its members for being patient during the difficult time. Contamination Notice – Lifting Saturday, November 10 NORTH BEND, Wash. – Sheriff’s deputies are looking to speak with a person […]

  • As overdose deaths rise, Capitol Hill fentanyl dealer sentenced to 12 years

    SEATTLE – Opioid related deaths are on the rise in Western Washington because of super potent forms of pain killers flooding the streets. You’ve probably heard of fentanyl by now – in some cases the drug can be 50-times stronger than heroin. In fact, a Seattle man was just sentenced to a dozen years in prison Friday morning for his role in distributing the powerful drug. Gregory Smith, 34, had already plead guilty to his charges. Investigators say he was […]

  • Gun owners blast I-1639, worry initiative punishes responsible users

    BELLEVUE, Wash. – Initiative 1639, a measure on gun control, passed overwhelmingly with 60 percent of voters saying yes. Under 1639, the legal age to buy a semiautomatic rifle is raised from 18 to 21, and buyers of those weapons will be subjected to enhanced background checks and have a 10-day waiting period before they get their guns. Q13 News traveled to an East King County gun store to ask firearms fans what they think of the possible changes. The […]

  • Jurors see vehicles involved in deadly Ride The Ducks crash

    SEATTLE—The civil trial stemming from the deadly Ride The Ducks Seattle crash continued on Tuesday. This time, jurors got an up close and personal look at the vehicles involved in the deadly 2015 crash. Also, victims who survived while riding duck number 6 took the stand. “It was like slow motion,” said duck passenger Rhonda Cooley. Joann Gerke and Rhonda Cooley recalled the moments the duck boat crashed on the Aurora Bridge in 2015. “The duck driver when he stood […]

  • Fall storms cueing for the weekend across Western Washington

    SEATTLE – Wind, rain, power outages: Thursday’s storm was just the beginning for our Northwest rainy season and more is on the way. At its peak the storm knocked out power to more than 10,000 Puget Sound Energy customers. The company said crews had been working since midnight to restore energy and by late afternoon Friday less than one thousand remained in the dark. But we’re not out of the woods just yet, even more rain and wind is coming, […]

  • Kitsap mom whose son has AFM fighting for CDC to do more to track it

    SILVERDALE, Wash. – Acute flaccid myeltis (AFM) can cause sudden paralysis. It’s struck hundreds of children in our country and continues to rise. Doctors have no idea what causes it. A Kitsap County mother who has been helping her son battle the disease for four years is hoping federal medical authorities will begin giving AFM the attention it deserves. Hayden Werdal is 17, but he got AFM when he was 13. “It makes you realize that it was so random […]

  • Tacoma Schools: Prepare now if bus driver sick out continues

    TACOMA, Wash. – It’s happened again in the South Sound – dozens of school bus drivers called out sick Tuesday, creating chaos for parents and school officials trying to get their special needs students to public schools on time. It’s like déjà vu for many families – the same problem happened Monday– and some parents believe it’s a way for school bus drivers to protest their salaries. Q13 News been looking into this story since Monday and confronted the bus […]

  • Parking fines to double in Everett

    Sticker shock is coming to the North Sound for those who don’t pay attention to parking laws.