I joined the Q13 Fox News team as an anchor/reporter in June 2013. After living in the deserts of Nevada and California for several years, it was nice to move somewhere with trees. I had almost forgotten what they looked like!

I was born and raised in New Jersey, but moved west to attend the University of Southern California. I’m still a die-hard Trojan and will proudly sport my cardinal and gold up here in Husky country.

My TV career has taken me around the country. I’ve reported and anchored in Palm Springs, California’s Inland Empire, North Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I also spent five years working in Las Vegas, where I became somewhat of an expert on casino buffets.

My husband and I are excited to explore the dining options here in the Pacific Northwest. We’re also big sports fans, so expect to see us rooting on Pete Carroll and the Seahawks when they play anyone but my beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

If you want to see what’s going on behind the scenes or have a story idea, connect with me on Twitter, @tina_patel.

Recent Articles
  • Opponent of state’s transgender bathroom law criticized for his tactics

    SEATTLE — One man says Washington’s law allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with could open the door for criminals to take advantage of women.  He’s now leading the fight to get the law overturned. But his tactics are raising some concern. Here’s what Joseph Backholm, chairman of the Just Want Privacy Campaign, said on a Family Policy Institute podcast a few weeks ago (here’s the link): “My favorite signature gathering strategy for all […]

  • Local Muslims condemn violence in Orlando

    REDMOND – CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, put out a statement today condemning the violence in Orlando and saying the shooter doesn’t represent the ideals of their faith. Nihal Fahim, a Muslim woman who lives in Redmond with her family, says she’s just like any other American mother who is working hard and trying to raise her kids in a safe environment. She doesn’t want people to judge or discriminate against her, because of what one extremist did. “It’s […]

  • Criminal charge filed against Everett company over employee’s death in augur accident

    SEATTLE — The King County Prosecutor’s Office  filed a criminal charge Friday against an Everett company, Pacific Topsoils, in connection with serious workplace safety violations that led to the death of an employee in 2014. The prosecutor’s office said Pacific Topsoils is charged with Violation of Labor Safety Regulation with Death Resulting, which is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000. Pacific Topsoils’ employee, 19-year-old Bradley Hogue, was killed by a rotating auger while working inside the hopper of a […]

  • Lawyer accuses Bellevue Christian School of failing to act on allegations against teacher

    SEATTLE — The attorney for a teenager who says her former teacher sexually molested her is speaking out. Sim Osborn says the girl was 13 and in seventh grade in 2012 at Bellevue Christian School in Clyde Hill, when her science/shop teacher Edward Sloan began touching her inappropriately. He says the girl’s family reported the incident to the school, but administrators failed to take any action. “That was not a safe school, that was not a safe learning environment,” Osborn […]

  • Washington soldier finally coming home, after going missing during the Korean War

    KENT, Wash. — A Washington soldier is finally getting a homecoming, more than 60 years after he went missing during the Korean War. The Army has identified the remains of Sgt. Harold Sparks. Next week, his family will bury him at Tahoma National Cemetery with full military honors. Jim Ahrens never met his Uncle Harold. But he grew up hearing stories about the Army sergeant who fought in the Korean War. “There were pictures around the house, there was memorabilia […]

  • Man arrested for string of fires in Beacon Hill greenbelt, ‘Jungle’ homeless area

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities are investigating a series of fires set in and around a Seattle homeless encampment along Interstate 5 known as the Jungle. The Seattle Fire Department said on Twitter investigators have determined that eight fires, including one in a vacant building Monday afternoon were intentionally set. Seattle Police Capt. Paul McDonagh said Monday evening five initial fires were started, with three blazes spotted later in the day near Jose Rizal Park, prompting a large police response and search […]

  • Preparing for the Big One: ‘Cascadia Rising 2016’ getting under way

    SEATTLE — Is the Pacific Northwest ready for a magnitude 9.0 mega earthquake and tsunami? That’s what emergency crews are going to find out this week. “Cascadia Rising 2016” is getting under way. It’s a region-wide exercise to test the emergency response to a major disaster in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The Washington National Guard is just one of the government agencies taking part. On Monday, they practiced offloading a fleet of their supply delivery vehicles to Vashon Island. “If […]

  • Wildfire near Gorge Amphitheatre accidentally started by boaters, no charges expected

    GEORGE, WA – Firefighters in Central Washington say they’ve put the Sunland Fire out, and there’s no longer a threat to the public. They are still mopping up the 600-acre wildfire that broke out yesterday afternoon near the Gorge Amphitheatre, but have lifted all evacuation warnings. Sheriff’s deputies have now determined boaters sparked the fire when they came onshore to have lunch. Their campfire near the Columbia River spread into some brush and got out of control when the winds […]

  • Fast moving wildfire burns 600 acres near Gorge Amphitheatre

    GEORGE, WA – No one at the Sasquatch Festival expected the show they got this afternoon. “When I saw the smoke, I thought it was just dust,” says Anna Lau. “Because it was so windy.” But concert goers soon realized a wildfire was burning close to the Gorge Amphitheatre. “One of my campmates said it was three miles from our campsite, so everyone got a little worried,” says Benjamin Newton. The fire started near a popular climbing spot by the […]

  • 4 hikers rescued from local mountains in last 2 days

    SNOQUALMIE PASS – It’s been a busy weekend for search and rescue teams in the local mountains. They have had to rescue four hikers in just the last two days. They are hoping a hiker who got stranded on Guye Peak near Snoqualmie Pass will make it down safely by midnight Saturday. The man, who’s visiting from Chicago, told rescuers that he went on a day hike yesterday, but slipped and got stuck on a ledge. “This is not a very […]

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