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Deborah Takahara anchors Channel 2 News at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. She also anchors FOX31 News at 10 p.m. weekdays.

Deborah is an award winning journalist who has traveled the country chasing big news stories.

As a reporter for KTVT-TV (CBS) in Dallas, she saw firsthand the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She traveled to Mexico to cover the violence at the border. She was awarded a regional Emmy for coverage of an airman’s return home, 37 years after he was killed in action in Vietnam.

After graduating from the University of California at Irvine, Deborah began her broadcasting career in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she worked for KHBS-TV (ABC). A short six months later, KATV-TV (ABC) in Little Rock hired her as a general assignment reporter. She worked her way up to weekend morning anchor and then weekday morning anchor. Her next jump took her back to her Southern California roots, where she was an anchor and reporter for KNSD-TV (NBC) in San Diego. Deborah also worked for NBC News where she covered major news events on the West Coast.

Deborah loves to travel and explore new areas. She also loves the outdoors and is looking forward to gardening, skiing and running. She has completed four marathons, including the 2011 Boston Marathon.

More with Deborah Takahara

Who or what has been your most memorable interview or story?

Covering Hurricane Katrina was the toughest assignment I’ve ever had. It was also the most rewarding. I saw destruction that was unimaginable. Entire neighborhoods no longer exist, streets and landmarks were gone, and there were stairs leading up to foundations but no houses. But in the middle of it all, we found hope. Like the mailman who continued his route, even though mail boxes were missing, addresses were gone and sometimes there was no house at all. The entire experience made me appreciate life and the little things. It also gave me a new respect for Mother Nature!

If you could interview anyone dead or alive who would it be?

I would love the chance to sit down and spend some time with Princess Diana. After all these years, people are still fascinated by her story.

What is the best thing about being a journalist?

The best part of being a journalist is doing something different every day. That’s what got me interested in the news business. I couldn’t imagine having to sit in an office every day. As a reporter, I get to talk to people from all walks of life and witness events from fires and floods to court hearings and politics.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I love to tell the story about carrying my young son, walking the dog, and carrying the tricycle all at the same time. But I’m sure moms all over think that’s just part of motherhood.

Email Deborah at Deborah.Takahara@KWGN.com


Recent Articles
  • Nonprofit helps plan funeral for second deputy killed within a month

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The same group that planned Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish’s funeral is helping Adams County pay tribute to fallen deputy Heath Gumm. The Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation stepped up immediately and offered to help the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The nonprofit group started in Colorado a year and a half ago and is designed to plan and provide the most respectful service to honor a fallen hero. “When officer goes down in the line of […]

  • Why Adams County investigators don’t want image of suspect shown

    DENVER — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has not released the mug shot of the suspect they are holding in the shooting death of Deputy Heath Gumm. Officials asked local media outlets to not show the suspect’s photo when a previous mug shot of him surfaced. Dreion Dearing made his first court appearance Friday after being arrested for the shooting Wednesday night. The judge would not allow pictures of his face.   We asked an expert why officials don’t want […]

  • Inside view of what police officers are like, and how they need community’s support

    DENVER – So far this year, seven police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. Two sheriff’s deputies have died in Colorado within the last four weeks. Many people are asking what’s going on and what changes will come about because of this? Retired Denver Police Sergeant Steve Warneke, who is now an award winning author, said, “One officer is too many. Anytime a guardian of our way of life, the symbols of peace […]

  • CU researchers unveil new way to create robots, artificial muscles

    BOULDER, Colo. — An exciting announcement from the University of Colorado where researchers have unveiled a new way to create robots and artificial muscles. “What we’ve done here at the Keplinger research group at CU Boulder is introduce a new type of artificial muscle that is really the closest thing to natural muscles in terms of performance,” graduate student Eric Acome said. They have been working on this project for two years and the research was just published in the […]

  • Behind the scenes look at how AMBER Alert system works

    DENVER — When a child goes missing, experts say the first three hours are critical. That is why getting word out to the public quickly is essential. The program in place to do that is the AMBER Alert System. Saturday is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. CBI runs the AMBER Alert system in Colorado and invited our Deborah Takahara in for a behind the scene look at how the system works. Audrey Simkins is one of three CBI analysts that […]

  • 2 Denver officers recognized for going above and beyond while helping people

    DENVER — A local nonprofit organization recognized two Denver police officers for their acts of kindness. Citizens Appreciate Police was formed in 1978 to recognize the good work of officers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Denver police technician Amy Esten and officer Tara Moxin received the quarterly award. Esten used her own money to help a domestic violence victim fly to Atlanta to get her children out of protective custody. “It’s always really nice to be […]

  • Police officers’ association adds hoodie to fundraiser for Zack Parrish’s family

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The Castle Rock Police Officers Association has come up with another way to honor deputy Zach Parrish. It released a newly designed hoodie, the second shirt to benefit the Parrish family. “We loved his father’s quote so much, that we decided to use it on the hoodie,” the association said. “The front is the Spartan helmet and on the back says ‘GO BLUE LIVE LIKE ZACK!’” The hoodies are $30. “End of Watch” memorial shirts are […]

  • Fundraisers to benefit Zackari Parrish’s family this weekend, Monday

    Several groups are holding fundraisers this weekend to help Deputy Zackari Parrish’s family. CrossFit Loop in Castle Rock will be hosting a fundraising event this Saturday in honor of Deputy Parrish. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Douglas County Fallen Officer Fund. The HERO Workout for Zack was designed by his good friend and CFL Athlete Matt McNairy. They will host 3 classes and they are open to everyone. Times: 08:00, 09:30 and 10:30. Address: 136 S Wilcox […]

  • Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation takes lead in planning deputy Parrish’s funeral

    DENVER — Extensive planning has gone into Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish’s funeral, which happens Friday morning. It’s expected to last two hours and will include long processions. The Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation has led the planning of the memorial service. The group’s mission is to help ease the burden on agencies such as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, whose men and women need time to mourn one of their own. “When an officer dies in the line of […]

  • Denver police officers help their biggest supporter

    DENVER — Everyone at the Denver Police Department knows Marsha Berger, but they had no idea she was struggling to pay her bills because of the skyrocketing cost of rent. The 80-year-old has been an ardent supporter of the department for 21 years. “We all know Marsha. Marsha knows most of us. There’s officers I don’t know, but Marsha knows them,” officer Jeremy Ownbey said. Berger has gone out of her way to show her love and support to the […]

  • Denver Police Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. says “life is good”

    DENVER – Denver Police Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. said, “Everyday is a blessing to put the badge back on” as he reflects on the two year journey since he was shot and nearly killed during a traffic stop. He said, “As time goes on, your body recovers, your mind recovers, you move on and it’s a regular day.” A “regular day” for Lopez Jr. includes a trip to the gym, where he does CrossFit workouts. He credits his physical health […]

  • California wildfire forces voice of FOX31 to evacuate home

    OJAI, Calif. — Voice-over artist Beau Weaver is used to bringing the headlines, not being in them. Weaver was forced to leave his home in Ojai, California on Tuesday when the Thomas fire broke out. He has lived in Southern California for 30 years. He said he has never seen fires like the area is experiencing now. “I’ve seen fires,” he said. “I’ve never seen it move this quickly and never been right in it’s path.” Weaver loaded up his RV […]