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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
  • World’s best con artist: He always knew he would get caught

    PARKER, Colo. — The man dubbed “the world’s best con artist” and subject to the movie “Catch Me if You Can” said he always knew he would get caught. Frank Abagnale Jr. was in Colorado, sharing his expertise with local fraud investigators. The 2018 Economic Symposium was hosted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “I always knew I would get caught,” Abagnale said. “Only a fool would think otherwise. The law sometimes sleeps, but […]

  • Beyond the call of duty: DPD officers recognized

    DENVER — Ten Denver Police Department officers were honored Wednesday for their acts by the group Citizens Appreciate Police. The nonprofit recognizes outstanding work by officers who go above and beyond the call of duty. “They’re immersed in community, serving community — that’s a different level of service. This is uncommon across the country, and thanks to you, this is showing it is more common here in Denver than it is elsewhere,” said Denver Department of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. […]

  • Colorado law officers train for bike ride to honor fallen colleagues

    DENVER — Every 60 hours, a police officer is killed in the line of duty in the country. About 900,000 officers put their lives on the line every day and thousands will bike into Washington as part of the Police Unity Tour that kicks off National Police week next month. Colorado’s team is made up of more than 40 officers from around the state, including Colorado State Patrol troopers Bell Hee and Roy Cherry. They started training last year and […]

  • Store outfitting kids in need celebrates 10th anniversary

    DENVER — We all know how fast kids can grow out of clothes! If you have a pile of threads you don’t know what to do with, a local non-profit would take those hand-me-downs off your hands. “Clothes to Kids of Denver” is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. This year, they hope to provide 10,000 wardrobes to kids in need. When families visit the “Clothes to Kids of Denver” Shop, they get more than just free clothes. They get a personal […]

  • Young girl battling cancer on quest to become famous

    DENVER — A little girl battling leukemia is on a quest to become famous. Gabriella Kovach is well on her way after the Nuggets tweeted a picture of her at the game Friday night. The tweet went viral, shared and liked tens of thousands of times. “I think it’s so good,” Kovach said. “I didn’t think Make-A-Wish was going to be like this.” It started when she was granted a wish in November. Her mother said Make-A-Wish came up with […]

  • Denver police physical therapist treats officers, saves city millions

    DENVER — Police officers in Denver have a new way to get healthy if they are injured with a physical therapist on staff. It’s an idea borrowed from the Denver Fire Department and one that has saved the city millions of dollars. Daniel Jonte started treating officers in 2016 as part of a pilot program. “That first month was a building phase, we had 46 patients that first month,” Jonte said. “The next month, we had 135 patients. The word got […]

  • Castle Rock police officer goes viral after doing ballet with daughter

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — You might have seen the video of the Castle Rock police officer doing ballet with his daughter. For the first time, we hear from that officer in that viral video. His name is Cody Brown. His 9-year-old daughter Tessa, invited him to her “bring your dad to ballet class” day in early February. Brown’s wife, took the video and posted it online. “I figured it would be a Facebook like or heart and be done, I had […]

  • 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 […]