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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
  • 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 […]

  • 6 Denver police officers honored in mayoral ceremony

    DENVER — Six Denver Police Department officers received mayoral certificates of appreciation by Mayor Michael Hancock in a ceremony in the rotunda of the City and County building on Wednesday. The officers had earlier been selected for Citizens Appreciate Police Awards. Citizens Appreciate Police is a nonprofit organization that recognizes the kindness, generosity and compassion of Denver police officers. “These men and women are not just good police officers, they are great people,” Hancock said. “I know some of these […]

  • Las Vegas shooting survivor finds support in Colorado

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A California sheriff’s deputy is recovering at Craig Hospital after being shot in the chest during the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1. And he is getting some support from fellow law enforcement officers who know his pain. Jason McMillan and his girlfriend, Ella Gaete, were in the crowd for the concert when the gunfire broke out. “We were pretty close to the stage,” McMillan said. “I was actually recording him at the time. I heard the […]

  • Cherry Creek High School student grateful for health, help

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — We have spent the weekend giving thanks for our health and our loved ones. Now, a 17-year-old Cherry Creek High School senior is thanking St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for saving his life.

  • Have you seen them? Colorado’s Most Wanted

    Police are asking for help identifying and finding some of the most dangerous criminals around our state. Channel 2’s Deborah Takahara has a look at some of them in this week’s edition of Colorado’s Most Wanted.

  • Free class prepares regular citizens to become immediate responders

    Editor’s Note: Deborah Takahara took this class and gives us her perspective on what she learned. DENVER — An hour and fifteen minutes may be all it takes to help save someone’s life. The Paramedic Division at Denver Health Medical Center is offering a series of free classes to train people on how to be an effective “immediate responder” in the event of a mass casualty event. “Trauma victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, often within five to 10 […]

  • Denver girl donates stuffed animals to police

    DENVER — An 8-year-old Denver girl has given the Denver Police Department a new weapon to help comfort children in traumatic situations. Destiny Martinez donated dozens of her stuffed animals to the department. “I gave them away to the police station to give them away to kids who are in a car accident or see something really scary,” the girl said. She got the idea after she was in a car accident earlier this year. “She was scared, she was […]

  • Parker student uses film to help spread anti-bully message

    PARKER, Colo. — This month, schools around the world are coming together to help put a stop to bullying. It’s a growing problem that one Parker student knows all too well. Alec Ybarra said he was bullied for an entire year. He said it got so bad, he changed schools. And that changed his outlook. He decided to make a movie about his experience. He wrote the film “Unmarked” in just two days. “That’s what happened in real life,” he […]

  • Can’d Aid donates bikes to local kids

    DENVER — We love our bikes and brews, and a local organization found a way to put the two together to help kids. The Can’d Aid Foundation built 80 brand new bikes with the help of volunteers. And Wednesday, they donated them to second graders at Goldrick Elementary School in Denver. Can’d Aid likes to call themselves “the people-powered organization that spreads do-goodery.” They rallied dozens of volunteers to help put together brand new bikes. Some of the volunteers had […]

  • Aurora firefighters launch new campaign to keep kids warm

    AURORA – Our cool, dreary weather has many people scrambling to find their winter coats, but some local kids don’t have a coat to keep them warm. Aurora firefighters are trying to change that. They are launching a brand new coat drive. They are partnering with an organization called “Operation Warm.” Aurora Fire Medic, Travis Pulliam is spearheading the effort. He said, “Everybody loves kids. There is nothing worse than a kid being cold or a kid not having a […]