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Deborah Takahara anchors FOX31 Denver news at 5 and 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Deborah has been named “Best News Anchor” by the Colorado Broadcasters Association for two years in a row. She 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 Continuing Coverage of a Vietnam Airman's return home, 37 years after he was killed in action.

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.


Recent Articles
  • Glen Haven, Colo. one year after the flood

    Tiny town of Glen Haven working hard to recover 1 year after the flood

    GLEN HAVEN, Colo. — The torrential downpour that hit parts of Colorado one year ago nearly wiped the little community of Glen Haven off the map. The small town just north of Estes Park had 20 inches of rain in two days last September. Nevertheless, there has been a remarkable recovery thanks to the people who live there. A steady stream of cinnamon roll lovers at the Glen Haven General Store makes it look like things are back to normal […]

  • Avery

    Deb’s Due Date: Avery is 4 weeks old

    I’m sorry for the delayed update. I can’t believe so much time has gone by! Baby Avery is already 4 weeks old. She is doing great! We live in three hour increments right now. Feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby. There’s not much time for anything else. Most days, a shower is a luxury. LINK: Deb’s Due Date Blog The most challenging part is trying to get her to sleep. She has been doing three hour stretches […]

  • Avery

    Deb’s Due Date: Say ‘hello’ to Avery Ann!

    I’m so happy to announce that my baby daughter has finally arrived! Avery Ann was born at 11:30 p.m. last night. It’s been a long journey and I’ve enjoyed sharing part of it with you in my mommy blog Deb’s Due Date including teaching my daughter how to welcome a new baby, all I learned about car seat safety and getting pregnant after 40.

  • Deb’s Due Date: Teaching my daughter how to welcome the new baby

    New parents have lots to worry about, and for those who have older children, the arrival of a new brother or sister can be upsetting and can change the family dynamics. Hospitals like Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver hold classes for older siblings. LINK: More Deb’s Due Date stories “When they’re used to having the majority of attention focused on them, it’s challenging in any situation,” said Child Birth Educator, Laura Davis.  “I think making sure they’re comfortable […]

  • Deb's Due Date

    Deb’s Due Date: Final countdown is on!

    The final countdown is on!  The past nine months have gone by super fast, but it seems these last two weeks are going by so slow. At our last doctor’s visit, we found out the baby is already measuring over seven pounds. She is also showing signs that her lungs are working. Through an ultrasound, we could see her little lungs working. All very positive signs. My concern now is that she doesn’t grow too big — for her sake […]

  • How to keep kids from being injured in the car and at home

    DENVER — There’s nothing worse for a parent that losing a child or having a child get seriously injured. But it happens every day. In fact, some experts say 2.5 million children are injured in their own homes each year. Many of those injuries could be prevented. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, they offer free advice and free car seat installation. Susan Yates is Children’s Prevention Education Coordinator. “Our goal is to keep the kids out of the hospital,” she said. […]

  • Deb’s Due Date: Getting pregnant after 40

    We are closing in on baby’s due date. We brought a camera crew to our doctor’s appointment this morning. Dr. Robert Stettler of Obstetrix Medical Group is one of the leading high risk pregnancy doctors in the metro area. He says he is seeing more and more women having babies at older ages. While that comes with complications, he said, “for me, it’s a challenge that I can help people through. I enjoy that.” He has certainly helped us through […]

  • Victor McClendon of Colorado Springs was murdered in 1975

    $10,000 reward offered for information about murder of man 40 years ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nearly 40 years later, a Colorado mother is still searching for answers about who killed her husband, a father of two young boys. Police and the victim’s employer and his family have come to FOX31 Denver, hoping to get the word out that solving this murder case is still a priority. Joann Tornow’s husband, Victor McClendon, was the manager of the Safeway store in West Colorado Springs. She said, “He was very well liked, worked at […]

  • Me and Babies R Us Store Manager Tonja Fucile.

    Deb’s Due Date: Final name ideas

    DENVER — A couple thoughts for you today. I spent the afternoon at Babies R Us recently — this time with the store manager, Tonja Fucile. We were there to tape a segment for an upcoming news story. I learned so much and feel less overwhelmed that I did during our first trip to the store a few weeks ago. My favorite quote from Tonja is, “You don’t need everything in the store, but everything in the store is designed […]

  • Suspect captured after getting caught stealing phone in accidental video

    Video, social media and alert police officers take criminal off the streets

    DENVER — What started as a local journalism student’s reporting on an education bill at the state capitol turned into a lesson on personal safety. Metro State student, Jesse Salazar said, “I was very friendly and doing my thing. The next thing I know, my phone’s gone.” It turns out, Jessica had recorded a crime in progress. Watch the video clip above and you will see a guy slip his hand in her camera bag and take her phone. She […]

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    Deb’s Mommy Blog: Where’s the sleep?

    DENVER — Expecting a newborn baby, I know I am in for some sleepless nights. I just didn’t realize they were going to start now. Maybe my body is just practicing for the middle of the night feeding — more than a month before the baby arrives. I went to bed at a reasonable hour last night, then found myself wide awake in the middle of the night. Before I even looked at the clock, I hoped and prayed that […]

  • Spirit Airlines

    Complaints against some of Denver’s biggest airlines rise

    DENVER — The results are in and it looks like travelers have a lot of complaints about airline travel. Several airlines at DIA top the list of most complained about airlines. Spirit Airlines passengers are most likely to complain about their experience, according to a report released Thursday by the CoPIRG Foundation. Among major airlines, Spirit generates the most complaints for its size and generates an increasing number of complaints each year. Other most-complained about firms include Frontier Airlines, United […]