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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
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    Tony Lopez Jr. returns to work, wants to help others

    DENVER – Many people never thought this day would come. Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. returned to full duty, just eight months after being shot and critically injured on the job. Lopez said he was excited to get back to work. “It’s like Christmas,” he said. Lopez was shot on Dec. 8 while conducting a traffic stop. He suffered a number of injuries to his upper and lower body. He has spent months in physical therapy, and his doctors cleared him to return […]

  • Battle of the Badges competition

    Battle of the Badges features first responders competing for a good cause

    DENVER — Battle of the Badges is a competition between our fittest first responders that will support The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life Webster Lake. Battle of the Badges is an event which will involve law enforcement and fire firefighters competing head to head in a competition through a course that will test their endurance, power, speed, coordination, stamina, and accuracy. This event is FREE to attend and is FREE for our firefighters and police officers to participate […]

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    Kids sell lemonade to help Lone Tree officer dealing with death of 2-year-old daughter

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — An effort by some Centennial kids to support law enforcement after the attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., took on extra special meaning Monday. They set up a lemonade and treat stand in the Willows neighborhood to raise money for a Lone Tree police officer Tyler Patten, who’s daughter died suddenly last week. Luluana Patten was just 2 years old. “This actually started with me having dinner with my triplets and they wanted to do something […]

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    Denver police officer John Adsit on a new mission during recovery

    DENVER — Denver police officer John Adsit is on a new mission. He has been searching for a way to give back since the accident that nearly killed him in December 2014. Now he has found it. He just launched a new nonprofit organization called Adsit Strong. It’s goal is to help injured first responders. “A friend of mine created a logo that said Adsit Strong. It started popping up on social media and as it progressed and I got better, […]

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    Denver police union demands changes after Dallas ambush

    DENVER — After the ambush on Dallas police officers, Denver’s largest police union, the Police Protective Association, is demanding changes in the department’s policies. The PPA sent two letters to police Chief Robert White, Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver International Airport Manager of Aviation Kim Day. In one letter, the PPA asks that officers be allowed to wear protective gear while providing security for protesters. “Our officers on the street have been given orders not to deploy at protests with protective gear […]

  • Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. walks out of hospital with his son and wife

    A goal met: Severely injured officer walks out of hospital with son

    DENVER — Baby Antonio Lopez the Sixth was a week late, but his parents said he was worth the wait. “I kept telling everyone it’s like waiting for Christmas when you’re like two. It was the longest wait ever. Now it’s time to take him home. I can’t wait just so excited,” said his father, Denver Police Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. Lopez was shot and nearly killed during a traffic stop in December. Doctors told him he might never walk again, but he used that […]

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    Contestants spend one year preparing for Denver-themed ‘Wheel of Fortune’ special

    DENVER — It has taken more than a year to get to this point — the Hollywood set of America’s game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” The contestants for “Denver Week” have been waiting since last May to make it here. Local firefighter Lee Maulsby, who we got to surprise with the news that he would be on “Wheel of Fortune,” along with 14 others flew to Los Angeles in March for the taping of five Denver-themed shows. And they are about to […]

  • Aurora police HEAT unit member

    Aurora’s HEAT unit cracks down on aggressive drivers, reduces crashes

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    First responders find horse therapy helps ease symptoms of PTSD

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    Palisade police officers rock out: ‘Don’t stop believing’

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    Denver police officers’ good deeds get top recognition from mayor, Nuggets

    DENVER — The nonprofit group “Citizens Appreciate Police” honored several officers Wednesday, with the help of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the Nuggets. “You go above and beyond the call of duty every day,” Hancock said. “These are the stories that are not told. This is an unsung element of policing. You may think in your difficult, complex job you do every day, the public is not aware of the 90 percent of the things you do for the good […]

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    Teenager gets incredible gift: Life-saving heart transplant

    DENVER — There are more than 120,000 people waiting for an organ donation. And according to organdonor.gov, 22 people will die each day waiting for an organ. But for a local teenager, the wait is over. Courtney Doell got a new heart last week thanks to an organ donor. Her mother, Shilo, said, “It’s just an answer to our prayers. I literally want to bust at the seams. I am so happy. It’s really priceless, a priceless gift.” Courtney Doell […]