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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
  • Army helicopter pilot presses on after catastrophic crash

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tens of thousands of our military members have returned from war injured. David Ortiz is one of them. He was an Army helicopter pilot, on a mission in Afghanistan when his chopper crashed. He survived, but he was paralyzed from the waist down. He came to Craig Hospital nearly a year ago and says that is when he got his second chance at life. Ortiz said he always wanted to be a pilot, following in his dad’s footsteps. […]

  • Kevin Ogar learning to walk again.

    Paralyzed CrossFit athlete Kevin Ogar learning to walk again

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A local CrossFit competitor was nearly killed exactly one year ago Sunday during a weightlifting competition in California. Now his story of hope is helping Coloradans redefine what they consider strong. There is video of his accident. We spoke to Kevin Ogar about showing it to you. He just asked that we warn you that it is difficult to watch. But he agrees: It shows the gravity of the situation that he survived. Ogar was left paralyzed from […]

  • Finding a new normal after an accident

    DENVER — The Colorado mountains attract people who love the outdoors. But when one Michigan man moved here last year, he was seriously injured in a mountain biking accident. It turns out, James Murtha could not have landed in a better place. He has been recovering and going through rehab at Craig Hospital. Craig Hospital is known around the world for helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. They have treated more than 30,000 patients since […]

  • Aspen teen battles back from catastrophic accident

    DENVER — Craig Hospital is known around the world for helping patients recover from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. They have treated more than 30,000 patients since 1956. We are honored to share some of their patients stories. Stories of Hope. Mackenzie Langley was a skier, a soccer player, a hockey player. Basically, she was one tough teenager. Her mom, Darnell Langley said, “she’s the fighter to the end, that’s always been her nature.” And it would be […]

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    U.S. will respond to North Korea hack, official says

    WASHINGTON — U.S. government officials are preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack — but haven’t yet decided how to respond to the attack. The White House and other agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the United States’ range of options, a senior official in President Barack Obama’s administration said. “We do think it’s appropriate to respond,” the official said. Those options could include new sanctions against North Korea, another source said. […]

  • Stolen Christmas decorations returned after girls put up sign

    LONGMONT, Colo. —   A family’s decorations were stolen from the outside of their home last week. The little girls put a sign up asking to bring the decorations back and their wish was granted. On Monday, the decorations were back along with an apology note. The little girls who live at that house were so excited their decorations are back, they put up a sign that says, “Santa is Back.  Thank you.” The “grinch” that stole the decorations, promised he would […]

  • March of Dimes helps military moms-to-be

    DENVER — Being a new mom is tough, and being a military mom can be even tougher. The March of Dimes reaches out to moms-to-be.

  • 'Flat Stanley' hangs out with the Denver Broncos

    Second-graders send ‘Flat Stanley’ to Broncos; team chronicles his adventures for them

    PIERCE, Colo. — Ms. Johnson’s second grade class at Highland Elementary school in Pierce, Colorado have quite the tale to tell. Thanks to Flat Stanley and The Denver Broncos. The class was studying the children’s book, “Flat Stanley,” where a little boy gets flattened and is able to see the world by being mailed around to places. Janaya Paswater, a student in Ms. Johnson’s class, dressed her Flat Stanley up like Peyton Manning. They sent him off to the Broncos, […]

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    Chiropractic care may help solve some babies’ health issues

    DENVER — I covered this story as I do all stories, as a journalist: fair, unbiased, presenting both sides. But just know that I am a mom, whose newborn spent the first four months a miserable mess. We tried everything and nothing helped. We were sleep deprived and at wits end. Until someone turned us onto an idea that is growing in popularity. A chiropractor for babies. When you think of chiropractors, you think of cracking and twisting and adults. […]

  • Off Limits

    Class gives parents tools to protect children from sexual predators

    DENVER — The numbers are staggering. Nearly one-quarter of all children are sexually abused before the age of 18. That is one out of four kids! But one Colorado woman is trying a unique approach to protecting kids. She has talked to sex offenders and has some powerful insight … and offers three easy steps to keep your family safe. Feather Berkower, founder of “Parenting Safe Children,” told her recent class of parents, “I acknowledge that this is not an […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]