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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
  • Video shows car crashing through Highlands Ranch homes

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Video shows the moment a car traveling at a high rate of speed crossed a Highland Ranch road and slammed into two houses. The crash happened Wednesday morning near Fairview Parkway and Grace Boulevard. Video from Valor Christian High School shows a black car speeding down Grace and narrowly missing a minivan that had crossed the intersection with Fairview just seconds earlier. The car then leaves the road, going airborne. A cloud of debris can be […]

  • Aurora police: missing woman found dead in southern Colorado

    AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora Police Department says the case of a missing 23-year-old woman is now a homicide investigation. On Tuesday afternoon, the Aurora Police Department said that the remains of a person found in Aguilar, Colorado on Sunday are those of LeBrea Jackson. Jackson was last seen in Aurora on Dec. 23. On Jan. 3, APD put out a picture of LeBrea asking for the public’s help locating her. Aguilar is about 20 miles north of Trinidad along […]

  • Denver-area officers recognized on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

    DENVER – Jan. 9 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for the sacrifices they make every day for their communities. In Parker, a local school went above and beyond to thank officers in their community. American Academy invited officers and deputies to have lunch with them. Some of the officers also visited the classrooms. The school said it’s a good way to connect the kids with the people who are […]

  • Mystery gunfire rocks Castle Rock neighborhood

    CASTLE ROCK – There’s a mystery in the normally quiet Castle Rock neighborhood of Cobblestone Ranch. Neighbors report hearing rapid gunfire Friday afternoon. Audrey McKenney said, “It’s extremely concerning. Sounded like the sound in the video from the Vegas shooting so it caught my attention.” A bullet hole in her garage door caught Lindsey Fraker’s attention when she got home Saturday afternoon. Fraker said, “It damaged a toolbox and bullet next to it. It looks like two grand for the […]

  • 3 mountain lions caught on camera in Boulder County driveway

    BOULDER, Colo – A Boulder County family woke up to quite a surprise on their home surveillance system. “I couldn’t believe it. I had to watch it several times because it didn’t look real,” said Dave Denu. He and his family were trying to figure out what the cameras outside their home just outside Boulder had captured. “I slowly turned the camera around and they were shocked, too,” Denu said of his family’s reaction. The camera on their garage caught three […]

  • Family of local woman, grandson killed in 2014 wants case solved

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — On the five-year anniversary of a brutal double murder, the victims’ family members gathered at their gravesite to remember the 50-year-old woman and her 18-month-old grandson. Their loved ones want the community to remember that their case has not yet been solved. The crime took place on Jan. 3, 2014 between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 2812 West 66th Place in unincorporated Adams County. The two victims were Rae Lynn Gonzales, 50, and her grandson, […]

  • Florida teen delivers hand-made bears to family of fallen Adams County deputy

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The family of fallen Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm got a special delivery from a Florida teenager, who hand delivered several hand-made bears. Deputy Gumm was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 24, 2018. 16-year-old Megan O’Grady came up with the idea for “Blue Line Bears” after the 2016 ambush in Dallas, Texas where five officers were shot and killed. “My dad is a police officer where we live. It’s my biggest […]

  • New Colorado license plates aim to help kids battling cancer

    DENVER – Starting Tuesday, Coloradans can get a brand-new specialty license plate and help children battling cancer. 14-year-old Gabe Santistevan came up with the idea for the “Cure Childhood Cancer” license plate. “I just want people to know there are kids out there diagnosed with cancer and they and their families are struggling to fight this disease,” he said. While he’s going through his own fight with cancer, the Aurora teen has designed a unique way to help other families […]

  • Broncos present protective gear for emergency responders to use

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – –  The Denver Broncos have joined FOX31’s effort to “Support the Shield.” The team presented Shield616 kits to 120 first responders from 34 agencies around the state Thursday. Shield616 and the Broncos, led by Von Miller, made this possible. Miller spearheaded the effort to collect $200,000 from his teammates, coaches and staff. Executive Director of Community Development for the Broncos, Allie Pisching said, “We believe this program has the opportunity to impact and save thousands of […]

  • Teal flamingos helping raise awareness about ovarian cancer

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  • Metro-area non-profit plans memorial service for Las Animas deputy killed in crash

    PUEBLO – Colorado is once again preparing to say goodbye to a sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty. Las Animas County Sgt. Matthew Moreno was killed in a car crash on Dec. 12 while responding to a call for help. A civilian and child were also killed A metro-area non-profit group made up of law enforcement officers is planning Sgt. Moreno’s memorial service. This is the third funeral the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation has planned this […]

  • Police officers, sheriffs’ deputies from all over Colorado deliver toys to Children’s Hospital patients

    AURORA, Colo. — They call it their favorite day of the year at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Hundreds of police officers and sheriff’s deputies from across the state delivered toys to the patients who are spending the holidays in the hospital. This was the 16 year for the “Long Blue Line Toy Drive,” organized by “Cops Fighting Cancer.” It’s a non-profit organization that provides support to cancer patients and their families. This was started by Aurora Police Officer James Seneca who […]