• Follow me on:

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
  • 5 Denver police officers awarded for acts of kindness, generosity

    DENVER – The non-profit group Citizens Appreciate Police awarded five Denver police officers for their acts of kindness and generosity. The quarterly awards are given to officers who go above and beyond the regular call of duty to help members of the community. Officer Jerami Chavez was nominated by his supervisor for buying Christmas gifts and school supplies for a mother who was struggling to provide for her son. Officer Chavez learned that the woman’s son loves the Denver Broncos […]

  • Castle Rock police and fire departments host ‘splash mob’ to connect with kids

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. —   The Castle Rock Police and Fire Departments hosted a “splash mob” at the Miller Activity Complex Friday afternoon. They handed out water cannons and had a huge water fight. In all, it lasted just over 15 minutes, but they hope it makes a lasting impression on the children. Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley said, “We want to connect to community and kids and let them know we are here for them to be their […]

  • 9-year-old gets a new Frisbee through special delivery from Castle Rock police

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Nine-year-old Caleb McCune wants to be a police officer, and even more so after Thursday. Caleb and his Boy Scout troop took a tour of the Castle Rock Police Department a year or so ago. He got a Frisbee on that tour and has played with it so much that it started to fall apart. “I’ve had it maybe one or two years. As you can see, it’s snapped off right here, it used to say […]

  • These tips will help you start an exercise routine

    DENVER – If you are thinking of getting off the couch and starting an exercise routine, it can be overwhelming. But personal trainer Jourdan Baldwin has a few simple steps to get you going. TIP #1: HAVE SELF COMPASSION. Jourdan said, “The first step to getting off the couch is to develop a sense of self-compassion. If you come from a place of guilt or shame, that can do some motivation for the short term, but won`t keep you going […]

  • National Police Week: A time to honor fallen law enforcement heroes

    WASHINGTON — National police week is underway in the nation’s capitol, with tributes to officers killed in the line of duty last year. That includes Douglas County Deputy Zack Parrish. As part of our Support the Shield campaign, FOX31’s Deborah Takahara took a trip to Washington to share more information about the organizations that make the week possible as well as the heroes honored. Tens of thousands of police officers from around the world gathered in Washington on Sunday to […]

  • Fallen deputy Zackari Parrish to be honored at ceremony in Washington

    WASHINGTON — National Police Week is getting underway and Colorado is well represented. Hundreds of officers and deputies are on hand to pay their respects to fallen Douglas County deputy Zackari Parrish. His family and colleagues from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office landed Friday evening and were greeted by a line of officers. Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “It was very heartwarming and I know Gracie felt that. We were right by her and you could see it was heartwarming and […]

  • FBI wants to see more women applying to become special agents

    DENVER – It’s been a difficult time for Colorado law enforcement. Some agencies say there is now a critical shortage of applicants. The FBI is targeting one specific group. They want to see more females applying to become special agents. The FBI says it’s been challenging getting enough qualified candidates. They call it a “critical need”. They’ve released recruiting videos and are touting the benefits of working for the agency. Special Agent in Charge, Calvin Shivers said, “It’s been very […]

  • Former police officer has personal reason for joining Shield 616

    DENVER — Shield 616 is one of the recipients of our “Support the Shield” campaign. It is dedicated to equipping as many officers with advanced protective gear as quickly as possible. It has a new member who has a personal reason to be involved. Chris Brown was a Colorado Springs police officer for seven years until he was forced to medically retired in January. “I was injured in January of 2015,” he said. “I was trying to arrest a suspect […]

  • Suspect shot and killed by Denver police was wanted for multiple robberies

    DENVER — The suspect Denver police officers shot and killed at Colfax and Quebec earlier this week has been identified as Charles Boeh. Police said Friday the 36-year-old was wanted for multiple robberies in Colorado and Missouri, including two in metro Denver on Monday. Surveillance video showed him robbing a bank in Aurora. Denver officers shot and killed him during a traffic stop Wednesday after Boeh tried ramming his way through traffic following an alleged armed robbery. Investigators say he […]

  • World’s best con artist: He always knew he would get caught

    PARKER, Colo. — The man dubbed “the world’s best con artist” and subject to the movie “Catch Me if You Can” said he always knew he would get caught. Frank Abagnale Jr. was in Colorado, sharing his expertise with local fraud investigators. The 2018 Economic Symposium was hosted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “I always knew I would get caught,” Abagnale said. “Only a fool would think otherwise. The law sometimes sleeps, but […]

  • Beyond the call of duty: DPD officers recognized

    DENVER — Ten Denver Police Department officers were honored Wednesday for their acts by the group Citizens Appreciate Police. The nonprofit recognizes outstanding work by officers who go above and beyond the call of duty. “They’re immersed in community, serving community — that’s a different level of service. This is uncommon across the country, and thanks to you, this is showing it is more common here in Denver than it is elsewhere,” said Denver Department of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. […]

  • Colorado law officers train for bike ride to honor fallen colleagues

    DENVER — Every 60 hours, a police officer is killed in the line of duty in the country. About 900,000 officers put their lives on the line every day and thousands will bike into Washington as part of the Police Unity Tour that kicks off National Police week next month. Colorado’s team is made up of more than 40 officers from around the state, including Colorado State Patrol troopers Bell Hee and Roy Cherry. They started training last year and […]