Seattle is my family "hub," and I have a deep sense of pride in my Seattle heritage. But I did work as a journalist in Oregon for eight years and developed a real love for that state, too. And with relatives in Idaho and Alaska, I feel like I have a strong connection to all the states we cover at NorthWest Cable News.
I was raised on Seattle's Eastside and actually come from a long line of Scandinavians who settled there and started working the land - back when there were farms on the Eastside.
As a geek on the high school debate team, I loved to argue - and I still find debating really enjoyable. I like taking both sides of an issue and arguing to the best of my ability. It's one of the reasons I constantly toy with the idea of someday going to law school (because everyone knows the world needs MORE lawyers!)
You could say I'm passionate about my work, but there are some things I don't like to do. I never, ever want to knock on another grieving family member's door ever again. I have always protested that part of the job. It's not necessary to any story. Sometimes people in these situations do want to speak to the media, so they can tell the public what a great person their loved one was. But there are more respectful ways to handle the situation.
I love learning new things, and my job always gives me that opportunity. For example, during our energy crisis, some journalists dreaded having to dig in and learn how power is sold on the open market. I loved it. I'm not afraid of asking questions that everyone else is wondering, too, but may be too afraid to ask for fear of coming off as stupid. Why would you know how electricity is bought and sold on the open market, unless you worked in a related field? I don't feel any pressure to pretend that I know everything.
I'm also an avid writer in my spare time - whenever I can find spare time. Currently, I'm working with a major publishing company about several non-fiction book concepts.
Creativity is important to me. I can paint. (My mother was an art teacher.) I also find knitting after a hectic day of breaking news very therapeutic.
I'm an on-again, off-again tennis player - as my schedule allows with my young daughter.
To really relax, I love the water. Growing up in Seattle has made me something of a water worshipper. I love boating, surfing and I dream of someday learning how to sail really well. I used to think it was too slow paced, but now I think it's almost meditative.
Having a toddler at home, I now know first-hand the juggling act all parents perform every single day. But it's the single most rewarding thing I've ever experienced in my life.
My husband Gary Chittim is an awesome reporter who works at our sister station KING 5 in Seattle.