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Tristan Balagtas is happy to be back in the great state of Washington! She was born in the waterfront city of Kirkland, but grew up in sunny Las Vegas.

Her fascination with the news and passion for writing led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she also minored in criminal justice. During her senior year, she was given the opportunity to intern at Las Vegas’ KVVU FOX5.

At UNLV, Tristan was a reporter for Studio G, the university’s student-produced news program. While there, she covered a wide range of stories, including that of the local heroin epidemic.

Although she lives and breathes breaking news, Tristan loves spending time with her two kids, even if it means she has to play Minecraft. She is thrilled to call Yakima her family’s new home. Feel free to reach out to her at with any stories you’d like to share.