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News Team

Lashay Wesley - 5 PM Anchor/Producer

Lashay joined the News Channel 3 team in June 2013 after graduating from Humboldt State University with a bachelors degree in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast, and a minor in Native American Studies. While at HSU, Lashay served as News Director of the college's radio station KRFH, and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for her newscast. At Humboldt, she wrote and shot video for The Lumberjack newspaper, where she covered issues facing the student body and Arcata. Before living on the North Coast, Lashay grew up in California's gold country, and during the summer, interned at KCRA 3 in Sacramento, the station she grew up watching. In her free time you can find Lashay at the Farmers Market in Arcata on Saturdays, walking along the beach and enjoying all the beauty that the North Coast has to offer.

 

Samantha Bredeson - Reporter

Samantha joined the News Channel 3 team in May 2014 after graduating from Concordia University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. While in school Samantha had the opportunity to intern with NBC 5 Chicago as well as, KPRC Local 2, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas. Her most memorable project she produced was a 35-minute documentary discussing community initiatives in Chicago’s “most-dangerous” neighborhoods. Samantha is originally from the Detroit area and has lived in three states prior to working in California. She is excited to call Humboldt County her new home and looks forward to exploring the North Coast.

Samantha is eager to hear your input and bring you the news that matters. You can email Samantha at kiemsamanthab@gmail.com with any story ideas. 

 

Steve King - Reporter

Steve joined the News Channel 3 team in December 2013 and is excited to be serving the North Coast.  A native of Washington, D.C. who was raised in nearby Rockville, Maryland, Steve always loved visiting the Atlantic Ocean growing up, and is eager to experience the beauty of the Pacific Coast.

Steve graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 where he worked for the football program videotaping practices and games.  He also developed a passion for covering the news and earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism with honors. After college, Steve worked as a reporter for WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky for nearly a year.  While there, he learned the importance of telling the stories that matter to the people of a community.  

Besides running on the beach, Steve is most happy playing basketball and following his favorite team, the Baltimore Ravens (but don’t hold that against him).  For Steve, his perfect meal is a dinner of steak fajitas.

Steve looks forward to finding and covering the stories you care about.  You can email him at kiemsteveking@gmail.com with any story ideas.

Stephanie Barnes - Reporter

Stephanie joined the News Channel 3 team in September 2014 after spending a year as an editorial assistant at the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles. Her daily duties at NBCLA included working on the assignment desk, and assisting writers, reporters, and producers in any way necessary. Prior to NBCLA, Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, though she is originally from the hot desert of Phoenix, AZ. She is happy to call the north coast her new home and already loves the cooler weather! 
 
Stephanie wants to know your stories! Email her at KIEMStephanieBarnes@gmail.com.
 
 

Brad Curtis - 6&11 Anchor/Reporter

Brad Curtis comes to News Channel 3 with deep roots in the community and a wealth of experience in broadcast media, radio and theatrical productions.  Brad is a 4th generation Eureka resident who attended local schools from elementary through Eureka High School.

Brad played quarterback at College of the Redwoods and led the team to its second State Championship in 1970. He is a member of CR's Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Humboldt State and the University of Hawaii Schools of Music. Brad's varied performance career has included opera, musical theater, broadcast commercials and documentary films.  In 2012, Brad was the primary narrator of the Emmy Nominated Documentary, Pioneers in Aviation - The Race to the Moon. He and his wife Cathy are the proud parents of four children, Alexa, Sophie, Jim and Allie.

Brad and his family have a love affair with the North Coast community, art and the outdoors.


Sports 


Manuel Machado – News Director / Sports Director

Born in San Francisco, Manny was raised right here on the North Coast. He graduated from Eureka High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from Humboldt State University. When it comes to local sports Manny’s favorite time of the year is football season. He hosts “3-Deep Coverage” which airs every Friday night during the season from the News Channel 3 locker room. The show provides highlights of local high school games along with in-depth looks at the area’s college teams, plus the always popular, “Question of the Week.” Away from work Manny loves to follow his favorite Bay Area professional teams including the Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks. Manny & his wife enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and anything outdoors.  In July of 2012 Manny was promoted to News Director, adding those duties to his Sports Director position, and he now leads the entire News Channel 3 news operation.

Chet Davis - Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter

Chet joined the News Channel 3 team in May 2013 and comes with the experience to cover all the sports the North Coast has to offer.  Born and raised in Upstate New York, Chet graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a dual major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.  While at Syracuse, Chet worked at WAER Sports where he covered football, basketball, and lacrosse.  He was awarded a Syracuse Press Club award two years in a row for nominated sports stories.  His most memorable sports moment was when he watched the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park begin their epic comeback against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.  Although from New York, he’s surprisingly a Red Sox fan.  In his free time, Chet enjoys staying active with CrossFit workouts and exploring what the outdoor activities North Coast has to offer.  You can e-mail Chet at kiemchet@gmail.com.


Weather


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