News Team

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.


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. Email Brad with story ideas: 


Samantha Bredeson - 5 PM Anchor/Producer 

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 with any story ideas. 




 Torrance Gaucher– Chief Meteorologist

Torrance joined KIEM News Channel 3 Team in January of 2015 as a Meteorologist. He grew up in Rhode Island before moving to Vermont, where he received his Bachelor's of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and an Associate's of Science in Television News Studies from Lyndon State College. 

At Lyndon State, Torrance worked for the Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ-News 7), a student-run news station broadcasting to cities and towns in northeastern Vermont. During his time at the VCCJ, he prepared forecasts for the station's Emmy Award winning 3pm, 5:30pm, and online newscasts. Torrance also spent two summers interning at his local television station,
WPRI/WNAC in East Providence, RI. 
In his spare time Torrance enjoys the outdoors, hiking, running, the beach, and eating lots of Chinese Food! He is very excited to explore the North Coast and see what hidden treasures the area has to offer.
You can email Torrance at with any viewer photos and weather questions. 




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 with any story ideas.


Sierra Jenkins - Reporter

Sierra attended The University of Texas at Arlington where she produced, directed, anchored, and reported for UTA News. Sierra also produced her own radio show on UTA Radio called “The Boom at Noon” and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Broadcast Communications. After graduation, Sierra worked as a reporter for Varsity TV, broadcasting from Cheer and Dance Special Events across the country.

Raised in Arlington, Texas, Sierra was involved in competitive and school cheerleading for over 20 years. Her experience helped her gain positions as captain of her collegiate cheer squad, head cheer coach and choreographer at various all-star gyms, and Head Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association. In 2012, Sierra made her way to Las Vegas, NV where she worked as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the original and largest cupcake bakery in Vegas, The Cupcakery. After visiting the North Coast several times with her long-time boyfriend, she fell in love with the area and made the move to Humboldt County. She loves music, dancing, zumba, hiking, disc golf, taking her dog to the beach and says, she's an avid collector of many things.


Alexa Bertola - Reporter

Alexa Bertola was born and raised in San Diego, California where at a young age she discovered her passion for storytelling. Since grade school, Alexa has kept a journal of her summer adventures and a journal with postcards and tickets of every vacation she's ever been on. It was during Mr. Smith's 6th grade science class she did a mock news report and had her mom drive her to the aftermath of a fire where she used the top of a hairspray bottle as a microphone. Storytelling has always been a part of her life.

Alexa is a graduate of University of California, Irvine with a major in Literary Journalism and a minor in Global Cultures. Her favorite experience in college was studying abroad in Italy, practicing italian and learning more about her italian roots.  Another favorite experience was interning for “Good Morning San Diego” where she began her first job.

Alexa got her start in San Diego in 2012 at KUSI-TV as a Production Assistant. She wrote the morning news for “Good Morning San Diego” from 5 to 10 am. A short time later, she was promoted to a News Producer where she was in charge of creating 1 to 2 and a half hours of news shows per day. In 2014, Alexa joined CBS News 8 also in San Diego, as an Associate Producer. She wrote for the 5, 6:30 and 11 pm newscasts. She also produced short news segments during halftime of football games when aired on CBS.

When not following stories, Alexa enjoys hiking, finding new coffee shops and making succulent arrangements. She also loves to spend time with family and friends. She would love to hear your story ideas. You can email her at


Dave Silverbrand - Reporter

A California native, Dave Silverbrand spent the first 20 years of his broadcast career in Portland, Maine.  He has written two books about interesting people he has met over the years. 

He has lived on the Northcoast for more than two decades and came here to work for News Channel 3.  He also taught Journalism at College of the Redwoods. 

He is happy to be back with "The Spirit of the Northcoast" because it gives him the opportunity to do the things he loves most to do -- meeting fascinating people and sharing their stories. 

He loves Caribbean baseball and his favorite pass-time at home is writing with his cat Amadeus in his lap.




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