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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: kiembrad@gmail.com  (link sends e-mail)

Erika Caturay- 5 PM Anchor/Producer 

Erika Caturay was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts. Her emphasis was broadcast journalism.

While attending SFSU, Erika gained experience at various professional TV stations. She started at ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel and KGO-TV/ABC 7 in San Francisco. While working at ABC 7, she was able to produce some episodes of their TV show called Beyond the Headlines. After ABC 7, Erika got a job at KRON 4 News in San Francisco working the assignment desk and web. Erika's on-camera news experience started while attending SFSU; She was an anchor & reporter for State of Events. Erika was also voted to be the host for the show Under SF. Both productions aired on local TV channels.

In her free time, Erika enjoys staying active. She likes to dance and workout. She also enjoys listening to music, going to live concerts, volunteering, and cartooning. Feel free to connect with Erika on Facebook (facebook.com/ErikaCaturay) and Twitter (twitter.com/ErikaCaturay). ). You can also email her at KiemECaturay@gmail.com (link sends e-mail).

Shelly Lindblade- Meteorologist

Shelly Lindblade joined News Channel 3 as the Meteorologist in September 2016. 

She was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida State University where she graduated with a BS in Meteorology and a minor in mathematics. There she worked for the local FSUWeather show for the last two years of her college career, creating weather graphics and broadcasting weather for Tallahassee.

In her spare time she enjoys working out, singing, watching sports, and everything nature. She occasionally takes trips to mountains, rivers, and caves to go hiking, kayaking, and exploring. One of the main reasons she decided to move to northern California is for the nature and scenery. 

She looks forward to meeting new people and seeing the beauty this town and area has to offer. Feel free to contact her and send any weather photos at Kiemslindblade@gmail.com.

 

Reporters 

 

McKenzie Paine - Photographer

McKenzie Paine joined News Channel 3 in October 2015.

Born and raised in Lake County, McKenzie has always had a passion for photography and started his career by starting a video production company, Velocity Video, as a junior in high school in 2005. Velocity Video grew into one of the top production companies in the region and provided production services to the area including local coverage of high school sports, and eventually expanded to the world of auto racing. His company became the official video provider of the Lakeport Speedway in 2009 as well as the Ukiah Speedway in 2012. Additionally, McKenzie expanded his duties in 2013, becoming the public address announcer for both speedways while continuing to operate his business.

McKenzie has also worked as a videographer for the County of Lake and as a freelance news photographer. Much of his work was used by Lake County News, the top online news organization in Lake County.

McKenzie relocated to the Humboldt area in 2015 to pursue a degree in journalism as well as continuing his career as a photographer. In his spare time McKenzie enjoys following his favorite sports; football, baseball, and NASCAR, as well as his passion for photography, and exploring the Humboldt Bay region.

Brittany Comak - Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Brittany comes to us from across the country, swapping the the North Shore of Massachusetts for the North Coast of California.

She grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University where she recently graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in history.

While at Boston University she was the executive producer and reporter for BUTV's award winning news magazine, Inside Boston. Her biggest achievement for BUTV was solo producing a two hour live show for the 2016 New Hampshire primaries.

She has also enjoyed stints at her local ABC affiliate in Boston, as well as a sports talk show in London during her semester abroad.

In her free time she enjoys running (slowly), hiking, traveling, going to concerts, and watching TV. She is also obsessed with dogs.

Brittany is excited to be telling the stories of the North Coast! If you have a story idea, please email her at kiembcomak@gmail.com. Be sure to follow her on Twitter at @comakKIEM, and Instagram at @bcomak.

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.

Breon Martin - Reporter

Breon joined News Channel 3 as a Reporter in July of 2016.

Born and raised in ‘The Blue Grass State,’ he comes to us all the way from Louisville, Kentucky. He studied Journalism at Eastern Kentucky University (Go Big E!), and obtained his degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Media. During his time in undergrad, Breon produced a series of short films, and even worked on Eastern’s documentary, The Essential Eastern, that was featured on PBS. After college, he began his broadcasting career at WDRB News working in production. Breon’s biggest takeaway was covering political debates, The Kentucky Derby, and working on the main set of “Thunder Over Louisville,” the largest annual firework exhibition in North America.

In his spare time, Breon enjoys working out, eating seafood, as well as spending time with family and hanging out with friends. He is looking forward to creating unforgettable stories and memories, and is eager to see what the North Coast has to offer.

Feel free to contact Breon with any stories, ideas, and even just to say hi at kiembmartin@gmail.com. Find him on Facebook & Twitter @breonmartin.

Meriah Miracle - Photo Journalist/Special Projects Coordinator

Meriah Miracle was raised in Oklahoma and has loved living in Humboldt County since 2006. She began at News Channel 3 in December of 2010 and currently works as a multimedia journalist, producer of the station’s annual Kinetic Grand Championship coverage and director of news broadcasts.

Meriah graduated from Humboldt State University in 2010 with a BA in Liberal Studies after studying Film and International Relations at San Francisco State University. She has worked in film production, marketing, publishing, and broadcasting. She served as Co-Director of the 44th Humboldt Film Festival and organized the annual Humboldt Pride Parade and Festival as a board member for five years.

In her spare time, Meriah enjoys exploring the North Coast and spending time with family. Email story ideas to kiemmeriah@gmail.com.

 

Tyler Stricker - Weekend Sports Anchor/ Reporter

Tyler drove all the way from “The Dairy State” to join KIEM at the end of Summer, 2016. Born and raised in south central Wisconsin, he has a passion for local sports.

He recently earned his degree in Radio/TV/Film from The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he was actively involved in several award winning sports productions including basketball, football, soccer, and volleyball.

Tyler’s favorite sport is football. Eager to scout out the competition here on the North Coast, he can’t wait to start strolling the sidelines and filming beneath the Friday Night Lights!

While not at work, Tyler enjoys riding his bike, hitting the gym, finding new places to explore, or reading the latest news involving Wisconsin sports. His favorite teams include the Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and Bucks.

If you have any story ideas, send him an email at kiemtstricker@gmail.com. You can also follow Tyler on Twitter(@TStrickerKIEM) and Facebook (KIEMStricker).

Brannagan Mukaisu - Reporter

Brannagan Mukaisu brings a little Aloha spirit to the North Coast, having been born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She recently joined the KIEM News Channel 3 Team in September 2016 right after graduating from Columbia College Chicago in Illinois with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a concentration in Television. 

While attending Columbia College, she gained a variety of professional experience by working at CBS 2 News Chicago in the Specials & Investigative Unit and Bill Kurtis Productions. She was also an anchor and reporter for Metro Minutes; her campuses newscast which aired on the Chicago Access Network Television Station.

On her days off from work she enjoys, reading or writing poetry, singing and just exploring places to meet new people from all walks of life.

Brannagan is excited to share her passion to tell the untold story and the ability to be a truth seeker for the North Coast community. If you have any story ideas feel free to email her at: kiembrannagan@gmail.com