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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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 joined News Channel 3 in March of 2015. A Southern California native, Alexa is thrilled to be working on the North Coast, covering your stories.
Alexa is a graduate of University of California, Irvine where she majored in Literary Journalism and minored in Global Cultures. During college, Alexa studied abroad in Italy, practicing the language and learning more about her roots. She also interned for “Good Morning San Diego” where she began her first job.
In 2012, Alexa went on to become a Production Assistant at KUSI-TV and wrote the morning news for “Good Morning San Diego”. A short time later, she was promoted to News Producer, creating one to two hours of live newscasts each day.
In 2014, Alexa joined CBS News 8, also in San Diego, as an Associate Producer. She was a writer for their top rated 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts. In her free time, Alexa enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors. Feel free to email her your story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.