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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)


- 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).




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.


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 - 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.



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.