Amanda Quintana

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Hometown: San Francisco, Ca

High School: Mercy High School Burlingame

College: San Diego State University

Other Journalism Experience: I was an anchor and reporter for KAPP/KVEW in Eastern Washington and Oregon for two years. Before that I worked as a production assistant at KPIX in San Francisco.

Started at News 3 Now on: October 23, 2017

What is your favorite part about living in Madison? I love the beautiful trees and all the huge dog parks! I have a chocolate Labrador Retriever and I love to explore with him.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered? I was in the Path of Totality for the 2017 total solar eclipse. Small towns in Oregon were flooded with thousands of people excited to see the first spot in the U.S. where the eclipse would make landfall. It was a truly amazing experience!

What do you like to do in your spare time? I watch a lot of TV shows. My favorites right now are Grey’s Anatomy, This Is Us and Jane The Virgin.

What is your favorite place to vacation? Sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is my favorite feeling in the world. My family has had a time share there since I was little. We try to go back every summer.

Who is your hero and why? My mom. I come from a long line of strong women and my mom has always been a role model for me. She is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and truly cares about each patient. Her fun-loving, hardworking spirit is inspiring.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school? I have always loved Taylor Swift.

Who would you most like to interview alive or dead, and why? Prince. I saw him with my dad at one of my first concerts as a kid. I will never forget it. He influenced a generation of musicians.

What is your favorite tradition around the holidays? My family makes tamales together every year with my grandma. They are delicious!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? The best things in life aren’t things.

Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred? I was watching the morning news with my mom. I remember seeing her shock and pain, but I didn’t really understand it because I was in the 4th grade. I didn’t begin to grasp the gravity of the situation until all the kids were sent home from school and I saw the footage of the Twin Towers playing over and over on TV.

Articles

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AstraZeneca halts COVID-19 vaccine trial at UW Hospital

Setting a routine can help kids feel less anxious during unusual start to school year

Madison Mayor prioritizes affordable housing in 2021 capital budget

Dr. Deborah Birx meets with Gov. Evers, health professionals to discuss Wisconsin's fight against COVID-19

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Thieves are targeting Toyota Prius cars to saw off catalytic converters

Experts say bad sun damage as a child can increase risk of skin cancer later in life

Teen released on signature bond, charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking Black teen on bus

Psychologist talks about the importance of finding time for yourself while quarantining with family

Differing opinions: Parents react to Madison School District's plan to start school year virtually

Daycares enforce Dane County mask policy as survey shows many child care centers are struggling to survive pandemic

Wisconsin joins 17 states in lawsuit against rule that international students can't stay in U.S. if taking online classes

Families find unexpected silver linings in cancelled plans during pandemic

Pediatrician: Keeping up with your child's routine check-ups, vaccinations is important during pandemic

Pediatrician discusses risks of pools, playdates amid pandemic

Meghan Markle reaches out to Althea Bernstein after seeing news of alleged hate crime

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'Children are not color blind': Psychologist suggests now is a good time to talk to kids about racism

Protesters march downtown, demand change following overnight hit-and-run

Police say 1 person hurt after truck drives through crowd in downtown Madison, activist group calls incident a hate crime

'They had hope and knew that life was good': Couple found shot dead at Jefferson Co. home identified

Parents should prepare kids to see PPE and extra screenings at next doctor's appointment

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Pediatrician encourages families to get outdoors and play amid pandemic

Urban Triage fears city will take power away from independent police auditor and civilian police oversight board

In the midst of coronavirus, doctors say it's important to keep kids on a routine during summer

'It's OK for kids to feel sad': Experts encourage parents to talk to kids about missing graduation, spring events because of coronavirus

Experts say while staying safer at home, kids need to get outside and play

Janesville Police looking for motorcycle rider who was speeding, refused to pull over

Ahmaud Arbery's sister speaks to Dane County teens working to end racial injustice