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.

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EPA measuring air quality near Rockton chemical plant fire

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Farmers worry drought could affect corn and soybean crops

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Many parents still unsure about letting their kids get the COVID vaccine

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Madison West football coach apparently fired after creating club team for Madison players

COVID cases among Wisconsin kids decreasing, but experts say this isn't the time to let down your guard

COVID vaccine boosters: when you might need one and how the vaccine brand you got plays a role

What should you do with your COVID vaccination card?

The FDA and CDC have lifted the pause on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, but many Wisconsin vaccinators are waiting for the green light from DHS

Doctors say sports have led to COVID outbreaks among kids, WIAA wants to see more data

Demand for vaccines remains high in Dane County, but it's slowing down in surrounding areas

Biden's American Rescue Plan is projected to cut child poverty in half, but it doesn't address root causes of inequities

Vaccinating 16- and 17-year-olds will play huge role in race against variants

Covid infections caused by variants growing in Wisconsin, more children getting sick

Answering your vaccine questions: It's difficult to choose which brand of vaccine you get

Ho-Chunk Nation made thousands of vaccine doses available to general public after tribal members were hesitant to get the shot

Why do some people feel sick after getting a COVID vaccine and others don't?

Advice from health leaders: If you're eligible for a vaccine, get one before Monday

'It bears questioning:' Leader of UW Health's AstraZeneca vaccine trial says the US hasn't seen any blood clots like the ones reported in Europe

BMI of 25 or higher makes adults eligible for vaccine March 29, but that could be someone who is relatively healthy

First shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine goes to educators, we won't see another shipment for weeks

Some newly eligible public facing employees wait for vaccine from PHMDC, some search in other counties

About 550 Waunakee school staff get vaccinated in just 10 hours only one day after becoming eligible

Answering your vaccine questions: Why does SSM Health have enough to start vaccinating teachers, but UW Health has had to postpone vaccinations?

SSM Health to start vaccinating some Dane County teachers early next week