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

'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

600K more Wisconsinites could become eligible for a vaccine next week. But there are still a lot of people eligible now who haven't gotten a shot

Some smaller community pharmacies are receiving more COVID-19 vaccine, but some have been allocated none

'You're on this emotional rollercoaster': Hundreds of local patients see COVID vaccination appointments rescheduled or cancelled

'Schools can open safely': Even though CDC guidance labels Dane County high transmission community, students can go back to the classroom

Wisconsin has vaccinated more than 10 times as many white residents as all other ethnicities combined

'There's really a big mismatch': UW Health continues to receive low vaccine supply, despite caring for large population of patients 65 and older

Sun Prairie Area School District addresses racially-insensitive assignment about slavery, commits to creating anti-racist instructional framework

DHS works to get vaccines to minority communities, will release new race and ethnicity data on people vaccinated

How are some people who aren’t eligible for a vaccine getting vaccinated?

'Feels like a decade even though it's only been 16 months': Interim Madison Police Chief reflects on unprecedented time leading department

Local hospitals prioritize 65 + population eligible for COVID vaccines in different ways

As some struggle with Safer Badger app, UW switches to drop-in only testing

DHS could announce who else is in group 1B this week

Pediatrician: Despite pandemic, parents shouldn't fear the common cold

'We’ve asked people to follow the same rules': DHS says Mercyhealth should not have made plans to vaccinate Janesville teachers

Police and fire departments are next in line to get a COVID-19 vaccine with group 1B

Smaller, rural hospitals quickly moving through phase 1A vaccinations

ER doctor gives advice on how to avoid sledding, tubing injuries this winter

Parents react to MMSD's decision to keep kids learning virtually

How do doctors decide if a death is due to COVID?

'Eat the rainbow': Advice on how to get kids to follow new USDA dietary guidelines

'We don’t completely know the answer': Current vaccines should work for new mutant strain spreading in UK

Less than 30 flu cases in Wisconsin so far this season

Your employer could require you to get a COVID-19 vaccine

'She hit the windshield and her body kind of flew': 12-year-old recovering after weekend hit-and-run

Wisconsin to receive nearly 50K doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week

'This is one step in the process': FDA to finalize emergency use of Pfizer's COVID vaccine, Wisconsin could see shipments by next week

'It’s a daunting task': UW-Stout packaging professor addresses challenges to shipping COVID-19 vaccine