Bridget Chavez joined the KIRO 7 news team in August 2022.
Bridget came to Seattle after reporting for KPTV Fox 12 Oregon in Portland and before that was a reporter at KOLO 8 in Reno, Nevada. She has covered major news events, extensively covering the Portland protests and riots of 2020, Oregon’s historic wildfires of 2020 and ice storm of 2021. From major breaking news to community impact stories, Bridget has extensive storytelling experience and is a two-time Emmy award winning journalist.
Bridget is from Belen, New Mexico and received her undergraduate degrees from the University of New Mexico where she double-majored in Journalism & Mass Communication and Political Science. She also spent two years with Teach for America in San Jose, CA where she taught students with special needs. During that time, Bridget also earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. In 2016, she left the west coast for Syracuse University where she earned a Master of Science in Broadcast & Digital Journalist from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.
Bridget is an avid runner and has run two marathons and plans to do more! She also enjoys snowboarding, paddleboarding, rock climbing, hiking and reading. She has a Dalmatian puppy named Truckee and a cat named Cat. Bridget is excited to continue to call the PNW home and explore all the Seattle area has to offer.
Baristas are worried for their safety after a recent attempted kidnapping in Auburn on Monday. The suspect has been arrested, but some baristas are changing the way they run their stands, along with increasing safety measures.