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Public Information Director Deborah Takahara

Public Information Director
Deborah Takahara

Deb Takahara

Deborah Takahara is a well-known and respected communication specialist in Colorado, having spent nearly 30 years in the broadcast news industry. She became a trusted name in the community by delivering news stories with sincerity, compassion, and accuracy. She has a unique ability to connect with people and communicate complex issues in a relatable manner. Deborah won numerous awards for her reporting and was recognized for her dedication to ethical and honest journalism.

In her new role as Public Information Director for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Deborah is responsible for managing the department’s communication and outreach efforts, including social media, press releases, and community engagement.

After graduating from the University of California at Irvine, Deborah began her broadcasting career in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she worked for KHBS-TV. Six months later, KATV-TV in Little Rock hired her as a general assignment reporter. She worked her way up to weekend morning anchor and then weekday morning anchor. Her next jump took her back to her Southern California roots, where she was an anchor and reporter for KNSD (NBC) in San Diego. Deborah also worked for NBC News where she covered major news events on the West Coast. As a reporter for KTVT-TV in Dallas, she saw firsthand the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. She traveled to Mexico to cover the violence at the border. She was awarded a regional Emmy for coverage of an airman’s return home, 37 years after he was killed in action in Vietnam. Deborah moved to Colorado in 2006 and worked for nearly 16 years as an anchor and reporter at KDRV/KWGN, where she focused on law enforcement and criminal justice issues. She delivered countless stories that had a major impact on the community.

After leaving TV news, Deborah spent one year as the public information specialist at the United States Attorney’s Office for Colorado.

During her free time, Deborah likes to run (she ran the Boston Marathon in 2011), garden, and travel. She also enjoys volunteering for various non-profit organizations like Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.