KFBK News Director and Senior Editor Judy Farah has more than 25 years news experience in New York, Los Angeles and Sacramento. She's edited the KFBK Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal the past 16 years while also directing the newsroom by assigning stories to reporters and scheduling guest interviews. Farah started out as a newspaper reporter on the East Coast, covering major stories as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Los Angeles, including the 1984 Olympics, the Oscars, Emmys, the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the criminals trials of the Night Stalker and the Hillside Stranglers.
Farah came to KFBK in 1996, and has helped direct coverage of five presidential elections, five governor's elections and the killing sprees of Yosemite Killer Cary Stayner and Scott Peterson. She reported live for two 13-hour days for KFBK from the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She was also the editor on KFBK's 2011 exclusive report that the Sacramento Kings were considering moving to Anaheim.
A graduate of William Paterson College in New Jersey, Farah has won three Edward R. Murrow awards, including one for Best Writing, while at KFBK. She's also earned three awards from the Northern California Radio Television News Directors Association for Best Series, Best Newscast and Best Sports Segment. She has also written for the Wall Street Journal, TV Guide, Los Angeles and Parents magazines. She was honored with a Jefferson Fellowship in 2009 and traveled to Japan, China and Hong Kong to study the Asian economy. In 2010, she was awarded a RTNDA RIAS Fellowship to travel to Germany, Belgium and Prague to study the European economy.
Farah currently is a national blogger for The Huffington Post and often speaks on news and social media. You can find her on Twitter @newsbabe1530
In her free time, Farah enjoys the outdoors by hiking along the American River bike trail and kayaking. A wine enthusiast, Farah's produced a monthly wine segment on KFBK the past five years and enjoys visiting our local foothill wineries.
So there I was Tuesday night (8/14) honored to speak at the Sacramento Social Media Club panel discussion on social media and news. The TV reporter was saying she prefers Facebook over Twitter for news because "Everyone in the world is on Facebook!" I probably should have kept my mouth shut but said, "I'm not." There was an audible gasp of disbelief from the audience.
The panel moderator pressed me. I told her I had a very good reason I wasn't on Facebook. She didn't let it go. She wanted me to explain why, OMG! I wasn't on Facebook! I said in my position of head of a news station, (KFBK) I have to deal with 300-700 emails a day. There was another gasp from audience. Heck, that count is on a good day.
So hello! I guess it's about time. I have to admit I kind of liked my unique status of not being on Facebook. I was a conundrum. Someone who has been noted publicly for leading the charge in social media and news on Twitter in Sacramento but is not on Facebook.Years after its peak and weeks after its IPO took a huge plunge, I decide now I should finally join the party? Great timing, Judy.
I'll be honest. I really don't want to. I'm a private person for oh so many good reasons.
1 - Time. Running Sacramento's No. 1 radio newsroom is a 12-hour day for me. Let alone those 700+ emails that take up 2-3 hours of my time daily.
2 - Not into posting pics of family, friends, babies and pets. However, do like to post pics of what I eat and drink. :)
3 - Seriously, I took care of a family member for nearly three years. Not just a family member but a baby/toddler. Anyone who's a new parent knows the demand that takes. I knew I had to limit my schedule to keep my head above water. Run a newsroom and take care of a baby boy by myself? I had to sleep when he slept. Good luck new pregnant Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
4 - Serious again. This may be the main reason. I've had at least two or more stalkers in my life who have monitored my moves. Why would I want to spoon feed them information about what I'm doing on Facebook?
But I realize there are so many wonderful people out there I am not connecting with. My family and lifelong friends I grew up with in New Jersey and the Northeast . My friends and work colleagues from ten years of living in Los Angeles. All the wonderful journalists I met on my two international journalism Fellowships to Asia and Europe. I have friends in Indonesia, India, Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Berlin, etc.
I fear Facebook will turn out to be both a time suck and a stalker thing where people will look me up and demand even more of my time for their own personal reasons. I know my current co-workers are constantly being hit up by people to promote their causes; advertise their products; give them money for their charities. But what I fear the most is my lifelong girlfriends -- I am very blessed my two best friends are from kindergarten -- will post big hair, bikini shots from the 70s. (Please don't!!) That's why I prefer Twitter. I get to control my posts.
Facebook friends, prove my fears wrong. This will mostly be a page of what I'm doing professionally and some personal. I'm linking my blog page. I blog for both The Huffington Post and KFBK. I think you'll enjoy some of my posts -- from your business social style to whether you smooch or hug to whether you have a work husband/wife to whether it's okay to look at other men/women. On the serious side, there's a lot about politics -- including how Arnold Schwarzenegger gave me personal advice on my workouts and how I was supposed to be in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Really. Seriously. I missed it by minutes.
So welcome! Let's start to catch up!