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.
From The Huffington Post: Sept. 7, 2012
Forget the political pundits. Karl Rove and Chris Mathews don't count. Don't even think about the Pew or Zogby polls. The real winner in both the Republican and Democratic conventions the past two weeks has been Twitter. The social media forum exploded in tweets during speeches the past two weeks from Tampa and Charlotte.
In a tweet posted late Thursday night (how else would you release the information?) Twitter Government -- the Twitter account monitoring politics -- reported the DNC won the day with nine million tweets during the Democratic National Convention compared with four million tweets during the Republican convention. Breaking it down further, President Barack Obama's speech got 52,757 tweets per minute than Romney's 14,289 during his acceptance speech.
"Twitter has become a lot more cutting edge for politics and for people who want to discuss political issues. It's real time," said David Mark, editor of Politix who attended the RNC.
From Clint Eastwood shocking the audience as the "mystery guest" at the RNC talking to President Obama in an empty chair to Michelle Obama stunning with her impassioned speech for her husband while wowing in a Tracy Reese designer dress, Twitter blew up during both conventions.
While the politicians were talking on stage, listeners were busy on their computers and smart phones, immediately reacting to what was going on. Fordham University Professor Paul Levinson said while TV viewership was down for the conventions, Twitter soared.
"In many ways it's the most exciting, authentic news stream we've ever had precisely because it's not done by professionals for the most part," Levinson said.
In comparison, Facebook is more personal and remains more about posting pictures of friends and family while Twitter has become the gathering spot for instant commentary and discussion, whether it be politics, sports, the Olympics, etc.
"Ten years ago, we'd have these discussions on phone or email. Now, we get to watch it. It's public. It's what's new," Long Beach State Professor Kevin Wallsten said of Twitter.
Levinson agrees. "Most of what you read on Twitter is what people are thinking and feeling. People love reading that and contributing their own thoughts."
Twitter was just a newborn baby during the last presidential election in 2008. Let the debates begin.