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.
I wore it for years. Can't remember how many. Six? Eight? It was always a part of my left wrist - the yellow rubber band with the slogan "Livestrong" embedded in it. I was not alone. 80 million people have worn the bracelet that was the symbol of Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer foundation since it was launched in 2004.
There was a point where it seemed everyone had one. Admittedly, many wore it as a trend. But most wore it to honor someone they knew -- or themselves -- who had cancer. My reason was different. I was going through one of the most difficult times of my life. A divorce. Custody battles. A close relative's drug addiction. All at once. At times, it was all too much to bear. That's when I looked down at my wrist and saw it. Livestrong. A simple, pure yet powerful motto about how we should live our lives. And it inspired me. Helped get me through.
The fad has passed but many true Lance believers held on to the bracelets. I was one of them. I idolized Lance for his accomplishments both on and off the bike. Believed him when he said he didn't dope. Was so excited when he made his career comeback in Sacramento in the Amgen Tour of California. But now, with news of his lying and drug admission, some are cutting their bracelets off. One of them was San Francisco KCBS radio reporter Doug Sovern, who's worn his for nine years. He Tweeted a picture of himself taking a scissor to the band.
The Livestrong Foundation does incredible work for cancer patients. We shouldn't take our anger at Lance out on them. But unfortunately Livestrong is so tied to Lance people can't help but see him when they look at the golden rubber band. The Livestrong wristband got me through a very tough time as it did for millions others suffering far worse than me. I took its meaning and message to heart. I so wish the founder of that slogan, Lance Armstrong, did as well.