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.
It started innocently enough. During lunch out with a co-worker, we somehow stumbled on topic of whether it's okay for a guy to look at other women when they are happily involved or married. After some discussion, the debate was boiled down even further to -- ALL guys look at attractive women, no matter the circumstances.
"It's in a man's DNA to look at attractive women," said my colleague. "It doesn't mean they're going to act on it." The debate heated up when I said in the two biggest relationships of my life, my men didn't look at other women when they were with me.
"Ha!" laughed one. "That's BS!" said another. "Of course they were looking but you just didn't know it," said someone else. Ouch!
A group of about eight of us, men and women, circled in the newsroom and argued quite heatedly for about 45 minutes Friday. (I am not identifying many of the very high profile people involved to protect their identities.) They unanimously agreed all men's eyes wander. There's nothing wrong with it, they said. It's part of "nature."
You should know I can be hard and tough in the newsroom (Pitbull is one of my nicknames) and my staff knows it. They were very surprised to see the romantic optimist in me fight back hard, hopelessly and alone... "Not all men are the same. You can't say every man is the same."
"Yes, they are!" they argued.
Without getting into details of my personal life, I know my last relationship of ten years was unique. I never saw a wandering eye out of him in all our time together. And believe me, in my youth I had two boyfriends whose heads would spin around and ogle whatever woman walked by. I find that behavior insulting and rude. Not out of insecurity. But out of confidence. Hey, you've got me! You don't need anything else. That's why they didn't last long.
But I was the lone wolf in this argument. I believe some men are so in love, enamored, appreciative, grateful, smitten or so focused on their partner that even the hottest hottie wouldn't get their attention. I've seen it to be true. But my boss retaliated with the coup de gras: "You wouldn't want them to appreciate beauty?" That comment led to a loud, rousing, hand-clapping group cheer against me telling me I had lost the debate on that clincher.
That was not the issue. I was defending Men. I believe they are not all created equal. I've known my share of them from my time living around the country in New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles and now Sacramento. From what I've seen of them, I would never say all men are the same and have the similar behaviors.
The talk got me to cautiously email one of my exes after a long absence, now doubting what I believed to be true after all those years with him. "Is it true? They say I'm naive and all men are the same..."
"You were not naive and your co-workers are wrong to think that all men have wandering eyes," he replied. "They are painting with a broad brush because there are exceptions. I am such an exception."
Phew! I didn't imagine it. There's one guy out there. While I listened to my co-workers arguments, they didn't persuade me. I still disagree with them no matter how much I am outnumbered. I feel like I am sticking up for all Men, and their fabulous uniqueness. Because wouldn't life be boring if we were all the same?
I urge you to weigh in through comments or Twitter...Aliases accepted. :)