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 was a Friday night. My co-workers and I were getting a special perk -- a black tie dinner to celebrate my radio station's 90th anniversary. We were all dressed up -- guys in tuxes and gals in their best black dresses. It was a celebratory mood. We hugged and laughed as we made our way through the crowd to accept our honors. I saw one of my colleagues standing off to the side. We are very close, having worked on many projects together in the newsroom. I went to say hi and extended my hand in a handshake.
"You're shaking my hand?" he asked incredulously, knowing it was a silly gesture for someone he knows so well. So I leaned in for a peck on the cheek and to my surprise, he pulled back. Almost a whiplash head back. Awkward moment. Later he would tell me "I don't do kisses. I'll do hugs. But not kisses."
So just what is the appropriate etiquette when your suited up place of business goes into the ballroom? Do you hand shake? Hug? Back slap or give the social smooch on the cheek?
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