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 13 years while also directing the newsroom by assigning stories and scheduling interviews. Farah started out as a newspaper reporter, then covered major stories as a reporter 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 four presidential elections, five governor's elections and the killing sprees of Yosemite Killer Cary Stayner and Scott Peterson. She also broadcast live for two 13-hour days for KFBK from the 9-11 terrorist attacks. 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 two awards from the Northern California Radio Television News Directors Association for Best Series and Best Newscast. 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.
In her free time, Farah enjoys the outdoors by hiking along the American River bike trail and kayaking. A wine enthusiast, Farah's done a monthly wine segment on KFBK the past three years and enjoys visiting our local foothill wineries.