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Judy Farah
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.

Entries by Judy Farah

Stranger Posts Pics of a Teen Girl's Bare Breasts. Guess What? It's Not a Crime

(10) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 12:56 PM

She trusted him. Maybe it was one of her high school friends. Someone she was close with. Or maybe it was a crush. Or someone she wanted to notice her. Maybe he coaxed her into doing it, saying "Don't worry. It's just between you and me."

But it wasn't. The...

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Manson. O.J. Michael Jackson. The AP's Linda Deutsch Covered Them All

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:38 PM

One of the top journalists of our generation is retiring this week. And you may not even know her.

She covered the Manson family trial. The trials of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson. She is Linda Deutsch, and she has been a witness to history for nearly 50 years.


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UC Berkeley Study Shows Cops in Riot Gear May Incite Violence

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 5:15 AM

Armored cars. Riot gear. Gas masks. Heavy artillery. The scenes coming out of Ferguson, Missouri show a city under siege with local and state police officers in full metal jackets; ramrod straight ordered to keep the peace after the police shooting death of an unarmed black man.

But does police...

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The Media Conundrum of Suicide: Why We Must Cover Them But Why We Can't

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:59 AM

He was 14-years-old. He had a fight with his girlfriend and made a decision that would change the lives of so many others. He hung himself. He was a student and athlete at my daughter's school. At that young age, they grasped to understand but could not. Less than a...

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Female Editors: It's Okay to Be Pushy and Bossy. I Am.

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 10:02 AM

She was about to cover her first NBA playoffs and was nervous. My hometown team, the Sacramento Kings, were going up against the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaq and Kobe and everyone was super excited. But when my reporter arrived at the arena for a live shot, she panicked. Told...

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Why LeBron Wanted to Go Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 12:54 PM

There was shock and surprise as Twitter blew up around 12:30 p.m. EDT on Friday as LeBron James announced his much-awaited decision via Sports Illustrated "I'm Coming Home."

I was not surprised at all. I totally understood. Where you grew up is part of your soul. A piece of...

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CA Lawmakers Tour Facility Where Immigrant Children Held

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 11:03 AM

A group of California lawmakers got a first-hand look at immigrant children that were moved from overcrowded Texas to California and found them to be well-behaved and learning about the United States. It was one of the first glimpses we've got of some of the thousands of children who have...

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Tour de France Not as Exciting Without Mark Cavendish

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 9:28 AM

It's just not going to be as exciting or intriguing...

British sprinter Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile with the explosive legs who could break out of the Peleton unexpectedly and grind down the finish line, is out of the Tour de France after a vicious crash on...

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The Lance Effect: Are Amgen Tour of CA Crowds Smaller? Experts Weigh In

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 8:52 AM

When the esteemed announcer of the Tour de France for 41 years, Phil Liggett, took the stage at Sacramento, California's historic Memorial Auditorium (May 9) to kick off the ninth year of the Amgen Tour of California at a black-tie gala, he said what the state capital crowd wanted to...

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The Selfie Craze: Are We Becoming a Narcissistic Nation?

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 3:15 PM

It didn't take long for the imitations to start rushing in after Ellen posted her record-shattering Oscar selfie. By the next day, everyone was doing it. The firefighter group selfie. The military selfie. The group co-worker pic.

Yes, selfies are fun. We enjoy looking at them. We just got treated...

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Should You Name a Transgender Person in the Media? Why We Felt We Had To

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 10:48 AM

The news first came in around 10 pm on Thursday, January 23. A man was shot and killed on a Light Rail train in downtown Sacramento, CA on a warm winter night where a lot of people were getting an early start to their weekend. The shooting was...

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Mr. President, Tear Down These Barricades!

(9) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:57 AM

On Sunday across America, NFL fans were watching their teams battling it out. In one tight matchup, two star quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Tony Romo, went down to the final two seconds of a tie game at 48-48 with Denver finally winning on a field goal. On Saturday, a classic...

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CA Prisons Allow Same Sex Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 11:18 PM

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex. The department issued a memo saying after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively invalidated Proposition 8's requirement that marriage could only be between a man and a woman in California...

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Stepfather Rapes Severely Disabled Girl -- Angry California Prosecutors Want Tougher Laws

(50) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:29 PM

He cared for her and assisted his wife in helping with her severely disabled 14-year-old daughter. According to prosecutors, the girl was physically, mentally and developmentally disabled. She couldn't walk or talk. But that didn't stop 27-year-old Carlos Mesinas from brutally raping her. For his own perverted pleasure, he videotaped...

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What's Your Day Job? Mine Was Spending Time With Serial Killers

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 8:49 AM

People go to work at the office cubicle. Or man the phone banks and receptionist desk. Maybe do automotive or computer repairs or toss around ideas at the start up. For several years of my life, I did something a little bit different. I spent my days and nights with...

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The Purple and Pink RV Tour -- One Fan's Fight to Save His NBA Team

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 5:32 PM

It's hard to miss as it's barreling down a freeway; laboring through a long, lonely stretch of an interstate or swerving in a desert dust storm. A huge purple and pink RV with "Playing to Win" painted on its shiny side. Some people run across the country to...

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My Friend, Alleged Computer Hacker Matthew Keys

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 4:46 PM

It's not every day you open an email and it's about someone you know that begins with: The United States of America vs. Matthew Keys.

Matthew is my friend from when he worked in Sacramento, Calif. He was the web editor for the local Fox TV affiliate. I am the...

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God, Why? A Possible Answer

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 8:51 AM

She asked the question many of us are asking after the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday.

"God, why do you take her?"

This question was asked via Twitter by the younger sister of 27-year-old Victoria Soto, who is being hailed as a heroine...

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Three Home Runs in a World Series -- This Time, Without Racism

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:44 AM

It didn't take long for someone to bring up his name as soon as Pablo Sandoval slammed his third home run for the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the World Series.

Reggie Jackson. And it didn't take long for it to trigger the biggest regret of...

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Do You Have a "Yes Man" in Your Life? A Post-Debate Lesson for Obama

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 12:35 PM

Of all the historic number of tweets generated by Wednesday's presidential debate, something like 10.3 million in 90 minutes, one stood out to me. It was by CNN political analyst David Gergen. He wrote:

"I didn't think (the president) was rusty. I just don't think...

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