Trisha started her reporting career in northwestern Montana in 2006 at KPAX-TV. She worked out of the Kalispell bureau and covered the Flathead Valley. In the fall of 2007, Trisha was promoted to the main station in Missoula to anchor the weekend shows and report during the week.
Two years later she was hired on at 12 News in Phoenix as a multimedia journalist/planner/producer and fill-in traffic anchor. During that time Trisha covered a wide range of stories including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson and the largest wildfire in Arizona State history - the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona. She is now a reporter/multimedia journalist for 12 News.
Trisha was promoted to cover northern Arizona as a general assignment reporter and multimedia journalist in the fall of 2011. After working out of the Flagstaff bureau for two years, she was promoted again to report for 12 News out of the main station in Phoenix where she is currently based.
During her career, Trisha's work has contributed to winning a number of station Emmys for 12 News. She has also been nominated for an Emmy for her work producing, shooting, editing and reporting on her Explore Arizona series, where she traveled around the state bringing viewers an up close and personal look at unique adventures the Grand Canyon state has to offer.
Trisha was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona.
She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in communication. Trisha is a proud third-generation ASU Sun Devil. Her grandfather was quarterback at ASU back in the 50s. During college Trisha interned with three Phoenix television stations and volunteered her time working on-air for a nonprofit radio station for the blind.
Throughout her broadcasting career, Trisha has had the privilege of meeting many politicians and celebrities.
She has covered thousands of stories that touch people's lives. Many times the stories that impact people the most are extremely emotional - like the Yarnell Hill Fire she covered that claimed the lives of 19 Granite Mountain hotshots. Trisha's favorite stories are the ones that inspire others.
When Trisha is not working she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends.
Name: Trisha Hendricks
Hometown: Tempe, Arizona
City of Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Current Position: Reporter/Multimedia Journalist
When you joined 12 News: October 2009
College Graduated From: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
Interests/Hobbies: I love hiking, dancing and playing volleyball. I also love to sing and cook.
Favorite Music: I like everything from country to hip-hop and blues.
Favorite Songs: "Where the Green Grass Grows" - Tim McGraw and "Crash Into Me" - Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Quote: Walter Cronkite once told me "perseverance is the key" to finding success. It is so true.
Favorite Food: I am all about food all the time. I love chicken parmesan, tortilla soup, green corn tamales and of course pizza.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Travel Destination: Coronado Island
Favorite Moments in Broadcasting: I got an exclusive interview with a man who survived after getting buried in an avalanche. I met with him when he arrived home from the hospital surrounded by his wife and three children. One of my other favorite moments was my first international CNN live shot reporting from the Arizona State Capitol. I was reporting on Arizona's controversial Immigration Law.
Why you decided to work in TV: I love working out in the field capturing great stories to tell. I enjoy interviewing all different kinds of people and having the privilege of sharing their stories and opinions. I love the endless opportunities to learn new things.
Where else you have worked: Montana
What you love about living in Arizona: Arizona is my home sweet home. I am third generation native of Arizona and third generation to graduate from Arizona State University. It's in my blood. I love living close to my family and friends I've known all my life.
First Story Reported: I interviewed former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns from Montana when he was on a campaign pit stop in Kalispell, Montana. Burns was the longest serving Republican senator in Montana history. Burns conceded the election to Democratic Senator Jon Tester.
Your First Broadcast Job: Reporter for KPAX/KAJ-TV Montana's News Station
What I'm Passionate About: My faith in God, my family and my career.
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