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Kaushal PatelKaushal Patel

A former CNN International anchor in Atlanta and Hong Kong, Kaushal Patel works at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV Channel 10 as co-anchor of 10News This Morning and 10News Midday.


 

Growing up in Skokie, Illinois, the last thing in the world Kaushal Patel thought she would become was a television journalist and anchor. Hard to imagine, but growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents from India, Patel recalls, "I was shy most of my life and not very outspoken, very studious, but I really never knew what I wanted to do." She was in her senior year at the University of Texas at El Paso, studying marketing and management, when she accidentally experienced a eureka moment.

"I wanted to see how the marketing department worked at a television station. How did they market to viewers? So I went to the local TV station. Well, they didn’t have an internship program for the station, but they had an internship program for the news department."  She applied, got the internship, and while accompanying a reporter "to see how they put together stories … I fell in love instantly with what a reporter does."

She worked her way up from the internship, to part-time assignment editor, weekend reporter and then full-time reporter. Deciding she wanted to become an anchor and looking for an opportunity, she focused on stations in smaller markets and won a slot as a reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona, eventually becoming the station’s main anchor.

After four years in Yuma — and being single, mobile and focused on advancing her career — she moved on to CBS affiliate KOLD-TV in Tucson, "just up the road, in a bigger market," and three years later to KTVT-TV in Dallas, Texas, an even larger and growing market.

Patel joined CNN International (CNN’s international English language network watched by more than 200 million international viewers in more than 200 countries) in 2008, initially anchoring from CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and then from Hong Kong doing a daily 2-hour, sometimes 3-hour, single-anchor international news show.

Returning to the States in early 2010 and wanting to settle in California, she joined Channel 10 in September 2010. Kaushal is now the co-anchor of 10News This Morning and 10News Midday with veteran broadcaster Bill Griffith.

Biography adapted from 10News.com and the Del Mar Times.