Tamara Damante

KESQ News Channel 3 News Reporter

POSTED: 08:06 PM PDT Sep 24, 2011    UPDATED: 04:43 PM PDT Apr 19, 2012 

Tamara's on-air career started at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming, where she produced and anchored "Good Morning Wyoming" and the K2 News at Noon. She'll never forget shoveling snow and driving to work at 3:30 AM to see a wild buck welcoming her in the station parking lot.

Tamara graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. While in college, she worked for the San Diego Sports Arena on a sports magazine program called "Gulls in Flight." Tamara reported on the lives of the hockey players and their wives. She also interned at KGTV-TV in San Diego.

After graduating from college, KGTV-TV hired Tamara as a producer and she spent the next year writing and producing family, health and financial segments.

Since she came to work at KESQ-TV, she has had a chance to cover a number of historic events including President Bush's visit to the desert and live coverage of the funeral of former President Gerald Ford.

You can find Tamara on the red carpet each year at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, interviewing Hollywood's top celebrities. Among her most memorable moments at being twirled on the red carpet by one of her favorites, John Travolta, and interviewing Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio.

In her spare time, Tamara enjoys cruising on the back of a Harley (in the passenger seat), even though she passed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider's course.

She also enjoys fly-fishing, shopping, cooking and cruising down the streets of Palm Desert admiring the palm trees.

Tamara keeps her two pound Yorkie, "Tally" cool with her here in the desert.

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