Shauna Parsons teams up with Wayne Garcia as anchors on the 10 O'clock News on KPTV. This duo deserves to have the #1 rated evening news because they have the chemistry and Channel 12's team can't be beat. Shauna started her career in Salt Lake as an intern at the Fox affiliate, then reporter, weekend anchor and then launched their first morning newscast. Shauna took the KPTV anchor job in 2000. Shauna and her husband Ivan have two children and are thrilled to call Stumptown their home! Here are my ten questions for Shauna.
#1: FAVORITE PORTLAND RESTAURANT:
Way too hard to choose, there are so many amazing restaurants! My head is spinning at the thought of trying to pick just one. One of the things I always mention when talking to my out of town friends about Portland, is how many amazing restaurants there are here! (Shauna was spotted at one of my favorite haunts - Hall Street Grill in Beaverton)
#2: LAST BOOK READ:
I have a kindle and am obsessed, so I'm usually reading a few books at once. I've been reading "Nutureshock" by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. It is an amazing book about the latest research on children and how they develop. Basically, I've learned that everything I've been doing as a parent is wrong!!!! I'm also reading "the Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. She spent a year testing all these different theories on how to be happier. So far so good. The last book I finished was dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" which was a pretty fun read....and the last REALLY great book I read was "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
#3: FAVORITE WEB SITE:
It's not a fun website, but I have to say the calendar feature on Google.com is the one I check the most often. My co-anchor Wayne Garcia recently got me hooked on it and I'm constantly checking it to see what's in store. With two busy kids our schedule is CRAZY, so I'm on that calendar several times a day, adding things, deleting things, analyzing things...It's a great resource. My favorite FUN website is Facebook. I use it mostly to keep up with my old high school and college friends. It's a time stealer, so I try to limit my time on there.
#4: FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION:
It's a toss up between Hawaii and Mexico. I come back from both destinations and feel like a new person.
#5: FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST:
Just like restaurants, i don't have a favorite. I love music and enjoy all different kinds. My most recent downloads are "The High Road" by Broken Bells and "Gold Guns Girls" by Metric. I went to see Journey & Heart in concert a couple of years ago and this summer I plan to see Lady Gaga. I also count Metallica and The Scorpions on my list of shows over the last several years. Very eclectic!
#6: FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME:
I really don't want to say this....again, but I don't have a favorite movie! I use to see movies all the time, but since I had kids most of the movies we see are kid flicks. Different movies have defined me at different times of my life. As a teenager it was "The Breakfast Club" (of course), in college it was "Singles" and as an adult....hmmm...anything by Disney or Pixar? How sad. I need to get to the theater to see "grown up" movies more often!
#7: WHAT IS ALWAYS IN SHAUNA'S FRIDGE?
Organic milk in glass bottles from Noris Dairy. We actually have a real milkman who brings us super fresh milk & eggs every week. I swear, milk from a glass bottle really does taste better. Another staple: Sauvignon Blanc. I know it's kind of a summer wine, but I like it all year round. My favorite is Kim Crawford. Affordable, light, citrusy, it's delish!
#8: CRAZIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED ON LIVE TV:
Too many things to list! But of course, my most recent blooper comes to mind. I lost my voice mid-read during our newscast and had to have Wayne take it over. But then the camera cut back to me by accident while I was sipping water. But there have been all kinds of adventures, from laughing so hard I was crying, to calling madonna a pop "pooper-star" instead of superstar...any thing can happen on live TV.
#9: BEST CAREER DECISION:
I promise I'm not trying to suck up to my viewers, but moving to Portland was a GREAT career decision! After almost ten years I am still madly in love with this city. I adore my co-workers..I love my job, and love raising my kids in such a wonderful place. I plan to stay here until the powers that be decide to put me out to pasture. Hopefully a LONG time from now!
#10: WHAT WILL WE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU SHAUNA?
People will be surprised to know that: I was Bachelorette #3 on The All New Dating Game when I was a senior in high school...and I got picked! I won a trip to Yugoslavia, It was an amazing, hilarious experience.