Nina Mehlhaf is a reporter for KGW NewsChannel 8 at Sunrise and NewsChannel 8 at Noon. She is so thankful to be back in her hometown of Portland. Nina first got the itch to cover news after watching KGW reporters on freeway overpasses and Sylvan Hill as a child, hoping for a snow day.
Before coming to Portland, Nina was the main anchor of KTVZ NewsChannel 21 in beautiful Bend, Oregon. While there she earned awards from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for Best Coverage of Breaking News in 2008 and 2011. She's also been honored for her reporting by Oregon Press Women.
She also spent two fast-paced years as a reporter and anchor at KTXL Fox40 in Sacramento, California. There she covered many national news stories such as the two wayward whales that swam all the way to Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay, the Angora Fire that burned over 250 homes in Lake Tahoe, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's time in office, the Oakland bridge collapse and many others. Because of her roots as an Oregonian, and her stockpile of outdoors-ready clothes, she was often the one sent to cover the record snowfall in the Sierra.
Nina earned a journalism degree at the University of Oregon, and attended Jesuit High School, making her school colors green and yellow her whole life.
She's served on the board of directors for the Bend chapter of "Start Making A Reader Today," or SMART, a children's literacy program that pairs volunteers with children in K-3rd grades who are falling behind. She also worked with Bend non-profit Healthy Beginnings to bring awareness to early childhood development screenings. And she volunteered at horse rescue ranch Equine Outreach in Bend.
Nina is an avid skier, obsessive foodie (yay Portland!), gardener, Twitter and police scanner junkie and animal lover.