Maggie Vespa is an award-winning reporter and anchor, covering Portland's housing crisis and other issues for "The Story", on weeknights at 6 p.m.
Maggie joined KGW in December of 2014 and immediately fell in love with the sights, sounds and people of the Pacific Northwest. An Illinois native, she comes to Portland by way of Tucson, Arizona, where she spent two years working as a general assignment reporter and 9 p.m. anchor for KGUN (ABC).
While at KGUN, Maggie covered every topic under the sizzling desert sun. Among her most memorable was being the first crew on scene in the small border town of Nogales, Arizona, where thousands of undocumented migrant children had been rounded up by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol. Maggie also spearheaded "Vanished", a series that covered unsolved kidnapping cases across Arizona. Her work generated new leads in two such cases, both which had been ice cold for decades.
Maggie began her journalism career in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois. There she worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at WEEK & WHOI (NBC & ABC), covering the stories that mattered most to her family and her community.
Maggie is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (go, Illini!). That said, she is open to life as a Pac-12 fan… maybe.
In her spare time, Maggie enjoys running, hiking, Italian cooking.
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