San Diego native Vanessa Paz is a traffic anchor at KGW in Portland, Oregon. She joined KGW News as the newest member of the weather and traffic team.

Vanessa attended California State University, Los Angeles where she received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

While attending CSULA, she interned for Dateline NBC as an executive producer assistant. During her tenure, she was listed in the credits for Dateline's special "The Dr. Conrad Murray Trial" as a producer assistant. She went on to intern for KNBC as a reporter assistant and contributor.

Vanessa landed her first official role in TV news when she was offered a reporter position for KVAL/KMTR News in Eugene, Oregon. A year later, she was promoted to weather anchor.

In 2015, she moved to Portland and worked as a nightside reporter for Fox 12 News.

She’s now ecstatic to be a part of the KGW news team.

If Vanessa’s ever using vacation time, it’s usually spent on travel, whether to a new place or simply back to San Diego to visit family and friends. She tries to spend her spare time working out, in the form of hiking or boxing.

Reach out to her on Facebook or Twitter with any tips regarding weather, traffic, or anything else.