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Born and raised in Washington State, Nadine Woodward is an award-winning broadcast journalist, mother, business owner and proud Spokanite. During a 28-year career on Spokane television, she shared with us the highs and lows of tumultuous decades.
After broadcast news jobs in Idaho, Nadine arrived in Spokane in 1990, first working at KREM, then moving to KXLY in 2010.
She has reported on the city - from the change in city government to a “strong mayor” system, the revitalization of downtown, and the challenges of growth and development on the North Side and in other neighborhoods. From severe snow, wind and fire storms, to the tragic Freeman school shooting and our homeless crisis – she has seen firsthand how people came together in times of adversity.
During her television career, Nadine made the Spokane community the focus of her work, both on and off camera. She supported, emceed events, fundraised and served as honorary chair for a multitude of causes, including Spokane County Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Go Red for Women/American Heart Association, Anna Ogden Hall, Teen Challenge, Rescue 4 All/Inland Northwest Animal Rescue, Women Helping Women, March of Dimes, Red Cross Heroes, Children’s Miracle Network, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, and Coats 4 Kids.
She got her first job in television while still a student:
“Vancouver’s cable company embarked on a pioneering idea to create a local newscast anchored by members of the community. I auditioned, and out of hundreds of hopefuls, got the female news anchor position. After attending college classes during the day, I would then anchor the evening news during my junior and senior years. The pay? $5 a newscast. But the experience was priceless.”
Growing up in Vancouver, her parents instilled a strong work ethic. As a teenager, she spent summers picking strawberries, cucumbers and zucchini.
Nadine worked her way through college, graduating from the University of Portland in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. At Clark College and UP she was very active, serving on student government, was an editor on the student newspaper, an award-winning member of the debate team, and did video production work.
Nadine received many awards for her broadcasting work, but is proudest of the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS recognizing television professionals who have “made an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry, set standards of achievement, and given back to their communities.”
Along the way, Nadine and her husband Bruce raised two beautiful children – son Connor, now 27 – and daughter Coley, 22. Both currently live in Seattle – Coley is a 2019 graduate from UW while Connor works in the tech industry.
During their school years in Spokane, Nadine and Bruce were active in their school communities, serving on numerous fundraising committees, chairing auctions, emceeing events, teaching art and coaching soccer, basketball and football. Like many who call Spokane home, Bruce and Nadine operate a business in Spokane that supports the local economy.