She considers herself a farm gal at heart after growing up in rural Ontario, Canada, where her grandparents ran a strawberry farm and where she worked every summer. She graduated with high honors from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Combined Degree in Journalism and Law.
Eileen got her first broadcast job working weekends at an Ottawa radio station, while attending university. She then went on to report for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in radio and TV, taking her across Canada and abroad. She also worked as an investigative reporter and host for a consumer show called Buyer Beware, before moving to the U.S. to report for KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington. There she reported from the middle of the WTO riots and provided non-stop coverage during the 6.8-magnitude earthquake, initially reporting from the tallest building in Seattle where she was stuck near the top when the quake hit.
Eileen has been on many adventures as a reporter, from landing by helicopter on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, to learning close quarters combat training to covering presidential visits. She has received a number of awards, including one from the Columbus Film & Video Festival for her in-depth look into the use of steroids. She also received special recognition from the National Border Patrol Council for her coverage of issues involving the Canada-U.S. border.
Eileen is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has also emceed and volunteered for a number of nonprofits, including Crime Survivors, Komen Race for the Cure, Alzheimer's Association OC, and Goodwill.
She also loves being a mom, a wife, trail runner and enjoys gardening in her spare time.
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