Although Tami is most recognized for her media endeavors, her passion and drive come from matters of the heart. Tami has been a strong supporter of vets and pets all her life. Her story will give further insight…
Tami was born in Santa Monica, California. Her mother collected, restored and sold antiques and vintage furniture while her father was devoted to the motion picture and TV industry. Her father, Tom, was an electrical engineer before he became a Disney Imagineer. And before that, he was one of the original 101st Airborne in WWII before volunteering in the Korean War. Tami has fond memories of being on the sets of movies and TV shows, often spending a majority of her time with set and decoration crews resulting in a fascination and early education of design and the process of turning ordinary into the extraordinary.
Tami moved to Seattle in 1993 and joined KOMO radio where she started her own radio show. She also joined KOMO TV’s long running Northwest Afternoon and provided many major home makeovers. In 1996, she met her husband, Guy, and they’ve been going strong ever since.
Guy and Tami were at Ground Zero on 9/11 and while Guy recorded the events on a digital camera, Tami called in to report to KOMO. She was one of the first to call in to share the events happening live. The U.S. brought charges against the so-called “20th Hijacker”, Zacarias Moussaoui, who eventually pleaded guilty. During the penalty phase, Tami was second to testify after Rudy Giuliani as Guy’s video was shown. They never profited from the video and it is now part of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.
In 2012, she was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs and she currently serves on the USO NW Board. In addition to her father’s military history, her son, Blake, was an infantryman who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a gold star Aunt, whose nephew passed away from EOD injuries while serving in Iraq.
Tami has hosted Humane Society galas, volunteered for battered women and the homeless, and has rescued and adopted pets her whole life. She has donated major renovations for the Gilda’s Club of Seattle and several major home renovations for families who have suddenly lost parents. Tami hopes she can inspire people with design dilemmas to embrace and express their own creativity. She also wants to continue to help important causes that support vets, pets, and those with intellectual and learning disabilities. She hopes others are also inspired to follow their heart (as she has done).