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Derek Staahl

Reporter/Multimedia Journalist

Derek Staahl is an Emmy award-winning reporter and multimedia journalist for San Diego 6 News.

A native of Los Angeles, Derek moved to America's Finest City in November 2011. Before that, he lived in Madison, WI, where he reported and anchored for ABC affiliate, WKOW.

While in Madison, Derek covered historic protests at the state Capitol, earned a Wisconsin Broadcasters award for live reporting "and learned what a real winter is like." His first investigative report at the station revealed a cost-saving measure by one state agency was preventing the prosecution of some registered sex offenders for other crimes, including one who was trolling Facebook for young boys.

Derek enjoys reporting across multiple platforms, and his online work has earned him two LA Press Club Awards.

In June 2013, Derek earned his first Emmy award for his day-of-air coverage of a wildfire near Campo that destroyed several homes.

He graduated first in his class from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and earned Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

In his free time, Derek enjoys cheering for the Trojans and the Los Angeles Angels, and admits he has a secret passion.

"If I wasn't a reporter, I would be professional drummer. No doubt about it."

Derek started playing drums when he was 11 years old. In college, he played in several rock, funk, and jazz groups. He also had a brief stint in the world-famous USC Trojan Marching Band's drum line.