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Dora Scheidell joined Fox13 in September 2015 as a weekend anchor and reporter.
Before joining the Fox13 team, she worked as the weekend anchor and multimedia journalist at CNYCentral in Syracuse NY. Before moving to the East Coast, Dora was a multimedia journalist at KRNV News 4 in Reno, Nevada. She was a one woman band: writing, shooting, editing, and reporting. Before moving in front of the camera, Dora spent a year producing the 5pm news at KRNV. She also worked as an assignment editor and a writer in San Diego after graduating with a Communications degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Dora chose a career in journalism because of her insatiable curiosity about people, a desire to learn new things, and a need to connect with others.
After three years in snowy Syracuse, she’s thrilled to be living closer to her family and friends in California.
Already blown away by the natural beauty in Salt Lake City, Dora is excited to explore all that Utah has to offer and hopes to learn how to ski this winter.
Being new to the area, Dora is always looking to meet new people and share their stories. Feel free to contact her anytime at

Recent Articles
  • Utah teen carries teammate to finish line after injury at cross country state championship

    SALT LAKE CITY — An incredibly touching moment caught on camera. During the cross country Utah state championship at Sugar House Park Wednesday, Riverton senior Sean Rausch carried his injured teammate, Blake Lewis, to the finish line. It’s the race these Riverton runners had been waiting for all season. “Our training plan, everything was geared toward state, so we wanted to win state for sure,” Rausch said. Blake, a junior, was 400 meters from the finish line when he felt […]

  • City leaders react to possibility of new immigration detention center in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Trump administration is laying out plans to build more immigration jails across the country, and one could be in Utah. A request for information from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Customs Enforcement lists Salt Lake City along with St. Paul, Detroit, and Chicago, as potential immigration detention centers, despite the fact they’re all sanctuary cities or cities that have expressed similar sentiments. Salt Lake City spokesman Matthew Rojas says the initial response from […]

  • Rio Tinto Kennecott employee dies after exposure to toxic gas

    A Rio Tinto Kennecott employee has died after being exposed to sulfur dioxide gas. Officials said the employee was performing "regular work duties" in the company's smelter when it happened Sunday.

  • Suspect flees the country after settting Herriman house on fire

    HERRIMAN, Utah – New details have emerged about a suspect who is responsible for lighting a house on fire in Herriman. Now fire investigators believe the suspect has fled the country. The fire started in the early morning hours of July 22 on Quiet Glen Drive.  Fire investigators have said that the home is a total loss. According to a newly released warrant, the 30-year-old suspect Michel Mateus of Orem made unwanted sexual advances towards the homeowner’s son a month […]

  • Orem suspect breaks into home, beats woman unconscious

    OREM, Utah – An Orem mother and her children are recovering after police say a suspect broke into their home, and assaulted the mother until she was unconscious. Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department said 21-year-old Rodolfo Villalobos Jr. of Provo, broke out a basement window in the home near 600 North and 400 West overnight.  The noise woke up the mother, who the suspect confronted. “She confronted him and when he started to beat her with this […]

  • Las Vegas gunman set up cameras in hotel hallway, police say

    LAS VEGAS — Every detail of this indiscriminate mass murder seemed meticulously planned. The selection of a hotel room overlooking a music festival, days before the attack. The cache of 23 weapons inside the gunman’s Las Vegas suite. And thousands of rounds of ammunition — plus an ingredient used in explosives — inside the killer’s home and car. The latest revelation came Tuesday afternoon when police said gunman Stephen Paddock set up cameras inside his hotel suite and in the […]

  • Dixie State University students mourn Las Vegas shooting together

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – De’Shon Abrams, a 23-year-old sophomore at Dixie State University lost four friends in the Las Vegas shooting, and two more are still in the hospital. “It got to the point to where I was afraid to check my phone. I wasn’t answering phone calls because I’m like you don’t want to receive another call after hearing not one, not two but three and four different deaths plus the other injuries,” said Abrams. University Senior Liz Rinehart […]

  • Plaintiffs in legal battle over ‘no promo homo’ law in Utah speak

    SALT LAKE CITY — While raising money for their legislative battles, Equality Utah revealed three young plaintiffs at their annual Allies Dinner Saturday night. Josh Greer, 18, Katy Smith-Gish, 17, and Kaiden Turkel, 8, are the students behind the so-called no promo homo lawsuit, which was overturned this year. For two years, they remained anonymous. “We’ve been fighting alongside people being so silent,” says Smith-Gish. Now, the three plaintiffs are coming out to share their stories and celebrate their victory. […]

  • University of Utah discusses security precautions for Ben Shapiro speech

    SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is not taking this controversial event lightly, and campus officials have been planning and preparing for Ben Shapiro’s arrival for weeks, even taking a trip out of state to see him speak at another university a few weeks ago. University spokesman Chris Nelson says they’re hoping for the best. “Bottom line from the university: I think we’re cautiously optimistic,” Nelson said. However, they’re preparing for the worst. “Our police will go in, […]

  • Former Utahns now living in Puerto Rico describe impact of pair of hurricanes

    DRAPER, Utah — Darin Knowles hasn’t been able to reach his wife in Puerto Rico since around three o’clock Wednesday morning. “All caps my messages. You better contact me as soon as you can,” Knowles said. Darrin, Jessica, and their four kids moved from Draper to Puerto Rico in June, so it’s been quite the adventure with two hurricanes in a matter of weeks. “We didn’t lose cell phone service last time with Irma,” he said. “This one we lost […]

  • Former Utahns living in Puerto Rico cope with Hurricane Irma, prepare for Maria

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Knowles moved from Draper to Puerto Rico in June, so they’ve gotten a double-whammy welcome from Mother Nature. “Welcome to Puerto Rico this has never happened before like ever,” Jessica Knowles said. Knowles’ neighbors weren’t too concerned prior to Hurricane Irma, but after seeing the damage, they’re not taking any chances with Maria. “They’re saying get ready, get to the shelter,” Knowles said.  “There`s 500 shelters that have been prepared.” She decided to wait […]

  • Siblings remember Smithfield woman who died in head-on collision

    SMITHFIELD, Utah – Two young girls are recovering at Primary Children’s Hospital after a weekend crash that killed their mother. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a 15-year-old driver with a learner’s permit was driving alone on S.R. 218 in Smithfield on Saturday when he veered into traffic heading the opposite direction and hit the family head-on. The Perkes’ siblings all got the call from their mom, telling them their sister, 28-year-old Sammi Perkes, along with her two daughters, 7-year-old Kinley and […]