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Tricia Takanawa is the Asian reporter of Quahog 5 News on Family Guy, who works with Tom Tucker, Ollie Williams, formerly Diane Simmons and now with Joyce Kinney. She, along with her newsroom colleagues, embodies the stereotype of image-conscious news reporters who cover shallow stories and fluff articles on TV newscasts.
She is also a friend of the Griffin family and more of the various people of Quahog. Tricia has also a mother but never seems to be satisfied with her, as noted in "12 and a Half Hungry Men". Tricia is a friendly reporter with a dissonant serenity. She speaks with a slight, nasally-sounding Asian accent.
She has been known to have a major obsession with David Bowie. When she meets him in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, she loses all control, and tells him, in a completely different voice than she usually has, then begins to dry hump his leg. Tricia also gave a makeover to Meg in "Don't Make Me Over", and was seen dancing in the musical number "Peter is Slow" in "Petarded", and she once did a three part story where she ended up having sex with Glenn Quagmire, who thought she was a "Spanish Chick".
When Peter brings her word that Carter plans to use toxic materials in the beer cans of the Pawtucket Brewery in "Carter and Tricia", she has an affair with him and becomes a mother figure to Peter in order to record the truth. When the guys later try to extract revenge, they find that her actions are partially a result of her upbringing by her mother, Irene Takanawa, who was first introduced in "12 and a Half Angry Men".
She is voiced by Alex Borstein.
- In the episode "Finders Keepers", it turns out that Tricia is stronger than Glenn Quagmire.
- In "Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff", she seems to be stronger than Peter Griffin, however, this game is considerable non-canon because of the numerous events that changed Quahog.