Tricia Takanawa is a reporter for Quahog 5 News. She gets all of the coverage out of the studio. In "Da Boom" she is eaten by Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons, however the episode is considered non-canon since it featured the world being destroyed by nuclear weapons from Y2K. Her ethnicity is Japanese, and she is based on an on-the-scene reporter also played by Alex Borstein from a news segment sketch on MADtv, although her speech pattern is also reminiscent of Larraine Newman's super-serious reporter at the Blaine Hotel from season one of Saturday Night Live. Tricia is usually at the scene of some unenviable news broadcasts, such as a hurricane in "One if by Clam, Two if by Sea", where she is knocked down by a flying car, the height of a flu epidemic, in which she vomits, while hung over the toilet, during the actual news report in "Stewie Loves Lois", interviewing a Renaissance Fair Jester in "Mr. Saturday Knight", and a guy who rides his ten speed in the heavy rain in "Peter's Daughter. Tricia also interviews the Mass Media Murderer, while he is escaping the prison, who wants to kill Chris Griffin in "To Love and Die in Dixie". Interestingly, she doesn't try to do anything to stop him. Tricia is the most prominent Asian character on Family Guy. In the Family Guy Video Game! she states that she has won several awards in Asian News Reporting.
In "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", she covers the Mayoral debate between Mayor Adam West and Lois Griffin, as well as the first day of a purified Lake Quahog. There, she interviews the manager of Britches and Hose, Jason Voorhees.
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".
Tricia's cultural background prevents her from entering certain buildings. In the series, she cannot go into the Park-Barrington Hotel because "they don't allow Asians inside". In the video game, she can be found in her dressing room at the TV station, where she gives the same reason for not being allowed in the reporters lounge. Also according to the game, that particular dressing room was given to Tricia due to her old one being converted into a green house by Diane Simmons.
An Indian version of Tricia appears in "Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 2".
- FG203 "Da Boom"
- FG204 "Brian in Love"
- FG205 "Love Thy Trophy"
- FG206 "Death Is a Bitch"
- FG207 "The King Is Dead"
- FG210 "Running Mates"
- FG217 "He's Too Sexy for His Fat"
- FG218 "E. Peterbus Unum"
- FG220 "Wasted Talent"
- FG304 "One if by Clam, Two if by Sea"
- FG309 "Mr. Saturday Knight"
- FG312 "To Love and Die in Dixie"
- FG313 "Screwed the Pooch"
- FG315 "Ready, Willing, and Disabled"
- FG401 "North by North Quahog"
- FG404 "Don't Make Me Over"
- FG406 "Petarded"
- FG501 "Stewie Loves Lois"
- FG605 "Lois Kills Stewie" (Only on DVD Version)
- FG607 "Peter's Daughter"
- FG709 "The Juice Is Loose"
- FG813 "Go, Stewie, Go!"
- FG816 "April in Quahog"
- FG901 "And Then There Were Fewer"
- FG907 "Road to the North Pole"
- FG1001 "Lottery Fever"
- FG1009 "Grumpy Old Man"
- FG1012 "Livin' on a Prayer"
- FG1014 "Be Careful What You Fish For"
- FG1022 "Family Guy Viewer Mail No. 2"
- FG1102 "Ratings Guy" (cameo)
- FG1106 "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell"
- FG1112 "Valentine's Day in Quahog"
- FG1116 "12 and a Half Angry Men"
- FG1120 "Farmer Guy"
- FG1201 "Finders Keepers"
- FG1205 "Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee"
- FG1210 "Grimm Job" (in fairy tale)