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Carefree tea room welcomes royal baby

PHOENIX -- A tea room in Carefree, Ariz., marked the birth of the newest addition to the British royal family on Monday.

"We were hoping it would be today," said Jo Gemmill with the English Rose Tea Room. "As soon as we got the announcement, we made a big announcement in the English Rose Tea Room and everybody toasted with champagne and we had a big three cheers for the future king of England."

Gemmill said that she was one of the first people on this side of the pond to find out that Kate Middleton was in labor. Her mother sent her a text message to let her know the baby was on his way.

Gemmill said the tea room would be marking the birth of the baby all week.

"We're certainly celebrating the royal baby for the rest of this week and we're looking forward to being able to toast the baby with cups of tea, special cucumber sandwiches and scones and all the traditional foods that we would expect for a royal baby's arrival," she said.

No name has been announced for the baby.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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