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Growing up, I always had a pen and paper in hand; taking notes, writing journals and begging my parents to tell me stories. But in college, instead of following those interests, I decided to attend UC Berkeley as a Molecular Cell Biology major. The summer before my first semester, I interned at NBC in my hometown, San Diego. From then on, I was hooked on the fast paced, exciting world of TV news. I ditched science and never looked back!

My career has taken me from California to Las Vegas to New York and now back to California. I worked my way up from production assistant and writer at KUSI in San Diego, to producer at KTNV in Las Vegas and then to Reporter in NYC.

I spent the past two years carrying a big camera and tripod through the streets of Brooklyn and The Bronx. I was a “One Man Band” reporter and fill-in Anchor for News 12. While in NYC, I covered Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the mayor’s race, dozens of snow storms and lots of crime.

I’m known around the newsroom for: being a klutz!

What keeps me going: iced coffee , peanut M&Ms and sunshine.

I give back to my community by: Shopping and eating local as much as possible. I love that our area is a great place to do that! Also I believe little random acts of kindness go a long way. Making someone else’s day makes me happy.

Why FOX40? FOX40 brought me back home to California. It’s a place for me to take on new challenges while working with nice, talented people.

My greatest TV moment: After Hurricane Sandy, I did a report on a religious center in Queens that was badly damaged and in desperate need of aid. After the story aired, I found out that my report prompted FEMA to call the religious center and give it the assistance it needed.

TV moment I’d like to forget: Fainting in the studio during a live CNN broadcast. It happened during a short internship during college. (I had slept only a few hours before my 3am call time.) Security came to get me and I was mortified! I guess I made a lasting impression but not the kind I was hoping for!

If I had free time, I would: Do more yoga, hiking and biking. Also I’d like to spend a day doing absolutely NOTHING but that may never happen – I always have a to-do list!

Recent Articles
  • Woman Seeking U.S. Citizenship Finds Out She was Citizen All Along

    SACRAMENTO — Snapping photos and clutching American flags — these are the faces of newly naturalized citizens. “Ecstatic!” said Hannie Gerdeman. Seventy-year-old Gerdeman is one of them. “This is such a relief,” she said. Gerdeman was born in Suriname, in South America, but lives in Holland. She wanted to gain citizenship so she could stay in the country indefinitely to be with her sick mother, without the limitations of a tourist visa. “It was quite a hassle every time,” Gerdeman […]

  • Family with New Baby Struggling Through Heat Wave with No Air Conditioning

    ARDEN-ARCADE — A woman in the Arden-Arcade area says she and her family are struggling through the heat wave because their air conditioner does not work. Justine Usher says her air conditioner has been broken for a year, but these brutal, triple-digit temperatures are making life extra hard for her, her husband and their 5-month-old baby. Usher and her family moved in through a Sacramento County affordable housing program, and she knows she isn’t the only resident with broken air […]

  • Heat Leads to Uptick in Power Outages, PG&E Says

    LINCOLN — Pacific Gas & Electric say most of its recent outages have been related to sweltering, triple-digit temperatures in Northern California. Between Friday morning and Monday morning, the provider says 190,000 customers were without power at some point. Monday morning, about 130 customers lost power in the Lincoln area. Crews say the extra strain on the grid isn’t helped by the fact that the overnight hours stay fairly warm. You can save energy and put less stress on the […]

  • Local Boy Surprised with Hundreds of Pugs at Birthday Party

    ROSEVILLE — A local boy’s 12th birthday wish came true when he was surprised with a party that was attended by some adorable guests. Cierra Baumunk planned her son’s entire celebration, which took place Saturday at the Pet Food Express in Roseville. She went with a theme she knew her son, Hayden, would be the most excited by — pugs. Local pet owners and the Pug Rescue of Sacramento brought hundreds of pugs to join in on the fun. Hayden’s […]

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    Lawmakers Considering Overhaul of Sex Offender Registry

    SACRAMENTO — Some convicted sex offenders in California could get off the registry under a bill going through the legislature now. SB421 would create a new three-tier registry for offenders, giving them different amounts of times they need to be registered depending on the severity of their crime. Under the lowest tier, misdemeanor or non violent sex offenders would register for ten years. Tier two is 20 years for serious or non violent sex offenses. Tier three offenders will have […]

  • Man Recovering After Being Hit by Bicyclist Along American River Parkway

    SACRAMENTO — A man is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a bicyclist along the American River Parkway on Tuesday night. Bill Finkbeiner has skull and hand fractures and is missing teeth following the hit-and-run crash. Friends who were walking with Finkbeiner say a man riding a bike came speeding up from behind and crashed into him, sending him flying into the air. Finkbeiner is an avid runner who was preparing for a 100 mile run in […]

  • Locals Rallying for ‘March Against Sharia’ to Face Opposition from Counter-Protesters

    ROSEVILLE — The streets surrounding BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be the stage for opposing rallies Saturday. It’s part of a day of demonstrations by the non-profit ACT for America, which has planned almost 30 “Marches Against Sharia,” or Islamic law, across the country. The non-profit says it’s fighting for human rights and Western values and is against radical Islam. Across the street, more than 100 counter-protesters are planning to show up for “No Hate, No Fear.” The organizer of […]

  • School Resource Officer Makes Special Connection with Students

    OAK PARK — Thursday night, Sacramento police Officer Sangkoo Park will surprise two students with awards and scholarships at American Legion School in Oak Park. Park is the school’s resource officer. He is a Korean immigrant who has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 10 years after working as an attorney. Most students who attend American Legion are there because of academic or behavioral issues. Park wants people to change their perceptions of students who are enrolled at continuation […]

  • Sacramento’s Last Remaining Kmart to Close

    SACRAMENTO — The last remaining Kmart store in Sacramento is closing in September, as part of a larger batch of closures announced this week by parent company Sears. The closures are indicative of a continued downward trend for brick and mortar retail, but many neighbors in the lower-income Fruitridge area say they rely on the South Sacramento store. Sears says a liquidation sale at the Stockton Boulevard and Lawrence Drive location will begin June 15. It will close its doors […]