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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That's why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I've been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

Recent Articles
  • Warming Trend Ahead

    Dennis Shanahan’s Saturday Night Forecast for Northern California.

  • UC Davis Professor offers Insight into Syrian Crisis

    For insight into the crisis in Syria and the U.S. intervention in the conflict, FOX40 visited a UC Davis professor and author who has knowledge of the region, its culture and politics. “I think it’s so important that people understand how many people of Muslim heritage there are in Iraq, in Syria, and in other countries who oppose these extremist groups, who have been working to oppose them, to counter them, to speak out against them,” said Karima Bennoune, professor of international […]

  • Debate Over Sac’s ‘Strong Mayor’ Measure Draws Big Crowd

    SACRAMENTO- A debate over Sacramento’s “strong mayor” measure drew a standing-room only crowd to a Sacramento meeting hall last night. The debate, at Sacramento’s Curtis Hall, was hosted by the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association and a group called Organize Sacramento. Former Mayor Heather Fargo and current city councilman Steve Hansen represented the No on L campaign. Nancy Miller and Daniel Conway debated in favor of Measure L. If passed, the measure on the November ballot would give Sacramento’s mayor more […]

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    Firefighters in Weed on Red Flag Alert through Wednesday

    WEED- Wednesday’s weather conditions in the City of Weed were similar to those that caused fast-moving flames to destroy or damage 150 structures here on Monday in the Boles Fire. Winds were gusting in the 30 mile per hour range Wednesday afternoon, and humidity readings were low, near 20 percent, enough to warrant a red flag fire danger warning in the area. That’s why nearly 1,000 firefighters were still assigned to the incident.  The active spread of flames was halted, […]

  • Community Devastated by Boles Fire

    WEED- The Boles Fire in the City of Weed in Siskiyou County was listed as 25-percent contained Tuesday night. According to Cal Fire, 365 acres were charred and 150 structures were damaged or destroyed. But the forward spread of the fire was halted and most flames were extinguished.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. At a Tuesday night fire information meeting at College of the Siskiyous, community members gave firefighters a standing ovation. FOX40 met some residents sifting through […]

  • Reno Museum Accident has Far-Reaching Effect

    LODI - Museums hundreds of miles away from Reno are feeling the impact of a science experiment that went wrong at Reno’s Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum. Reno’s fire chief said the experiment involved a mixture of methyl alcohol and boric acid used routinely in a tornado simulator. The mixture somehow caught fire, resulting in a chemical flash that burned several people. Eight children and one adult were hospitalized, according to the City of Reno. Jen Young, educational program coordinator […]

  • Major League Soccer Executives to Visit Sacramento Region

    SACRAMENTO - Mayor Kevin Johnson sent a memo to the City Council on Tuesday, highlighting the opportunities for Major League Soccer (MLS) in Sacramento, and announcing that two top league executives have scheduled a visit to the city. MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Charles Altchek will be here September 18 and 19, according to the memo that was also provided to FOX40. “We’re going to show them that we have an incredible market,” Ben Sosenko, Mayor Johnson’s press […]

  • Napa Teen Hurt in Quake Describes Ordeal

    SACRAMENTO- The 13-year-old Napa boy injured when a chimney collapsed in Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake said on Tuesday he feels lucky to be alive. Nick Dillon spoke with reporters from his hospital bed at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.  He is recovering from a nearly 10-hour surgery to repair his fractured pelvis. “I have, like, three plates and two bolts inside of me right now,” Dillon said. Despite his pain, the 9th-grader is keeping a positive attitude. “Of course I’m gonna have my moments […]

  • Manteca Nurses Rally to Protest Hospital Cuts

    California Nurses Call for Transparency, Preparedness during Ebola Scare

    SACRAMENTO— The California Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nurses union, is calling for transparency, preparedness, and strict adherence to medical guidelines in light of a potential Ebola case in Sacramento. According to Kaiser Permanente and public health authorities, the patient, who recently traveled to Sacramento from West Africa, is being treated in isolation at Kaiser South Sacramento Medial Center for possible exposure to the Ebola virus. Blood samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for testing. “This brings a […]