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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.


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    1,000 Customers without Power in Soda Springs

    SODA SPRINGS — The storm that brought heavy snow and strong wind to the high Sierra Monday and Tuesday left hundreds of people without power. In the Soda Springs area, 1,021 customers were in the dark as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to PG&E. “The safety of our employees, customers, contractors and the communities we serve is PG&E’s top priority,” said utility spokeswoman Jacqueline Ratto. Ratto said crews are working safely to restore service in the area. No estimated time of power restoration has been provided. Conditions in […]

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    Interstate 80 Closed Tuesday

    COLFAX — Interstate 80 was closed between Colfax and the Nevada state line for several hours Tuesday because of icy conditions and zero visibility with heavy snow falling over Donner Summit. At 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the eastbound lanes were reopened with chain controls. There was no estimated time of reopening for the westbound side. While closures are frustrating for many travelers, Caltrans asks for the public’s patience, assuring them the conditions on the summit were too dangerous Tuesday for a […]

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    Monday Storm Dumps Wet Snow in Sierra

    DONNER SUMMIT — Sierra snow levels rose and fell several times with Monday’s very wet Pacific storm. Snow was falling near the 5,500-foot elevation for much of the day. But after sunset, a warmer wave of the storm pushed snow levels closer to 7,000 feet. Multiple spin-outs and accidents were reported in the Donner Summit area as President’s Day travelers tried to negotiate the slushy roads. Traffic on westbound Interstate 80 was held near Truckee intermittently Monday night because of slippery conditions […]

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    As Rivers Rise, Stanislaus County Proclaims Local Emergency

    CROWS LANDING — The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday proclaiming a local emergency due to flooding. According to a statement from the county, “Proclaiming a local emergency due to the recent storms allows the county to access more resources to better assist with costs to fix local roads and assist residents affected by rising water levels and flooding.” The San Joaquin River was at flood stage in the Vernalis area on Tuesday, leading to mostly minor […]

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    Mudslide Shuts Down Westbound I-80 Monday Night

    BAXTER — Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 was diverted to Highway 20 Monday night because of a mudslide at Baxter. The slide first occurred Friday and was cleaned up by noon Saturday. But the hillside further eroded Monday, washing mud across the westbound lanes of travel. Caltrans contractors worked to stabilize the saturated soil and clean up the mess with heavy machinery Monday while mud continued to slide down the steep hillside. “We’ve got water that’s coming through the ground […]

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    Engineers Investigate Erosion Damage along Lake Oroville Dam Spillway

    OROVILLE — Photos from Oroville appear to show damage along the Oroville Dam’s spillway. The Department of Water Resources said there was no damage to the dam itself, and no danger to the public. Flows were gradually reduced, then halted, the DWR said. A photo from Richard Winterrowd shows the damage spanning nearly the whole width of the spillway. Oroville residents Gary Lease and Beth Bello were out for a Tuesday morning walk when they saw the water spilling erratically and […]

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    Snow Continues to Fall in Sierra

    DONNER SUMMIT — Nearly two feet of snow fell over Donner Summit between Sunday afternoon and Monday night. Chain requirements were in effect on I-80 between Nyack and the Donner Lake Interchange for much of that period. Several spin-outs were reported on the freeway. As one veteran CHP officer described it, it was just another Monday night during the winter of 2016-2017. After years of drought, heavy snowfall has become the norm again. A warmer wave of precipitation will move […]

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    Sierra Hit with Sudden Snow Storm After Super Bowl

    DONNER SUMMIT — For skiers and snowboarders with no interest in the big game, Super Bowl Sunday was the perfect time to hit the slopes. But heading home was a different story. Travelers at Boreal Mountain Resort raved about light traffic and smooth morning travel up the mountain. For people who waited until after sunset to make their return trip from the Sierra, the drive wasn’t so easy. Heavy snow suddenly began falling after 6 p.m., and chain requirements went […]

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    Tower Bridge Bomb Scare Suspect Identified

    WEST SACRAMENTO — The Tower Bridge, connecting Sacramento to West Sacramento, was closed for several hours Tuesday afternoon and evening after a woman parked a maroon Hyundai on the West Sacramento end of the bridge, blocking the westbound lanes of travel. According to West Sacramento Police, she claimed to have a bomb. The woman was later identified by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office as 58-year-old Karen Jeffery. One eyewitness, Thomas Dodson, said he saw her shoving wires into the gas tank of […]