Dennis Shanahan
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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
  • Firefighters Explain Importance of Defensible Space

    SACRAMENTO — With critically dry drought conditions in California, firefighters are urging homeowners to make defensible space around homes not only in wild land, but also in urban areas. “You could have an overgrown yard that’s well within your fence line,” explained Roberto Padilla of the Sacramento Fire Department. “You could have things that are in our way that may not be combustibles, but they get in the way of firefighters.” Over the weekend, firefighters battled three grass fires dangerously […]

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    Fast-Acting Firefighters Prevent Blaze from Reaching Fairfield Neighborhood

    FAIRFIELD– Crews battled a 4-alarm brush fire along Vista Grande in northeastern Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was first reported shortly after 2 p.m. The fire spread to about 15 acres before it was contained by firefighters. Fire crews were able to stop the flames before they reached a nearby neighborhood. A defensible line is being credited for helping stop the blaze.

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    CPS Documents Shed Light on Life of Jadianna Larsen

    SACRAMENTO — Newly released documents are shedding new light on the life of Jadianna Larsen. Jadianna’s body was found burned in Glenn County last month, on the same day she was reported missing out of Sacramento County. Documents released Monday to FOX40 by Sacramento County Child Protective Services, reveal a history of CPS contact with Jadianna’s caregivers. The first CPS referral happened in a hospital. Jadianna was just two days old and weighed only three pounds, according to the documents. […]

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    ‘Fast-Moving’ Grass Fire Spreads to Elk Grove Home

    ELK GROVE- A wind-driven 25-acre grass fire came dangerously close to homes in Elk Grove Tuesday afternoon, damaging the roof of one on Blue Falls Court and forcing evacuations. The flames broke out at about 1:30 p.m. in a field near the intersection of Bond and Waterman roads and were pushed by gusty winds toward the cul-de-sacs branching off Sierra River Drive. “Recognizing the wind conditions we had today, our first in battalion chief immediately requested a second alarm of […]

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    Fire Causes Major Damage to Luxury Home in El Dorado Hills

    EL DORADO HILLS- Flames broke out inside the garage of a five-bedroom home on Knight Lane in El Dorado Hills about 3:30 p.m. Monday, spreading through the attic into other parts of the home. According to the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, one person was home at the time of the fire and escaped safely. The fire came close to spreading to a neighboring home. “First thing we did is put a hose line between the house on the right […]

  • Tree Removal Begins at Campground Burned by King Fire

    GEORGETOWN- A tree removal project is underway at the Stumpy Meadows Campground near Georgetown, which was scorched by the King Fire last year. With the approval of the U.S. Forest Service, loggers are removing thousands of dead or badly damaged trees, totaling about 1.3 million board-feet of lumber. Fire recovery projects of this kind normally face a lengthy approval process, but this one was federally fast-tracked because of the danger the burned trees could have posed to the public at the campground, according to the […]

  • Sacramento Voters Reject Measure B to Fund Streetcar Project

    SACRAMENTO- With about 52 percent of voters casting a “no” vote, Sacramento’s Measure B failed to pass Tuesday night. The measure would have helped fund a streetcar system connecting Sacramento with West Sacramento. The Sacramento County Elections office received a total of 1,215 ballots in the in the special mail-in election in which 3,747 people were eligible to vote. The voters were people who own Sacramento property within three blocks of the proposed streetcar line. They would have helped pay […]

  • Victim Turns Tables on Armed Attacker in Citrus Heights

    CITRUS HEIGHTS- Citrus Heights Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that escalated into a double shooting in which the suspect and victim were shot with the same gun. The unusual string of events unfolded shortly before 10:30 Sunday night on Farmgate Way, just west of Birdcage Lane. According to Citrus Heights police, a 25-year-old man got out of a vehicle and attempted to rob a male pedestrian who was walking along Farmgate Way. When the victim refused to give […]

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    Several Families Displaced After Fire Tears Through North Sacramento Apartment

    SACRAMENTO- Six families were displaced Monday night after a fire ripped through the Garden Way Apartments on Fairfield Street in Sacramento. Sacramento police spoke with a person of interest after the fire gutted the North Sacramento apartment. The fire broke out Monday evening inside a downstairs unit. The flames also badly damaged an apartment upstairs. Sacramento firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to the rest of the multi-unit apartment building. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under […]