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Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a reporter –is a story you hear from a lot of journalists, many of them really good ones. It’s not mine. When I enrolled at Michigan State University, I was an 18-year-old kid from Metro-Detroit with an interest in government and foreign affairs, and an inkling that I’d more likely end up in law school than on television.

I became a huge consumer of news, reading a few different newspapers every day and watching television news whenever I had a free minute. Cliché maybe, but one day, it clicked. I got lucky enough to get a summer internship at the local FOX station in Detroit, and from DAY ONE of that gig, I thought yeah, this is definitely for me.

It’s my hope that who I am flows through my reporting. I come from a big, loud Lebanese family –lots of love, lots of craziness. Both parents came from very little means to create a life for our family. I try to model my drive and work ethic from their example, and work to bring that to every reporting assignment, every day.

After a few internships, the career path took me to Lansing, Michigan, where I had the privilege of covering news in my home state’s capital city. In two years there I learned how to cover political news from a state house, do some in-depth investigative reporting and tell meaningful stories. Most importantly, I learned what a vital role journalists play in the function of any community large or small.

The road after reporting in Lansing took me to Columbia University in New York City to complete a Master’s Degree. A rigorous year in the big city was definitely an adjustment for a guy from the Midwest. I’m glad I did it though –I learned a lot, and it led me here to FOX40.

I’m excited to be here, covering news in such a dynamic place. I’m eager to explore Sacramento, and venture out into the rest of Northern California. Of course, I’m always looking for great story ideas –especially ones that may fly under the radar.

I’m a serious guy when it comes to work, but that’s about it. Off camera, I’m a big fan of gangster movies, stand-up comedy, sitcom re-runs, books (mostly non-fiction political but I’ll read a little of everything). Don’t be surprised to see me at a bar around town, or a local sporting event –I’ll root for the Kings, except when my Detroit Pistons are in town.

Don’t be a stranger! Feel free to contact me if you’ve got a story. Email me at, tweet me at @JoeKhalil_Media, or call (916)-202-3643.

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