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I’ve been dwarfed by the giant redwood trees in Humboldt County, been completely enamored by the colorful desert sunsets in El Paso, but nothing beats the cool Northern California nights and the cuisine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve craved my parents’ home cooked adobo when I was away from home.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where ‘hella’ was a word I used more often than ‘really’ and traveling from the East Bay to the snow-capped mountains was a weekend retreat. I hike, I run and I also like read.
The San Joaquin Valley will be home for me now. I look forward to the adventures, the new friends I’ll make and the people I’ll meet.

I’m known around the newsroom for: being the last one to get an inside joke.
What keeps me going? Pretentious coffee.
I give back to my community by: trying out new restaurants and stores and meeting new people.
Why FOX40 ? Because why would I want to be anywhere else?
My greatest TV moment: this would have been great – I was supposed to do a move with some Virginia Tech cheerleaders on live TV. Suffice it to say, the live shot died but it would have been an epic moment since everyone knows the only dance move I can pull off is the robot.
TV moment I’d like to forget: sometimes we learn what not to wear on TV after the fact. I’ll leave it at that.
If I had free time, I would: definitely read more books and travel.

Recent Articles
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    SALIDA – Cherry trees have been stolen from a farm in Salida at the North end of Sisk Road along a canal, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s department reports that about 40 of the bare-root trees were stolen earlier this week from the orchard. Paul Van Konynenburg, who owns the land, is not only upset about the trees being ripped from the ground but, frustrated. Some of the trees were left to die. “Frustrating. It’s really […]

  • CHP: Trailer Containing 8,000 Disneyland Tickets Stolen out of Galt

    GALT — The CHP is searching for a stolen trailer that contained awards, audio-visual equipment and thousands of Disneyland tickets. There was a rush to replace the awards, plaques and pictures that were stolen early Wednesday. The items were on their way to Anaheim for this weekend’s 90th Annual State Future Farmers of America Convention. “We’re all devastated about it. I just can’t imagine somebody coming and hauling off a trailer like that,” said Paula Maita. Maita, a business owner, said she got […]

  • Manteca Neighborhood Devastated after Man is Shot while Interrupting Attempted Car Theft

    MANTECA — A Manteca man is fighting for his life days after someone shot him and tried to steal his car. The Manteca Police Department says the shooting took place last Wednesday night along Primavera Avenue. Slowed down video taken with a neighbor’s cell phone shows the flashing lights, heavy police presence and saddening aftermath of a 57-year-old man shot twice. His neighbor, Madison Giezing, says her friend, who she knows as David, is alive but is still in the […]

  • City Approaches Riverbank Resident after Neighbor Complains About Skate Ramp

    RIVERBANK — Homeowner Ken Hoyt, who is a big believer in enjoying the great outdoors with his kids, built a ramp about seven years ago at his Riverbank home. He says no neighbors spoke to him about the noise, not one peep from anyone about any potential problems. “And most of the time it’s my little girls who are out here with me and they’re 2 and 4. And they might sit up here but they’re not peering in, they’re […]

  • Asparagus Crops Decline Sharply in San Joaquin County

    SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — Asparagus has long been a thriving crop in the San Joaquin Valley, but it has slowed recently and some farmers put some of the blame on growers in Mexico. Local growers say asparagus from Mexico is cheaper, but they are also upset with lawmakers. Now, farmers say instead of cleaning and packing fresh asparagus, they are forced to wait and see what happens with what’s called a volatile market. “Everything has come to a halt,” grower […]

  • Squatters will be Told to Leave Vacant Modesto Home after Neighbors Complain

    MODESTO — Fed up with trespassers, families in one Modesto neighborhood are demanding the city take action. The problematic property at 133 Rosedale Avenue has been vacant for years, only to be broken into and turned into a makeshift home. Homeowners see it as a problem, while Darrell Arnold thinks he’s making the best out of a helpless situation. “I stumbled across it and the place was pretty thrashed,” Arnold said. “So I started staying here and started cleaning it up.” […]

  • Stockton’s ‘Corn Guy’ on Long Road to Recovery after Shooting

    STOCKTON — Don Ramon Lopez was shot in an armed robbery on Easter Sunday while he tried to fend off his attackers with a machete. Lopez, known as the Corn Guy or El Elotero in Stockton, says he was selling food in the afternoon when he was attacked from behind. He armed himself with a machete but was shot in the right thigh before he was able to fight back. While down he says three robbers rummaged through his pockets and […]

  • Modesto City Worker Dies of Electrocution While on the Job

    MODESTO — A City of Modesto employee was electrocuted while on the job and city officials confirm the employee of six years has died. It was a tragic work-related accident that took the life of Tyrone Hairston on Floyd and Roselle avenues. Now, candles and flowers stand near where Cal/OSHA says he was electrocuted while installing a street light on Monday. In a statement to FOX40, the City of Modesto spokesman said Hairston was proud of his work as an […]

  • Officer Injured by Suspected Drunken Driver Recovering, Will Throw First Pitch at Modesto Nuts Game

    MODESTO — Modesto Police Officer Juan Arroyo is expected to make a full recovery after he was seriously injured by a suspected drunken driver in January. “At first it was hard,” Arroyo said. “Because, as a police officer, you’re independent.” Arroyo’s patrol car was obliterated in the crash, when investigators say Nazario Castillo drunkenly broadsided him. “Some days, they were hard, especially at the rehab center with therapy but I had therapists, they would literally come and get me out […]