Rina Nakano
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TV news people are nomads — always hopping from one city to another, hoping to make the next big career move. Well, my story is no different. In every place I have lived and reported the news, I have learned unforgettable, valuable life lessons. They have shaped me both as a journalist and as a person. Here’s me in a nut-shell:

First stop: KGTV in Sunny San Diego, CA. I was here as a student intern, while pursuing two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego. Here, I discovered my love for the news industry.

Next up: CNN International in Tokyo, Japan. This internship was my first experience in network news. Here, I learned what it was like to be a small but important part of the bigger picture.

Third Stop: KCWY in Casper, Wyoming. My dream came true! I became a real, working journalist (aka. A one-man-band-reporter-anchor-producer-photographer-editor-webwriter-“everythinger”). This is where I learned how to multi-task, and internalized my role as a journalist in a tight-knit community.

Up next: NHK World in Tokyo, Japan. I used my bilingual skills to report for a 24-hour English news program, covering the tsunami and nuclear disaster aftermath and feature stories. This is where I learned more about myself and became proud of my heritage.

Before this: KSWB in San Diego, CA. This time, I was here as a professional, and not as an intern. Here, I re-established my love for the state of California and of the American news industry.

And finally: Here I am, at KTXL in Sacramento, CA. Thank you for having me in your TV’s, computers, and mobile devices! I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity. Hmm… I wonder what I will learn here…

Thanks for reading a little about me. Now it’s time for me to help tell your story!

I’m known around the newsroom for…

Talking… or singing… to myself. Sorry!

What keeps me going?

My extremely supportive family and friends from all over the world… and Peanut Butter M&Ms.

I give back to my community by…

Donating my hair for Locks of Love, volunteering at various organizations, and I hope to do more!

Why FOX40?

It was the right place at the right time for me. And I hope I am the right person to get the job done for FOX 40 and our awesome viewers!

My greatest TV moment:

It has yet to come!

TV moment I’d like to forget:

My tongue froze in my mouth while shooting a stand-up for my sweeps piece in Powell, Wyoming. I wish I was kidding…

If I had free time, I would…

Be in a musical.


Recent Articles
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    Barbershop Reopens Weeks After Being Vandalized

    SACRAMENTO — A local business is opening their doors for the first time this month, after becoming the target of a hate crime. “I was going to be the first customer he was going to be seeing today,” customer Liz Esparza said. Not just for today. In fact, Esparza is the first customer at Supreme Barber Lounge in Sacramento since January 31. That morning, shop owner Nick Finks found his renovated store destroyed. Vandals broke in overnight. They shattered the glass, stole […]

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    Crocker Art Museum Displays Japanese Internment Camp Photos

    SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is making the final touches for its newest exhibit, “Two Views.” It is a collection of photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank of the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment during World War II. They will open the exhibit to the public this Sunday, the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066- a law that forced the removal of 120,000 Americans with Japanese ancestry from their homes. Mas Hatano, 88, was invited Friday for […]

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    Japanese American Internment Photos Shown at the Crocker Art Museum

    Rina is out at the Crocker Art Museum checking out the Japanese American Internment photos captured by photographers Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. On February 19, exactly 75 years to the day after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the order authorizing the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, the Crocker Art Museum will open “Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank.” The collection includes more than 60 photos from the inside of the camps.

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    Lathrop Bar Scrambles to Save Equipment Amid Flooding

    LATHROP — An entire community is under water in Lathrop. Residents were scrambling to save what they could after a couple of storms. “The water levels evened out and actually went down a few inches, so that’s positive note. But it’s projected to go up a little bit. So we thought we’d come over here and get a few more things out. Just in case,” Jonathan Jones said. Jones was paddling out some of the ice, kegs, and equipment from […]

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    Dairy Farmers Prepare For the Worst in Stanislaus County

    STANISLAUS COUNTY — Water levels continued to creep up in Stanislaus County, destroying communities along the swollen San Joaquin River. On Tuesday, Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution proclaiming a local emergency. But Joe Victoria’s biggest worry was about his cows. “Where are you going to put all these animals in one shot?,” Victoria said. He has owned and operated A Victoria Dairy since 1982, a farm right along the San Joaquin River. Right now, the levee is […]

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    Gates Reopen at Sacramento Weir

    YOLO COUNTY — Workers opened up several flood gates at the Sacramento Weir in preparation for the upcoming storms. Bryan Burch, a southern California native, admits he is not a big fan of the rain. “No, I’m definitely not getting used to this. I’m not going to get used to the beaches being so far either,” Burch said. But he said he could not miss an opportunity to take photos of the Sacramento River water gushing through the Sacramento Weir […]

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    Potholes Slow I-580 Commute to a Crawl

    LIVERMORE — It was a frustrating commute for drivers on the Tracy Triangle Wednesday morning. “Thirty miles turned into three-and-a-half hours, just to get right here,” truck driver, Anthony Thomas said. He had just finished unloading a truck full of popcorn kernels from Nebraska, only to get stuck on 580 westbound. At around 3:30 AM, the California Highway Patrol responded to reports of giant potholes on the Greenville Road overpass. When officers first got on scene, they already found 15 […]

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    Vacaville Wakes Up to Flooded Streets

    VACAVILLE — Many Vacaville residents woke up to a pond in front of their homes Tuesday morning. Tiffany Derf said the Alamo Creek was no longer trickling through her neighborhood. She said the creek is usually a about foot deep. Now, it is more than 13 feet deep – some of the water was creeping into the bike trail. Derf said she had a tough time taking her son to school. Every road she tried driving on in the area […]

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    Iconic Stockton Water Tower to be Demolished, Replaced

    STOCKTON — An iconic part of Stockton’s landscape will be demolished and replaced. Since 1972, Emiliano Solorio has been welcoming his customers at El Dorado Market. That entire time, he has had one loyal neighbor. “It’s a pretty tower. We like it a lot there,” Solorio said. He is talking about the iconic water tower on El Dorado Street in Stockton. It was built in the 1940’s, and stands on 100-foot stilts. “We always use it as a good landmark […]