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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    Stockton Police Investigate Deadly Apartment Fire

    STOCKTON — One person is dead after a fire erupted in a downtown Stockton apartment complex Monday morning. Lea Kemperman would much rather be inside her apartment, but today, she’s wrapped in Red Cross blankets. “We couldn’t get out. It started turning into black smoke at the door, so we stood at the window, the fire department had to get us out by ladder,” Kemperman said. Firefighters rescued her and about 15 others at the Avenue Inn apartments just before […]

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    Point Pleasant Residents Scramble to Get Horses Away From Flooded Property

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — Residents in the Point Pleasant area were desperately trying to get out of their flooded homes Thursday morning as more rain fell onto the area. Among the chaos was a horse being drawn by a truck. “Took ’em out. We still got a few to go. Yeah, it’s crazy,” Point Pleasant Rd. resident, Jose Vargas said. Vargas was caught in a frenzy when he woke up Thursday morning. Water was boot high at his home on Point […]

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    Placerville Remains Under State of Emergency

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    Sacramento Weir Opens for First Time in Over a Decade

    YOLO COUNTY — The Sacramento Weir opened for the first time in over a decade Hundreds of people were standing by the whole day Monday to see if Sacramento River levels would reach 30 feet at the I Street Bridge, but it never passed 29. However, Tuesday at 4 a.m., it was go time. Department of Water Services staff manually opened at least seven of the 48 flood gates at the Sacramento Weir for the first time since 2006. “The Yolo Bypass […]

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    Cal OES Closely Monitors Rain Fall, Water Levels

    SACRAMENTO — As the rain fell over the weekend and the water levels rose, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services watched closely. “This weekend was sort of a trial run for us. It wasn’t as mad as we expected,” said Kelly Huston, deputy director of Cal OES said. From their headquarters in Sacramento County, hundreds of staffers with the state agency oversee and coordinate emergency response. “If we need to set up evacuation centers, if we need to send swift […]

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    I-80 Traffic in Sierra Eases Up between Storms

    TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST — For nearly 24 hours, truck drivers along I-80 were stuck in an uncomfortable situation. “The cab isn’t designed for sleeping in,” Raley’s truck driver, Kevin Ludwig said. With I-80 shut down in both directions in the Sierra Mountains overnight, CalTrans turned away many truck drivers at the Applegate exit. Ludwig said he was lucky enough to avoid it. But his coworker had to park on the off ramp last night. “He wasn’t happy but that’s just […]

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    Deer Creek Overflows, Covering Scott Road

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — It is a memorable start to the New Year — Northern California is getting pounded by a big storm. “Rock slides coming down here and there on some of the roads, trees coming down, power outages, street flooding, some ponding,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Clapp said. Strong wind gusts Tuesday night into Wednesday were no match for even the thickest oak trees. A tree on Rockhurst Way in Granite Bay snapped in two locations and blocked the […]

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    Low Snow Falls in the Foothills

    COLFAX — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory. They are reminding travelers there will be low snow. Truck driver Luis Mateos’ long journey from Sacramento to Wyoming came to an early stop Monday morning. “I knew it was going to be low, but I didn’t expect it to be this low,” Mateos said. Flurries came down as low as 2,400 feet elevation at Colfax. For his building materials to reach their destinations, Mateos had to go […]

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    Stockton Police Investigate Homicide on Fitzpatrick Circle

    STOCKTON — Stockton police detectives are trying to solve their 49th homicide of the year. “The dogs were barking. I run a business here, so I turned on the cameras, and I saw that there were fire trucks, ambulance, and couple cop cars,” neighbor Brandon Bearce said. Nine years ago, Bearce moved to Fitzpatrick Circle, about 20 minutes north of the hustle and bustle of downtown Stockton. He said he chose the area because it was quiet, but that all […]