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I spent 11 years as a newspaper reporter, yearning to report on TV; I love the immediacy of television and getting a story out.

With no experience from working in smaller markets, I would record mock reports and hand deliver them to all the Sacramento stations. A former Fox40 news director, took the time to write me a two-page letter, telling me to stay in print, because making the transition to TV would mean moving away to get experience. I kept that letter in my underwear drawer for a couple of years.

I got my break when a new news director at Fox40 hired me, because he knew I could report and had a lot of sources. I gained TV experience working the assignment desk, and began reporting in front of the camera six months later.

Today, I’m grateful to be the Solano County Bureau Chief. I’ve covered that county for nearly 20 years, most of that time reporting on infamous murders and murderers. It was during that time police credited me for helping them clear the murder of an innocent 21-year-old Fairfield man.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
Getting the harder-to-get stories, the ones where victims shed gut-wrenching tears, or suspects surprisingly run their mouths; the stories other reporters cringe on having to do.

What keeps me going
Being able to hold my kids, my faith in God and finding comfort in Him during a long drive back home at night, especially after hugging a weeping parent who just lost their kid, or talking with someone whose innocent family member was killed in some violent crime.

I give back to my community by
Spreading someone’s story I’m trusted with, hopefully helping someone else in the process.

Why FOX40?
I love Fox40 because they take chances on people like me, and I love the immediacy of getting a story out.

My greatest TV moment
Getting the only interview with a child murderer who admitted to killing a 7-year-old Vallejo girl he had kidnapped. He was eventually convicted several years later, and died in prison.

If I had free time, I would…
Spend it with my loved ones, watch more movies with them, and go to church more often.


Recent Articles
  • Tahoe Park Residents on Edge After String of Armed Robberies

    TAHOE PARK — Some may find it shocking to learn that armed robberies with masked men are happening Tahoe Park. “All in all, it’s really a great neighborhood. We’ve never had any issues, and we’ve been here 25 years,” long-time resident Che Akel said. “These are all pretty well, either retired or they got good jobs. They’re all working people, you know?” resident George Crippes added. And that could very well be the reason why armed robbers have their sights […]

  • Granite Bay Synagogue Damaged by Fire

    GRANITE BAY — A fire broke out early Saturday morning at a synagogue, located at the Chabad House Jewish Community Center along Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay. “They came in, they broke into the building, and they put out the fire, and they saved our Torah Scrolls,” said Malkie, the JCC’s education director. Torah scrolls are considered the sacred foundation to the Jewish religion, which they say are like a blueprint, from which God created the world. South Placer County firefighters […]

  • Modesto Costume Shop Owner Angered, Hurt By Recent Vandalism

    MODESTO — Modesto police investigators aren’t characterizing graffiti on a local business a hate crime – yet. “It’s just terrifying, to see that something like that is still okay for people in their head that it’s still okay to put something like that out there. To spread hate like that,” said Ian Riley, a close friend of Dana Walters, who owns Daydreams and Nightmares costume shop. “If there’s some sort of intent, obviously that’s what makes it a hate crime […]

  • FOX40 Special Report: The Ferguson Effect

    Nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Brown’s death at the hands of a police officer sparked violent protests across the country. Officer Wilson was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a grand jury found evidence that Brown had attacked Wilson. “You have a series of shootings, and then lies attached to it. Misinformation, like what we saw in Ferguson,” said retired Police Chief Richard Word. “They paint this picture of […]

  • Baby Justice’s Father Appears in Court Two Years After Death of Infant

    YOLO COUNTY — Exactly two years after the death of his infant son, Justice, Frank Rees stood in a Yolo County courtroom for his arraignment. But he did not enter a plea. Instead, the judge continued the arraignment to next Tuesday, where Rees will face charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and providing meth. The deputy district attorney says the public defender’s office will likely not represent him due to a conflict of interest, because Samantha Green, the baby’s mother, […]

  • Medals Stolen from Veteran After He Evacuated Due to Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency

    YUBA CITY — The words don’t come easy for Mike Pomeroy when he talks about his medals of valor, including a Purple Heart. Medals that were securely hidden away in a briefcase for decades, are now gone. On Sunday during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency, Pomeroy and his wife were evacuated from their Yuba City home. A thief broke in and stole the medals. “Hasn’t been opened hardly in 50 years. They’ve never seen it,” Pomeroy said before breaking down. […]

  • Some Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuees Return Home

    CHICO — Dozens of evacuees have called Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church home for the past couple of days. “The church are very good people. They’ve been helping, very great people,” Oroville evacuee Billy Vavina said. “Your whole town gets taken away from you. Your home, our medications. Everything. Don’t know if someone’s stealing things out of our house. Or if it’s underwater.” And their stay has been stressful. But Billy Vavina found peace here too, along with his husband, parents, […]

  • Man Dies After Being Tased by Woodland Officer; Family Disputes Police Account of Incident

    WOODLAND — What started as a call to Woodland police about a man exposing himself and cussing at strangers quickly turned violent. “He was carrying a knife, a pair of scissors at one point, as the reports came in that he had actually obtained a golf club,” Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said. Investigators say when they arrived, the man, identified as Michael Barrera, was not only armed, he was dressed in nothing but a towel and a trench coat. […]

  • Man Accused of Raping Woman in North Highlands Home Speaks Out from Jail

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies arrested 28-year-old David Ross Hamilton after they say he broke into a 48-year-old woman’s North Highlands house in the middle of the night and raped her at knifepoint. Hamilton claims that his girlfriend knows the victim’s husband, and that he had to go to the house to make sure his children weren’t there or in any danger. It’s unclear why his kids would be there or what kind of danger they’d be in. “I […]