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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
  • State Auditor Say Sheriff Scott Jones is Breaking Law by Releasing Findings of Audit Regarding Concealed Carry Permits

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is going against orders from the state auditor to stop discussing the findings of a months-long review of concealed carry gun permits. The State Auditor’s Office is taking on the Sacramento County sheriff, who said the auditor threatening to arrest him for releasing to the public on Monday, the findings of a four-month audit regarding the issuance of permits to carry a concealed firearm. Jones says it is one of a handful of […]

  • Deplorable Conditions Found Inside Home of Tehama County Shooter

    TEHAMA COUNTY — “Guys you may be shocked by the deplorable conditions inside the house and see where the wife spent her final moments alive,” said Private Investigator Frank Roman. Roman kicked open the door to Kevin and Barbara Neal’s 1,000-square foot home. The couple lived in this Rancho Tehama home for eight years. “You can see, there’s no running water,” Roman said. Deplorable conditions in nearly every corner of the home. In the bathroom, the sink was filled with clutter […]

  • Popular Midtown Bar Closing after 50 Years

    SACRAMENTO — The Distillery, a late night fixture in Midtown Sacramento, will close after more than 50 years in business. The bar and restaurant, at 21st and L streets, has been in business since 1962. Owner Ron Alvernaz sold the business to real estate agent Gabriel Owens, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. It was not immediately clear what Owens has planned for the building, but Alvernaz believes it will remain an eating and drinking establishment. The Distillery was a […]

  • Father Looking for Answers After 12-Year-Old Daughter Slices Leg Open at Rocklin Sky Zone

    ROCKLIN — Twelve-year-old Nicole Patterson is recuperating at home after suffering a gaping gash to her leg, which required 27 stitches at the hospital. She got hurt after her leg went through an opening on the side of a trampoline at Sky Zone in Rocklin over the weekend. “I bounced and then I landed on my knees. And my knee went straight through the side,” Nicole said. Nicole says exposed springs cut deep into her leg. “On the way down, […]

  • Sexual Assault Charge Dropped Against Man Accused of Killing His 4-Year-Old Daughter

    YOLO COUNTY — Police have released the mugshot of suspect Markeese Carter, arrested Monday for the murder and sex assault of his 4-year-old daughter, Aminatu. But in Yolo County Superior Court Wednesday, the district attorney did not file charges for sexual assault. A spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office says additional charges can always be filed at a later date. But for Carter’s family, they say this is a step in the right direction. “Just like those other charges got […]

  • Tehama County Shooter Hired Private Investigator

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — As the body count changed from five to six, we learned that the body of Kevin Neal’s wife, Barbara, was discovered hidden beneath the floor board. Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston says Neal’s murderous rampage began with the killing of his own wife. FOX40 spoke with private investigator Frank Roman, who was hired by Kevin Neal, following Neal’s January arrest for an alleged attack on a neighbor. Roman says the January dispute with Neal’s neighbor had to do […]

  • Residents of Historic Vacaville Neighborhood Oppose Rezoning

    VACAVILLE — Lee Kloppenburg has lived in his Buck Avenue home for 53 years. The street has long been a link to Vacaville’s history, lined with Victorian homes older than the oak and elm trees that surround them. “We’re happy the way it is. It’s quiet and nice. People kind of speed once in a while. But we like it as it is. We don’t want to change,” he told FOX40. Many of Kloppenburg’s neighbors echo his sentiment. “It’s over […]

  • Clint Eastwood Spotted Filming in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — “It’s been a great week for film making in Sacramento,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. “It’s finally making Sacramento the city it was supposed to be,” said Sacramento resident Brent Sands. Clint Eastwood is in town for his movie on Sacramento’s hometown heroes. Actress Greta Gerwin, a Sacramento native, premiered  her latest movie at the Tower Theatre earlier this week — a film she wrote and directed. Both stars are putting Sacramento on the big screen. “Sacramento is […]

  • Grandfather of Baby Justice Says Parents of Frank Rees Should be Prosecuted in Infant’s Death

    SACRAMENTO — There’s still no justice for Baby Justice. That’s what Randy Green, the grandfather of Baby Justice, believes. The 19-day-old baby boy froze to death two years ago, after his mother abandoned him in a Yolo County slough, while she was high on methamphetamine. Samantha Green was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a 15-year-to-life sentence. The baby’s father, Frank Rees, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to charges of involuntary manslaughter for providing Baby Justice’s mother with the […]