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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
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    GALT — “It’s been heartache after heartache.” But Stephanie Ochoa is a survivor. The Galt resident has lived through the death of her newborn daughter, Alina, two years ago, who was born with a rare brain defect. “I held my daughter for 12 hours, and then she died in my arms,” she said. Then just this past January, Carlos Garcia, the father of her two children, was gunned down and killed in Stockton. His murder is still unsolved. Now, the […]

  • Good Samaritans Stop Attack on CHP Officer

    The last time these two men saw each other, it was during a fight — a fight to save a life. When Joel Jones and Greg Bunting met for the first time, they certainly didn’t know both shared a strong faith and minister in their own communities. “I like the way he put it. Sometimes you gotta lay hands on ’em, however, God chooses,” Bunting said. On Saturday morning, witnesses reported seeing a driver in a Ford truck hitting vehicles […]

  • Family Says Man Killed in Shooting was Protecting Women from Gunfire

    SACRAMENTO — A family says their loved one, who they identified as Jovance Lewis, was shielding two women from gunfire Friday when he was gunned down and killed. “He’s not that type of guy to go out and cause problems,”  said Lewis’ brother-in-law, Donovan Smith. “He’s trying to prevent a problem.” The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office arrested two 15-year-old boys for the fatal shooting on the corner of 42nd Street and 23rd Avenue. “We talked to the two ladies down […]

  • ‘Sleepy Burglar’ Returned to Auburn School Out of Remorse

    AUBURN — Authorities say two sleepy burglars broke into an Auburn high school, stole items, but then hung around. Placer County sheriff’s officials say a school employee discovered one of the men on Monday morning asleep in a classroom at Chana High School in North Auburn. The other man was in a bathroom. The sheriff’s office says the men — 27-year-old Kevin Thomas, of Fresno, and 25-year-old Travis Alexander, a Sacramento-area transient — broke windows to get into classrooms and […]

  • Vacaville Dog Dies in Hot Car, Owner Arrested

    VACAVILLE — A dog died inside a hot car Tuesday outside the Vacaville Outlets, police said. According to animal control officers said the dog’s owner returned to the car after about 30 minutes of shopping to find the French bulldog, Jill, unresponsive. The windows were down, but no water was left in the car. The dog’s owner was arrested for animal cruelty. Police say no animal should be left unattended in a car for any amount of time, regardless of […]

  • Davis Picnic Day Brawl Suspects Appear in Court

    WOODLAND — More than six weeks later, more people were arrested in connection with the UC Davis Picnic Day brawl. Days after the April incident, Davis police announced the arrest of three young men, accusing them of brutally attacking undercover officers. On Friday, warrants were issued for the arrests of three more people — Angelica Reyes, Iszir Price and Romeo Lopez. “I was just scared for my life, for everybody’s life around me,” said defendant Angelica Reyes. Each of the […]

  • Botulism Survivor Graduating from UC Davis, Describes Debilitating Illness

    DAVIS — Karina Uroza had to put her academic career on hold for six months in 2016 after she was diagnosed with botulism. She recovered, however, and is set to graduate from UC Davis this month. Uroza became sick in February 2016. She suffered from blurred vision for several days before she was hospitalized and diagnosed. “I was starting to lose my motion, like walking,” she said. Her doctor said they symptoms were rare, but recognized them from a case […]

  • Family Credits 5-Year-Old Boy with Saving Their Lives on Lake Camanche

    SACRAMENTO — The Serna family credits 5-year-old Joshua Serna with saving their lives. On Monday, Joshua and his dad, Benjamin, were riding on a Sea-Doo along Lake Camanche, towing an inner tube that was carrying Joshua’s mom, Oli, and two small children under the age of 3. That’s when they say they heard Oli yell for help. The inner tube had started to go flat. Joshua’s mom wasn’t wearing a life jacket and she started to go under the water. That’s […]

  • Recent High School Graduate from Elk Grove Dies in Accident on Lake Camanche

    ELK GROVE — Eighteen-year-old Emily Uyeno just graduted from Rio Cazadero High School in Elk Grove last week. But an accident Monday on Lake Camanche in Amador County ended her promising, young life. The Amador County undersheriff tells FOX40 that Emily was riding a watercraft, when it collided with her friend’s, ejecting her into the water. Witnesses say she landed in the water, face down and unconscious. A deputy quickly pulled her out and started CPR to try to revive […]