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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
  • Man Gets Life in Prison for 2016 Killing of Woman Outside Macy’s Store in Fairfield

    FAIRFIELD — A 21-year-old man who beat a woman to death with a baseball bat outside a Macy’s store in Fairfield has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Cheryl Sherwood was was bludgeoned with a baseball bat Feb. 3, 2016 as she left the mall. She died from her injuries the next day. The day before the attack on Sherwood, King hit Christine Joens in the head with a hammer more than a dozen times. Joens survived the […]

  • Is Crime in Elk Grove on the Rise?

    ELK GROVE — With two murders last month and a recent shooting, some longtime residents believe crime in Elk Grove is on the rise. “In the last month, there has been shootings, robberies in my backyard. I’ve lived here 28 years,” said longtime resident Maureen Chauvie. Chauvie has had enough. After raising her son here, she’s packing up and moving to Texas to join her sister. She says once she leaves the safety of her gated neighborhood community, it’s all […]

  • Family Wants Church to Pay for Repairs After Mobile Home Damaged During Shootout with Yuba County Deputies

    qEqTlmc_gXKM”] OREGON HOUSE — A mobile home caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between a suspect and Yuba County deputies is unlivable, according to the family. The mobile home and the five acres of property the family owns are locked up, according to Julia Mason, daughter of homeowner Bernice Schmoe. Mason said because of the tear gas deployed during the incident, the air inside the house burns their eyes. She also said the property is in complete disarray […]

  • Deputies Bust Pot Grow in Calaveras County

    COPPEROPOLIS — More than 12,000 plants were confiscated and at least 12 people were arrested since Monday in a series of busts to crack down on pot grows in Calaveras County. “These are illegal growers. These are the people that are shipping this stuff out of the state,” said Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio. FOX40 joined the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department at a raid Wednesday in Mountain Ranch near Hunt and Silver Springs Road. “This site, when we did some […]

  • While Modesto Family Welcomed New Baby, Thieves Tried to Break In

    MODESTO — Police are searching for two young men who were seen her on surveillance video as they swiped two packages from the front door of  a Modesto home last Sunday. “The guy in the black shirt asks, ‘you guys wanna go in?’ According to PD, they had no intention of taking the boxes, they had every intention of breaking into the house,” Jeremy Epps said. And that’s a terrifying thought for the husband and new dad. While the suspects […]

  • Expectant Mother Believes Pregnancy Led to Her Firing

    ROCKLIN — Jennifer King has worked for the United Auburn Indian Community — the same tribe that owns Thunder Valley Casino — for the past five years as an administrative assistant. “My performance … exemplary, I’ve had great reviews,” Kings said. She says during that time, she’s never received any negative verbal or written reviews on her performance. So two days after she informed them she was pregnant, she actually thought she was getting a promotion when they asked to […]

  • Former Radio DJ Accused of Inappropriately Touching 10-Year-Old Girl

    SACRAMENTO — Former youth basketball coach and local radio DJ Greg Kosanke, better known by listeners as “Kodiak,” turned himself into Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies last week for an alleged incident involving a girl he coached last year. “A parent of a 10-year-old girl had made a complaint that there was some inappropriate touching of her daughter by Mr. Kosanke,” said Sgt. Tony Turnbull with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Turnbull said initially there wasn’t enough evidence to file charges. […]

  • Folsom Family Duped by Man on Craigslist Selling Fake Bruno Mars Tickets

    FOLSOM — Thousands of fans flocked to the Golden 1 Center to see Bruno Mars perform Tuesday night. Shon Mellow’s twin 13-year-olds and his wife went to the concert but before the concert started their night hit a low note. Mellow checked various ticket outlets and found tickets on Craigslist, just a few hours before showtime. “It seemed from talking with him that he was legit,” Mellow said. So, they met at Chipotle in midtown Sacramento. “He didn’t look like […]

  • Lodi Teen Wakes Up to Find Burglar in Her Home, Suspect Arrested

    LODI — A Lodi teen woke up to find a burglar in her room early Thursday morning around 4: a.m., according to police. The teen says the man was in her home with a flashlight looking for property to take. Investigators said the teen scared the man and he ran out of the Maple Street home with some of her property. He was later arrested and police recovered some of the woman’s belongings. The 21-year-old man police referred to as […]