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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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    SANTA ROSA — It’s been such a difficult time for the family and friends of Florent Ferly. He arrived from France earlier this month and visited area vineyards with two of his friends, but his family hadn’t heard from him since early Sunday, hours before the huge fires erupted. Family friend Clemence Guinet, spoke on behalf of Florent’s family who are all in France. The not-knowing is particularly difficult for his mother. “Really worried. And then she heard that we […]

  • Atlas Fire Continues to Spread into Solano County, More Evacuations Prompted

    SOLANO COUNTY — As the Atlas Fire continues to burn into Solano County, deputies remain on alert – going door to door to evacuate residents at a moment`s notice. “Savings people’s lives is our top priority,” said Solano County Sheriff Tom Ferrera. Solano County Sheriff`s Deputy Dan Schilling took FOX40 down roads now closed to the public including the just evacuated areas of Williams Road in Gordon Valley. “Everywhere up here right now is a mandatory evacuation.,” Schilling explained. Late […]

  • Napa County Family Narrowly Escapes Atlas Fire

    NAPA COUNTY — Kris and Whitney Dern know just how lucky they are to be alive. It was Sunday night when the Napa County couple got into their car with their 3-year-old daughter Stella and made their escape to safety. They live at the end of Soda Canyon Road, near where the Atlas Fire began. “The rate of spread was so massive that we had to make a decision on do we stay or do we go,” Kris Dern said. […]

  • Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church Founder Arrested

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  • Deputies Investigating Armed Robbery in Antelope

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  • Sacramento Officer Saved by ‘Bullet-Resistant’ Vest Returns to Duty

    SACRAMENTO — Two weeks after he was shot by a man wanted in a double homicide case, Sacramento Police Officer Tim Martin is returning to duty. Martin was shot in the torso. He called his vest “bullet-resistant” in a Facebook post showing the enormous welt it left behind. I’ve been here 27 years, 25 years as a sworn officer. Never been shot before. Never had to shoot at anyone,” Martin said. The suspect was on the run when Martin and […]

  • Although His Body Armor Stopped a Bullet, Officer was Still Left with Huge Bruise

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Police Officer Tim Martin posted a photo of himself on social media just days after being shot. The .380 caliber bullet struck his body armor vest, which ultimately saved his life. “This is a .380-caliber. Looks small but it does a lot of damage,” said Rocklin Armory owner Terry Fong. The 27-year veteran of the department wrote: “The round hit me about an inch and a half from the bottom of my vest.” The impact left Martin […]

  • School Administrators Accuse Modesto Boy, 5, of Making Terrorist Threats

    MODESTO — The parents of a 5-year-old boy in Modesto are upset their son was suspended for a day after refusing to take off his backpack. Jackson Riley had told his teacher there was a bomb inside his backpack. Jackson’s school, Great Valley Charter School, sent his parents a letter saying he was suspended for his intent to “threaten, intimidate or harass others.” School administrators later changed the letter to apply to a school code saying he made terrorist threats, […]

  • ‘Worst 45 Minutes of My Life:’ Vacaville Police Warn of Kidnapping Phone Scam

    VACAVILLE — James Hale says he had the worst 45 minutes of his life last week. Hale got a call, appearing to be coming from Mexico. On the other end, Hale says, was a voice that sounded like his daughter’s. She said she was in a van and there were male voices yelling in the background before the call suddenly disconnected. Panicked, Hale dialed 911 to report the call to Vacaville Police. “All I’m thinking is, ‘Please don’t kill my […]