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Have you heard the phrase “West Coast, Best Coast?” Since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with California and that’s putting it lightly. Luckily, I grew up in the Bay Area. What’s even luckier is now I get to be a reporter in my home state.

I didn’t truly appreciate this amazing place until I left. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, I ventured across the country to start my journalism journey. I got my master’s degree at Boston University in broadcast journalism and thought after a year away I would head right back to the Golden State. But as is ever so true in this industry, nothing is predictable.

I traded my flip-flops for mountain boots and trekked to Grand Junction, Colorado, where I accepted my first job as a multimedia journalist.

Two years of snow instead of sun and lakes instead of beaches and now I can finally say I’m home!

Nothing is more fulfilling than pursuing my passion of storytelling in the place I first fell in love with the industry. When I do a story at FOX40 I don’t think I’m reporting the news to viewers, I truly feel like I’m reporting the news to neighbors, friends and family.

I look forward to all the opportunities Sacramento has to offer and can’t wait to meet as many people in this area as possible.

Feel free to contact me with story ideas I would love to hear from you!


Recent Articles
  • Funeral Services Held for Alameda County Deputy Killed in Crash

    Hands pressed together, heads bowed as a prayer echoed through Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple. The death of Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Sroeuy Phillip Khin is felt deeply by all. “I miss you so much daddy,” said Precious Ou, Khin’s daughter. His casket was escorted into the Stockton temple by his own brothers and sisters in blue followed by his grieving family. Dressed in white, per Cambodian culture, loved ones honored Khin’s life before he was finally put to rest. “It’s never […]

  • Man’s Death Possibly Linked to Walnut Grove Botulism Outbreak

    WALNUT GROVE — A drive from the Bay Area to Sacramento takes many through Walnut Grove. But some like Maria Garcia are rethinking where they stop for a break. “I’m scared to come here now, I’m just afraid,” Garcia said. Ten cases of botulism — a nerve paralyzing illness caused by toxins — are now linked to Valley Oak Food and Fuel in Walnut Grove after tainted nacho cheese sickened customers, according to the California Department of Public Health. “It’s not […]

  • Yuba County Deputy Delivers Baby While Responding to a ‘Domestic Disturbance’ Call

    YUBA COUNTY — A Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputy delivered a baby Wednesday when responding to what he thought would be a domestic disturbance. Just after 11 a.m. a concerned neighbor called authorities to an apartment on Gossett Way in Marysville after hearing what they thought was a verbal dispute. When Deputy Arthur Williams arrived on scene, instead of finding a couple having a disagreement, he found a soon-to-be father in a panic and a mother in labor. The Sheriff’s Department […]

  • Vacaville Unified School District Warns Parents About ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ That Could End in Suicide

    VACAVILLE — A dangerous game targeted at teens … with a deadly ending. “In order to win the game, you have to end your life,” said Caileigh Santos, a Florida resident with Bay Area ties. Santos says she played the game. The 12-year-old’s innocent voice masks a scary reality. The Blue Whale Challenge works like this: players are assigned a series of challenges over 50 days, from watching scary movies to self-mutilation. On the last day they’re encouraged to kill […]

  • Cal Fire Training Inmate Crews Ahead of Fire Season

    EL DORADO COUNTY — With fire season fast approaching, Cal Fire spent Wednesday training 350 inmate firefighters and crews from the California Conservation Corps. Those crews have to pass the following tests to be able to fight fires — water shelter deployment training, a four mile hike in 70 minutes and cut at least 300 feet of terrain in one hour. Training is physically demanding but if crews can’t pass the training they won’t be able to handle a real wildfire, though they […]

  • Two Amgen Races Take Over Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — 90 minutes, 43 miles and lap, after lap, after lap. Under the shadow of the Capitol building, the exciting finish of the Amgen Tour of California women’s race was watched by tens of thousands of fans in Sacramento. With the huge crowds comes security concerns. The Sacramento Police Department partners with other law enforcement agencies and Amgen to ensure safety. “There is ongoing communication with our internal teams, and working hand-in-hand with the city as well,” said Kristin […]

  • Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Women’s Race Ends in Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — The Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 Women’s Race started in Elk Grove Saturday morning and ended in Sacramento by the capitol. A total of 84 female cyclists competed in Stage 3, with cyclist Coryn Rivera coming out on top. Katie Hall has taken the overall lead among the women thus far. Tomorrow, the cyclists will compete in the fourth and final stage for women by riding around Sacramento in a 90-minute race. The men’s race also starts […]

  • Teen Brothers Killed in Fruitridge Road Shooting Remembered at Vigil

    SACRAMENTO — Around 50 people showed up to a vigil held Friday for two teenage brothers killed in a shooting on Fruitridge Road just one day prior. Family, friends and classmates all gathered at Mae Fong Park to remember Daniel Robert Murti, 19, and Sergio Murti, 15. The crowd came together hours after the first suspect in the double homicide, Hieu Hoang, was found and arrested. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says they are still searching for a second man involved in […]

  • Sacramento Police Surround Home with Possible Connection to Deadly Fruitridge Road Shooting

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento police are outside a home on Rotella Drive because of a possible connection to Thursday’s deadly shooting on Fruitridge Road. Sac PD has part of Rotella Dr blocked off say they got a tip here that's possibly related to the deadly shooting on Fruitridge Rd @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/mkhPn6KWKs — Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) May 11, 2017 Police are focusing on one home, but can’t say whether someone is inside the home or if there’s a threat. But some residents in […]