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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
  • Tens of Thousands Expected to Show Up for Picnic Day

    DAVIS — Around 50,000 to 75,000 people are expected to show up for Picnic Day and officials are hoping that the college town stays generally peaceful this weekend. Prior to the event, the Davis Police Department expanded their safety enhancement zones to accommodate for larger house parties in outlying neighborhoods. As expected, police have already had to break up several parties that became too rowdy. Things were on the tamer side around mid-afternoon, said Aggies security guard Timothy Chang. Since the […]

  • New Father, 18-Year-Old Killed After Power Inn Road Crash

    SACRAMENTO — A new father and an 18-year-old were both killed in a crash Thursday on Power Inn Road, a street neighbors and police say is known for being dangerous. Tony Martinez, 45, was riding southbound on Power Inn Road on his motorcycle. A Honda traveling northbound turned left on 53rd Avenue, colliding with Martinez. Eighteen-year-old Shyann Saelee was sitting in the passenger seat of the Honda. Martinez died at the scene of the crash and Saelee later died in an area […]

  • Friends, Family Remember Janet Mejia at Prayer and Healing Vigil in Stockton

    STOCKTON — At least 100 people attended a prayer and healing vigil service in honor of Janet Mejia on Thursday night. Friends and family gathered at the Stockton Kids Club to share their memories of Janet. Guests were asked to wear purple clothes and lipstick because it was Janet’s favorite color. Janet Mejia was reported missing April 12 by her roommate. Several days later, her body was found in Placer County. Mejia’s other roommate, Teris Vinson, is accused in her […]

  • Man Accused of Killing Janet Mejia Appears in Court

    SACRAMENTO — The man accused to killing Janet Mejia appeared in Sacramento Superior Court to be formally arraigned Wednesday. Teris Vinson is facing two felony charges — murder and possessing a gun with a prior domestic violence conviction. Teris Vinson charged with Janet Mejia's death walks into court @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/tIYDLPocWX — Sara Zendehnam (@szendehnam) April 19, 2017 The murder charge comes with a firearm enhancement. Vinson was appointed a public defender and will be back in court Monday, May 1. […]

  • Missing Sacramento Woman Found Murdered in Placer County, Officials Say

    SACRAMENTO — Janet Mejia, who was reported missing Tuesday, has been found dead in Placer County. Sgt. Tony Turnbull of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office reports that Mejia was the victim of a homicide. The Sacramento State graduate’s body was found just before 7 p.m. Thursday off the roadway near Watt Avenue and Dyer Lane. An autopsy revealed that she died after sustaining a gunshot wound. One of Mejia’s roommates, who is in his mid-20s, is currently being held by police as a […]

  • Family, Friends Remember Janet Mejia as Investigators Piece Together Her Murder

    STOCKTON — Those who knew Janet Mejia are remembering her one day after her body was found off a road in Placer County. Two of Mejia’s closest friends spoke with FOX40 about who they say was the friendliest person they knew. Heartbroken, devastated and helpless, Elvia Gutierrez and Mari Bobadilla said they wish they could have done more for their 28-year-old friend. Mejia recently graduated from Sacramento State and studied deaf education with the goal of becoming an interpreter. Her friends say no […]

  • Snow, Slick Roads Slow Travel in Sierra

    KINGVALE — Thursday’s storm caused several crashes up Interstate 80 in the Sierra. The California Highway Patrol said drivers are going too fast and being careless, causing them to lose control. Caltrans had to close several different parts of I-80 throughout the day because of crashes, heavily congested traffic and snowy roads. Chain control was put into effect at Kingvale.

  • Local Attorney, Former Sheriff Weigh in on Violent Arrest Video

    SACRAMENTO — A local lawyer and the former Sacramento County sheriff weighed in on the viral video showing the violent arrest of a Del Paso Heights man by a Sacramento police officer for allegedly jaywalking. Video released by the Sacramento Police Department shows the officer’s repeated requests for Cain to stop walking being ignored. Former Sacramento County Sheriff, John McGinness said his refusal to stop did break the law. “It’s required under 148 of the penal code, if you don’t stop, […]

  • Local Coptic Orthodox Church Steps Up Security Following Egypt Bombings

    ROSEVILLE — Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Roseville stepped up security following bombings in Egypt. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed 43 people at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday — brazen strikes against a minority group on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. The first blast ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St. George’s Church in the northern city of Tanta, killing 27 people and wounding 78 others, state […]