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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
  • Stockton Woman Pleads for Return of Stolen Locket Containing Her Grandmother’s Ashes

    STOCKTON — A Stockton woman is asking for the public’s help in finding a special locket stolen from her car. Tina Long was at the movies on East Miner Street Friday and got out around 8:30 p.m. to see the driver’s side window of her car smashed in. The person who broke in stole a large amount of random things, including clothes, a bowling ball and cell phone chargers. But they also took a locket that was hanging from the […]

  • Elk Grove Mom Says Her Two Daughters Were in Barcelona at Time of Attack

    ELK GROVE — Through messages and pictures, Elk Grove mom Veronica Van Orman has followed the trip her two daughters took to Barcelona since they left Saturday. But Thursday, the tone of their messages changed from excitement to fear. “‘Stephanie just got us flights home, we are going to start packing, we should get to the airport at 6:30 a.m.,'” Van Orman recalled her daughter saying. Stephanie and Carla cut their week-long trip short. The women were just blocks away […]

  • Police: Man Arrested After Attempting to Kidnap Young Boy at Downtown Sacramento Park

    SACRAMENTO — An attempted kidnapping in a Sacramento has put a man behind bars. Andre Matthew is accused of attempting to grab a little boy who was with his dad at the time. It happened Tuesday evening at Fremont Park on Q Street. Sacramento police say just before 6 p.m. — ¬†Andre Matthews approached a dad and his young son at Fremont Park. Police say Matthews asked the dad if the little boy belonged to him. As the dad and […]

  • Former Sheriff’s Deputy and Founder of Modesto’s Do Good Distillery Dies at 38

    MODESTO — Jim Harrelson was a great guy all around — that’s what his family and friends say. He was kind, helpful and compassionate. He may be gone, but his legacy will live on. “Do well by doing good.” Benjamin Franklin’s words — Harrelson’s motto to live by. “He thought that was such a perfect quote. How different would the world be if we all just did basic good things?” said Jim’s wife, Liz Harrelson. The 38-year-old spent his life […]

  • Once-Homeless CHP Officer Shares Struggles with Graduating Class of Saint John’s Program for Real Change

    SACRAMENTO — Dressed in a California Highway Patrol uniform, proudly serving the Bay Area, you’d never believe Sacramento native Officer Edwin Lopez’s rocky journey. “Eventually all my luck ran out while I was still looking for a job. I ended up on the streets,” Lopez said. Dressed in a cap and gown, after more than year of hard work, Mandy Corniel had similar struggles. “My drug and alcohol use was my survival method for the domestic violence I was going […]

  • Beloved Lincoln Football Coach Dies After Collapsing at Practice

    LINCOLN — A Lincoln football coach’s family is looking for answers after he collapsed at practice and died. Coach Eric Morales died Thursday when he suddenly collapsed on the field at Foskett Regional Park in Lincoln during the Jr. Zebras football and cheer practice. FOX40 spoke with Morales’ wife, Kim, who says they still don’t know how he died and are waiting on autopsy results. She said he did have ongoing health issues stemming from diabetes. Morales was only 38 […]

  • Mom of Toddler Allegedly Abused by His Stepmother Speaks Out

    OAKLAND — There’s a devastated mother at the hospital right now forced with making the toughest decision of her life — to take her 2-year-old son off life support after he suffered abuse that she says could have been prevented. “He didn’t deserve this, he was only 2 he had his whole life ahead of him,” said Brittany Gonzales, Jackson’s mom. You can see the heartbreak on her face and hear the devastation in her voice. Her son Jackson was […]

  • Stockton Toddler Dies After Step-Mom Arrested on Abuse Charges

    OAKLAND — A Stockton toddler died Friday after he was taken off life support at the Oakland Children’s Hospital, according to the Stockton Police Department. Brittany Gonzales says her 2-year-old son, Jackson “Jax” Love, was abused by his step-mother. Gonzales says she was told Jax had fallen off a trampoline on Tuesday. She said Stockton Police detectives spoke with her, her ex-husband and his new wife Chalsey Maynard. Maynard was ultimately arrested for three charges, including child abuse, and booked […]

  • Some Butte Fire Victims Have Received Hefty Cleanup Bills

    CALAVERAS COUNTY –Two trailers sit on land where Skip Jungemann’s home once was. But as he recently found out, cleaning up the Mountain Ranch property after the Butte Fire tore down his home wasn’t cheap. “$300-some-odd-thousand-dollars-and-so-many-cents, I kinda laughed and said ‘you don’t really think I can pay that do you?'” said Butte Fire survivor Skip Jungemann. That’s the bill Jungemann got after state-funded cleanup efforts. The state initially fronted the bill, but now they need that money back. Residents […]