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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
  • Soldier from Placerville Killed in Tragic Accident in South Korea

    PLACERVILLE — A Placerville native and solider left behind two young sons and family and friends when he died in tragic accident in South Korea. Sgt. Eric Schenck was killed last week while stationed in South Korea with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. Schenck was on his way back to the Suwon Air Base from a field training exercise when a car rear ended the U.S. Humvee ambulance he was riding in, the mother of his second child, Stephanie […]

  • Parents Speak Out After 12-Year-Old Girl Receives Disturbing Voicemail from Classmate

    VACAVILLE — “You deserve to die.”  A two-minute long voicemail is laced with disgusting and derogatory comments. “I hope you get hit by a bus…” It was a call made from one 12-year-old to another. “Do you know what it’s like for your child to come down and say ‘I’m done, I want to end my life?'” said the victim’s mother, Antonia. Antonia and Marcos, who didn’t want their last names used, say their seventh-grade daughter got this voicemail Monday […]

  • Blind Cat and His Best Friend Find New Home Thanks to Social Media

    SACRAMENTO — Two cats at the Front Street Animal Shelter with an unlikely bond finally got their forever home thanks to the power of social media. Ray is blind and was found in September on the streets. He is a lot more confident with his best friend Bea around. The cats do everything as a pair, they even lived in the same kennel. “Really gives him a lot of confidence and reassurance that everything is OK,” said Ryan Hinderman from […]

  • Live Oak’s New Mayor is Youngest in City’s History

    LIVE OAK — It isn’t a birthday that brought this family together. They aren’t celebrating a graduation or a wedding, but there is some exciting news. At Betty’s Authentic Mexican Food in Live Oak, owners Betty and Milan Tica break bread with their family after a major moment at city hall — their 26-year-old son is now the mayor of the city. Aleksandar Tica made history Wednesday night as the youngest person to be appointed mayor in Live Oak. “You […]

  • 11th Class Inducted into California Hall of Fame

    SACRAMENTO — From a Hollywood icon to a Napa Valley winemaker and a Super Bowl MVP — there’s no shortage of big names in the 11th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame. “Feeling excited and honored by this,” said writer, director and producer Steven Spielberg. While the nine recognized Tuesday night, including musician Michael Tilson Thomas and environmentalist Gary Snyder, come from different backgrounds, they all have something in common. They embody the spirit of California. “They’re […]

  • Oakland Community Remembers Victims of Deadly Warehouse Blaze

    OAKLAND — It has been a tough year for the city of Oakland following the deadly Ghost Ship fire that took the lives of 36 people on Dec. 2. Over the span of the past year, FOX40 spoke with the families of Sacramento native Jennifer Mendiola, who died in the fire, as well as Stockon native Sam Maxwell, who was seriously injured. Loved ones returned to the devastating scene on 31st Avenue, where a concert at an artist collective turned […]

  • High Schoolers Raise Money for Wildfire Victims with Christmas-Themed Haunted House

    ELK GROVE — Christmas is right around the corner, but some Elk Grove high school students haven’t let go of their Halloween spirit just yet. The Pleasant Grove High School Red Cross club mixed Halloween hauntings with a holiday theme to create a “Nightmare Before Christmas” inspired haunted house. Hundreds of students came out to the event. The dedicated teenage volunteers dressed up for the part. From hiding in coffins to sneaking up behind guests, they never broke character. One […]

  • Mother, Daughter Killed After 16-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Driving Under the Influence Crashes into Them in Modesto

    MODESTO — “I just … that’s my baby sister, and my mom, both of them gone” said Joshua Cooley, the brother and son of the victims. His mom Sherri and sister Megan were both killed in a DUI crash Wednesday night just miles from their Modesto home. “One person being irresponsible can cause so much pain,” said friend Brittney Macht. The Modesto Police Department says a 16-year-old girl was allegedly under the influence, speeding down Tully Road when she crashed […]

  • Relationship Expert Speaks Out About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    SACRAMENTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace bring up a lot of topics from equality to boundaries to how children are raised. Relationship expert Joey Garcia says these are discussions we need to have to make a change. “Please cover yourself, your penis does not need to be out of your pants,” Garcia said. This is how Garcia responded to a higher-up exposing himself to her at work when she was just 24 years old. “I stood up […]