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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
  • Rancho Cordova Business Will Hand Deliver Donations to Santa Rosa Fire Victims

    RANCHO CORDOVA — Clearwater Lights, a Rancho Cordova business, has gotten involved in a lot of charitable causes, most recently Irma and Harvey relief, and now they’re doing what they can for Northern California fire victims. In a Rancho Cordova parking lot miles away from the deadly Northern California wildfires, donations have been packed up for victims. The devastation isn’t physically close to home, but emotionally it’s right at Glenn Stasky’s front door. “I have friends from Santa Rosa that […]

  • Residents in Napa County Find Joy in Messages of Hope Scattered Around Town

    NAPA COUNTY — In an area that’s seen so much darkness, appreciation for those risking their lives to protect others is seen throughout Napa County. Resident Linda Shryack is bringing a little color back to the neighborhood. “We’re all looking for ways to show our appreciation,” Shryack said. Signs of support can be seen all around Napa as the haze of wildfires hang over the county one note sums it up — “The love in the air is thicker than […]

  • City of Calistoga Under Mandatory Evacuation Order

    CALISTOGA — The entire city of Calistoga was put under a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday as fire conditions worsened. Residents were told to leave the city by Highway 29 south either by the Silverado Trail or by Zinfandel Lane, then west to the highway. An evacuation shelter was opened at American Canyon High School. Residents were told to leave no later than 5 p.m. By Wednesday evening, all that was left in Calistoga was emergency crews keeping a close eye […]

  • Cascade Fire Evacuees Make a Temporary Home at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds

    YUBA CITY — The parking lot across from the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds is filled with cars of evacuees of the Cascade Fire as hundreds of people have taken shelter here. “When we were actually leaving, fire on both sides of us, we were driving through the fire,”Justin Gomes said. The Cascade Fire, so far, has scorching more than 12,000 acres since it’s start early Monday morning. It’s taken down houses even taken two lives. Karen Dingle’s friend died in the […]

  • Modesto Junior College Professor Dies following Complications from West Nile Virus

    MODESTO — A well-liked Modesto Junior College human services professor died last week following complications from West Nile Virus. Friends say Dr. Kimberly Kennard developed flu-like symptoms during the fall 2015 semester and was in and out of the hospital for months. That December, Kennard began having cognitive issues but doctors didn’t know what was causing them. Then, in February 2016, doctors at UC Davis Medical Center say she tested positive for West Nile. Before her death on Sept. 26 […]

  • Various Faith Groups Gather to Pray for Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

    SACRAMENTO — Religious beliefs were put aside for one night inside a Sacramento synagogue as the deadly Las Vegas shooting turns strangers into family. “Nobody cares if you’re Catholic, Jew, Muslim — now you’re just my brother or sister and we’re all sad and shocked,” said John Fish with the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento. The Mosaic Law Congregation hosted an interfaith prayer service welcoming leaders from all backgrounds to help make sense of the senseless. Members of multiple faiths gathered […]

  • Local Search and Rescue Team Members Return Home from Puerto Rico

    ROSEVILLE — A 27-member Urban Search and Rescue team with California Task Force 7 returned Saturday after aiding cities in Puerto Rico for the past 10 days. Crew members from six local agencies, including the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, West Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Fire Department, were sent to Puerto Rico Sept. 20. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Brian Gonsalves said their job there was to gather information and save lives by getting into the cities that had not […]

  • Woman Claims Son Assaulted by Rocklin Officer is Not Receiving Proper Medical Care

    NORTH HIGHLANDS — A woman told FOX40 her son suffered serious injuries at the hands of Officer Brad Alford and that he has not being given the medical attention he needs. Sonia Perez called FOX40 Friday night concerned about her son’s well-being. The Rocklin Police Department called Emilio Perez Chavez’s injuries non-life threatening. Earlier this week, investigators said after his arrest he was treated at a hospital and medically cleared then booked into the Placer County Jail. The 22-year-old’s mother […]

  • Former Cosumnes Oaks High School Teacher Arrested for Alleged Child Molestation

     ELK GROVE — A former Cosumnes Oaks High School teacher was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on four charges of sexual acts with a minor and child molestation. Principal Maria Osborne’s statement sent to parents on Friday confirms an investigation was launched last spring following “allegations of sexual misconduct” involving Monte Reed. The Elk Grove Unified School District stated students, staff and parents initially notified the school about the allegations. The school immediately placed Reed, 40, on paid administrative leave […]