Marin Austin

Marin Austin


marin3I am competitive and compassionate. Known for being a unique storyteller. Even on my days off, I am working, because I take tremendous pride in being an extra set of eyes and ears for the public!

My coverage includes California politics, Stockton bankruptcy and crime rate, Sacramento KINGS & City Arena plans, Covered California, Social Media Gang Wars in Sacramento County, the Leila Fowler case and several Northern California wild fires, to name a few.

I learned how to write at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and continued my education with a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. I came to FOX40 with experience from the ABC 10News I-Team in San Diego, as well as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. I am an adjunct professor of journalism at Sacramento State. And, I have a little sport under my belt — a former national team Short Track Speed Skater, and USC Ice Hockey & Lacrosse player. When I do take a break, I like to travel and play with my Bernese mountain dog.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
Telling stories with a little bit of spunk, sometimes.

What keeps me going…

Red Bull and chocolate power bars get me through my day, along with exercise. But, I’m not just talking about the gym. I’m very competitive. Think there’s a sport you can beat me at? (E-mail me,

Why FOX40?
There’s nothing more powerful than television journalism: truth, sound and the moving image. To this day, I can remember stories I watched almost 15 years ago. (If you asked me about the article I read in yesterday’s newspaper, I couldn’t tell you a thing about it!)

My greatest TV moment
When I was working with NBC Nightly News, I interviewed over 80 Olympic athletes in preparation for the NBC 2010 Vancouver coverage

TV moment I’d like to forget
When I was younger, I began an internship at a TV station. To prepare for the first day, I researched every reporter and anchor at the station. On the very first day, I went up to one of the top reporters and commended him for a story he did a few months back. I told him, “I was blown away when you reported live, on your front lawn, as your house burnt down in the background. It was incredible to see that type of courage on television.” He looked at me, and said, “That guy works at the other station in town.” Wupps!

If I had free time, I would…
Spend more time with my big Berense Mountain Dog, Maxie, travel and paint.

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