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Growing up, I always had a pen and paper in hand; taking notes, writing journals and begging my parents to tell me stories. But in college, instead of following those interests, I decided to attend UC Berkeley as a Molecular Cell Biology major. The summer before my first semester, I interned at NBC in my hometown, San Diego. From then on, I was hooked on the fast paced, exciting world of TV news. I ditched science and never looked back!

My career has taken me from California to Las Vegas to New York and now back to California. I worked my way up from production assistant and writer at KUSI in San Diego, to producer at KTNV in Las Vegas and then to Reporter in NYC.

I spent the past two years carrying a big camera and tripod through the streets of Brooklyn and The Bronx. I was a “One Man Band” reporter and fill-in Anchor for News 12. While in NYC, I covered Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the mayor’s race, dozens of snow storms and lots of crime.

I’m known around the newsroom for: being a klutz!

What keeps me going: iced coffee , peanut M&Ms and sunshine.

I give back to my community by: Shopping and eating local as much as possible. I love that our area is a great place to do that! Also I believe little random acts of kindness go a long way. Making someone else’s day makes me happy.

Why FOX40? FOX40 brought me back home to California. It’s a place for me to take on new challenges while working with nice, talented people.

My greatest TV moment: After Hurricane Sandy, I did a report on a religious center in Queens that was badly damaged and in desperate need of aid. After the story aired, I found out that my report prompted FEMA to call the religious center and give it the assistance it needed.

TV moment I’d like to forget: Fainting in the studio during a live CNN broadcast. It happened during a short internship during college. (I had slept only a few hours before my 3am call time.) Security came to get me and I was mortified! I guess I made a lasting impression but not the kind I was hoping for!

If I had free time, I would: Do more yoga, hiking and biking. Also I’d like to spend a day doing absolutely NOTHING but that may never happen – I always have a to-do list!

Recent Articles
  • ‘Insensitive’ Flyer Calls for Lodi’s Homeless to ‘Move Out’

    LODI — Anonymous flyers were posted around Lodi and on social media, calling for the homeless to move out. Lodi’s Lawrence Park tends to be a gathering place for homeless men and women. It’s where FOX40 caught up with James Deck. “It was in the alley over here stapled to a pole,” Deck said. It’s also the area where Deck saw the flyer with a strongly worded message directed at Lodi’s homeless population. “It was insensitive and a little misguided,” […]

  • Local Firefighters Honor Fallen 10-Year Cal Fire Veteran

    MONDAY — As firefighters continued to battle the 9,000-acre Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Monday they mourned the death of one of their own. On a path lined with American flags, fire trucks and salutes, one fallen firefighter was honored during an hours-long procession. Monday afternoon, Braden Varney’s body was escorted from Mariposa County to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office in Modesto as fellow firefighters paid their respects. The 36-year-old was a husband and father of two young children. He worked […]

  • Special Report: Netflix Documentary Exposes Dangerous Medical Device, According to Patients

    CITRUS HEIGHTS – A new Netflix documentary exposing how one medical device may have seriously harmed some patients had an early screening in Citrus Heights Saturday. The documentary, “The Bleeding Edge,” includes personal stories from those who’ve experienced serious issues from the birth control Essure, including some stories from local women. They believe the device was rushed through the FDA’s tests in order to turn a profit. April Hicks was a healthy mother of three but for five years she suffered. […]

  • Local Artist Returns Home and Starts ‘Creator X’ Camp

    ELK GROVE– Inspiring the next generation of artists in Sacramento as a performance painter, David Garibaldi travels the world sharing his talents. It all started at Sheldon High School. Now, Garibaldi is returning to his roots with a new summer camp. Garibaldi has made a name for himself through his talent. Captivating audiences as he creates art. At Sheldon High School, Garibaldi took his first art class. Animation teacher, Shawn Sullivan remembers seeing his sketches for the first time. “I […]

  • Dixon Vice Mayor Faces Continuing Backlash as Crowds Protest Controversial Op-Ed

    DIXON — Dixon was in the spotlight Tuesday night following a controversial op-ed written by a city leader. It was a small column in a small publication that led to confrontation and a small town meeting overflowing with crowds and opinions. “Mr. Hickman’s vicious message has no place in a city like Dixon,” said one speaker. Protesters already gathering in Dixon with signs. Tonight is the 1st city council meeting since the Vice Mayor’s controversial Op-Ed calling for “Straight Pride American […]

  • ‘Sister Survivors’ Meet in Citrus Heights Ahead of DeAngelo’s Next Court Appearance

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — Less than three months after suspected East Area Rapist and Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo was arrested at his Citrus Heights home, two survivors visited Sacramento. With every book she signs Jane Carson-Sandler shares her pain; her four-decade-old trauma caused by the Golden State Killer. Community members gathered at a Citrus Heights Barnes and Noble to meet the fifth victim. Being in the neighborhood was tough for her. “When I arrived at the airport in Sacramento and drove to […]

  • Brush Fire Spreads in Amador County

    IONE — A brush fire has spread at least 790 acres in Amador County and is 80 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. The Irish Fire spread fast Friday afternoon; forcing an entire neighborhood to evacuate. Those evacuation orders remain in effect as firefighters continue their work Friday night in Amador County. On Willow Creek Road flames were shooting up over the road. This just in – mandatory evacuations for Willow Creek Ranch Estates. #IrishFire @CALFIREAEU pic.twitter.com/5Gvc6dHWWV — CAL FIRE […]

  • Law Enforcement’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology Faces Criticism

    SACRAMENTO — After a gunman opened fire at the Capitol Gazette newspaper in Maryland, killing five people, police used facial recognition to identify the suspect, Jarrod Ramos. It’s hard to go anywhere these days without being caught on camera. From surveillance cameras in shopping centers, to video doorbells and social media, facial recognition can attach a name to a face. Police agencies across the country are using the technology to identify people breaking the law. “They’ll just click on face […]

  • NBA Hall of Famer Empowers Sacramento Youth at Golden 1 Center

    SACRAMENTO — NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas spent part of his day Monday in the capital city, working to empower and inspire young people during an event at the Golden 1 Center. About 200 young people from all over Sacramento gathered for a writing workshop and panel discussion. It was hosted by the Kings and the Build Black Coalition, which was formed after Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers back in March. Thomas spoke on the […]