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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
  • UPDATE: One Dead in ‘Suspicious’ Placer County Gated Community House Fire

    Update, August 8, 2018: The Placer County Sheriff’s Department identified the person killed as 48-year-old Kevin Jon Hourigan. PLACER COUNTY — Roseville Fire says one person has died in a house fire in the Morgan Creek Gated Community of Placer County. Neighbors on the quiet, tree-lined street were shaken after the deadly explosion. “We heard a loud noise,” said neighbor Yatish Goel. “It was a big thud kind of thing. So first I thought it was construction going on but then I […]

  • Joseph DeAngelo’s Longtime Coworker Says He was an ‘Average Joe’

    SACRAMENTO — Before he was accused of being the Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo was seen as an “average Joe.” Bill Helms recently bought a collection of second-hand tools from an old coworker and friend. Each wrench was meticulously hand-engraved in cursive with the name of the man who once owned them — Joe DeAngelo. “This is a framing square and it’s got his signature on it too,” Helms said. Helms worked next to DeAngelo for 11 years as a […]

  • House Cleaner Faces Grand Theft Charges after Stealing Widower’s Late Wife’s Jewelry

    ROSEVILLE — A house cleaner is facing grand theft charges after a man mourning the death of his wife noticed dozens of pieces of her jewelry were gone. A large jewelry box is filled with warm memories for Amber Geiss. Each piece is a reminder of her vibrant mother who died suddenly in March. “This is so my childhood right here,” Geiss said. But Geiss says 35 of the most valuable items are now gone. “You already have the shock of […]

  • ‘Devastating’ Carr Fire Becomes One of the Most Destructive Wildfires in California’s History

    SHASTA COUNTY — Hundreds of Carr Fire evacuees will return to neighborhoods once lined with homes but have been reduced to piles of debris, twisted metal and ash. “I lost it all, every bit of it … I’m sorry,” said Sarah Joseph-Anaya as she broke down. One of the homes in the Keswick Estates belonged to Joseph-Anaya. She has not been back yet but she already knows everything is gone. “It’s just been devastating,” she said. “It’s so hard. I […]

  • Deputies: 70-Year-Old Man Found Dead in Rio Linda, Victim’s Son in Custody

    RIO LINDA — A 70-year-old man is dead and another man, who is believed to be the victim’s son, was in custody Tuesday after a shooting in Rio Linda. A residential street was filled with homicide detectives and heartbroken family members after a deadly shooting around 10 a.m. on Quadra Avenue. Investigators say a neighbor called 911 and when detectives arrived on scene it did not take long for them to detain a possible suspect. “The person that walked out of […]

  • Audit Details How 4 Employees’ Misused Time Cost State $160,000

    SACRAMENTO — A new report from the California State Auditor’s Office details how misused time and resources at various agencies cost the state thousands of dollars. According to the report, a key data operator at the DMV frequently slept at her desk and “failed to perform her essential duties over a period of nearly four years[.]” Auditors estimated that between Feb. 2014 and Dec. 2017, the woman’s naps resulted in about 2,200 hours in lost time and cost the state […]

  • Mosquito Population is Up, Campers Urged to Spray

    Aerial Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Monday, Tuesday Above Parts of Sacramento

    SACRAMENTO — As the summer heats up, so does mosquito activity. Mosquito bites can be annoying, but also dangerous if the pests carry the West Nile virus. For weeks, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District has been keeping an eye on the increase in West Nile activity in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood, parts of South Sacramento and in Elk Grove. “Twenty-three more mosquito samples from that area came back positive, which is what prompted us to make our decision for […]

  • ‘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 […]