Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That’s why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I’ve been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.
On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.
On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.
AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — A husband and wife in Auburn can now say with certainty they are the perfect match — in more ways than one. Lisa and Dan Summers of Auburn first met through Eharmony. “They actually reached out to me and they’re like, ‘You need to go on this date,’” Lisa told FOX40. “And I hadn’t gotten that with anybody else and they’re like, ‘Your compatibility is extremely high.'” Little did they know how deep that compatibility went. […]
LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — Some families put up Christmas lights but the Hamiltons are known for their 40-foot tall statues of lights and rebar that tower over their Lodi home. Since 2001, the patriotic Hamiltons have crafted sculptures to resemble the Statue of Liberty, Jesus, a bald eagle and a soldier. “When we do a statue it’s because of what we feel,” said Laura Hamilton. This time around they are paying tribute to local hero and Pearl Harbor survivor Delton […]
ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. (KTXL) — Massive boulders crashed onto the westbound lane of Highway 50 east of Echo Summit on Monday. While no cars were caught underneath the rockslide, plenty were stuck because of the mess. Caltrans got right to work clearing the rockslide. Traffic had to be held in both directions at times during the five-hour cleanup. When possible, there was one-way, controlled traffic. By 7 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said the rockslide was cleared and all lanes […]
(KTXL) — Everything travelers have been warned about for several days started up Tuesday afternoon, with heavy snow leading to serious issues, especially along Interstate 80 over the Sierra. Just one day after putting out a 350-acre fire in Placer County, Cal Fire crews began assisting travelers with injuries in a snowstorm. A wreck near Alta involved several cars and a plow. Alejandro Santiago, from Stockton, got stuck in the snow because his tire chains did not work. “It’s not […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — If you’re heading over the hill and through the woods for Thanksgiving, you better leave sooner rather than later. Nearly 50 million people plan to drive for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the American Automobile Association. But those heading through the Sierra need to be prepared for a winter storm warning. On Monday, Mike Bellini was getting a jump-start on his Thanksgiving. “Because I don’t want to hit traffic. So, yeah. Get up there early and […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KTXL) — Video of an officer taking down a popular South Lake Tahoe woman has been widely shared on social media. The woman who was placed in handcuffs was Carol Christensen, well known around town as “Christmas Carol.” She’s known for frequently waving and smiling at cars passing by. “She is like one of the most positive people and I think a lot of people aspire to be like that,” said Jessica Barackman, who shot the […]
(KTXL) — For Cal Fire Division Chief Jim Hudson and thousands of firefighters up and down California, it might as well be mid-August right now. “We’ve pre-positioned resources throughout the north state, which include strike teams of engines, helicopters and staffed additional engines here locally within Placer County,” Hudson said. A helicopter from Humboldt County at the Cal Fire base in Auburn is one example. Hudson said extra firefighters have been “strategically located in good crossroads along major freeways so […]
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. (KTXL) — A bear was captured and killed in Placer County with permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The agency confirmed a homeowner in the Tahoe Vista neighborhood received a depredation permit, which allows a property owner to hire a trapper to capture and kill a bear that has repeatedly damaged or destroyed property. The BEAR League, a Tahoe wildlife advocacy group, shared a photo of the actual trap that was used Friday morning, […]
(KTXL) — Caltrans crews had to remove several dead deer along Interstate 80 in the Auburn area over Veterans Day weekend. “That becomes a dangerous animal at some point when the mating season comes upon us, which is pretty much right now,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy. Foy says in their quest to find mates, the males are on the move. Their sense of self-preservation is diminished as they’re focused on mating. That’s when they’re […]