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.
DAVIS — Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can limit a child’s ability to focus and learn in a classroom environment. Medications are often prescribed for it, which can have side effects. But what if you could use virtual reality to teach children to ignore distractions and focus in class? “A lot of people don’t have access to a psychologist or a psychiatrist, and I thought there’s got to be another way,” said Dr. Julie Schweitzer with the UC Davis […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — People around Lake Tahoe may start spotting bears now that the weather has started warming up. “Right now as spring approaches, everything happens fast. Everything’s going to ramp up quick here,” said Toogee Sielsch. Sielsch is co-director of the Sierra Wildlife Coalition. “I keep an eye on some houses that some bears, at times of the year, move in and out of. When I say in and out of, I mean underneath. Unsecured crawl spaces,” he […]
SODA SPRINGS — Winter-like weather made a big comeback Monday as steady snow fell over Donner Summit. Conditions were slippery enough that a sedan traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 spun out near the Boreal exit and got stuck in a snow bank shortly before sunset. The driver was not hurt, but the car was damaged and had to be removed by a tow truck. Some drivers were surprised by the amount of snow they encountered. “No clue it was going […]
SACRAMENTO — A portion of Society for the Blind’s Sacramento headquarters has been sitting vacant for years but thanks to generous donors, it’s about to become something beautiful. “So, we’re just delighted that we’re ready to break ground and provide another 5,000 square feet of training space and a brand new teaching kitchen and dining room for our senior program,” said Society for the Blind Executive Director Shari Roeseler. Society for the Blind is a comprehensive center providing blindness training […]
LODI — A Lodi couple was cleaning out their home while getting ready to move when they took a large load of junk to their local waste transfer facility. That’s where something caught Susan Hitchcock’s eye in a pile of straw. “Spread eagle was this little tiny kitten that wasn’t moving or anything,” she told FOX40. “I just was so shocked. I said, ‘That’s a cat.'” Susan and her husband, Jerry, investigated further and found two more kittens among the […]
KINGVALE — It’s springtime at 7,000 feet but the snow refuses to quit. “I did not expect this, especially in April,” said Truckee resident Coleman Smart. Smart moved from Oklahoma to Truckee, thinking by this time of year he’d be enjoying some warm California sun. “I mean we’re still getting a bunch of snow. It’s 30 degrees, I’m freezing out here,” he told FOX40. “There’s 10 feet of snow all around our house, everywhere.” However, all the snow is paying […]
ECHO SUMMIT — Monday’s drive to South Lake Tahoe along Highway 50 was much more of an adventure than travelers might have expected. They had to slow down for wet, slippery pavement in the rain. They encountered fire as the Forest Service conducted controlled burns in the area. Then, near Echo Summit, some drivers got stuck because of a snowslide. The avalanche covered the two-lane highway. Nobody was hurt but at least one car had to be dug out, according […]
OROVILLE — Lake Oroville was around 77 percent full Tuesday and it’s expected to rise over the next several days with storms in the forecast. It’s near the point where water is typically released into the Feather River. The reconstructed spillway is about to face its first real test. The feared failure of the Oroville Dam after the spillway started coming apart in the winter of 2017 is a topic that stirs up some dreadful memories in its shadow. “When […]
SODA SPRINGS — Although spring is here it’s hard to tell by the snow tunnels that line Donner Pass Road in Soda Springs. The walls of frozen powder remain 10 feet high in some spots. For the past couple of weeks, Kingvale resident Mick Sterling has been playing an exhausting game of snow shoveling catch-up. “My blower broke down the last couple of days of the last big storm and it left me about 8 feet behind,” Sterling told FOX40. […]