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Just because you take your job seriously doesn’t mean you have to treat yourself that way.

Telling stories for a living is fun and exciting, darn good thing when you have to be at work at 3 a.m.!

Regardless of my lack of sleep, I still can’t wait to get into work each morning and share the news, mostly because I’m talking to people I know, or will hopefully soon meet.

I grew up in Angels Camp in Calaveras County, and remember watching Sacramento news as far back as I can remember.

It’s a good feeling to get text messages from family (mom) on how they (she) likes, or doesn’t like the story I am covering…all feedback is good feedback, even when I’m told “you look tired,” apparently being awake and at work early is no excuse.

Although growing up in a small town, I now enjoy calling downtown Sacramento home, which is a fresh change of pace when I can walk places instead of driving as I do every day for work.

When I’m not at work, I’m either checking out the competition, or ignoring news completely while at the gym or zoning out on my guitar, both of which I am no master.

So why did I choose this career?

Well, as a sophomore in high school I took a speech and debate class and realized I like talking to people, but at the time didn’t think news would be my path.

Like most young men I wanted to host my own sports talk radio show, but after my first semester at San Jose State, I fell into the broadcast program and haven’t looked back since, I also have no back –up plan in case this doesn’t work out, but so far so good, and unless televisions goes away I’ll probably be in front of a camera talking to my friends and family and neighbors.

If you want to know what’s going on before the news follow me on Twitter: @ERICRUCKERFOX40.


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