I’ve been dwarfed by the giant redwood trees in Humboldt County, been completely enamored by the colorful desert sunsets in El Paso, but nothing beats the cool Northern California nights and the cuisine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve craved my parents’ home cooked adobo when I was away from home.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, where ‘hella’ was a word I used more often than ‘really’ and traveling from the East Bay to the snow-capped mountains was a weekend retreat. I hike, I run and I also like read.
The San Joaquin Valley will be home for me now. I look forward to the adventures, the new friends I’ll make and the people I’ll meet.
I’m known around the newsroom for: being the last one to get an inside joke.
What keeps me going? Pretentious coffee.
I give back to my community by: trying out new restaurants and stores and meeting new people.
Why FOX40 ? Because why would I want to be anywhere else?
My greatest TV moment: this would have been great – I was supposed to do a move with some Virginia Tech cheerleaders on live TV. Suffice it to say, the live shot died but it would have been an epic moment since everyone knows the only dance move I can pull off is the robot.
TV moment I’d like to forget: sometimes we learn what not to wear on TV after the fact. I’ll leave it at that.
If I had free time, I would: definitely read more books and travel.
STOCKTON — A Stockton journalism teacher and her students say they are fighting for their voices to be heard. What Bear Creek High School journalism students say they write about is not just for fun or practice. They say their stories help shine a light on real-life issues. “If you try to silence students and their voice, they’re going to fight back,” said student editor Bailey Kirkeby. Now, teenage journalists with the school’s newspaper, The Bruin Voice, are fighting to […]
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — New razor wires, lights and fences at San Joaquin County’s Honor Farm have just been installed. Deputies say the heightened security measures will make the minimum security jail safer for inmates, correctional officers and nearby families. “It’s just all measures to help protect the citizens,” correctional officer Jennifer Kline said. The updates were made in the last few weeks. Neighbors say they approve. “No bad people coming in here, or we don’t have to worry about […]
CALAVERAS COUNTY — Two months since winter storms slammed parts of Northern California, the impacts are still being felt in Calaveras County. People living near Railroad Flat say heavy rain in February washed out part of a road, leaving behind a 20-minute detour. “People are still really edgy and angry because there’s no excuse for this,” neighbor Keith Bucknell said. Months after the storm, the road is mangled and still closed. Families are so fed up that someone actually moved […]
STOCKTON — Stockton’s Pixie Woods is steeped 65 years of history, whimsy and magic for many families, but over the weekend city officials say vandals broke in and defaced many of the beloved attractions. “It’s really senseless,” city recreation supervisor Sherry Riley said. City spokeswoman Connie Cochran says the intruders sprayed graffiti on a treasured fire truck. The park’s funhouse had busted locks and damaged electrical wires. “It’s pointless vandalism and this is such a magical place for everyone,” Cochran […]
STOCKTON — The odds were supposed to be in 16-year-old Jaishyne Lopez’s favor when he underwent surgery last week. The Stockton teen’s parents say he put on a brave face in the days leading up to his surgery, but he confided with friends that he was scared. Days later, Jaishyne was brain dead. Jaishyne was born with truncus arteriosus and plastic bronchitis, two conditions that affected his heart and respiratory system. Still, Jaishyne had a persistent creative spirit. “Since he […]
MODESTO — A Modesto condo was broken into and trashed with empty beer cans and red plastic cups last weekend. “Just a complete disaster,” property manager Bonnie Cerutti said. “Mess down here. Upstairs in the bedrooms for some reason, they took off one door on each side of the closet.” Cerutti and her husband manage the property on Scenic Avenue in Modesto. She says her husband was showing potential clients the home earlier in the month. “It can happen anywhere, […]
MODESTO — A Modesto mother says when she ran for her life when she heard gunshots in front of her home Sunday on Lita Court, a bullet pierced her leg. She was one of three people shot. One man died from his injuries. She says she will be seeing a specialist later this month to determine whether or not there is any long-term damage. “I’ve never wanted to leave a place in my life so bad,” the woman, who asked […]
MODESTO — A Modesto man who lost his vision and one of his legs after a horrific DUI crash last year shared his story Friday with students to teach them the dangers of driving under the influence. A scripted “Every 15 Minutes” scenario at Gregori High School was a heartwrenching reminder for Manuel Russ and his family. “This reenactment you guys see here today is my family’s reality,” Russ told the students. “There wasn’t a doctor who thought I was […]
MODESTO — A major overhaul is underway within the city of Modesto after one of its employees was killed on the job in April. A city spokesman says three workers are on leave — two face possible termination — and crews will undergo more training. Tyrone Darnell Hairston’s father, Tyrone Alfonso Hairston, says the changes are consequences that needed to happen. Two redacted reports obtained by FOX40 outline what investigators call lack of training, procedure and safety within the city […]