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.
MODESTO — A growing number of students, parents and teachers in Modesto are now signing a petition to get a Modesto City Schools employee his job back. Richard Meeker was a Downey High School campus supervisor who was caught on camera fighting with a teen, but Meeker says the video only tells a portion of what really happened. “Probably shouldn’t have antagonized him, maybe,” Meeker said of the Jan. 28 incident. “But I was doing what I could to get him […]
STOCKTON — Seventeen students and educators were gunned down and 17 more were injured one year ago in Parkland, Florida. “The last thing he was going to do was to call his older brother,” said Stockton student Aiden Damforth. They were all just kids, gunned down within the last year. “He was a poet,” said student Brianna Rodriguez. “He wanted to be a musician and he was a point guard.” They were killed before they could realize their dreams. “The story […]
Northern California got hit with another round of wet weather Wednesday, with moderate rain continuing to fall in the Sacramento Valley. It’s left behind saturated trees, moist soil and even localized flooding. “In areas that are known to flood, like Scott Road and here at the American River Parkway area, things are getting a little high,” said Matt Robinson with the Sacramento County Department of Transportation. Down in Stockton, part of Bianchi Road was closed for at least an hour […]
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY — Reports of stolen tires and rims along with damaged cars have been coming up a lot lately in Manteca. In a video shared with FOX40, several patrol cars light up the midnight sky in a suburban San Joaquin County neighborhood as officers chase suspected thieves in a U-Haul truck Tuesday. The group rounds a corner and evidence falls out, including a Toyota Camry’s wheel, tire and concrete block. They were similar looking blocks to what Maribel […]
LODI — The beauty of playing piano, coaching Lodi students or gaining the trust of animals are what Marta Deike lives for. “And I was not able to run hard and fast but I was able to live a meaningful, contributive life and now I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Deike told FOX40. Deike was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease known as Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, or LEMS. It causes the body to attack its own muscles, weakening it. […]
MODESTO — Detectives have arrested 18-year-old Seth Becknel for the 2017 sexual assault and murder of 41-year-old Jenny Wu in Modesto. On April 21, 2017 around 9 a.m., Wu’s partially clothed body was found in an alleyway on Grape Avenue near Evergreen Avenue. Wu was originally from the Bay Area and had recently made Modesto her home. Wu was well known to all her neighbors on Evergreen Avenue in Modesto as the lady who walked up and down the street all […]
STOCKTON — The Stockton Police Department is investigating a deadly crash on March Lane and Quail Lakes Drive. The incident began around 3 a.m. Friday when California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop a Chevy Silverado truck for speeding on I-5. The driver then got off the freeway at March Lane and led officers on a pursuit. CHP said the suspect ran a red light and struck three other vehicles at the Quail Lakes Drive intersection. One driver sustained minor […]
CERES — A Ceres man who made headlines as a suspected kidnapper last summer has been found innocent. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office says they dropped the charge against Sandeep Singh on Wednesday. Singh’s attorney says the girl who accused him lied about the whole ordeal. Singh says he feels vindicated after surveillance video showed what really happened. “Once I saw the video, I literally cried,” Singh said. The video itself is anti-climactic. It shows a yellow truck and […]
MODESTO — The family of slain Stanislaus County Deputy Dennis Wallace says justice is on the way after his accused killer, David Machado, was found to be mentally fit to stand trial. Machado is accused of killing Wallace execution-style in Hughson in November 2016. He was found mentally incompetent a year later. “Was nerve-wracking,” Wallace’s wife, Mercedes, told FOX40. “That was nerve-wracking just knowing that the possibility we all know in real life he was competent.” Justice hung in the […]