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, Calif. (KTXL) — In just 10 days, some of the 400 homeless people living underneath a Modesto overpass will be moved into a new shelter. Tuesday afternoon, the public was invited to check out that new space, which will be housed inside The Salvation Army. “Can’t be outside in this cold this year, so having a place to be inside is really a great thing,” said Margaret Aherne. Aherne and her partner, Joseph Jerrue, were just a couple of […]
MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The city of Modesto is facing a lawsuit filed by one of its own police sergeants, who claims the police department has harbored a culture of discrimination and retaliation. Sgt. Derrick Tyler is the one who filed the lawsuit against the city. FOX40 spoke to his attorney, Peter Koenig, over the phone Friday. “He had been given a heads up from his first police chief, ‘Watch your back, there’s cowboys out here,’” Koenig said. A Modesto […]
TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — The Turlock High School campus is not exactly a Broadway stage, but agricultural teacher Joe DiGrazia made a theatrical entrance on Halloween no one would want to miss. “I got to school not expecting to see the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ right in front of me,” student Jayce Rocha said. It was a treat for students who mostly see DiGrazia’s serious side. “Pretty stern. He’s always been a pretty serious person but he definitely has a […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A suspected thief is now behind bars and a disabled boy’s once stolen wheelchair is now back home. Yanelli Rodriguez said her 7-year-old son’s wheelchair was stolen from their south Stockton home Wednesday morning. “’Oh my God, they stole his wheelchair.’ And that’s when I jumped in the truck and went looking for it. And there was nothing,” Rodriguez said. Her son, Antonio Ceja, has cerebral palsy and without the wheelchair his mobility is limited. Rodriguez […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A Stockton woman loaded up her truck and was set to make the trek to help families and animals impacted by the Kincade Fire. “Little, simple things that help, you know?” said Stanislaus County animal rescuer Bobbie Carne. Carne said after watching the devastating toll the Kincade Fire has had on Sonoma County, she felt compelled to act. “I’m gonna go. I’m tired of feeling like I’m not doing anything, I’m not helping the animals, I’m […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A Stockton boy killed in an accidental shooting two years ago, who would go on to save five lives as an organ donor, will be honored in the upcoming Rose Parade. There are memories and love in every corner of Silvia Van Steyn’s Stockton home “He loved football, was full of life, loved playing with the dogs,” Van Steyn said. Reminders of how her sometimes stubborn 13-year-old son, Michael Balsey-Rodriguez, would soften at the sight of […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — After more than 20 months of searching for the killer who gunned down a young Stockton family, grieving loved ones hope a growing reward and a new billboard will help bring them justice. It was Mother’s Day 2018 when Joe, Gina and their 5-year-old daughter, Kayleen, were gunned down in a Stockton home. On Friday, around a year and a half without answers, Joe Lor’s brother, Cheng, asked to meet with FOX40 near the school where […]
TRACY, Calif. (KTXL) — Super-sized spiders and wicked pumpkins enrobed in lights — the perfect trick for Halloween. For families in Tracy, it’s a treat that comes once a year to 15 Phillip Court. The display of dancing LEDs is hundreds and hundreds of hours of choreography born from Tom Betgeorge’s imagination. “It, honestly, takes all year long to put together a show,” Betgeorge said. “I usually start programming in February and I start building sometime in the spring.” Betgeorge […]
STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — In the span of two weeks, two children in Stockton were almost kidnapped in two different parts of the city. The Stockton Unified School District says the latest incident happened Wednesday morning. Officials say a teenage girl was pulled into a vehicle on San Joaquin and Anderson streets but was able to get away. “Sad that we have to get up and take them to school and pick them up, where they can’t even have the […]