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For as long as I can remember, I have loved to talk. I’ve always been a “Chatty Cathy,” talking anyone’s ear off who will listen, so it’s no surprise I landed in a profession where talking is a big part of the job. But as much as I like to chat, listening is actually my favorite aspect of being a journalist. I feel so lucky to meet new people every day and share their stories with my neighbors.

I moved back home to Sacramento to join the FOX40 morning team as a reporter in January 2018. I’m so excited to work in the community I grew up knowing and loving. As a baby, my family lived right around the corner from Apple Hill and caramel apples are still my favorite treat to this day. I went to school in Orangevale and Fair Oaks and I’m a proud Bella Vista High School Alum (go Broncos!)

I’ve lived in California my entire life, except for a short stint in Reno, NV, where I worked as an Anchor and Reporter for News 4 & Fox 11 before moving back to Sacramento. During my two years in the High Sierra, I reported on countless wildfires, the 2016 presidential campaign, and the launch of the recreational marijuana industry in Nevada.

I got my start in the news business while I was still attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. In college, I regularly reported for Cal Poly’s on-campus news station, eventually becoming the Broadcast News Director for Mustang News. One of the highlights of my college journalism career was interviewing Apple founder Steve Wozniak while he visited a local high school robotics club.

During my last two years of college, I got a job working as a weekend producer at the Central Coast’s NBC affiliate, KSBY News. Working weekends was a whirlwind introduction to local news. I was one of just five people who worked hard to put three shows on the air each Saturday and Sunday. Two years of producing revealed my passion for news was actually on the other side of the camera, which led me to pursue a career on-air.

When I’m not reporting for FOX40, I’m playing with my Boston Terrier, Maurice or working on DIY projects around the house. Now that I’m back home, I’m excited to explore the beautiful wilderness surrounding Tahoe, spend summers floating on our local rivers, and satisfy my sweet tooth with as much Rick’s Dessert Diner as possible!

I’m looking forward to connecting with my Sacramento neighbors and sharing your stories. Feel free to send me story ideas or just say hello by emailing olivia.degennaro@fox40.com or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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