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I spent 11 years as a newspaper reporter, yearning to report on TV; I love the immediacy of television and getting a story out.

With no experience from working in smaller markets, I would record mock reports and hand deliver them to all the Sacramento stations. A former Fox40 news director, took the time to write me a two-page letter, telling me to stay in print, because making the transition to TV would mean moving away to get experience. I kept that letter in my underwear drawer for a couple of years.

I got my break when a new news director at Fox40 hired me, because he knew I could report and had a lot of sources. I gained TV experience working the assignment desk, and began reporting in front of the camera six months later.

Today, I’m grateful to be the Solano County Bureau Chief. I’ve covered that county for nearly 20 years, most of that time reporting on infamous murders and murderers. It was during that time police credited me for helping them clear the murder of an innocent 21-year-old Fairfield man.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
Getting the harder-to-get stories, the ones where victims shed gut-wrenching tears, or suspects surprisingly run their mouths; the stories other reporters cringe on having to do.

What keeps me going
Being able to hold my kids, my faith in God and finding comfort in Him during a long drive back home at night, especially after hugging a weeping parent who just lost their kid, or talking with someone whose innocent family member was killed in some violent crime.

I give back to my community by
Spreading someone’s story I’m trusted with, hopefully helping someone else in the process.

Why FOX40?
I love Fox40 because they take chances on people like me, and I love the immediacy of getting a story out.

My greatest TV moment
Getting the only interview with a child murderer who admitted to killing a 7-year-old Vallejo girl he had kidnapped. He was eventually convicted several years later, and died in prison.

If I had free time, I would…
Spend it with my loved ones, watch more movies with them, and go to church more often.

Recent Articles
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    SACRAMENTO — The man accused of being one of California’s most infamous killers appeared in a Sacramento County courtroom Thursday, where a judge ruled he could not afford his own attorney and will use a public defender. Phyllis and Cyril Kalbach say they’ve waited more than 40 years to see the suspected East Area Rapist, Joseph DeAngelo. “I just loved seeing him in orange and behind bars,” Phyllis Kalbach said. “It felt good. It’s cathartic. He’s so evil.” Judge Michael […]

  • Before Heart Surgery, Boy Gets to Ride Along with Sacramento First Responders

    SACRAMENTO — In his nine years of life, Zebediah “Zeb” Wells has gone through what many people may never experience in an entire lifetime. He underwent his first open heart surgery at just 5 days old then another one at 9 months old. He’s also endured two surgeries to his skull. This Friday, Zebediah will undergo another surgery to his heart to make some necessary repairs. “Definitely having faith and going to church worshiping, that’s exactly what keeps us going,” […]

  • Protesters Demand Transparency as Sheriff Jones Addresses Board of Supervisors

    SACRAMENTO — Amid a vocal crowd, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones addressed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “I’ve been described as rogue, authoritarian, a dictator, a mini Trump. Oh, yeah, OK a racist, we’ll add that too. All because I won’t voluntarily allow independent oversight of the sheriff’s department,” Jones said at the podium, responding to a shouting crowd. “This seems strange to me. No other agency in the region, not the Sacramento Police Department, no other sheriff’s department in […]

  • Police Arrest Suspect in North Sacramento Homicide

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  • Butte County Sheriff Revered for Leadership in the Face of Disaster

    OROVILLE — Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has been the face of strength in Butte County. His leadership was widely seen during the emergency at the Oroville Dam’s spillway, which threatened to collapse and send a torrent of water flooding into neighboring communities. “I thought perhaps that would be the last time I’d have to deal with anything like this,” Honea told FOX40. “Now here we are with the Camp Fire, which has turned out to be an unfortunate and […]

  • Officers Get a Chance to Honor ‘Fallen Brethren’ Through New Stockton Memorial

    STOCKTON — A granite memorial in front of the Stockton Police Department honors San Joaquin County’s fallen officers. “This is just a quick list of all of the names that should be on that wall that are not and we do not have the room to add it to that,” said Kristina Pendergrass, San Joaquin County Fallen Peace Officer Foundation. There are 19 names of slain officers listed on the memorial, dating back to 1954. There should be an additional 15 […]

  • Masked Gunman Steals Wedding Ring from Elderly Couple at Fairfield In-N-Out

    FAIRFIELD — Eighty-three-year-old Jesus Lendio and his 90-year-old wife, Kathy, had just purchased hamburgers at the In-N-Out on Holiday Lane in Fairfield on Sunday afternoon. They were about to eat inside their car when a gunman confronted the married couple of 60 years. “He says, ‘This is the ammunition I have in my gun. I can kill you when I put it back in. And if I don’t get the money that I want I’ll kill you,'” Jesus Lendio told […]

  • Illegal Marijuana Grows Causing Problems in Calaveras County

    CALAVERAS — Illegal marijuana grows have flourished in Calaveras County for decades. Most of them are hidden in the forests of the foothills, but the trouble stretches across the county. Violent crimes, including robbery and aggravated assault, have been on the rise. Data from the California Department of Justice shows in 2008, there were 93 reported cases of violent crime. By 2017, that number shot up to 208 cases, an increase of 124 percent. Sheriff Rick Dibasilio believes marijuana grows […]

  • Lincoln Community Prepares Thanksgiving Feast for Camp Fire Victims, First Responders

    LINCOLN — Neighbors in Lincoln are preparing a massive feast for the victims and first responders of the destructive and deadly Camp Fire. It began as a Facebook post, looking for people with a similar goal. “So many of us felt like, ‘What can we do?’” organizer Kris Wyatt said. “We just felt so helpless.” Jeannette Bermudez reached out to Wyatt and before they realized there were dozens within their community who also wanted to help. “It was just blossoming […]