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 first time Officer Philip Dibene held baby Ezekiel the newborn wasn’t breathing. His parents tried to make their way to the hospital in Roseville from Stockton Tuesday night as labor began for mother Tiffana Lemaster, but they didn’t make it in time. Ezekiel was born while en route to the hospital, in their car on Interstate 5. Officer Dibene arrived at the scene just as the baby was born — but they weren’t in the clear just […]

  • Snow Runoff Floods Serene Lakes Community, Closes Roads

    SERENE LAKES — A river of snow runoff usually flows beneath several feet of snow in Serene Lakes but instead Wednesday, it caused flooding and affected around 500 houses. Road closures to the area had residents separated from the rest of the world. Karen Plank says flooding in her Serene Lakes neighborhood has happened twice before in the 20 years she’s lived there. “With our snowpack and how much snow we’ve had, the water content,” Plank said. It was urgent […]

  • Crowd Gathers to Speak Out About SJUSD Adopting LGBTQ-Inclusive Textbooks

    SACRAMENTO — In solidarity, dozens wore green Tuesday in support of LGBTQ history to be included in the curriculum at the San Juan Unified School District. “I would like to ask the members of the audience that support the adoption of the history social science curriculum to please stand,” said Bill Simmons, president of the SJUSD Teachers Association. That curriculum is designed to be more inclusive of historical figures, such as assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. They would be […]

  • Social Media Helps Investigators Track Down Suspect in Marysville Church Burglary

    MARYSVILLE — When Pastor Stacey Hanson of Hallwood Church of the Nazarene went to social media and posted surveillance images of two suspects who stole several items from the property, he didn’t think an arrest would happen within the same day. In just a couple of hours, the post on Facebook was shared over 250 times and more than 11,000 people saw it. “Somebody contacted the sheriff and they made the arrest,” Hanson said. The sheriff’s deputy got a hold […]

  • Woman Finds Nearly $16,000 in Cash, Money Orders, Turns It in to Auburn Police

    AUBURN — Auburn police were able to return thousands of dollars in cash and money orders to a man after a woman found them in the road Wednesday. Jill James had taken a shortcut Wednesday afternoon to avoid road construction while on her way to her business, JC Fit. That put her on Old Airport Road, where she came upon the totally unexpected. There was a large pile of paper strewn about the two-way country road. “As I got closer […]

  • Two Teens Electrocuted While Rescuing Dog from Dixon Canal

    DIXON — Two teenage boys died Monday after they were electrocuted while trying to rescue a dog from a canal in Dixon. Candy Carrillo said her son, 17-year-old Jake Hourmouzus, died a hero. “He would have given the shirt off his back,” Carrillo said. “He knew what he wanted and he always went after it.” She said he was out walking with a group of friends, including 17-year-old Jacob Schneider, another teenage boy and a teenage girl, as well as […]

  • Surveillance Camera at Fairfield Store Captures Couple Shoving Shoes in Their Pants

    FAIRFIELD — Surveillance cameras captured the moment a couple decided to swipe some shoes from clothing store Napadashery in downtown Fairfield last Friday. The teenage daughter of the female shoe swiper has been a regular at the 50-year-old clothing shop for some time now, according to Lariviere. She says the girl has been saving money to buy things for her mother and grandmother. “Her parents were having a heyday, shoving shoes in their bags and in their pants. It just […]

  • Retired Foresthill Firefighter Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Acts with a Child

    FORESTHILL — The Placer County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons unit arrested a retired firefighter Tuesday at his Foresthill home. Gerald Fogel, 57, was booked at the Contra Costa County Jail on 10 counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under 14 years old. He remains behind bars in lieu of a $1 million bail. FOX40 went to his neighborhood and knocked on his front door but no one appeared to be home. Neighbors also did not want to […]

  • Police: Man Stabs South Lake Tahoe Car Salesman During Test Drive

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators say a man stabbed an employee of a South Lake Tahoe Toyota dealership during a test drive late Monday morning. The 29-year-old car salesman was able to escape and provide a description of the suspect, along with the direction his attacker was headed. The first deputy to respond to the scene took the victim, who was stabbed in the leg, to the hospital in his patrol car. Soon after a deputy and […]

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