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, Calif. (KTXL) — For residents and surrounding businesses on Howe Avenue near Hallmark Drive, one large abandoned commercial building is an eyesore filled with problems. But for two men, it is home. “If you need a place to stay, so this is one of the best places. It’s safe, warm. You can get away from all the craziness out there,” said Chad, who did not want to provide his last name. “Inside it’s peaceful. Pretty much leave you alone.” […]

  • Vigil held for North Natomas librarian killed by gunman one year ago

    NORTH NATOMAS, Calif. (KTXL) — One minute and 11 seconds of silence fell across the vigil outside the North Natomas Library Wednesday night as loved ones and community members honored Amber Clark. “I’m mortified to disclose that it represents the 11 bullets that monster fired at her beautiful head and face at point-blank range,” said Clark’s husband, Kelly. It was exactly one year ago that investigators say Ronald Seay, armed with a gun, waited to ambush Amber. He opened fire […]

  • Police, witnesses applaud off-duty park ranger who helped stop library knife attack

    AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — Auburn police are crediting a good Samaritan for saving lives after he confronted an armed man during a knife attack inside the Placer County Library in Auburn on Tuesday. “He definitely stopped more things from happening, from being way worse, whether he stopped him from stabbing that victim more times or maybe stabbing other victims,” Auburn Police Lt. Michael Garlock said. That good Samaritan is Jared Elster, a Sacramento County Regional Parks ranger, who was off-duty […]

  • Knife-wielding suspect arrested after injuring 3 patrons inside Auburn Library

    The Latest on the Auburn Library Stabbings (all times PST): Around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Auburn police arrested the suspect they believe is connected to the stabbings. He was found in the area  of 200 Carolyn Street in Auburn. The suspect faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. AUBURN, Calif. (KTXL) — Auburn police say three men were wounded Tuesday afternoon in a knife attack inside a library. At around 1:40 p.m., two […]

  • Sacramento probation officer shoots dog during routine check

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Sacramento probation officer fired his gun at a dog Thursday morning during a routine check on a man who was on probation. “While they were approaching the home, the dog aggressively lunged towards one of our officers,” said Sacramento Probation Officer Lynsey Semon. An officer on the scene on Hawthorne Boulevard told FOX40 the dog, named Lokee, was hit in the leg. A friend of the dog’s owner also arrived at the scene and told […]

  • Yolo County Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers to deliver food to seniors

    WOODLAND, Calif. (KTXL) — Meals on Wheels organizers in Yolo County said they are looking for more volunteers who can help cut the wait time for dozens of seniors. The day begins at 4 a.m. at the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Woodland where they prepare 400 meals each day. But 74 seniors in Davis, Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento, Esparto and Knights Landing are on a waiting list for those meals to be delivered to their homes. “We’re donating a […]

  • Update: Fairfield grandmother, 2 grandchildren found safe in Pinole

    The Latest on the missing grandmother and her two grandchildren (10:15 a.m.): A missing Fairfield woman and her two young grandchildren were found safe Thursday morning by officers in Pinole, according to the Fairfield Police Department. Sandra Young and her grandchildren were reported missing Tuesday night after family says they were meant to travel to Vallejo and never made it. The California Highway Patrol reports a manager saw an emergency alert about the missing trio and called 911 after seeing […]

  • SMF expecting ‘record number of crowds’ ahead of Thanksgiving

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Holiday travelers all over the country began seeing inclement weather this Thanksgiving week, with rain and snowstorms hitting Tuesday in the west. One couple flying into Sacramento International Airport from Colorado said they planned ahead of time knowing the snow could alter flights. “We got out early, so we were lucky and we went to Vegas to get to here,” said Kris Schoech. “If you didn’t get out yesterday early, you didn’t get out at all. […]

  • Woodland police say man attempted to grab child near elementary school

    WOODLAND, Calif. (KTXL) — The Woodland Police Department is looking for a man who they say grabbed a student as the child was walking home from Freeman Elementary School. On Tuesday, police say a man with red hair was driving a green or blue-green van when he approached the student. The student was walking on the south sidewalk of West Woodland Avenue when the man grabbed the child. Sgt. Dallas Hyde says the child was able to free their arm […]

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