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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
  • 50 Cars Broken Into Overnight in Roseville

    ROSEVILLE — Police in Roseville are investigating a rash in vehicle break-ins overnight into Thursday. A window repairman had his work cut out for himself. He said he already replaced the driver’s window on a white Jeep and was still busy working on a rear window Thursday afternoon. Parked a few spaces down, a larger SUV also had a shattered window. The Jeep owner said a line of cars parked at the Hyatt Hotel along Gibson Drive were all hit […]

  • Community, Police Collaborate to Make McClatchy Park Safer

    OAK PARK — McClatchy Park has been the scene of shootings, drug deals and assaults. But it’s also a place for kids to play and neighbors to just hang out and feel safe. Joany Titherington has headed the Farmers Market at McClatchy since 2011 and is a third generation to the Oak Park community. She has seen both good and bad over the years there and has been a victim of assault. “We need to learn how to respect each […]

  • Angry Customer Leaves 72-Year-Old Business Owner Bloodied, With Broken Nose

    ELK GROVE — Elk Grove police say a 25-year-old man is responsible for kicking a 72-year-old business owner in the face. Nicolas Gordon was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony battery causing serious injuries and felony elderly abuse. Gordon, his brother and their mother returned their rental truck Tuesday morning to S&J Moving Supplies. Steve Ouelette’s daughter, Dawn Willis, says the woman was upset over an issue from earlier in the week. “Just berate me, telling me […]

  • Family, Friends of Paralyzed Teen With Locked-In Syndrome Speak Out

    Update: Michael’s loved ones say he has been transferred to Stanford after a neurologist specialist heard their story.  ORANGEVALE – On the Fourth of July an Orangevale teen had a stroke. Now, Michael Trent’s family and friends are speaking out in hopes to raise enough money to be able to get the 14-year-old the care he needs. Four years ago, Michael, also known as Mikey, was diagnosed with a fusiform aneurysm of the basilar artery. According to his family, it […]

  • Stolen Fire Engine Leads to Wild Pursuit Through Five Counties

    Rio Linda — A Sacramento Metropolitan Fire engine was stolen Saturday afternoon and the driver led multiple law enforcement agencies on a wild chase through five counties as the fire engine traveled north on Highway 65. #Engine111 was recovered after traveling about 2 hours from #RioLinda in #Sacramento County to #YankeeHill in #ButteCounty — Metro Fire of Sacramento (@metrofirepio) July 15, 2018 Earlier in the day, Metro Fire responded to a vegetation fire in the Rio Linda area. The fire […]

  • East Area Rapist Victims Face DeAngelo in Court for the First Time

    SACRAMENTO — It was a day victims of the East Area Rapist have waited more than 40 years for. Media clogged the hallway just outside of the courtroom, where East Area Rapist suspect Joseph DeAngelo made another court appearance. The defense filed a motion to bar media from covering Thursday’s court proceedings. But the judge overruled that request, saying he believes the “public does have the right to know,” and that DeAngelo “won’t be prejudiced by the proceedings.” The District […]

  • Eighth-Grader Needs Bone Marrow Match After ‘Heartbreaking’ Leukemia Diagnosis

    SACRAMENTO — Rico Castillo has a passion for baseball and soccer. “I was mainly into soccer and football, and I got into baseball recently and that’s just my favorite sport now,” Rico said. Sitting with the positive and articulate eighth-grader, you’d never know the hardships he’s endured since January. After a month-long flu back in December, the 13-year-old boy went to the hospital to get checked out. Doctors diagnosed him with leukemia. “I didn’t take it seriously, like, I didn’t […]

  • Deer in Auburn with Head Stuck in Jar Found, Released

    Update: California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel found and captured the doe Thursday. She was examined by a veterinarian then released back into the wild.  AUBURN — Auburn residents are concerned about a mother deer in the area that has its head stuck in a peanut butter jar. Sandra Purcell and her husband first spotted the deer in the back of their home Monday evening. Her husband initially thought the deer was holding a plastic water bottle in its […]

  • Proposed Pedestrian, Bicycle Trail Leads to Controversy

    SACRAMENTO — The Del Rio Train Plan encompasses 4 1/2 miles, starting in the area of the Sacramento Zoo, moving south to the Pocket and Meadowview area, intersecting Freeport Boulevard, then moving under I-5 to the water tower in South Sacramento. “This will connect not only residents, but it will also connect businesses, schools, they’re preschools along the way, commercial areas and it will connect the river bike trail system as well,” said Brian Ebbert, President of Southland Park Neighborhood […]