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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  • Rio Vista Steeped in Conflict as Community Calls Out City Leaders

    RIO VISTA — An irate and emotional crowd packed into the Rio Vista City Council meeting Tuesday night. Some were there to bash police Chief Dan Dailey and the majority of the council who support him. “How can you let this poor excuse of a police chief ruin the careers of good cops?” said one man who took to the podium. Others called out an anonymous emailer who has been targeting the city’s vice mayor. “Some person or group, using […]

  • ‘I Feel Like Dying Inside:’ Mother Desperate to Find Her Missing El Dorado County Daughter

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  • Fairfield Councilwoman Says Tragedy Involving Newborn Twins Could Have Been Prevented

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  • Woman Shares Video of Terrifying Attack on Dyer Lane

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  • Investigators Use Rancho Cordova Neighbors’ Surveillance Footage in Burned Body Case

    RANCHO CORDOVA — Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives and Rancho Cordova police went door-to-door looking for any residential surveillance footage that might help them catch a killer. Officers canvassed the neighborhood around El Manto Drive, not far from where a badly burned body was discovered inside a car set on fire in a parking area. Long-time resident Danny Hubbard said an officer went through hours of surveillance video captured on 14 cameras around his home and was going to make a […]

  • Witnesses in Midtown Sacramento Hit-and-Run Lead Officers to DUI Suspect

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  • Newsom’s Budget Cuts Funding for Placer County Program for Adults With Disabilities

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