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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
  • Animal Control Searches for Dogs Involved in Attacks Along American River Parkway

    SACRAMENTO — One man sustained bite marks and bruising after being attacked by a pack of dogs running wild along the American River Parkway. The man, who would only go by the name Andrew, was on his second lap of the trail on Sunday when he noticed a puppy approach him out of nowhere. “I really wasn’t super concerned about it at first until they started circling me and almost kind of hurting me,” Andrew said. At that point, Andrew […]

  • Petition Created to Change State Park’s Controversial Name

    FOLSOM — Phaedra Jones was shocked to realize the name of a state park tucked around the bend along the American River in Folsom carried the word “negro” in its name. “I couldn’t believe that it said that on there,” Jones told FOX40. “I was hurt. I was angry.” Jones says she was stunned, shocked and appalled that in this day and age a word to her and many, one that represents racism and negativity, can be the name of a […]

  • How Animals Helped Save Safari West from Tubbs Fire

    SANTA ROSA — Safari West owner Peter Lang recalls the night the devastating Tubbs Fire erupted, threatening the 400 acres of his wildlife preserve and the surrounding area, which included his home just a couple of miles away. “The Highway Patrol and the sheriffs evacuated us,” Lang said. “I disappeared and stayed throughout the course of the fire. I was using tractors and forklifts and moving flammable material.” Lang says he had one goal — to save the lives of more […]

  • Man Escapes Arrest by Stealing Probation Department Vehicle, Officials Say

    SACRAMENTO — Officials with the Sacramento County Probation Department say a man escaped arrest Tuesday by stealing a department vehicle. Larry James Brookshire, 40, was in the back of the vehicle, in handcuffs, in West Sacramento. “He was able to maneuver into the front seat of the vehicle and ultimately stole the vehicle,” probation department spokeswoman Coleen Kincheloe said. Officers chased the vehicle until the man abandoned it in a Food Maxx parking lot in the Natomas area. Investigators say […]

  • Family Says They Will Celebrate not Mourn the Life of Teen Killed in Head-On Crash

    FAIRFIELD – A mother is grieving, after losing her 14-year-old son in a head-on crash along Highway 12 last week. “He did not pass away angry at anyone. And if you loved Malachi, I can promise you, Malachi loved you back,” said LaShawn Howell, Malachi’s father. Malachi Howell’s parents lovingly described their son as a bright light in the world, a boy who made them laugh and who will be missed most by his four other siblings. “He was a […]

  • Davis Police Investigating Rash of Laptop Robberies at Coffee Shops

    DAVIS — Police in Davis are investigating a string of strongarm laptop robberies at coffee shops in the city. In each robbery, young men walk into the business, look around and snatch someone’s laptop away and run out. Police say victims are often in the middle of using their computers. “They sprinted towards the door and they were yanking out everyone’s laptops along the wall on their way out,” said Marie Whitney Fawcett. Fawcett and her boyfriend were in a […]

  • Local Leaders Want Half a Million Teens to Pre-Register to Vote by 2020

    SACRAMENTO — Secretary of State Alex Padilla says since 2016, 209,577 teens have pre-registered to vote. Padilla hopes they can achieve, through National Voter Registration Day, getting half a million to pre-register by 2020.

  • Vigil Held for Fallen Deputy Mark Stasyuk in Rancho Cordova

    RANCHO CORDOVA – A vigil was held in Rancho Cordova Saturday to honor deputy Mark Stasyuk. “I wanna be a police officer when I grow up,” said a first grader attendee. Josie Makana brought the first grader and his older brother to Saturday’s vigil. She just became their legal guardian, and felt it was important they learn what happened to Deputy Mark Stasyuk. “So, they’re aware we don’t do things like that. So that’s why I brought them here, so […]

  • Kayakers Find Vacaville Woman’s Body near Winters

    YOLO COUNTY — Early last week, kayakers in Putah Creek near Winters found a woman’s body near a bank on the Yolo County side. “She was a great little student,” said Pam Boes, Amber Port’s third-grade teacher. “She was a good little girl but when she grew up more she was really helpful. Like if she saw me needing help, she would always come and help me.” But in the end, there was no one to help Port. Sheriff’s detectives […]