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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    ROCKLIN — A new state law, which takes effect on July 1, requires everyone who wants to purchase ammunition, must pass a background check and show federally compliant identification like a Real ID or a passport. “It’s a mad rush to buy as much ammo as you can right now,” Rocklin Armory owner Terry Fong said. “All these people with the regular driver’s license, we won’t be able to sell them ammunition.” One detail is still unclear with dealers. “And […]

  • Dozens of Homeless Living in Fairfield Encampment Told They’ll Have to Leave

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  • PG&E Tells Residents to Prepare for Potential Planned Blackouts

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — With Pacific Gas and Electric planning more blackouts in these hot temperatures, residents are starting to put their backup plans in place. “Been off the grid for years. We have solar and then when the solar goes off, we have a generator that kicks on,” said Amador County resident Savannah Vindervenkinne. PG&E said it will be turning the power off to various counties when fire danger is high. Vindervenkinne and her family are prepared for any emergency. […]

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Suspected of Forcing Man Off Highway 33 Arrested in Southern California

    PATTERSON — Months after a Patterson man was forced off the road along Highway 33 and left to die, police have arrested the driver who swerved into his lane. It was the phone call Debra Davis has waited 68 days for. “He said, ‘I have good news,’ and I started crying,” Davis told FOX40. “Uncontrollable.” With help from U.S. marshals in Southern California, the Modesto California Highway Patrol arrested Philip Jimenez, 34, of Whittier. He was booked on suspicion of […]

  • Authorities Seek Help Identifying Man Suspected of Physically, Sexually Assaulting Woman Near La Riviera Drive

    SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of committing a sexual assault in the Sacramento area near La Riviera Drive. With notepads in hand, investigators were stopping anyone near Salmon Falls Park, asking them the same question. “He shows us a sketch of some guy and said he raped some girl on this bridge and asked if we had seen him,“ said park visitor Adrian Graham. The sketch shows a man who the sheriff’s […]

  • PG&E Wildfire Emergency Plan Could Keep Manteca Residents in the Dark

    MANTECA — An emergency plan is in the works in Manteca after Pacific Gas and Electric says they will cut off electricity to the city for up to five days if weather conditions become hazardous during wildfire season. “We’ll look for extreme fire weather conditions and potentially shut the power off for safety,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo. PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program was planned with the goal of never seeing a repeat of the deadly Camp Fire, which […]

  • Pine Grove Man Says He Picked Up Bags of Trash Left Behind by Amgen Tour

    AMADOR COUNTY — Pine Grove resident Charlie Sharp was upset with the amount of trash that was discarded from the bicyclists in the Amgen Tour of California as it passed through the foothills on Monday. “I witnessed them throwing this stuff out in the middle of the woods,” Sharp told FOX40. Stage 2 of the race started in Rancho Cordova. Cyclists from around the world rode more than 130 miles to South Lake Tahoe. “This whole highway just littered with […]

  • A Former Officer Couldn’t Walk His Daughter Down the Aisle. So a CHP Officer Stood In for Him

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  • EGUSD Notifies Parents, Faculty of Possible Exposure to Meningococcal Disease

    ELK GROVE — Last Wednesday, parents say they received a letter from the Elk Grove Unified School District notifying them that a staff member was diagnosed with meningococcal disease. “The staff member was working with students in a classroom,” said EGUSD Director of Communications Xanthi Pinkerton. The district notified the parents of 36 children in two classes, along with 13 faculty members, who may have come in close contact with the staff member before symptoms became apparent. Meningococcal disease is […]

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