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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
  • Heavy Rain, Strong Winds in Sacramento County Create Dangers for Morning Commuters

    SACRAMENTO COUNTY — The wet weather and heavy gusts of wind caused problems early Thursday morning across Sacramento County. “The wind has been a big factor, although it’s dying down. But it caused a lot of problems overnight,” said CHP Officer Shon Remington. There were huge trees that couldn’t withstand the force of the strong winds. Along Fair Oaks Boulevard, a tree came down and blocked lanes of traffic. Elsewhere in Sacramento County, the morning downpour of heavy rain swelled […]

  • Sacramento Police Release Details on Additional Indecent Exposure Incidents

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento police say they received five additional reports of a man seen in a white sedan, exposing himself to women or caught masturbating inside of his car. Tuesday’s release brought the total number of reported incidents to eight, which extend from November up until this past Sunday. “Over the last three weeks, we have had reports come in of a subject who is indecently exposing himself, mostly in the afternoon hours. It seems to be not on any […]

  • Bittersweet Closure: Decades Later El Dorado County Investigators ID Murdered Jane Doe

    PLACERVILLE — More than 40 years after an El Dorado County woman’s murder, her family finally got closure. It was a mystery that haunted El Dorado County for decades — who is Jane Doe? “The coroner’s office at that time of the sheriff’s office didn’t have anything to link the remains to any person, so it was unidentified,” said El Dorado County District Attorney Chief Investigator Jeff Dreher. In 1981, hikers near Rock Creek Road found a human skull with […]

  • Karen Garcia Case Gets National Platform Through ‘In Pursuit with John Walsh’

    COLUSA — It’s been more than a year since Karen Garcia was killed. But Linda Quintero, Garcia’s friend, co-worker and upstairs neighbor, still gets choked up when she remembers the good times. Quintero and her husband, Johnnie, shared many memorable times with Garcia and Salvador Garcia. They were all close. So, naturally, they were there for Salvador when Karen went missing. “The very last thing I did was give him a hug, tell him I love him and be strong and […]

  • Newlyweds Search for Missing Service Dog after Fairfield Crash

    FAIRFIELD — Eisa and Aramis Marden have been without their dog, Frances, since Saturday when Aramis got into a car accident while on Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Aramis Marden said something struck his car, which caused him to crash into the center divide. The commotion scared Frances and she jumped out of the back window, taking off toward Air Base Parkway. “Running across all lanes of traffic from the fast lane. Fortunately, everyone stopped,” Marden said. Aramis Marden has been […]

  • Local LGBTQ Activist Speaks Out in Support of Jussie Smollett

    SACRAMENTO – A local activist and member of the LGBTQ community spoke out in support of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. “Only a person whose been through a horrific hate crime will know what a person is going through,” said Grace Felicia Lawrence. Lawrence says she can identify with Jussie Smollett, being a victim of a hate crime. “I’m a three time hate crime survivor,” she said. Ten years ago, while in San Francisco, she survived being shot in the head. […]

  • Stephon Clark’s Loved Ones ‘Demand Accountability’ on Heels of Lawsuit Announcement

    SACRAMENTO — The family of Stephon Clark was still awaiting a decision from the Sacramento County District Attorney Tuesday regarding whether or not the officers responsible for his death will face any criminal charges. “We’re just still trying to heal. I said earlier, every day I wake up this happened yesterday,” said Clark’s mother, Sequette. “So whether it be a year or 10 years, my son is dead. I’ll never get to kiss his face again, ever.” “If the DA doesn’t […]

  • Stockton Boulevard Homeless Camp to be Cleared to Make Room for Retail Space, Affordable Housing

    SACRAMENTO — The empty lot where the old San Juan Motel once stood on Stockon Boulevard has since become a homeless encampment. For many people living there, it’s the only option left. “We’re pushing our families and low-income people out of the areas that are being gentrified, like Oak Park and further up Stockton,” said social worker Jennifer Kretschman. “And they’re coming down here because there’s nowhere else to go.” Kretschman is advocating for the homeless being able to stay […]

  • Off-Duty Officers Save Woman’s Life after She was Ejected in Folsom Crash

    FOLSOM — Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Jaie Sacco was off duty a few hours before the start of his shift Sunday morning when a red Mazda drove past him on East Natoma Street in Folsom. He said the car got around a hundred yards in front of him when it suddenly veered to the right, overcorrecting and losing control before hydroplaning into oncoming traffic. An SUV then T-boned the Mazda. “The Mazda was pretty crumpled up,” Sacco told FOX40. Deputy […]

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