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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
  • 2 Years after a Skull was Seen Carried on a Stick, A Woman’s Remains are Identified

    SACRAMENTO — A transient woman was seen walking along Connie Drive in Sacramento, holding a human skull on a stick in October 2016. Investigators were eventually led to an abandoned homeless encampment on Crosby Way. There, the rest of the remains, identified recently as 26-year-old Mai Ker Thao, were found. “We’re trying to find out what she was doing and who she was with the last week of her life, and that’s our missing place in her timeline,” Sacramento Police […]

  • Placerville Man Gets 10 Years for Stalking, Threatening Liberty Mutual Employees

    PLACER COUNTY — Placer County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Placerville man earlier this year for stalking and threatening three employees of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Last week, a judge sentenced 37-year-old Lloyd Dylan Jones to 10 years in state prison. “He was unhappy with the settlement and it just escalated and escalated to the point where their employees were living in fear of their lives,” said Placer County Sheriff’s spokesperson Dena Erwin. An employee of Liberty Mutual told FOX40 that […]

  • 70 Years Later, Roseville Couple Reflects on Their Life Together

    ROSEVILLE — Being around Ed and Claire Meihofer, the love and laughter they share is apparent and among the many reasons they’ve been happily married for 70 years. “Actually it was 25,526 days ago is when we got married,” Ed said. The couple was just in their teens when they first met. Ed was in the marines visiting a friend but instead, he met his friend’s sister. “Knocked on the door, nobody answered. Knocked a couple more times, nobody answered,” […]

  • Wildfire Threatens Homes, Communication Towers near Sutter Buttes

    SUTTER COUNTY — Several fire agencies are battling a wildfire as it threatens homes, several gas wells and communications towers. Cal Fire reports the Butte Fire broke out just after 5 p.m. at West Butte and Pass roads near the Sutter Buttes. #ButteIncident [Update] Retardant has been dropped around the communication towers on the Sutter Buttes. Sutter County Fire has requested mutual aid from Cal Fire Nevada Yuba Placer unit to assist on 1000 acre wildland fire in Sutter County. […]

  • Mandatory Evacuations in Place Due to Steele Fire in Napa County

    NAPA COUNTY — Napa residents have been here once before. The devastating fires last year that killed people and destroyed homes are still so fresh in everyone’s mind. It’s the reason many volunteers are ready to help those in need, some of whom they may not even know. “The last fire that we had was such a tragedy. We lost many people as well as out country club but Napa residents are strong. We’re resilient and what do we do […]

  • Dixon Rancher’s Escaped Horses Return After Extensive Search

    DIXON — The last time rancher Brian Thiel saw his horses was last Thursday on a sprawling 500-acre ranch in Dixon. “They were down here a bit and then they were about 20 miles from where they were across the channel,” Thiel told FOX40. When Brian went to check on Damon, Duke and Money Saturday, they were gone. He feared someone had stolen them. Altogether, the quarter horses are worth about $120,000. The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office not only searched […]

  • High School Cheerleading Coach Suspected of Driving Drunk, Crashing with Student in Car

    ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Joint Union High School District will be meeting with parents following the arrest of Roseville High School’s cheerleading coach. Gabriella Vega was arrested Sunday at Sonoma State University on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police say witnesses reported seeing Vega driving erratically on campus just before crashing into a tree. There was one cheerleader in the car with her at the time. No one was hurt. Vega, who has been the coach for the past […]

  • 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 […]