Sacramento has been my home for nearly a decade. I was born and raised in the Bay Area but love living here because I’m part of my community; I have virtually no commute and I love the small town feel in a larger city.

My broadcast career has taken me all over the country from the Southwest to New England. And I’ve been fortunate to work on morning and evening shows in the Sacramento market. But I consider hard news my first love, so anchoring the 5:30, 6 and 10p.m. newscasts has been a dream job.

One of toughest stories I’ve covered is the 9/11 attacks. I was sent to Ground Zero to report on the relief and recovery efforts. What I saw changed me as a reporter and American. It taught me to have more compassion personally and professionally.

My personal life is defined in large part by my husband and two kids. They are my greatest teachers. We volunteer as a family cleaning parks, at our church and sometimes at Sacramento’s Mustard Seed School.

I have also served on the Community Outreach Committee for My Sister’s House, Sacramento’s only domestic violence shelter for Asian Pacific Islander Women. I was given the Hero of Hope award for my work in 2006. Giving back is a big part of who we are as a family.

I’m also a bucket list person. I love to run and recently put the Nike Women’s Marathon on that list.

Other things to check off: learn to speak Tagalog, take piano lessons again and visit a new place every year.

Something I’m particularly proud of is the children’s book I wrote in 2007 about two whales that wandered up the Sacramento River. Delta and Dawn’s journey was one of the more positive news stories I’ve covered. It was a story about a mother’s love for her child that I wanted to share with other families.

I love to chat with viewers. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter(@Stefanie_Cruz), Google+, Foursquare, Instagram, Linkedin and Pinterest. Let’s talk!

Recent Articles
  • Organization Breaks Through Language Barriers to Fight Domestic Violence

    SACRAMENTO- My Sister’s House operates a six-bed shelter and transitional home for Asian Pacific Islander women afraid to leave because of obstacles like cultural or language barriers. “We knew there were women asking, ‘What happens after I leave the emergency safe haven?’ Then they were choosing to stay in their houses because they were saying, ‘What happens after 90 days?’” executive director Nilda Valmores said. The shelter is for women like Katrina, whose husband beat her, locked her in her […]

  • Outgoing Sacramento District Attorney Wages New War Against Domestic Violence

    SACRAMENTO- She’s taken on the toughest cases and criminals in Sacramento County. Now, outgoing Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully is waging a new war against domestic violence. From college campuses to cameras capturing an NFL star punching his then-fiance in the face, the nation’s spotlight is on domestic violence. And that increased scrutiny is coming from Sacramento county’s top prosecutor. “It’s daunting to leave an environment where you`re totally dependent and try to get out of the violence,” Scully […]

  • Cops and Clergy: Group Combats Gang Violence through Outreach

    SACRAMENTO- It’s a war where the victims are often kids. The battlefield is Sacramento streets. There is no winner in gang violence, but there is new hope. Cops and Clergy is a first-of-its-kind force with a focus not on shootings, but on saving lives. In March, more than a dozen people injured as tension escalated between two rival groups. Just last week, one person was killed and six injured in a drive by shooting during a kids’ birthday party in north Natomas. […]

  • Elk Grove Blind Teen who used Sound to See: 5 Years Later

    ELK GROVE- The boy who sees without eyes, whose faith inspired. Blind Elk Grove teen Ben Underwood captivated the world when he used ‘clicking’ or echolocation to see. Ben’s amazing story began years before he was born. Now five years after his death, the woman who gave Ben the strength to persevere is revealing lessons learned from her blind son. His life was a miracle. Ben was only two years old when he lost his eyes to cancer, but he […]

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