(NOTE: This is not a political story, and is not about being pro or con on any political/social issue. The only “pro” in this posting is “professional” and is about covering these types of events in a new & interesting visual way using the GoPro camera.) I can’t imagine that any working professional journalist/photojournalist in the...

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When photographers put stories together, it’s always presumed that they’re going to be strong on visuals, filled with lots of cool, exciting images and fast-editing. And many times this is the case. But there are other instances where the story is stronger than the pictures and the responsibility of being a journalist supersedes that of...

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Going Pro: A Touch of Understanding

June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most of my posts are about stories that I do one-man/1-person/as a reporter-photographer. This is one of those exceptions. I’m posting this story to show how well a reporter and photographer can work together as equal collaborators, both bringing their best to the same story. I also have to make commendation of this reporter, KCRA‘s...

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A number of times over the years I’ve on here about stories I’ve done on the Land Park Volunteer Corps, area residents who pitch in one Saturday a month to help keep William S. Land Park clean and beautiful, augmenting the City Park maintenance staff, which was severely downsized several years ago, during the national...

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This is part of a series that I call “Week of Good Stories.” I can’t think of a single work week in my 33 years in the TV news business where every day was a good story that gave me both personal and profession satisfaction. I once worked with a reporter who did not believe in...

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After working with KCRA sports anchor/reporter  Michelle Dapper (@KCRAdapper) at the beginning of the week on Tuesday on a profile on Olympic running hopeful Lea Wallace, our chemistry and shared style was so similar that she tagged me for this story that aired at the end of the week on Friday, May 27, 2016, about Grant Union...

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This is a continuation in my “Week of Good Stories” series–stories that I have done just over the course of a week. In the news business it’s often said–it’s old, but true–that you’re only as good as your last story. That being true, I wish every week could be like this past one! It’s Memorial...

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This is a continuation of the series of “Week of Good Stories” that I have worked on in just the past week or so. Saturday morning. I get in at 7 a.m. to shoot live shots for our morning news that runs from 7-9 a.m. Afterwards I am typically sent out to shoot something really...

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This is another in the continuation of the “Week of Good Stories” series; stories that I have worked on in just the pas weak or so. I love bicycles! The Amgen Tour of California wrapped up in Sacramento just a week ago. I volunteered for a long-haul day–7 a.m.-7 p.m.–to cover it. The plus was...

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This was from Day Two in the “Week of Good Stories.” The day after having shot & reported the Folsom City Works Day, I came into the KCRA newsroom at 7 a.m. and sent out to Sleep Train Arena where the University of California, Sacramento, was holding graduating ceremonies for 4,700 students. One of the...

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This is the first of something special here. A series called, “Week of Good Stories.” This is not meant to imply “feel good” stories. Although they all are very positive. In TV news, journalists/photojournalists can go weeks, months without turning a story that they like or that stands out or that they are proud of. This...

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KCRA–Rescuing South Korean Dogs

May 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It should be no secret to anyone that I am a big time dog lover. (Don’t get me wrong, I love cats as well, but you can’t easily walk cats.) I love walking a dog or dogs. In recent years I’ve walked as many as four at a time. (I know, I can’t believe it...

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Two weeks ago I ran a story that I reported, photographed and edited for KCRA-3 TV News about “Left”–an original musical show written by Thom Green and David Blanchard, inspired by the classic novel Lord of the Flies, and adapted for all-girls. It was an extraordinary show that I hope more high schools will stage....

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David Blanchard and Thom Green, two close personal friends, who I met when making my film Nightbeats. They helped to coordinate the nightclub music, which David arranged and performed, and Thom played a small by pivotal part in the film. A few months back I was coming out of the checkout line at Trader Joe’s and ran...

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KCRA – Rocklin Kids Raise Cash for Cats

February 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love cats! I’ve written several times on this site about my love of dogs, and involvement with greyhounds and greyhound rescue. But I am also a big cat person. I’ve had cats for much of my life, although cats and greyhounds do not get along. This story initially came about, like most of my...

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Bookstores–Part 1: I Love Books!

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love bookstores! In my career I’ve had to pack up and move across country a couple of times, tossing a million things into boxes, and my most beloved possessions in those boxes are a couple of hundred books that have been a part of my life since—well, forever. My books are like the molecules...

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KCRA’s Common Ground–The Mike Carroll Show

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Almost every month of the year KCRA airs a magazine program called Common Ground, which I have written about a number of times here over the years. I do the post-production on the show and strive to contribute at least one story a month. On occasion I have had two stories in the same show....

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KCRA—The Last Bookstore in Truckee

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love books! And I love bookstores!! Just yesterday I was up in Yuba City chasing rain for KCRA. (I have written before about our extensive weather coverage.) It was time for lunch and since I was in the area I decided to check out a used bookstore. I Googled “used bookstores Yuba City” and...

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