KCRA — Baylie Hankins–Modesto Cop-For-A-Day

February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 16, 2018 As I pulled into the KCRA employee parking lot to start my day, as almost always, I had no idea what I would be doing. But I was hopeful that I would get to do one of my own reporter-photographer stories . It had been over a month since the Christmas...

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As reported here earlier, going into the Big Three Holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day — I had volunteered to work all three, letting the managers know that my goal was to keep up the holiday tradition I started a few years back of working all the holidays and doing reporter-photographer stories on all...

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KCRA — Blood Drive for Life

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The annual KCRA Blood Drive for Life is underway. KCRA partners with Blood Source every year to raise awareness for the need for blood donations and to fill the local Blood Source blood bank with a good supply to start the new year out on a good footing. We cover this story every year with...

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KCRA–Tibetan Manjishru Sand Art

January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

As I blogged earlier back in November, for the past few years I have volunteered to word the big three holidays–Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years–and do my reporter-photographer stories. This time around I only got 2 out of 3. That is only because I was not scheduled for New Year’s Day, even though offering. BUT–...

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Thursday, December 28, 2017 I was just finishing up my work on my reporter-photographer story on a fallen CHP officer, a sad story, but one we had to cover–and would be wrong not to cover–and one that I was proud of my work on. Thinking  ahead to the next day, which would be the Friday going into...

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KCRA–CHP FALLEN OFFICER REMEMBERED

December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 27, 2017 I walked into the newsroom at 9:30 AM, my normal start time, making it a point to walk by the assignment desk first to let them know I was there. Right away I was told that I would be covering a memorial at the CHP [California Highway Patrol] Academy in...

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KCRA DONNER SKI RANCH CHRISTMAS 2017

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

For the third year in a row now I have volunteered to work the big holidays and give somebody a break for this Christmas. And for the third year in a row I have done a reporter-photographer package at Donner Ski Ranch on the snow and business conditions. Last year we had the largest snowfall...

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KCRA Thanksgiving at Sutter Children’s Center

November 23, 2017 | 1 Comments

In keeping with my own personal Holiday Tradition, I have volunteered to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. This was Day One of Three. In advance I sent out e-mails to my managers at KCRA requesting that in return for working all three holidays I be permitted to work one-man/one-person and turn in a...

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I love doing stories about veterans. My father Ward V. Carroll served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War Two. Any time I can do a story about a WWII vet, it puts me closer in touch with my dad. For two years now my good friend & Sacramento history buff...

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I love Goodwill Industries. As a kid my folks would occasionally take us to a Goodwill back when I was growing up in St. Louis. My dad went looking for old things that would take him nostalgically back to his youth. I always went to the old books. I still do! A few years back...

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KCRA 1st Day of School — GoPro

August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

As I’ve stated many times–what I love so much about my job as a TV news cameraman at KCRA-3 TV News is that when I walk into the newsroom I have no idea where the day will take me. Thursday, August 10, 2017, I walked in the newsroom at 9:30 A.M. and, as I always...

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KCRA – Summer Snow Skiing at Squaw Valley

June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

In every career you are blessed with a handful of great days that you will never forget. A few of mine were spent were: A morning spent with the great filmmaker Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion, Fly Away Home) on his film Duma. Shooting a press conference with the great Alex Haley, author of Roots...

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KCRA Meets Cinema Vérité—Street nurse

June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every news story has its own style, just as with every documentary and dramatic film. When I go out on a news story I have no idea about the shots I will get, but I do give thoughts to the style that I want to approach it with. With this story, working with KCRA reporter...

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We just passed the summer equinox, the longest days of the year, which in Sacramento, also typically brings some of the hottest days of the year. A week and a half of 100-110° furnace-like temperatures. The hot weather is the first thing everybody is talking about. TV news covers the weather, so—as with rain, snow...

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When you work in the field of journalism you never know when breaking news is going to occur and, in an instant, you have to shift gears and whatever you were doing before he has to go in a different direction. Sometimes it happens when you’re on the job and other times it happens when...

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KCRA Digigirlz

June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

I love doing stories about young people and education. (Perhaps encouraging students to show more interest in school than I ever expressed!) And I most especially love working on stories about young female students because I don’t think there is enough emphasis made on girls and studying and making a difference in their future lives....

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As I may have mentioned before on this site, at KCRA we invest a lot of time and effort into weather coverage and its impacts and effects. Snow, rain, heat, drought–these elements effect us all, our health, our income, our economies and our paychecks and bills. So they deserve added attention. Whenever there is snow...

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This is the third story in three years dealing with wintertime conditions and Donner Ski Ranch>. California has abruptly gone from five years of drought, where one year I never once went “up the hill”–our local slang for driving up I-80 or Highway 50 to the mountains–to cover snow. Because there wasn’t any! In the...

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