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KCRA Thanksgiving on North B Street

November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Working the Holidays: Working in TV news is like very few other regular jobs. TV news goes on the air 365 days a year. There are no holidays. Over the course of a career you’re going to work most holidays while your family and friends are at home enjoying nice dinners, watching football or baseball...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016—I went into the afternoon meeting—where the producers, reporters, web desk writers meet to discuss the stories to do for the 10 & 11 o’clock news. “Hey, Mike—you have an idea for us?” “No. I have a story—finished and edited.” “Great! We love to hear that. What is it?” “Well, it’s not...

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This is a rare and unique opportunity to see the entire interview with one of our most beloved filmmakers. I saw The Black Stallion on the big screen when it was originally released and experienced one of the most beautifully made films I’d ever seen. The natural style of the performances–from a boy and a...

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This is probably the biggest story that I’ve ever tackled as a one-person reporter-photographer. I like doing stories that have weight and serious meat to them, but this is the first time I’ve ever done a story dealing with the criminal justice system, talking with people who are on parole or probation, who are legally...

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Running into one of my first film students!

September 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

  One thing about Life that never ceases to amaze me is that you never know who you’re going to run into. This afternoon I had just wrapped up my last live shot when a car pulled up and the driver leaned over and said, “Hey, you look like the guy I took a filmmaking...

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KCRA — 9-11 Flag Memorial — GoPro

September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love photographing the American flag. I find it deeply moving. I’ve always enjoyed filming Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just find the American flag to be very important, personal, and that it belongs to everybody. 9-11 is another story. I still can’t believe it’s been fifteen years ago. And I sill...

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KCRA — Rise of the Reel — All-GoPro

August 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

For some time now I’ve said I wanted to try a story that was shot entirely with the GoPro Hero 3+ that my marvelous sister Margo sent me a year-and-a-half ago. KCRA anchor Edie Lambert (@KCRAEdieLambert) introduced me to a new engineer in the KCRA studio floor crew named Jeff Hook, who was involved with a...

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KCRA — Saving Feral Kittens

August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

(NOTE: All of the frame-grab photos on this page are from shots in the news story that were filmed using the GoPro Hero 3+.) Several months back I posted a KCRA news story that I reported & photographed about Antelope Creek Elementary School in Rocklin, California,some who raised over $500 for a cat rescue group, Field...

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(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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