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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On Christmas Day, I posted the news story that I reported, photographed & edited that aired in the KCRA Sunday evening newscasts. In my blog I told of the time that was spent in editing the story and re-working my script to fit into two-minutes. It occurred to me since posting that for the journalism...

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Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 This is the second of my holiday reporter-photographer stories. On this morning my shift started at 5:30 AM. Normally I’d be going out with a reporter and doing live shots in the early shows. But with the morning being Christmas we didn’t have a morning reporter, so I was...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016—Darrell Steinberg is inaugurated as Sacramento’s new mayor. I’ve been covering Darrell Steinberg (D) for 20 years, when he was first elected to the Sacramento City Council, then when he became a member of the California State Legislature, then the California State Senate, where he became the President of the Senate–the second...

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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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